After an agonizing, painful and sometimes downright scary nine months, the moment of your baby’s birth is like the hugest sigh of relief. It is indescribable and wonderful. But, giving birth to the baby is only half the job done. The real job starts now, where you have to take care of the little one and make sure it grows up to be healthy, strong and happy.
The first week after the birth of your baby is exciting and difficult. Moms don’t always know what to do and how to take care of a baby, especially if this is the first time.
The tips we’ve mentioned below will prove useful to you -
1. Your child's nutrition and food:
The baby needs to be breastfed every 2 to 3 hours by the mother. Each child has different needs, so make a feeding plan as per the needs of your little one.
2. Taking care of the baby's head:
The baby's head is really fragile, so make sure you always hold it gently. And when you’re going to put them to sleep, make sure you always use a soft pillow.
3. Looking after the baby's sleep:
The baby will also be tired after birth, so don’t be surprised or worried if your baby sleeps continuously for 19 to 20 hours. Sleep is very essential for the physical and mental development of the infant.
4. Baby Palms:
The fingers of a newborn baby are often tied in a fist. If you try to open it, the baby starts catching your fingers. Do not be surprised because this is the baby's natural reaction.
5. The cry of the newborn:
The baby uses the help of its tears to understand the people and the environment around it, and screams or cries out to let others know that it needs attention. Thus, the baby’s parents understand and fulfill its demands. Until such time that the child can speak, its only way of communication is by crying.
6. The newborn’s heartbeat:
A newborn's heart rate is faster than an adult's. Their heart rate can even be around 150 beats per minute. This is normal for a baby and there is nothing to be worried about. If you are concerned with some of your baby’s behaviour, consult your paediatrician.
7. Child's social behavior:
Your baby will try to interact with things and people around him/her after birth. S/He will try to touch them, go near them to explore what it is and who knows, maybe even laugh a little. This is the most enjoyable experience ever!
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