Pending Package: 5 Baby Care Tips for Expecting Parents
One of the most uncertain things for expecting parents is the health of their baby. Obviously, you want them to be as healthy as possible, from pregnancy to after birth. The best way to ensure this is to make sure they are properly taken care of. Here are five baby care tips for expecting parents.
Safe in the Car
You know how important car seats are for a baby. Babies have smaller, more vulnerable bodies which make them more at risk for harm in the event of a crash. For a newborn, you should have them in a secure, rear-facing car seat. You should also be even more cautious when driving with them.
Shielded From Germs
Unlike older children and adults, babies don’t have the benefits of having developed immune systems through exposure to germs. While they are bound to get sick eventually (like any other human), you don’t want them to encounter germs early on. Make sure that your hands are washed around your baby, along with the hands of anyone who picks up or interacts with them.
You want to make sure that your handle your baby’s diaper changes well. Change them as often as possible and use recommended ointments in order to prevent diaper rash. You could also consider allowing your baby go diaper less for part of the day, in order for their skin to be properly exposed to air outside of their diaper. Be sure to keep them on top of something that can take an accident if you choose this tactic though.
Pay Attention to Feeding
Newborns are nonverbal, but they still need to communicate. One of the biggest things they try to tell you is that they’re hungry. This is most often done through crying, but it can also be done in more subtle ways, such as fixating on tasting their fingers. Make sure you are following these cues and that your baby is consistently well-fed.
Know How to Handle the Unexpected
It’s not something expecting parents like to think about, but birth injuries can be unfortunate realities. Should one happen, through pregnancy or giving birth, you should address it immediately. Find a doctor who is qualified to treat such matters. If necessary, you might need to seek legal counsel.
We hope this has given you a good idea of how to take care of a baby as a new parent. It can be exhausting and demanding work, but the more you stick with it, the easier it becomes and the better at it you’ll be.