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. You’ll find that One of the main differences is the recommendation for placing baby on his or her back when putting to sleep. A serious threat that should never be taken lightly is SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome. Make sure that the fact that you should always remember to put your baby on his back to sleep is remembered not only by you but also you must always make sure that grandparents, great-grandparents and any caregiver knows this as well.
Sleeping and eating is what newborn babies will spend the majority of their time in. For this reason, helping them to be safe while doing both is important. When sleeping, in a crib without any blankets, stuffed animals or toys is where your baby should be in. The mattress should be covered with a tight fitting crib sheet and should be firm.
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It is important that your baby is never overdressed or to prop baby up on pillows, etc. There are wearable blankets that you can put on your baby to keep him 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. In any baby swing, bouncer seat or car seat, ever, it is also extremely important to never leave your baby unattended 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 enough, especially in the first few weeks usually. Use a Q-Tip dipped in alcohol and swab around the stump at every diaper change to care for the umbilical stump and follow your baby’s pediatrician’s advice here as well.
A yellowish tint in your baby’s skin is what you’ll want to keep an eye out, especially in the first several days. Right away, report it to your baby’s pediatrician if you notice anything like that.