Wash your hands before handling the baby or use hand sanitizer because their immune system isn’t strong. Support your infant’s head and neck. Never shake your baby in play or frustration. Ensure your baby is securely fastened into the carrier, stroller, or car seat.
Bonding and soothing are important for their emotional and physical growth. Babies, especially babies with medical problems or premature babies may respond to infant massage. Babies usually love vocal sounds, such as talking, babbling, singing, cooing, and reading.
Have all of your supplies ready at the changing table. To prevent or heal diaper rash, change the baby often, especially after bowel movements. If the rash continues more than 3 days or gets worse, call your doctor.
Sponge baths to start and then a bath 2-3 times per week in the first year. Use gentle soap and make sure the temperature is only a little warm. Neve leave them alone.
Newborns should be fed on demand. Your baby may cue you by crying, putting fingers in his or her mouth, or making sucking noises. Be sure to burp your baby after they drink their bottles.
Newborns sleep about 16 hours or more. Always place babies to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) Do not use blankets, quilts, sheepskins, stuffed animals, and pillows in the crib. Do not share a bed with a baby, but sharing a bedroom for the first year is fine.
Many newborns have their days and nights “mixed up.” One way to help them is to keep stimulation at night to a minimum.