Congratulations are in order. You have gone through your long pregnancy, the labour process and then the delivery, and you have your new bundle of joy in your arms. It is now time to go home and enjoy the following years with your new baby boy or girl. If this is a new experience for you and this is your first child, it is very likely that you’re not really sure what exactly you’re doing. It is a very exciting time, but also time when you as a mother are not sure that you are ready for what lies ahead. You can be offered all of the advice in the world, but if you’ve never gone through this before, it can be a bit of a nightmare. You are always second-guessing yourself and asking yourself, is this what my mother would do. You have read all the books about having a new baby, but you are still not clear what the expectation is.
You don’t even know simple things like what kind of baby shampoo should I buy, and what is the best formula for a child. It’s at times like this where you need some tips that can help you feel a lot more confident about taking care of your new child. The following are just some of those tips.
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– Ask for help –
After you have just had your child, there are so many people in the hospital that are experts and they are more than happy to assist you. You can ask questions about breastfeeding your child and when it is that you need to start bottlefeeding. The nurses are a fantastic source of information and they will tell you had to hold your child properly, burp the, and how to properly change a nappy. Ask about baby sleeping tips as well. Try to turn to the neighbors that you are close to, who might have a teenage daughter who is more than happy to help you for a little while after the birth. Your family and friends are also available to help as well, and while you might not agree with everything that they say, do consider what they are telling you.
– Handling your newborn –
Many of the things that you should know are just common sense, but sometimes the obvious needs to be pointed out. It is important that you wash your hands before picking up your baby because your new child doesn’t have an immune system that is strong enough yet. Remember to properly support your baby’s head and neck and never shake your new child because you are frustrated. When you’re taking them out in the pram, make sure that your child is properly fastened to the pram. This is an important time for bonding to make sure that you try to establish a deep connection with your child. For some additional tips on how to take care of your new baby, have a look here.
This is a very exciting time in your life, but also a difficult one, so remember to take all the help that is offered to you.