How to care for your newborn baby
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How to care for your newborn baby

[MUSIC PLAYING] I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect in
those first few weeks at home with my newborn. Overwhelming unconditional love. The intensity of emotion was
more than I expected. But as intimidating as a whole journey
seemed, instinct kicked in and being a parent quickly became the most
natural thing in the world. Of course, I was tired from
labor and delivery, but somehow that didn’t matter. As new parents, we were 100% focused
on taking care of our new baby. Obviously, I tried to rest when my
daughter rested, to eat well, and be smart about visitors. I got some great advice from more
experienced mums and I learned a lot every day as our baby started
growing, changing, and discovering her new world. I thought I’d pass along some of the
tips that were most helpful to me by sharing some simple, straightforward,
practical advice. I had not held a newborn in a while and
I was surprised at how unsteady she was at first. I had to fully support her head and neck
until she developed the strength to hold it up by herself. I found just cradling her head in the
bend of my arm or with my hand worked as a comfortable position. Whether you choose to breastfeed or
bottle-feed, just remember that this will be a big part of the time
you spend together in the first few months. I found I was feeding every couple
of hours around the clock. Using a support pillow and trying to
take time to mentally relax when feeding really helped. I mainly breastfed and although it was
harder than I thought, we got the hang of it pretty quickly. Getting the position right and finding
a comfortable latch was tough. But after just a few feeds, we
seemed to figure things out. But we also botttle-fed. Bottle-feeding gave me a chance to
share this special time with dad. And her grandparents, as they were
able to take over feeding from time to time. The first poo was also a surprise. It was thick, dark greenish,
almost black, and tar-like. It’s called meconium. It fills the intestines before birth and
usually expels in the first 24 to 48 hours after the baby arrives. It was sticky and tough to clean. Gentle baby wipes definitely helped. Once it cleared her system,
things were more normal. Her poo slowly became softer, lighter
in color, and more watery. So don’t be alarmed. This is all quite normal. As a rule of thumb, plan on changing
nappies after every sleep and after every feed. In addition to when they
are wet or have pooed. I found that if I kept a wet nappy on
her for too long, her skin was more likely to get irritated. Changing her regularly and high quality
nappies like these kept her dry and protected her delicate skin. Pampers new baby nappies have a handy
blue line that appear when she is wet. Letting us both know that she
might need to be changed. The umbilical cord just fell off by
itself after a couple of weeks. But before it did, we kept it dry
mainly by keeping the nappy from covering it. Our doctor recommended we swab it with
alcohol every few days to clean it. Be sure to check with your doctor
to get their recommendation. If the cord becomes smelly, oozing, or
mushy, you should see your doctor right away. There was one other big surprise those
first few weeks, how much she slept. She slept a lot. But it was more like two to four hour
naps and then wake up to eat. Which I learned is perfectly normal. My other children did the same thing. As babies sleep, their minds work
on things they’ve done that day. There is so much brain and
physical development happening while they sleep. Now, I look forward to our
happy mornings together. And realize just how important a
well-rested, uninterrupted night’s sleep can be. This is just a bit of what I’ve learned
about those incredible first few weeks with a newborn. It can seem like a lot,
but don’t worry. The love and care you give them
is just what they need. You’ll find your own rhythm
and routine in no time. Visit Pamper’s YouTube channel
for more parenting tips.


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