Family - Babies
By: - at January 18, 2013

How To Take Care of Your Baby Properly

Taking Care of a BabyChildren are the future of the world.  When a baby is born it is essential that he/she grows up with proper care from his/her parents.  Taking care of a baby is by no means an easy job.  It requires vast amounts of energy and patience.  By paying attention to the key parenting concepts the job will be much easier to do successfully.  Correctly learning the basic parenting skills is the key to taking care of a baby safely.

Understanding Your Responsibilities is Crucial
Understanding the needs of the baby and what your responsibilities are is a great starting point.  Babies cannot take care of themselves and completely rely on their parents for just about everything.  If you can understand this concept then you will not only enjoy doing the job, but gain experience that is sure to shape your life in a positive way.  You need to ensure that you create a safe, clean, and healthy environment so that the infant can grow up properly and have the best chance at living a good life.

How to Take Care of Your Baby
As your baby grows the list of things you need to do for them increases in length.  Choosing to breastfeed or to use formula  is the most important thing you should focus on once a baby is born.  When a baby is born it has an extremely weak immune system, so it is vital you provide a hygienic environment so the infant doesn't contract any potentially fatal diseases.  As babies grow up they gradually develop their immune system and they become more capable of fending off disease.  Although formula feeding is an acceptable option to feed your baby, breastfeeding is the best route to take.  Breastfeeding is vital for the natural and healthy growth of a baby.  Try to breastfeed your baby whenever the baby is hungry.  During the night many child specialists advise to not disturb a sleeping infant in order to breastfeed.

Nursing a babyWhen your baby does not feel well due to minor things like stomach bugs, a cough, or an infant cold do not panic, these things are normal.  If your baby suffers from stomach bugs that last for more than 3 days make sure to have the baby seen by a pediatrician immediately.  A cold can be very harmful to an infant if it persists.  Always seek advice from a good pediatrician when your baby does not appear to be recovering from these minor conditions.

An appropriate sleeping pattern is very important for a baby. Babies tend to sleep longer hours than adults. It is during sleep that infants do most of their development during the beginning stage of their lives. Therefore, setting a consistent night time routine is crucial for maintaining healthy physical as well as mental development.

The most common health issue most parents complain about is diaper rash.  A rash can be very minor but if it left untreated and becomes infected, it can be very harmful to infants.  To eliminate diaper rashes always use lukewarm water, a soft cloth, and baby soap to clean the infected areas making sure to change your infant's diapers frequently.  Leaving dirty diapers on infants can spread infections and cause reoccurring rashes.  Always try to use the most comfortable and hygienic diapers for your baby.  Drying the skin and keeping your baby clean will help the rash heal on its own as well as preventing new ones from forming.  There are also a variety of skin protectant ointments that can be purchased at any local drugstore.

If your baby suffers from constipation and is older than 7 months, then serve more fiber-filled food and fruits.  Give him or her fruits like apricots, pears, plums, peaches and apples.  If the baby is older than 4 or 5 months then add several ounces (2-4 ounces) to his or her diet to help relieve constipation issues.  If constipation lasts for more than three days and paired with things like vomiting, fever, or blood in the stool then you need to seek advice from a doctor immediately.

Baby eating a banana

Finding the best stroller is very important to make sure you travel with your baby safely.  Make sure that you have all the necessary baby items when you are outside your home for a short visit in the neighborhood or are out doing shopping.  Always use a seatbelt when driving a car and make sure to use a car seat correctly.

Trim your baby's nails on a regular basis.  Acquire all the right bathing equipment to make sure your baby is safe and happy in the water.  Massage your baby well before giving it a bath.  Do not use hot or cold water when giving it a bath but rather use lukewarm water.  After the bath make sure to wipe down the baby thoroughly.

Trimming a Baby's Nails:
Trim Baby Nails

Dealing with cleanliness is most vital to keep your baby comfortable.  Trim your baby's nails whenever you see hang nails or if they are getting too long.  Take good care of its hair by choosing the right products for hair and skin specifically made for infants.  Give your baby a nice warm bath regularly.  You need to keep your baby comfortable and clean.

Babies have a very sharp understanding of their surroundings and are surprisingly perceptive considering how immature their minds are.  They need entertainment and outside stimulation just like adults do.  They are very sensitive to comfort and the more comforting your actions are the better the baby will respond.  Give them clean and safe toys to play with and keep them cheerful always.

Basic knowledge on parenting can save you a lot of worrying when it comes to baby care.  There are plenty of jobs you will have to do every day when caring for your baby.  Bathing and breastfeeding are two of the most fundamental baby care duties.  Buying the right equipment for the skin and hair of your baby is also very important.  Most importantly never ignore a health issue that threatens the well-being of your baby.

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