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  • Caring for Your Newborn In The New Normal: 6 Tips Every New Parent Should Know

    How to navigate the new normal and care for your newborn with ease and confidence.
Caring for Your Newborn In The New Normal: 6 Tips Every New Parent Should Know
  • Caring for a newborn while navigating the new normal as a first-time parent can be extra challenging. Even in the best of times, you probably have questions about everything — from babyproofing your home to bathing your bundle of joy. Given the current climate, protecting your baby's immunity and well-being is a top priority, too.

    It's absolutely normal for your new-parent jitters to go into overdrive. After all, a newborn's immune system is still developing, making your baby susceptible to possible infections, including COVID-19. It really is best not to let your guard down.

    Here’s a tip: Take a deep breath and trust your instincts! Reach out to the experts for advice. Even before giving birth, make sure you find the right pediatrician to talk to and rely on for guidance. Ensure he or she is willing to be your health partner in a way that makes your baby’s care a priority.

    At home, keep your baby well-nourished to keep his or her immune system strong. Sanitize with effective but organic, baby-safe cleaning products. And envelope your baby’s whole environment with air that is clean and fresh with the help of an air purifier that keeps toxins at bay.

    It’s all about finding that right safety routine that weighs every risk in mind. Preparation is key!

    For an added boost of confidence, here are some newborn care tips that can help you prepare for parenthood during these times :

    1. Get ready for D-Day

    The parenting journey starts even before your baby is born. Seek the advice of your obstetrician, midwife, and lactation consultant — if you have one — for the best birth plan that adapts well to the current situation.

    Healthcare practitioners will most likely have evidence-based recommendations and know up-to-date hospital policies on required pre-birth COVID-19 tests, visitation policies, items you should bring from home, patient discharge requirements, and the like.

    Your baby bag and its essentials will depend on your birth plan and the safety precautions required for your baby’s first trip home.

    2. Establish connections

    When you’re finally home, don’t forget to make time for virtual social connections. Schedule a Zoom call with your best friend, sibling, or fellow new parent, and swap newborn care tips. Just because you’re practicing physical distancing doesn’t mean you can’t be social!

    Another great way to connect online is through parent-led support social media groups and pages aimed at helping first-time parents. Feel free to join one (or two!) that resonates with you.

    As for home visitors, it’s best (for now!) that they keep their distance. There will be a lot of friends and family who would like to see your new bundle of joy. However, a newborn’s immunity is not fully developed, so it would be best to avoid physical contact with outsiders to prevent potential harm.

    3. Keep your rooms clean and disinfected

    Sanitize high-touch areas and use safe cleaning products to keep your newborn's toys and nursery items germ-free. Choose effective disinfectant products and be sure to read their product labels to see if they are suitable for babies.

    While highly effective, many grocery brands contain harsh chemicals that may cause irritation. To be extra sure, opt for natural and organic products so that your newborn doesn’t get exposed to unwanted chemicals.

    Avoid bringing the outside germs into your home, too. If you or a family member needs to step outside to buy groceries and medicines, be sure to sanitize footwear and leave the pair by the door. Take a shower immediately, and launder outside the clothes as soon as possible.

    4. Keep up with your baby’s doctor appointments

    Transitioning from face-to-face pediatrician appointments to online sessions is actually not as challenging as it seems. It just needs proper planning and the right mindset.

    Before anything else, have your pediatrician’s phone number on-hand. Talk with him or her to arrange the best care protocol for you and your baby. During these uncertain times, it's not in your baby’s best interest to bring him or her to the doctor's clinic.

    Don’t be shy to ask for options, such as monthly video appointments via Zoom or home visits for immunization shots. Should you need to go to the clinic, ask your doctor for the best time to go — preferably when it is not too busy, so you can go in and out of the clinic quickly. And please, make sure you and your baby are wearing the right safety attire for the trip.

    5. Set up a routine and include baby-bonding time

    Coronavirus or not, a routine helps! A daily routine provides stability and reassurance, supporting you and your family’s mental and emotional well-being.

    Set roles and responsibilities with others in caring for your baby so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Include time in your daily schedule to get to know your baby – his or her temperament and unique personality.

    How about giving your bundle of joy a 30-minute early morning sunbath by the window? This not only brings you closer together but also has vitamin D-boosting and mood-lifting benefits.

    6. Protect your baby with clean, fresh air

    It’s easy to take air for granted since it is something we do not see. But now, more people have come to realize the value of clean and fresh air. Did you know that poor indoor air quality can negatively affect your baby's respiratory health, immunity, sleep, and overall well-being?

    The US Environmental Protection Agency states that indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air due to cooking and heating materials, insecticides, and other cleaning materials. Pollen, mold, and dust are also common pollutants that trigger sudden allergy attacks. And don’t forget to add bacteria and viruses to this long list of invisible factors that can compromise the immune system of your baby.

    During these times, a powerful and effective air purifier is a wise investment. Invest in one that has a high-grade HEPA filter, plus UV Light technology. High-grade HEPA filters help ensure that even small bacteria, viruses, and allergens are caught. The UV Light helps eliminate harmful particles trapped in the filters. These help keep the air your baby is breathing in your home clean and fresh.

    Carrier, a well-known air-conditioning brand, has released its Carrier Air Purifier in both tabletop and floor-standing formats. The floor-standing Carrier Air Purifier comes with a 3-stage Filtration System backed by Grade 11 HEPA Filters to help catch minute particles in the air. It also has a built-in UV Light to help eliminate contaminants. There’s also an Air Quality Monitor that informs you that the air you are breathing is fresh and clean.

    Hopefully, these health and safety tips offer you peace of mind and give you the confidence you need to care for your newborn during these times. Your little one's doctor can also provide more recommendations and suggestions, so don't be afraid to ask for help.

    And remember, staying home and safe with your baby is the perfect excuse for more snuggle time!

    Carrier Air Purifier models are available on Carrier's website, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson, Anson's, and in other leading appliance and department stores nationwide. For more information about Carrier and its air purifiers, follow the brand's Facebook page.

This article is sponsored by CARRIER AIR.