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The Beginners Guide To Baby Care |Tips For New Parents

Baby tips for new parents

When you have a baby the first few weeks are really hard to get adjusted but after that, you will know what you need to do and when along with putting together a schedule that works for your family. I wrote this guide filled with tips for you as a new parent who could use a little help figuring out how to care for your baby.

 

This guide is full of information from feeding your baby, baby gear, sleep tips and so much more!!

 

 

 

Baby Tips For New Parents

Being a parent is one of the hardest things to do, it is a lot of adjusting and healing from birth along with getting into an new routine with breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby and trying to figure out how to get your baby to sleep and how to calm them when they cry, a whole list of new things that can be frustrating when you have no idea what you are doing.

 

 

 

I totally understand this, my first child was born a month early and I had no idea how to take care of a baby other than some basic things, no one told me how to sleep train or what to do when she cried all the time and I definitely didn’t know anything about breastfeeding or healing postpartum. 

 

 

I was 22 and totally lost on how to be a mom to my little girl and it was very hard to go through it with little help or support from anyone except my mom who gave me pointers here and there.

 

 

 

I made this guide so that you don’t have to go through this alone and unprepared, everything you need to know is right here to help you with your sweet little peanut. Congratulations on your new baby and enjoy all the snuggles you can get because they grow up way to fast!!!

 

 

 

What Is Being A New Parent

 

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How to Get Started being the Best Parent Possible

When you first bring your baby home and get settled in always remember these guidelines. This is advice from parents that have been there and done what you are doing now and it’s worth following this sound advice.

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Care Tips

Everything you need to know about taking care of your infant, from feeding, changing, sleeping, to your babies health and teething. Keep these for reference later! Here are some really helpful articles you may want to read!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Baby Must Haves

Hopefully, you stocked up on everything you need for your baby beforehand if you didn’t here are some items you need to have that will help keep your sanity and make baby more comfortable. You may be interested in reading these baby must have articles The Best Newborn Baby Gifts To Buy, The Most Needed And Used Baby Gear if you need help figuring out what you need for your newborn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeding

In the hospital, they are going to help you learn how to either bottle feed or breastfeed your newborn, stick to what they tell you and if you need further help you can get a nurse that will come to your home.

 

 

If you breastfeed your newborn then you will be feeding him more often then if you were using formula, typically a baby will eat around 2 to 3 ounces of formula the first few weeks and a little less if breastfed. You will be feeding your baby every few hours from three to four for formula to ever two with breast milk.

 

Always feed on demand instead of on a schedule, you will figure out your babies needs and be able to find a pattern that works for both of you.

 

 

If your looking for information on how to feed your baby the best way you may want to read this article on Bottle Feeding Your Newborn Baby| Tips for New Moms and also which bottles are the best to use Best Baby Bottles For Newborns With Gas And Reflux Issues

 

 

 

Changing Diapers

You will be changing diapers often! Your baby will dirty at least 8 to 10 diapers a day and by the end of the week, you will be a pro at changing them. Here are some practical tips on changing baby diapers that every new parent should know.

 

 

The basics:

 

 

 

Tips:

If your baby has messy clothes from a blowout and is wearing a onesie you can pull it over her body to avoid making more of a mess. This is what the slits in the shoulders are for!!

 

Here is a helpful article you may want to read on How To Change A Baby’s Diaper Like A Pro

 

 

 

 

Sleeping

Your baby will sleep a lot during the first few weeks and less as time goes on, this is a good time for you to nap as well especially while recovering.  Your baby will most likely be hungry when he wakes up, try and be prepared beforehand for this if possible.

 

 

 

If your baby is mixed up on day or night, try to make things as lively and bright as possible during the day and calm and relaxing at night so they get the idea.

 

 

 

You may want to read this article on How To Get Baby To Sleep At Night

 

 

 

As your baby gets older he will sleep more at night and you can wean him off the night feedings, you can feed him just before bed to help keep him full during the night. Some babies sleep well at night when parents follow the same routine and calm him down an hour before bedtime, remember to keep things low key with little to no stimulation and you will be fine.

 

 

 

If your child has some sleeping issues such as waking at night screaming, this can happen from 6 or 8 months and up, follow this post on what this is and what you can do about it! You’re not crazy this does happen to little babies as well as toddlers, I have been there many nights with my screaming baby.

 

 

 

This is a great article that breaks down what it is and how to fix it What Causes Night Terrors In Babies And Toddlers

 

 

 

Umbilical Cord Care

For the first two or three weeks, your baby will still have an umbilical cord, use alcohol swabs to clean it and don’t submerge your baby during bath time until it dries out and falls off. A sponge bath would work fine for the first few weeks.

 

 

 

Circumcision

After your baby boy gets circumcised his penis is covered with petroleum jelly and a gauze bandage when changing his diaper wipe the tip clean and reapply petroleum jelly to keep it from getting stuck to his diaper.

 

 

It should heal within a few days but if it does look red or infected call your doctor right away.

 

 

 

Bathing

To bathe your baby place her in a baby bath or flower and put a warm washcloth on her belly to keep her from getting cold.

 

If you need more help on how to give your baby a bath here is a great article that walks you through all of it Baby Bath Time | Guide for New Parents

 

 

 

 

Baby Health

Always wash your hands and have others do so as well before touching your baby, this will help prevent illness from spreading to your little one. Also, keep him away from anyone that is sick for the first few months as his immune system isn’t fully developed and he can get sick easily.

 

 

 

If your baby gets sick or starts to have a temperature when he is under 2 months (100.2) call your doctor immediately, if he is three to six months call if fever is 101 and if over six months old call your doctor if it is 103.

 

 

You will know if your baby is sick by how hot they feel and how they are acting, always check the temperature to be sure and try to give a sponge bath if your baby is to hot. You can use Tylenol to lower the fever but always ask your doctor if your baby is under six months.

 

 

 

For a cold use nasal drops and sit in a warm bathroom with the shower running to ease congestion, if symptoms get worse take your baby in or call your doctor as it could be a sign of RSV or croup. Watch your babies breathing if it gets to be hard for them and you see his neck going in like he is struggling take him in immediately.

 

This article is very helpful on this subject if you need more information How To Deal With Croup In Babies And Toddlers

 

 

 

 

Teething

A sign that your baby has started teething is a decreased appetite and drooling, followed by a low-grade fever, diarrhea, and irritability. Your little one may start to chew on everything including his hands and could get a slight rash on his chin from his saliva.

 

Here are some of the best remedies for teething babies  Baby Teething Tips Proven To Work

 

 

 

 

Tips for Success in Parenthood

To be successful as a parent you need to take it a day at a time when things don’t go right remember that tomorrow is another day. Tips to help you when you bring your baby home, your mom or dad instincts will kick in but these are things that you learn from friends or your mom.

 

You may want to read this article on Best Baby Care Tips For New Moms

 

 

 

If you find that you aren’t able to breastfeed and you have a lot of guilt about it this article may make you feel better Unable to Breastfeed, How to Deal With Guilt

                

 

 

 

Common Questions/FAQ New Parents Ask About Taking Care of a Baby

 

 

 

 

 

The Last Thing You Need to Know About Babies as a New Parent

One of the best baby tips I can give you as a new parent is to follow your instincts if you feel that something is wrong with your child don’t let anyone else convince you otherwise. You are your child’s advocate and know when they are acting normal and when something is wrong.

 

 

 

 

Parenting is a tough job but so worth it, in the end, your baby will grow up very fast so cherish all the snuggles and hard times because they will be over faster then you think.

 

 

 

 

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