For seasoned parents, let alone first timers, preparing for a newborn baby can be a daunting task. What baby care items you really need and whose advice is best to follow can be difficult to decide on. Today’s recommended procedures for babies may not coincide with what our parents and grandparents did. The recommendation for placing baby on his or her back when putting to sleep is one of the main differences you’ll find. Should never be taken lightly is SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome because it is a serious threat. You must always make sure that grandparents, great-grandparents and any caregiver knows that they must always remember to put your baby on his back to sleep which all of you must know.
The majority of newborn babies’ time will be spent sleeping and eating. For this reason, helping them to be safe while doing both is important. Your baby should be in a crib without any blankets, stuffed animals or toys when sleeping. Firm and should be covered with a tight fitting crib sheet is the mattress.
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Propping baby up on pillows, etc. and never overdress your baby is important. You can put on wearable blankets to keep him warm warm just be sure that it is not oversize.
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Some first time parents, in their beds or in car seats or bouncer seats, baby swings, etc., are tempted to allow their baby to sleep in those places. Beds, because of the potential for suffocation with pillows, blankets, the mattress itself or even you, are especially dangerous. Car seats, bouncer seats and swings, because the immature airway is easily blocked off when baby slumps down in the seat, have been known to cause damage to baby’s spine and to cause SIDS related deaths. It is also extremely important to never leave your baby unattended in any baby swing, bouncer seat or car seat, ever for this reason.
Your baby’s pediatrician is who you need to see to check when he or she recommends that you start bathing your newborn because it is not usually recommended for a few days. A little bit of warm water on a wash cloth is usually enough, especially in the first few weeks. Follow your baby’s pediatrician’s advice here but to care for the umbilical stump, use a Q-Tip dipped in alcohol and swab around the stump at every diaper change.
Especially in the first several days, you’ll want to keep an eye out for a yellowish tint in your baby’s skin. Report it to your baby’s pediatrician right away if you notice anything like that.