It's been said that nothing can truly prepare you for the miracle of childbirth and the wonders of parenthood. Most parents start out by learning in advance, which might include talking to friends, consulting a doctor, and occasionally reading books or web articles in order to get a better idea of what lies ahead.
One concept you might learn about early on is the importance of skin-to-skin contact. According to UNICEF, it's "the practice where a baby is dried and laid directly on their mother's bare chest after birth, both of them covered in a warm blanket and left for at least an hour or until after the first feed." It benefits both mother and child. Perks include the baby's improved digestion and the release of hormones that aid in breastfeeding. It's also said to have a calming and relaxing effect on both.
Skin-to-skin contact, sometimes referred to as "Kangaroo Care," should begin immediately after birth and continue throughout postnatal development. Safe to say it's those initial days, weeks, and months after a baby is born that can do wonders for you as a parent, but also ultimately and more importantly for your child.
Should you find yourself thinking about the benefits of skin-to-skin contact, consider these reminders to help you nurture your babies throughout their most precious beginnings.
Bath Time: Don't Overdo It
Babies need only a warm bath about two or three times a week. Use a gentle sponge, towel, or cotton for washing your baby, and a gentle and caring product like NIVEA Baby Head-To-Toe Wash. After bath, apply NIVEA Baby Moisturizing Lotion to lock in moisture and prevent dry skin.
Baby Massage: Touch Therapy
Some parents and experts attest to the benefits of giving babies an oil massage. Warm your hands before applying NIVEA Baby Caring Oil on your baby, and then do a gentle massage on your baby's arms, legs, and back for about 15 to 30 minutes. This process not only provides moisture to the skin but is also reported to contribute to weight gain, improved mental well-being, and overall relaxation for the child.
Diaper Change: Don't Panic
Always check your baby's diaper, and change it as soon as it gets soiled or wet to prevent diaper rash. NIVEA Baby Fresh & Pure Wipes will come in handy come cleaning time. It is based on pure water and tender aloe vera to maintain natural pH and protective barrier of baby's skin. And if you don't have a changing table, a clean, warm, and dry surface will do. One more tip: Place your palm on your baby's tummy while changing his nappy.
Product Picks: Go Gentle
For babies with extra sensitive skin, you may want to try NIVEA Baby Pure & Sensitive Wash during bath time and apply NIVEA Baby Pure & Sensitive Lotion after a bath.
NIVEA Baby products promise to be gentle on your baby's skin, with 0% parabens, alcohol, and colorants. All products balance the moisture level of your baby's skin as well as support the skin's protective function which keeps it moisturized. For gentle and caring protection, choose NIVEA Baby.