Baby care might seem like a pretty straightforward process to most new moms, but there are many things that new parents don’t realize they need to be doing, and many mistakes they don’t know they’re making until it’s too late. This guide on baby care will help you get off on the right foot with your baby and your new family. Here are five baby care tips for new moms to get you started!
1) Bathing your baby
Babies love to splash and play, so it’s crucial to make sure you use soap that won’t dry out their skin. The best way to avoid skin irritation is to use a natural product like baby oil or baby lotion in place of soap. If you do opt for a bar of soap, choose one without added fragrances, dyes, or chemicals. It’s not necessary (or healthy) to lather up your infant with products specially formulated for babies, such as baby washes; all that extra stuff is only likely to irritate your little one’s already-sensitive skin. Instead, go with a gentle washcloth made of cotton and warm water. And remember: Be gentle while doing baby care!
2) Getting rid of diaper rash
Diaper rash is very common in babies. It occurs when there is a reaction between urine, feces, and bacteria. In order to get rid of diaper rash, it is important to ensure that your baby keeps dry by changing diapers every 1-2 hours and making sure they have dry diapers all day long. Remember that frequent changes will help prevent diaper rash from developing into a yeast infection which could be much more severe than just regular diaper rash. Using zinc oxide ointment or barrier cream like Desitin can also help keep diaper rashes at bay and soothe any existing skin irritations caused by wetness or irritation.
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3) Making sure your baby is eating enough
The most important thing a new mom can do to do baby care is to make sure her baby is eating enough. Babies need mother’s breast milk or formula to stay healthy and grow. By measuring your baby’s weight gain and watching how she grows, you can tell if your baby is getting enough food. However, many first-time moms make a common mistake – they only check their baby’s weight once per week at well-baby visits with their paediatrician. Make sure to weigh your baby each day on a scale that has been properly calibrated (most scales should be checked regularly). If you have any concerns about your newborn’s health, call your doctor right away. In general, though, it’s not uncommon for babies to lose a few ounces from time to time.
4) Keeping your baby warm in winter
Keeping your baby warm during winter is a lot easier than you might think. A winter sleeping bag will do wonders to keep your baby warm and comfortable, but there are other things you can do as well. For example, make sure to dress your baby in an outfit that’s not too big or too small and make sure that his socks are thin enough so he doesn’t overheat. Additionally, you should always have a blanket on hand just in case; these also help ward off germs and infections since many people carry infections without knowing it—for example, common colds can be spread by germs carried on clothing and hands!
5) Get help from your partner
If you’re having a baby, do yourself a favour and enlist your partner. If he or she is eager to help out with more than just childcare, ask him or her to take on some of your daily tasks and free up your time so you can focus on taking care of yourself and your little one. Sure, asking someone else to do chores around the house might be uncomfortable—but there’s no rule that says it has to be painful. If your partner isn’t into helping out with everything from cooking to laundry, come up with a list of three or four chores he or she could handle every week.
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