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The Ultimate Guide to Taking Care of a Baby

The Ultimate Guide to Taking Care of a Baby

Congrats! There is no good feeling which can match bringing a newborn baby home. The excitement and jubilation that parents experience are profound.

It’s understandable to be nervous about the techniques for taking care of a baby, particularly for first-time parents. After all, regardless of how meticulously one plans and gets ready for the arrival of a child, there will always be hurdles and challenges along the way.

These difficulties could include breastfeeding difficulties, financial difficulties, and inadequate sleep. It is also common for new parents to experience anxiety or depression.

And, since no two babies are alike, it’s hard to predict how a child’s first weeks and months will unfold: The difficulties that one family faces may be very different from those that another family encounters.

The good news is that many previous parents and newborn-care providers have documented some general guidelines and best practices for navigating early infancy. So, here are tips for parents regarding taking care of a newborn.

Stall Visitors

Family and friends might want to visit immediately after giving birth. But you may prefer to keep them at a distance for a while. You want to spend your time with your baby and your partner.

It is also the perfect time to bond with your newborn, look them in the eye and talk to them. Newborns know their mother’s voice and may find it soothing.

Dressing Your Baby

Dressing your baby in an elegant outfit is irresistible when going home. But remember, babies can’t regulate their own body temperature until they are 6 months old.

Choose the best baby clothes from Hanna Andersson. However, don’t over bundle them. Too much sweating can make them chilled.

Dress your baby in the same amount of clothing as you would need indoors or outdoors.

Car Seat

Before leaving the hospital, ensure you have a certified child passenger seat installed in your vehicle. If your baby has many clothes on, the harness may not fit. Remove excess clothing, then snug the harness against the hips and shoulders.

If it is cold, you can cover your baby with blankets on top.

Once the seat is installed, it shouldn’t move any more than an inch in any direction. It should also be installed at a 45-degree angle, the baby’s body should be semi-reclining, and the head must not flop forward.

Breastfeeding Tips for Parents

Breastfeeding should be natural, but it can be difficult for some women. However, these following strategies can help.

Breastfeed Immediately After Delivery

Breastfeeding usually goes smooth if done within an hour after delivery. You shouldn’t feel awkward asking hospital lactation consultants for help.

Breastfeed on Demand

In the first six weeks, you must breastfeed your baby whenever they want. Scheduling feeding too early can interfere with milk supply. Remember, the more your baby feeds, the more milk you produce.

Learn to Latch

Position your baby on their side so that both your bellies are against each other. Then tickle their mouth with your nipple to make them open the mouth. Make sure an entire nipple and potion of areole are in their mouth.

Note that a deep latch will encourage enough milk to be produced and prevent your nipple from getting damaged.

Make Use of ‘Nursing Nest’

Though not a must, a rocker or cozy chair with a good footstool can be helpful during breastfeeding. Whenever you are breastfeeding, ensure you have enough pillows for back support. They will also help you position your baby right at your breast.

Drink Adequate Liquids Each Day

To feed your milk supply, ensure you drink at least eight glasses of liquid every day, depending on your age and metabolism activity. Also, consume between 2 200 to 2 400 calories daily.

Even with added calories, breastfeeding moms will still lose 1 to 4 pounds a month.

Baby Feeding Formula

For women who can’t breastfeed, they need a supplement with formula.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates all the formulas and ensure they are safe and contain essential nutrients. Your pediatrician should be able to recommend a formula containing iron, DHA, and other nutrients.

Whether powder, liquid, or concentrate, the choice you make is determined by cost and convenience.

Some parents may be reluctant to give their babies milk-based formula brands due to fear of an allergic reaction. However, only about 3 to 4 percent of infants are allergic. A soy-based formula can be an alternative for the parent who doesn’t want their baby to consume animal products.

Newborn Body Care

Doctors recommend the tips below to keep your baby clean and comfortable:

It is common for acne to appear on a baby’s face; they are harmless. Clean your baby’s face daily with mild baby soap.

Babies have a yellowish discharge in the eye. This condition is caused by a blocked tear duct and can last for months. Wipe the area with a cotton ball moistened with warm water.

Wash the baby hair not more than three times a week with a gentle baby’s shampoo. Brush the scalp daily using a soft hairbrush to remove scales.

Clean your baby’s nostrils using a nasal bulb syringe. To loosen mucus, you can use an eyedropper to insert saline solution before sanctioning.

Use baby’s nail clippers to trim his soft nails. Also clips nails only after bath, when nails are most delicate.

Limit your baby’s baths to 10 minutes. Use lukewarm water and fragrance-free soap. After bathing, apply a hypoallergenic skincare cream.

