Within every single second that passes, four new babies are born around the world, according to the US Census Bureau. This means that four women either become new mothers or are able to add another bundle of joy to their growing families. For many mothers, though, the birth of a newborn baby can easily mark the beginning of a journey that is filled with unanswered questions in regards to properly caring for their new son or daughter. There are several tips that can be followed closely in order to lighten the load and achieve this goal successfully.
Maintain a Nap Routine
A common belief and major misconception is that newborn babies should not follow a naptime schedule or routine throughout the day. Contrary to popular opinion, however, having a healthy naptime schedule will make it much easier for your baby to sleep peacefully through the night. Babies that are overly tired will find it very difficult to fall asleep and remain in that state. Once your baby has reached the age of two weeks, studies have confirmed that this is an ideal time to establish a structured sleeping pattern for your child.
Keep Your Baby Stimulated
Remember that the first few years of your child’s life are the most important when it comes to their mental, physical and emotional development. It is not surprising, then, why so many parents rush to baby stores to find the very best toys, board games and educational movies for their babies to watch and learn from each day. However, studies have been able to confirm that basic games such as patty-cake as well as peekaboo are highly effective as well and will not cost a dime. Not only will your child be able to bond with you during these playtime sessions, but he or she will also be able to grow mentally from the consistent interaction and active stimulation.
The Value of a Dry Bottom
Diaper rash is something that almost every baby will experience during the early stages of their life. This condition can be caused by any number of factors, including a wet diaper, newly introduced foods or even an adverse reaction to medicine. The best way to treat it when it emerges is by keeping your baby’s bottom as dry as possible. After you change their diapers, make sure that their butt is completely dry. Even if they have to stay naked for a few minutes, this will go a long way in treating and preventing diaper rashes.
Do Not Panic
New parents are known for panicking frequently, especially when their babies are very young and relatively small. Even though your baby is delicate and fragile, you can cause more damage than you think by panicking frequently when caring for them. Keep in mind that your baby is going to make mistakes and have frequent accidents in such areas as mobility, motor skills, and language skills as well as in their diapers. When these incidents arise, take a deep breathe, stay positive and do whatever is necessary to care for your child’s needs.