The tiny newborn humans are the greatest Gift From God. They bring joy and happiness to all lives around them. They also bring stress to new parents as there are a number of things that are going in their minds to be taken care of for a healthy and happy child.
In the first few weeks after birth, your baby's life is pretty simple. It involves Plenty of sleepless nights, dirty diaper making, and extra care.
Diet of 0 to 3 Month Old Baby
- During your baby’s first three months, breast milk or formula will provide all the nutrition needed.
- The doctor recommended waiting until your baby is about six months old to start solid foods.
- Some babies may be ready to solid sooner than six months, but wait until your baby is at least four months old.
Handling a Newborn
- If you haven't spent a lot of time around newborns, then these are some of the steps which are basics to remember.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before handling your baby.
- Newly born babies don't have a strong immunity system. So there is a risk of infection.
- Make sure that you sanitize your hands, wash your hands before holding your child or Make sure that everyone who handles your baby has clean hands.
- Have a hold on your baby's head and neck. Cradle the head when carrying your baby and support the headwind by carrying the baby upright or when you lay your baby down.
- Never shake your newborn. Shaking can Cause Bleeding in the brain and even death. If you need to wake your Infant, don't do it by shaking. Instead, tackle your baby's feet or blow gently on a cheek.
- Remember that your newborn is not ready for rough play.
- Bonding is probably one of the most pleasurable parts of infant care, it happens during a sensitive time in the first hours and days after birth when parents make a deep connection with their newborns.
- Physical closeness can promote an emotional connection.
- Babies usually love vocal sounds, such as talking, singing, and cooing. Your baby will probably Love listening to music.
- Baby rattles and musical Toys are an excellent way to stimulate your infants' hearing.
- If your little one is being fuzzy, try singing, reacting to poetry and nursery rhymes, or reading aloud as you rock your baby gently in a chair.
- You'll probably decide before you bring your baby home whether you'll use cloth or disposable diapers. Whichever you use, your little one will have dirty diapers about 10 times a day or about 70 times a week.
- Before diapering, your baby makes sure that you have all supplies within reach so you won't have to leave your infant unattended on the changing table. You will need
- A clean diaper
- Diaper ointment
- Diaper wipes or a container with warm water and a clean washcloth or cotton balls
- Cloth pre-fold diapers.
- Diaper rash is a common concern. Typically the rash is red and bumpy and will go away in a few days with warm baths, some diaper cream, and little time out of diapers. Most crashes happen because baby skin is sensitive and becomes irritated by the wet or poopy diaper.
Here are some of the tips that you should follow for one to three-month-old baby
- To prevent diaper rash try some of the steps
- Change your baby's diaper often as soon as possible after a bowel movement.
- Gently clean the area with mild soap and water then apply a very thick layer of diaper rash or barrier cream with zinc oxide are preferred because they form a barrier against moisture.
- If you use cloth diapers, wash them in fragrance-free detergents.
- Let the baby go and diaper for a part of the day. This gives canes a chance to breathe out.
- If a diaper rash continues for more than three days or seems to be getting worse, call your doctor. It may cause a fungal infection that requires a prescription.
- You should give your baby a sponge bath.
- The umbilical cord falls off and the navel heals completely within one to four weeks.
- The circumcision heals about two or three times a week in first your is fine.
- More frequent bathing may dry the skin.
Keep these items ready before bathing your baby
- A soft clean washcloth
- Mild baby soap and shampoo
- A soft brush to stimulate babies scalp
- Towel or blankets
- A clean diaper
- Clean cloths
- As a new parent, you may be surprised to learn that your baby who seems to need you every minute of the day, actually sleeps about 16 hours or more.
- Newborns typically sleep for a period of two to four hours. Don't expect you through the night that the decimal system of babies is so small that they need nourishment every few hours and should be awakened if they haven't been fed for four hours.
- Many babies sleep through the night between 6 to 8 hours at three months of age, but if yours doesn't it is cause for concern.
- Like adults, babies must develop their own sleep patterns and cycle, so if Your newborn is gaining weight and appears healthy, don't despair if he or she hasn't slept through the night for three months.
- It is important to always place the baby on their back to sleep to reduce the risk of Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Use safe sleeping practices by not using blankets, quilts, sheepskin, or hard pillows.
Behaving with your child
- Provide ways for your child to see, hear, feel, move freely and touch you.
- Give them enough freedom so that they can move easily. From this, your baby will slowly establish trust with you.
- Slowly move coloring things for a child to see. A simple homemade toy that can attract your child and your baby's interest by the sound it makes.
- Smile, laugh, and play with your child. You would soon see your baby smile in return.
- Talk to your child and copy her sounds or gestures. You should see her slowly focus on your face and try to imitate you in return.
- Help your baby to follow an object. When he sees it, it moves slowly from side to side and up and down.
- Play games with your baby. Place a toy in his or her stomach and slowly walk your finger towards her and tickle him/her say here comes my baby finger, Here they come, closer and closer, then get you.
- To change the game make your finger creep slowly and quickly or wait a different amount of time before tickling her. You should see her show light by laughing or squealing.
- Look into your baby's eyes and smile in response to his smile. As a parent, you should see your baby reacting positively to your facial expression, movement, and gestures.
- Talk to your baby with a soft tone and have a baby talk with them. Both father and mother are important to communicate with their newborn. You will notice that he or she will soon start memorizing and copying your words.
- Do skin-to-skin contact. Feeling, hearing, and smelling your praise should provide your baby with a sense of calm and security.
Here are some of the tips to take care of your newly born baby
- Fulfill increased feeding requirements. If you have been breastfeeding and you have been offering breast milk from only one breast, you may need to start offering both breasts to feed your infant. Your baby may also demand to fit even at night or midnight.
- Identify and take care of sleeping times.
- A total of 9 to 12 hours of sleep in 24 hours is normal for one to three months old infants. So make sure your infant gets adequate sleep.
- Attend your baby when he or she cries. Attend your crying baby and give her all your attention.
- Cuddle him or her, soothe him or her, and take him or her outside to calm him or her. This is how you can do to calm them down
- Interact with them. In the second month, your baby starts responding to your loud and sudden noises.
- Talk with your dear little ones. Speak simple words or rhyme words so that your baby will recognize them and respond to them.
- Keep your baby safe. Never leave your baby on her changing mat or the floor without any supervision. If you have Pets at Home, keep your baby away from them.
- Make sure your baby has soft toys, which don't have any sharp edges. Scan the places around your baby to ensure there is no short and harmful object lying around them.
- Keep a track of immunization and overall health. Make sure that your little one gets vaccinated properly.
- Take your baby to the doctor for regular health checkups.
- Also, maintain clean and tidy surroundings so that your baby won't catch any infection.
- Your infant's hygiene should be your priority.
Do You Know?
- Up to 75% of each meal goes to build your baby's brain and over 80% of babies brain is found by age of three
- Even with a hug and every kiss, with every nutritious meal and game you play, you are helping to Build your baby's brain
- Within a few days, babies can start smiling when people smile at them.
- 1 to 3 months old babies see things best when they are between 20 to 30 cm away by three months babies have a great range of vision
- At six months your baby can eat anything except honey which should not be given until she's a year old.
- Toddlers are especially happy when they see that they are making adults around them happy as well.
- Children learn better when they are taught how to behave well instead of being scolded for behaving badly