Congratulations on your new role as a mom! And since you made it through nine months of pregnancy, the next step is to care for your newborn. Feeling panicky over what to do? Don't fret, this is only natural. As the months and years go by, you will develop patience, endurance and wisdom, eventually making you an expert and full-fledged mom who truly knows best.
But first, here are six baby care basics that every first-time parent needs to know to properly nurture a child:
1. Keep clean and sanitized
Especially your hands. Keep your home -particularly your child's room- spotless at all times. It’s best to stock on hand sanitizer and baby wipes always. Also, swaddle-cloths or lampin as you can expect the baby to drool and even have diaper leaks from time to time.
2. Be all things gentle
That extends from your attitude and mindset, down to the furniture, clothes and things you use for your baby. Baby-proof your home. Remove rough or pointy objects in your surroundings. Don’t argue or make loud sounds as this can irritate the baby. Set up a peaceful ambiance for your newborn. Handling a newborn is a sensitive matter, so touch and handling of your baby should be your priority.
3. No jiggling, shaking or vigorous play
Maybe baby won’t stop crying? Or you’re simply in awe of those chubby cheeks. Whatever the reason is, do not be rough when handling your newborn. Shaking that is vigorous can cause bleeding in the brain and even death. If you need to wake your infant, don't do it by shaking; instead, tickle your baby's feet or blow gently on a cheek.1
There's what you call Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) which could result to serious health consequences and at least one of every four babies who has been violently shaken may die. SBS can potentially result in mental or developmental delays2 and spasticity, a condition in which certain muscles are continuously contracted - this contraction causes stiffness or tightness of the muscles and may interfere with movement, speech, and manner of walking).
4. Don’t forget to burp
You may have had only four hours sleep and feel tired, but never EVER forget to burp your baby. Otherwise, expect non-stop crying and discomfort you don’t want your baby to go through. It is recommended to burp your baby during and after feeding to reduce gas intake.3
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5. There are many types of crying
Your baby will cry a lot, this is a fact. The reasons for your child crying may vary and you should discern what it's for. A baby can cry because of his a) diaper – it may be full, time to change it to a new one; b) did you burp the baby? If not, do so immediately, and c) hunger - give your breast or the bottle and provide sustenance right away.
6. Make bathing a ritual
It is advisable to bath your newborn two to three times a week. Limit bath time to 5 to 10 minutes, use warm water and a hypoallergenic soap or cleanser. Do it in the mornings and not in the late afternoon when the sun is up, so as baby won't have to catch a cold.
Did you know that bathing rituals for your child depends on his age?
Each stage requires a different set of basics that you need to learn. Here now are tips on how to bathe your baby at every age:
A newborn needs to feel safe and secure, and a soothing bath will do the trick. Try Swaddle Bathing: wrap your newborn in a swaddle cloth and immerse him in a tub of lukewarm water; while there, slowly take off the swaddle cloth and use a gentle cleanser that will lock in your baby's natural moisture.
After bathing, gently pat and dry your baby. Time for some baby massage! Touch therapy aids in the development of your baby's muscles and bones, and even enhances his immune system.
For bathing: JOHNSON’S® Baby Top-to-Toe™ Wash
For baby massage: JOHNSON’S® Baby Regular Oil or JOHNSON’S® Baby Pink Lotion
For baby to keep cool and dry: JOHNSON’S® Baby Classic Powder!
Your infant craves stimulation, things and gestures that excite him. When bathing, you should be able to stimulate his senses too. Put some rubber duckies in the mix, make funny sounds and faces while you soak and rinse him. A great bath product for him should have rice and milk proteins, which keeps his skin extra smooth. Always choose a shampoo that is gentle to the eyes so no worries for irritation.
After drying up, rub, and paton your baby. Talk to him while you do this -no baby talk, though- do it as if he's a grownup and see him react to your every word. It's a delight to see your baby engage in conversation!
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Must try products:
For bathing: JOHNSON’S® Baby Rice + Milk Bath and JOHNSON’S® Baby Soft & Shiny Shampoo
For moisturizing: JOHNSON’S® Baby Rice + Milk Lotion or JOHNSON’S® Baby Regular Oil
For baby to keep cool and dry: JOHNSON’S® Baby Rice + Milk Powder
Talk about Terrible Two's - the good terrible kind! Your baby can stand up straight and may even do a quick run to and fro. Playing tag is a possibility and it's your job to make him play-ready! Before you unleash your little man to the world and let him roam to discover, a good bathing ritual should be set. Your toddler now needs products that address his pro-active self; a cleanser that will keep him fresh even as he sweats.
To keep your baby dry while running around, put on powder on his back. And if your little man comes to you and smells sweaty, a splash of baby cologne returns him to his baby fresh scented self.
Must try products:
For bathing: JOHNSON’S® Baby Active Fresh Bath
For toddler to keep cool and dry:JOHNSON’S® Baby Active Fresh Powder
For toddler's fresh scent:JOHNSON’S® Baby Cologne
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