Having a baby is one of the most beautiful things that could happen
in a parentís life. Yet, it is also challenging. Raising your newborn child
is not easy. It takes a lot of effort and patience to nurture your child
until he or she reaches the stage of complete development. Though some
of the time this task is can be quite challenging, the joys certainly outweigh
any negatives. Here are some suggestions for successful baby nurturing:
Breast milk is recommended for the first year of a newbornís life. This
is to give the baby the optimum sustenance to grow and progress. Generally
speaking, the newborn child should be breastfed about 8 to 10 times a day
during the babyís first few weeks. As a parent, it is necessary that you
know when your baby is getting the proper nourishment needed. Some indications
that your baby is feeding well is when he or she is having four or more
wet diapers a day or having a bowel movements 3 times or more a day.
Donít be surprised if your newborn child spends the majority of their
time sleeping. It is common for infants to sleep most of the time, around
12 to 20 hours a day. When putting your baby to rest, it is advised by
most doctors that you put your baby on his/her back, on a firm mattress.
During cold weather, it is best that you dress your baby with warm pajamas
to keep him warm rather than using a bedspread.
3. Bowel movements
Determining if your newborn child is having a bowel movement is easy.
It is usually apparent when he starts to become quite hard to please, his
face turns red, and he starts to cry and tends to move his legs. It is
natural for newborn babies to pass a lot of gas so donít be surprised if
this happens often. If your baby is breastfeeding, it is quite normal that
he will pass stools a couple of times a day. On the other hand, babies
that are formula fed do not pass stools quite as frequently. Should you
ever see any signs of blood in the stool of your baby, immediately give
your babyís physician a call.
4. Dressing your newborn
Providing your baby with the proper clothing is very important. Keep
in mind that you should use clothing that is comfortable and appropriate.
During cold season, you should clothe your baby with knit caps and booties.
Though parents often want their baby to look fashionable, it is better
not to overdress your newborn. Babies struggle to regulate their body temperature
and therefore rely on layers of clothing to stay the right temperature.
5. Babyís day out
Taking your newborn child can be fun. However, you need to consider
when and where you can take your baby. Limit outings to nice days. It is
important to keep your baby away from people with colds or any other form
of illness. Also, avoid direct sunlight for this may harm your babyís skin.
In addition, avoid taking your baby to crowded places while your baby is
only a couple of months old.
To sum it up, proper nurturing of your newborn child is a rewarding
experience. Youíre not only able to personally attend to your childís needs,
but you also get to enjoy quality time where you and your baby can bond
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