Change diapers frequently and ensure you rinse your baby’s bottom with water during each change. Don’t use wipes; they may irritate the skin. Barrier creams may also help.

Always ensure the umbilical cord is clean and dry. It will shrivel and fall after a few weeks.

You Now Know the Tips for Taking Care of a Baby

A baby will undoubtedly brighten any home, but understanding how to accommodate your new daughter or son best is essential for a smooth transition.

You do not need to be anxious about taking care of a baby. You will slowly develop routine parenting skills, and soon you will be like a pro!

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Top Ways to Get Baby Freebies

Top Ways to Get Baby Freebies

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When it comes to baby gear, things can be pretty pricey. To keep your budget in check, here are 16 ways to get your hands on heaps of free baby stuff.

Your baby embraces everything that is adorable, but also everything that is expensive. Thank goodness there is plenty of free baby stuff ready and waiting to be used – all you need to know is how to get your hands on it. There are a lot of websites for baby and new mum freebies, notes that being a new mum entitles you to plenty of free things for your baby’s needs, including formula samples, coupons and diapers.

Below you will find the top 16 ways to get yourself these great freebies

Asking For Samples, Means Getting Samples

Hospitals and doctors get an abundance of free samples for patient use. Ask what samples are available or check the waiting room for displays. We suggests new mums asks for samples when they are at the hospital.

Make Use of New Parent Packs

We suggest making direct calls to companies and asking for a new parent pack. As well as the pack, a lot of companies will also send out coupons for their products, hoping that you will become a new customer.

Sign-Up To Newsletters

You can get high-value coupons, discount codes, free stuff and free samples are offered by many companies. Since a lot of the offers have limited numbers, signing up to newsletters lets you be one of the first to learn about a new deal, increasing your chance of getting your hands on it, we recommend MegaFreeStuff who offer lots of baby free stuff and samples.

Look Out For Sales and Coupons

If there’s a baby item that you simply must have, then collect email, website and paper coupons to make it yours. Look out for sales and, when possible, use a coupon-sale combination.

Make Use of Rewards Programs

Diaper manufacturers, as well as other companies, have reward programs for people who shop often with them. Choose one brand and stick with them, making sure you register points as you shop for free diapers and other items.

Blog and Request

Amanda Vega, founder of 3 Peas Baby Marketing, recommends setting up a blog, then reaching out to companies directly and asking for samples in exchange for reviews. Amanda herself works with clients who are keen to spread the word about their new baby gear, food or bottles.

Go To Conventions and Shows

For new parents who want the latest in baby gear, baby expos are the place to be. In major cities there is usually a minimum of one baby expo a year so keep your eyes peeled for the closest one to you.

Take Part in Surveys

Getting free baby stuff is also possible by taking part in marketing surveys. Granted you may not have enough free time to participate in a long survey, but even one that takes just a couple of minutes may give you a free product at the end of it.

Help Out With Market Research

You can receive free baby items, or even cash, if you take part in market research. To get started, find a reputable firm and get your name registered on their database.

Recycle Everything Possible

Baby Earth, as well as other recycling companies, will often send gift certificates that you can use on their online store, if you send them your used baby gear.

Look Out For Sweepstakes and Contests

The majority of baby-focused websites have sweepstakes or contests running, usually with a great giveaway at the end of it. You do need to devote a little time to entering, but you can land yourself some really hip gear.

Do a Swap

Offer to swap baby items that your baby doesn’t use, or uses rarely. You may be able to start an arrangement with other mums in your area who are also keen to swap baby gear and toys on a regular basis.

Subscribe To Magazines

When you subscribe to a magazine you are often treated to a tote bag, a coupon or a different magazine.

Say Yes To Hand Me Downs

It’s time to make use of your social circle. Toddlers grow very fast in their first year, meaning some clothes may only have had a couple of wears, or none ta all, meaning you receive it in excellent condition.

Join Mum Groups

Fun activities for mum and baby are often sponsored by local groups. Use the opportunity to get you and baby away from home, meeting new people and possibly coming home with freebies.

Entertainment Freebies and Travel Deals

A lot of airlines will let your toddler of up to 2 years travel for free on your lap. ‘Kids go free’ promotions are also on offer by resorts and cruise lines. Disney World and other amusement parks offer free admission for under 3’s, so try to plan your vacation for before your child’s birthday.

You need to put in time and effort to get your hands on free baby stuff, but it is out there for the taking. What you’re going to pay for a particular item can vary greatly from one day to another, so make a habit of checking in regularly on your favourite spots for free baby gear.