3 Tips To Help Look After Your Newborn Baby

Collaborative post by another author.  Having a baby is one of the most emotional, exciting, and wonderful things you can go through. It can also be a nerve-wracking time. Outside of getting the preparations complete beforehand, you’ll need to make sure you know how to look after your newborn baby.

A newborn baby's hand in it's fathers

While that comes naturally to quite a few people, it won’t to others. You don’t have to be stressed about this, however. Not only will your midwife and others help you with this, but you can use more than a few tips and tricks.

More than a few of these come well-recommended.

How To Look After Your Newborn Baby: 3 Top Tips

1. Bathe Them The Right Way

Knowing how to bathe your baby is one of the more important parts of figuring out how to look after your newborn baby. You’ll need to make sure you use the right products and supplies, such as baby shampoo.

These are specifically designed for baby’s skin, which makes them far less harmful. They also shouldn’t irritate your baby’s skin. Combined with a baby bath and similar products, you shouldn’t have any worries when you’re bathing your baby. Keep in mind you’ll need to use a soft touch with everything.

2. Use Motion To Calm Them

Calming a fussy baby can be difficult, especially when they’re your first child and you’re still learning the ropes. One of the better-recommended ways to do this is by using motion, which could prove soothing to your baby.

Even a simple back and forth in your arms when you’re cradling them can be recommended. If they’re irritated, you’ll find they’ll be calm relatively quickly. While it’s also possible to create this motion in a stroller, doing so in your arms can be more helpful.

It provides a certain level of closeness and warmth, both of which will help calm your baby.

3. Teach Them Not To Bite

Baby teeth often start to come in around the six-month mark although you may see the first signs of teething much earlier. When this happens they tend to chew on almost anything to provide some level of comfort and to help the teeth come through. This isn't a problem if they bite a teether, but if you are breastfeeding you will want to teeth them not to bite while they’re nursing. There are several ways you can go about this.

One of the more notable is, when they start biting down, to simply remove them from your breast and say "no". Once that happens, your baby will wonder what changed. After several seconds, bring them back into the feeding position and repeat as necessary.

Over time, your baby will learn not to bite, as doing so will mean not being able to feed. It’s a low-effort way of feeding your baby without putting up with biting.

How To Look After Your Newborn Baby: Wrapping Up

Figuring out how to look after your newborn baby can seem like an overwhelming prospect, but it doesn’t need to be. You’ll have more than a bit of help with this, and there are countless bits of advice and tips you can take advantage of.

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