Calling all new parents: don’t miss our newborn care class on January 19, 2013.
You want your baby to have the best care possible and you also want to be prepared for the time you bring your new son or daughter home. Here are top tips for keeping your newborn healthy.
Safety comes first.
- Use your whole arm to pick up your infant. This supports the neck, keeping it level with the spine.
- Childproof your home now. Even before crawling, infants are endangered by window cords or choking hazards on toys.
- Remember to keep your baby far from all hot items such as coffee/tea or a pot of boiling water.
- Place your baby on his back to sleep. Check that the sleeping area is free from blankets or anything that could suffocate or prevent good air circulation around your baby’s face.
Soothe your sweetie.
- Babies thrive on contact with you, so hold your baby close – preferably against your skin.
- Swaddling promotes a sense of security and adds warmth during cooler months.
- Sing, play music or run a vacuum cleaner. Babies loves sound!
- Try infant massage.
Get all washed up.
- Always wash your hands before handling your baby. Ask visitors to do the same.
- Never leave a baby unattended near or in water.
- Think of the umbilical cord as an incision that requires disinfecting and thorough drying until healed. Avoid submerging an infant in a tub or sink until the stump has fallen off.
- Start with sponge baths using a moist cloth and a gentle touch.
- When applying baby lotions, be alert in case your baby has allergies to fragrances or dyes.
- Changing a diaper correctly depends on whether you use disposable or cloth diapers. Visit American Pregnancy‘s great step-by-step guide.
- To avoid diaper rash, change diapers frequently and dry the area well. Air out your baby’s skin whenever possible.
Remember to care for yourself, too. A happy parent means a happy baby. Sign up today for Brandon Regional Hospital‘s newborn care class on January 19, 2013. Registration is required. Call 1-888-327-2636 or register online.