As much as a newborn brings joy, it brings an equal amount of responsibility as well. New parents usually go through a bumpy ride when taking care of a baby, which involves issues like lack of sleep, soothing the baby, and feeding. Be ready for drastic changes in your lifestyle and remember that the first giggle of your little one makes the struggles you go through worth it.
We did some research which led us to put together a list of things that can be beneficial for new parents.
10. How to bathe a baby
Any new parent is nervous about bathing their baby. There is always some level of apprehension when it comes to bathing a newborn. It is important to note that newborns require just a sponge bathduring the first week of their life. It is suggested to wait until after the umbilical cord dries up and falls off on its own to start with the occasional tub bath.
Remember, it’s just an occasional tub bath, which means you don’t need to bathe the baby daily. Also, check the water temperature before putting the baby in and never leave the baby unattended.
9. How to massage a baby
Massage is generally done for newborns to make their bones and muscles stronger. The first rule is to not do it before or after a feed. To give a successful baby massage, follow these steps: lay your baby on a towel or sheet on a comfortable surface, like a bed, and start massaging with a vegetable based oil. Start with the legs, followed by the arms, then the chest, and finally the baby’s back.
Massaging not only soothes but strengthens the baby as well. An added bonus is the bond that is created with the baby during these daily massages.