Congratulations, you’ve welcomed a new member to your family! However, taking care of a newborn baby can be challenging, especially if it’s your first time. The first few weeks after delivery is a time of adjustment, where sleepless nights and feedings become the norm. In this blog, we’ll share some tips on how to take care of your newborn baby, making the journey of parenthood a little bit easier.
Feeding your Newborn
Feeding your newborn is one of the most crucial aspects of taking care of them. Experts recommend feeding your baby “every 2 to 3 hours, or 8 to 12 times every 24 hours,” based on the baby’s needs. Newborn babies are born with tiny stomachs that can only hold a small amount of milk at a time. As they grow, they’ll start to take more feedings per day. For more about breastfeeding, Dr. Lum Frundi explains all about it in this post.
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Newborn babies sleep a lot, but they also wake up often during the night. And as any new mom will tell you, sleep is a precious commodity during those early weeks and months. Between night feedings, diaper changes, and everything else in-between, it can be incredibly challenging to get the rest that your body needs. However, getting enough sleep is important not only for your physical health but your mental and emotional well-being. Since taking a quick rest can come at any time of the day or night, you want to always be in comfy clothing so that when you can rest, your clothing doesn’t feel uncomfortable and make it hard to sleep. We have several cute and comfortable tanks, leggings, and underwear to shop. They’re so comfortable, you’ll even want to wear them to bed! If you’d prefer bedtime clothing we have pjs and nightshirts. For more sleep tips on how to get a sleep schedule going, check out our blog post with Kelly Murray, Founder of Kelly Murray Sleep Consulting.
Bonding with Your Baby
Bonding with your newborn baby is vital for their emotional and social development. Skin-to-skin contact is also an excellent way to bond with your baby, and it promotes breastfeeding. Another way to bond with your baby is through talking and interacting with them. Even though your baby may not be able to speak yet, they can still understand and respond to your voice. Talking, singing, and reading to your baby can help stimulate their brain, build their vocabulary, and improve their social skills. Additionally, responding to your baby's cues, such as cries and coos, can help them feel heard and understood, strengthening your bond even further.
Self-care Tips for New Parents
Taking care of a newborn requires a great deal of attention and energy, however, it’s essential to take care of yourself as much as possible. Eat nutritious foods, get some fresh air, and engage in activities you enjoy, like reading or listening to music. Make sure to ask for help when you need it, whether it’s from your partner, family, or friends.