If you’re a mom for the first time, taking care of your newborn might not be an easy task.
Not because it’s hard or complicated; it’s just because everything related to the baby is new to you.
As much as it can be an exhausting thing to do, it is one of the most wonderful things you’ll ever do in your life. It is a privilege to care for this cute, helpless creature; you will feed, bathe, put to sleep, and soothe them. All of that creates an incredible bond between the two of you and establishes an amazing mother-child relationship.
Make sure you read on to find out more about how to take care of your little pumpkin.
You’ve got yourself a long nine months that you can take advantage of and educate yourself during by reading. Find the nearest bookshop and buy books that talk about how to deal with your baby and what to expect when you deliver. The internet has proven itself to be useful too; search for articles that tackle the same topics. After reading, don’t expect to be a guru, but at least you should have an idea of what’s waiting for you and how to deal with your newborn. Make sure you also read and watch videos about breastfeeding and breastfeeding positions to avoid any troubles in that area.
Prepare the Nursery
From the moment you know you’re pregnant, you should focus on preparing the nursery. Make sure everything you get would be comfortable for your newborn. The mattress should be firm and flat and it should be covered with cotton linen to care for your baby’s sensitive skin.
Also, make sure you have a baby monitor, especially if your room is far from the nursery. You can invest in long-distance baby monitors to guarantee the safety of your newborn. You don’t want to risk being out of touch with them and not knowing whether they’re sleeping or possibly crying.
Ask for Help
Don’t be shy! Caring for a newborn is always effortful, especially in the first few months. Always ask for help and accept any provided support. You will need to sleep and rest, so ensure that friends or family members along with your husband help you achieve that. They can take shifts to care for the baby, allowing you to get a straight four-hour nap.
Also, you can arrange it with your husband; he can care for the baby at night then get to nap in the morning, leaving you with the morning full-care of the newborn. If possible, you can also hire a babysitter to help you. You will need some time off from the baby to care for yourself, do the household chores, and finish your work – if you’re a working mom.
Out and About
Caring for your baby outside is not any less important than caring for them at home. You should be prepared with the suitable equipment that makes you ready to go outside with them. Make sure you invest in a diaper bag or a mommy bag, where everything related to the little one goes. It is where you place their bottles, pacifiers, clothes, diapers, wipes, medicine, and a lot more.
It’s so important that you cannot go out without it. Also, you want to invest in a stroller to take your cutie pie out for walks or to go shopping together. If you have a car, you should also get a car seat to guarantee the baby’s safety while you’re on the road. According to the weather, you should make sure that your baby wears comfy clothes that will make them neither hot on sunny days nor cold in the wintertime.
Putting Them to Sleep
Almost every new mom struggles with her newborn when it comes to putting them to sleep. Babies often cry and want to be held, shaken, and fed – exactly as they were in the womb. The best way to deal with them is to treat them as if they’re still inside you. Your baby was held tightly inside of you and used to sleep while hearing the sounds of your heartbeat and blood flow. Learn to swaddle your newborn; that way they will feel protected and cozy. You can also play white noise that is similar to the noises they used to hear. The sounds of fans, washing machines, and hair dryers work magic to put babies to sleep.
There is no need to overwhelm yourself or feel anxious; you will be such a great mom. Women tend to have this thing that makes them strong and capable of giving love and care. The love you bear for your newborn will get you through any tough phase you may face and make you able to take care of them. Make sure, however, to follow the above tips to help know more and simplify caring for your angel face.