A Brief Overview of How to Properly Take Care of Your Baby
You may have heard stories from other parents that when you have a baby, you should expect some sleepless nights. This may strike fear to you and although there is some truth to that, the joy of actually rearing a child is something that you can be proud of.
Today, I am going to provide you with a brief overview of how to properly take care of your baby. This covers some basics like choosing a baby diaper, a car seat, and so much more.
Essential Baby Products
It is quite surprising that such a small baby requires a lot of things. Here are some of the products that are considered essential to babies at a very young age:
This is one of the most important things that you have to buy for your baby. In fact, if your car is not fitted with a baby car seat, then you cannot bring your newborn with you inside your vehicle. That being said, it is important that you be aware of the car seat safety guidelines and look for news about any possible recalls or particular brands that you should avoid. The American Academy of Pediatrics does have recommendations for whenever you put your baby in a rear-facing position and then adjusting the seat to its forward orientation.
Babies can get quite dirty underneath because they still are unable to control their bowel movement, let alone tell you that they’ve pooped (other than crying incessantly). That being said, you can use disposable diapers if you have the money but you can also opt to use cloth diapers if you are up to the task of cleaning them as soon as they get soiled.
Believe it or not, there are some things that you can safely acquire secondhand such as baby clothes, shoes, carriers, among others. However, there are also some that would be best that you buy them brand new such as a baby car seat, crib, etc.
Baby-Proofing Your Home
When you are about to bring your baby home, you must make sure that you do some necessary things first before you do so. For instance, you may want to secure dangerous chemicals and put them where your baby cannot smell them or have access to them. This includes laundry detergents, household cleaners, and adult medications, to name a few.
You also want to take away some things that may pose a strangulation risk, such as ropes, cord blinds, etc.
Feeding babies will require a lot of time feeding, especially in the beginning. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is important that you feed your baby with your breastmilk since it contains all of the nutrients their growing body needs.
After a few months, you can then transition to using formula milk, but you may have to experiment with this one to find out what your baby likes drinking.
Then, when they reach at least 6 months of age, you can then start feeding them some solid foods. You’d want to feed them one solid food every couple of days so that you will know if they have an allergic reaction to food or if they actually like eating the food.