Congratulations! You just brought home the newest addition to your family, a beautiful and healthy newborn. But what now? As you adjust to the reality of being a new parent, there are some things you should know about taking care of your precious little one. From tips on how to swaddle to advice on how much sleep they need, here are 5 things you may not have known about newborns and taking care of them.
- Swaddling: Most newborns tend to love being swaddled in a warm blanket. This can help calm them down when they’re feeling fussy or overwhelmed by all the new sights and sounds around them. Always make sure that their arms are free when swaddling so that they don’t become too constricted or uncomfortable.
- Feeding Time: Babies usually eat every 2-3 hours during their first few weeks of life, but this can vary depending on their age and size. Make sure to keep an eye out for signs that your baby is hungry like smacking lips, rooting around for food, or even crying (of course!).
- Sleeping Habits: When it comes to sleeping habits, some babies prefer having a regular schedule while others do better with more flexible routine. With newborns, it’s important to remember that they still need plenty of rest throughout the day in order to stay healthy and alert when awake. Aim for 12-18 hours of sleep each day depending on your baby’s individual needs.
- Stroller Safety: Strollers can be great tools for getting out and about with your little one without having to carry them everywhere! Just remember to secure your baby properly with straps before wheeling around town – never leave them unattended in a stroller as this can pose safety risks due to potential tipping over or other hazards that may be present in the area.
5 .Baby Proofing Your Home: Once your baby starts crawling and exploring the world around him/her, it’s time protect any potentially hazardous items in your home – from sharp edges on furniture or electrical outlets that could cause shock if touched by curious little hands! Take some time off from work (if possible) or enlist help from friends/family members who can assist you in ensuring that everything is safe before allowing your baby unsupervised playtime at home!
Taking care of a newborn can be both challenging and rewarding at times – but with these tips in mind, you should have no problem navigating through the journey of parenthood! Remember always take into account their individual needs when caring for them as every baby is unique and will respond differently depending on various factors like age, environment etc… Good luck mama/papa bear – you got this!