In light of the fact, that many of us are not first-time parents, it is important to acknowledge that some of us are first-time parents. Importantly, for those who are first-time parents, there is much to learn about caring for your newborn.
As a parent of two children myself, I recall my mom giving me much needed baby care advice as a new parent. My mother guided me as a first-time parent because I had many questions and curiosities about what to do and what not to do concerning my newborn baby.
I am so thankful I had her support. If you have supportive family members you trust and are open to them assisting you with your newborn, please ask for their support. During the first week when you and your newborn is released from the hospital to go home, it is good to have that additional support. There is nothing like having the support of your family. Most family members are supportive during times as this and understand your situation as a first-time parent. They can also be a reliable resource when you have questions or concerns about the care of your newborn baby, if you are trusting of them and they have experience with babies or they may have educational knowledge in this area.
Nevertheless, you should know you are not the only first-time parent to feel a concern of unpreparedness and uncertainty about what to expect or what exactly to do once you and your newborn is released from the hospital to go home.
To help ease your worries, the following subtopics will address several tips for newborn baby care linked to taking care of your baby, newborn baby sleep patterns, feeding your newborn baby, and information on baby development stages.
How to Care for Your Newborn Baby
Likewise, there are newborn baby care basics involved with caring for your newborn baby, which you can learn after your baby arrives during your stay at the hospital.
You can simply learn these baby care baiscs by asking the nurse how to care for your newborn baby in regards to showing you and explaing them to you. Nurses do not mind showing you about the basics of baby care.
According to the Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the baby care basics you want to ensure you know how to do and are content with doing, including your significant other before your are released from the hospital consists of the below:
- Properly holding your newborn baby and supporting his/her neck.
- Diaper changing.
- Bathing your newborn.
- Putting clothes on your newborn.
- Burping your newborn, following bottle feeding or breastfeeding.
- Wrapping/swaddling your newborn.
- Taking the temperature of your newborn.
- Advice on comforting your newborn.
- Umbilical cord cleaning.
- Circumcision healing care; and
- Utilizing a syringe for clearing the passageway of your newborn nasal.
The indicated above information is important baby care basics you should know how to do. In addition, when you take your baby for his/her first visit to see the physician, this is also a good time I suggest you pose questions pertaining to baby care.
Furthermore, I recommend you ask about your newborn baby first vaccination shots while at your baby’s first doctor’s visit.
This is extremely important to stay up-to-date with because vaccination is one of the best methods to use for protecting your newborn from detecting 16 potentially harmful diseases, according to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention.
What You Should Know About Newborn Sleeping Patterns
To explain, many first-time parents are concerned about questions such as, why do newborns sleep so much? How much sleep do newborns need? When do babies sleep all night? Or, my newborn is sleeping too much.
The fact of the matter is, the typical newborn baby average sleep pattern will entail them sleeping for the majority of the day as well as night; awakening, every two to three hours for feeding and possible diaper change.
This is the reason why new parents have a challenging time determining how long and often their newborn baby should be sleeping.
Regrettably, newborn babies initially do not have an established sleep pattern time; not only that but also newborns are confused about their day’s verses nights.
Newborns have this false perception they should be sleeping during the day and awake at night.
Commonly, the sleep pattern for newborns, is on average for them to sleep during the day time from eight to nine hours and during the night around eight hours for the most part, according to Stanford Children’s Health.
When most newborns reach their three month mark of age, most of them begin sleeping six to eight hours through the night or when their weight amount is from 12 to 13 lbs.
Although, parents please keep in mind this will vary because there are some babies who will not sleep throughout the night until they are near the age of one.
Parents also take into consideration infants and newborns stomachs are very small; therefore, your baby will awake for feeding every two to three hours.
Breastfeeding and Formula Feeding Your Newborn Baby
By all means, the majority of parents if not all will agree that breastfeeding is more nutritious and healthier for your baby compared to formula feeding.
Not only that but also experts in the medical field indicate that breastfeeding your newborn baby is better than formula feeding.
Particularly, you should feed you newborn baby breast milk for at least the first six months, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Additionally, solid foods around the six-month mark should be introduce to your baby and breastfeeding should continue until your baby is at least a year old but can he or she can exceed that age, depending on your preference.
