Embracing parenthood is one of the biggest joys of life. During pregnancy, parents do plan a lot for their unborn child. However, the real test starts as soon as the delivery phase ends. You will suddenly start discerning from I am hungry cries to I am sleepy wails.
To shorten your learning curve, here are six basic baby skills that will polish your parenting game and will teach you how to tackle the initial phase like a pro.
Essential Steps to Learn in First Month
Keep the cord at utmost care
During the first month keeping the baby’s umbilical cord dry and clean is of utmost importance. For the first two weeks, go for a sponge bath until the clamp, and the cord shrivels. Splashing a little water won’t harm.
Some newborns have their cord cut off; if your baby has it, then make sure to cover it up with the diaper or the pants he is wearing. In the worst-case scenario, if you see discharge or foul smell, immediately call your doctor.
Clean the baby after pooping
Before removing the soiled diaper, make sure to keep a dry one handy. Keep the dry diaper underneath and then unlatch the dirty diaper by holding the baby’s ankle in one hand. And use your free hand to discard the dirty diaper.
If you have a girl, make sure to clean up any poop hiding inside the labia skin. Clean her bum with a soft washcloth by stroking front to back to avoid urethra infection( fecal bacteria entering the urethra). For boys, first, cover the penis to prevent squirting and then clean his tush and move on to wiping penis and testicles.
Trim those tiny nails
Babies are sensitive; their body parts are delicate and need extra care and precautions. Like skin, even their nails are very soft and pale; some mothers trim the nails while their babies are sleeping while others cut them after a bath when the nails become soft. Both of these techniques work as long as you are positioned in a good lighting area and are seated comfortably.
You can even call out your partner to help you, ask him to hold the baby’s other hand, and restrict him to move. Gently hold your baby’s finger, pull the fingertips back to keep some space for the clippers.
Get the slippery baby out from the tub
Yeah, every new mother gets this, your naked baby in a water tub can slip from your hands. The bathing time can be daunting as you might not have the basic understanding of how to bathe a baby. If you are petrified of dropping your child, try this easy trick.
Use both of your hands to grasp your baby under his/her arms, backing the posterior of his head and neck with fingers. Raise the baby from the tub and put it down on a muslin towel, and your baby won’t slip out of your hands.
Prevent diaper rash
Baby diapers hold urine and stool; as they mix up, it creates ammonia acid that makes the baby bum all red and coarse. To prevent this, keep on checking and changing the diaper, and do not forget to apply zinc oxide base ointment so that you create a protective layer. Make sure to use enough cream or follow the cake frosting procedure.
Even breast milk can heal dreaded rashes. Take cotton and dab it into breast milk and apply to the affected area. Breast milk has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and antibacterial properties that initiate the healing process. Also, let the baby’s bottom breathe while s/he is at home. A diaper-free lunchtime can heal and soothe rashes. However, if you ever see pus or blisters, contact your doctor asap.
Pack a diaper bag like a pro
While going out with an infant, you need to prepare a lot. As they cannot speak or signal, you have to keep yourself prepared for the worst, like pooping. You need to pack a bag that has all the baby essentials. Here are some tips to perfectly pack a diaper bag.
- If you are just out for grocery shopping or a walk, then 4 biodegradable diapers are enough, and more than this is hoarder status.
- Always keep a soft blanket in the bag. You can use it as a changing table, nursing cover, or to shade the baby in the stroller.
- Keep a spare outfit no matter where you go. A blowout can ruin your baby’s outfit, and not carrying one will get you into an uncomfortable situation.
- Stack some snack food like nuts, bananas, and more to keep you full while you are out with the little one.
The first month is very hectic, as you don’t know the basics of baby care. You might feel frustrated at times due to mismanagement, but trust me, this phase will get over as soon as you gain a bit of experience.
Follow these tips to master baby care and make this journey wonderfully easy and fun.