It is perfectly normal to worry about the arrival of your baby at home. You will not be the first young mother to have never changed clothes or put on pajamas to a baby. Most of us learned on the job, and we almost all made mistakes! But do not worry. Your instincts will guide you when you need them, and for tasks that are totally unknown to you, there are always people to help and advise you.
You will get there!
The first day and even the day after a baby arrives after giving birth may seem daunting for young mothers. After performing the miracle of life, after work, tears of joy at birth, you have an innocent infant in your arms, who relies entirely on you to care for him.
You may have never changed a diaper or even held a small baby in your arms. Yet here you are with a baby you must take care of from birth, learning on the job. Fortunately, with some advice and a good maternal instinct, the care of your little baby will soon become natural. You will even be surprised and you will tell everyone soon that you can not imagine life without a baby.
Care for a baby’s skin
The skin of newborns is very sensitive and you must take care of it. It is necessary to keep it dry and clean. Do not hesitate to change the lange after each meal or each nap or as soon as you feel it is necessary. Only use the best quality diapers, which absorb moisture well so that it does not stay on your baby’s skin. Also buy poddle pod for baby sleeping.
Shortly after giving birth, your midwife will probably advise you to use only cotton wool and warm water to clean your baby’s bottom during the first few weeks (if you need to use baby wipes for some reason, check that they are suitable for sensitive skin and fragrance free). Make sure all the small folds of the skin are clean and dry.
The midwife will also show you how to take care of the baby’s umbilical cord (the end of the cord remaining attached to the belly button). The first few days, your baby will not need to take a bath every day. A quick rinse in a few centimeters of hot water every 3 to 4 days will suffice. The rest of the time, a small toilet is perfect (wipe the face, hands and feet with damp cotton wool). That said, you will certainly need to bathe your infant when he has expelled his first meconium, sticky stools and black produced shortly after birth.
Never to forget
By following your instinct, you’ll be on the right track, but new parents need to apply some basic rules from the beginning.
- Support the head, your baby’s neck cannot get there yet.
- Give him food as soon as he is hungry, his little stomach cannot yet ingest a lot of food, so it will be milk at will for now.
- Check that it is not too hot or cold and follow all the tips to prevent sudden infant death.
- Do not overdo it, too fast. You and your baby need to rest and stay calm for at least the first week. Give your body time to recover and let the world come to you!