The following information on newborn breastfeeding tips and formula feeding will assist you with deciding, which option is better for you and your newborn baby. Regardless of which option you choose either one will meet your baby nutritional and emotional needs.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), some advantages of breastfeeding your baby is; one, it is the precise food for your baby’s digestive system and two, it contains all the necessary nutrients your new baby needs.
Even though, formula milk makes a very close attempt to mirror breast milk; unfortunately, it is not identical in matching its components.
In addition, breast milk entails antibodies, which provide protection for your baby against several illnesses that are infectious.
It meets various emotional needs for your baby and yourself and breastfeeding entails very minimal expense, and breastfeeding does not require preparation compared to formula milk.
Mom’s you also receive benefits from breastfeeding your baby; such as, aiding in calorie burning, including reducing the size of your uterus, which expediently assist you in getting fit.
If you are interested in breastfeeding your newborn instead of formula feeding, Amazon offers baby breastfeeding videos and DVD’s, that are available to help you with this transition.
Moving on, newborn baby’s feedings typically occurs eight thru 12 times each day, during the initial month of your baby’s birth. This applies to breastfeeding as well as formula feeding.
However, it is possible if you are breastfeeding your baby, you may do so more often than a mom who is formula feeding her newborn.
The reason why is because according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), breast milk as stated above, is basically effortless for your baby to digest compared to formula milk, resulting in your baby more often having a need to be fed.
Toward the end of month one proceeding to the end of month two, your baby feeding should occur seven to nine times a day. Your baby usually will get hungry every 1.5 to 3 hours.
Feeding your newborn should not exceed four hours at any time of the day or night. Also, it is significant for you to burp your newborn baby following each feeding.
Insight on Newborn Baby Development
Of course, as a first-time parent, most of you have probably wondered if your newborn is meeting his or her baby development stages or baby development milestones.
When newborns arrive the first day in this new environment we have been existing in for years, they generally start responding to this world that surrounds them.
For instance, when newborns respond to their mother’s cuddle of comfort or frightened by an alarming sound, the baby’s response are indicators of normal baby development.
Milestones such as these, are used by doctors according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to determine anticipated normal development of newborns.
If your baby was prematurely born, your baby will reach the development stages at a slower pace. You should also keep in mind that some newborns will gain skills later and some at an earlier pace.
It will vary from one baby to another; therefore, what is considered as normal newborn development entails a broad range of actions taken in an attempt to obtain a reaction from your baby.
It is important for you to address your baby development progress with your pediatrician. The below information noted consist of key newborn baby development actions to pay attention to, which your little one may do, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):
o Emotional and Social Development
1. When the feeling of your touch or sound of your voice calms your baby.
2. If your baby reacts to alertness during different times.
o Learning and Thinking Linked to Cognitive Skills
1. During times of quietness or alertness, your newborn looks at faces.
2. Your newborn following faces.
o Skills Linked to Language and Communication
1. When hearing a voice your baby may turn his/her head toward the person’s voice.
2. When you baby communicate a need for something by crying (such as sleeping or changing diaper).
3. When your baby need is met the crying stops.
o Physical Development of Your Baby and Movement
1. When hearing sounds and seeing objects your baby moves in response to them.
2. Turning in the direction of a bottle or mother’s breast and proceed with feeding when placed in mouth (Roofing reflex).
3. Throws legs, including arms out, followed by curling them back in the event; or from a startling sound (Moro reflex).
4. Arm straightens on the same side the baby head is turned, while bending the arm on the opposite side i.e., fencer’s post (tonic neck reflex).
5. When toes touch the sole of foot they curl; or when finger placed in the palm of hand baby; holds your finger (grasp reflex).
Parents do not be alarmed if your child is not reaching his or her newborn development stages; remember, some baby’s will develop slower than others and some newborns will develop earlier. If you believe your newborn is not accordingly developing, you should always address such concerns with your Pediatrician.
Summary of Main Points Researched
All things considered, the key points addressed in this disucussion, covered several subtopics linked to baby care advice and tips for newborns. Detailed information was researched and discussed on how to care for your newborn baby, newborn sleeping patterns, including breastfeeding and formula feeding your newborn.
Not only that but also information was discussed linked to providing insight about what parents should have an awareness of concerning their newborn baby development.
Parents when you have questions or concerns about your baby’s overall health, it is important to first and foremost, discuss such issues with your newborn’s pediatrician. I hope you found the information provided beneficial and insightful.
All the best,