New-born babies are very fragile and small, and it’s understandable that you feel anxious when you bring your little one home. It can be challenging as a first-time parent to take care of your little one because you want to make sure that you are doing everything right when it comes to your precious baby. From dressing your baby, to burping them and cutting their tiny nails, everything seems quite difficult. Don’t worry, with a little practice you will soon be an expert. Here are some neonatal care guidelines, which will help you manage the situation like a pro.
Choosing a baby formula
Sometimes breastfeeding isn’t an option, as the mother is not healthy enough to breastfeed her baby, or the baby refuses to eat their mother’s milk.
If you find yourself in this situation, you should start doing research on baby formula, it can offer your little one all the nutrients and vitamins they need to grow strong. You may ask yourself what the best baby formula is. Well, it depends on your preferences and needs. You can choose from three options: powdered formula, liquid concentrate, and ready-to-go.
The powdered formula is the most affordable solution and you can easily obtain it, you only have to dissolve the powder in pre-heated water. You can premix bottles and keep them in the fridge for 24 hours if you want to save time.
The liquid concentrate is easier to mix, you only need to add water without spreading powder on the kitchen countertop. It’s a little more expensive than the powder formula, and it’s more difficult to carry the bottles outdoors to prepare it.
The ready-to-feed formula is the most convenient one, but it’s also the most expensive solution. It’s perfect for the early mornings, late nights or outdoors trips.
Sleeping may seem a challenge
New-borns do two main activities they eat and sleep. Your baby will probably sleep for around 16 hours a day, but they will do it in short bursts, and the result is that you will feel exhausted 24/7.
The best advice everyone can offer you is to sleep when your baby sleeps, go to bed early and take naps together. Take shifts with your partner, family members and friends, everyone who can help you should be more than welcomed into your house.
Deciphering how to sooth the baby
During the first weeks, it’s quite difficult to understand why the little one is crying. You will slowly learn to do it, but the process will also include errors. Don’t worry, you will be just fine. Your fussy infant can be soothed if you can make them feel like they were in the womb. Sing, shush and swaddle them to help them relax. If you will hold them on their side, it will also have a soothing effect.
Music can calm a crying baby, search online for tapes designed especially for this purpose. If nothing works, have a warm bath together, it will relax both of you. Soaking the little one in the bathtub will calm them and will give you some peaceful moments.