If you have been blessed with a baby recently, I can only imagine the joy and excitement you must be feeling as a parent. It is probably one of the most incredible things to happen in your life. The cute smile on that angel’s face can brighten up even the worst days you might endure. It’s a very delightful feeling; being a parent.
But lurking behind this excitement and joy somewhere is anxiety. It’s completely natural to feel anxious about the well-being of your little ones. You may wonder ‘will I be able to handle this?
Am I doing it right? What is the right way to take care of the most precious treasures life has adorned me with ‘.
Here I will be giving out some basic tips on how to nurture and care for your bundle of joy.
The first week of the baby’s life should be bathing free as it’s not required. The sweat glands of the baby produce a slimy substance called vernix caseosa which protects the baby inside the womb. When the baby is out, this substance still exists on the baby’s skin, warding off harmful infections.
This layer should be gone by 8 to 10 days of birth. This is the time when you should start to give the baby a bath.
You may dip a cloth or sponge in lukewarm water and start gently rinsing the skin all over.
Soap is not usually required unless things have gone really messy. This session should be done around trice a week for the initial months.
For bathing your infant, baby soaps are preferable. They don’t lather much so you should avoid overusing it in desperate attempts to see lather.
Use caution while washing your baby’s genitals. Wash from front and back for girls to avoid bacterial infections. Then proceed with pat drying the body and let it open for a while to be air-dried.
The scalp is a very sensitive area on a baby and its initial days are filled with turmoil. The scalp can get cradle cap; waxy spots formed on the baby’s scalp. There are different theories as to why this happens but it resolves on its own within a few months by flaking off so no need to worry.
You may assist the loosening of these spots by massaging the scalp with olive oil and then gently removing the scales.
To give it a shower, use baby shampoo since it’s less harsh on its delicate skin. Avoid rubbing too hard on the scalp. If hair tangles up, use an extra soft bristle wielding brush to detangle. This ritual can be performed 3-4 times a week.
A baby’s skin is probably one of the softest things humanity has laid hands upon. To help the baby’s skin stay moisturized, use some baby-friendly moisturizer or lotion. Apply well on dried up areas since skin cracks permit bacteria to enter the skin and cause infections. There is a variety of such products available.
After around 3 to 4 weeks of birth, the baby may develop pimples on its face. This happens due to the mother’s hormones running through its blood. There’s little you can do about it. Just let this phase pass. Consult a doctor if the pimples and rash worsen over time.
Since babies have no sense of what to do with their hands, they might do all sorts of things like scratching incessantly or reaching dirty corners. This can be avoided by using baby clippers. These are specially designed for tiny nails to avoid clipping off the skin like the regular clippers might do.
Alternatively, you might also consider filing the nails to avoid any damage. Just round off the nails, relieving it of any sharp edges that might hurt the infant. Babies tend to lick their hands and fingers. So it’s very important to keep its nails clean and tidy to avoid infections.
Babies, just like their adult counterparts, secrete a gooey fluid which harden and forms tiny scales at the inner eye. To tackle this, use a moist cloth to gently dab across the baby’s eyes.
If you have a cold or flu, wash your hands before laying them on your child since these viruses can initiate an onset if conjunctivitis in babies. Also, take care while shampooing your toddler. Don’t let much shampoo seep into its eyes. That irritates the baby the same way it irritates us.
Behind that gracious smile of your toothless darling, there are hordes of bacteria making a home in its mouth. A baby’s oral hygiene should not be neglected even when there are no teeth. Use moist cloth to gently wipe off the gums. Once teeth appear, start brushing them daily with an extra soft brush designed for infants.
Human ears have a process of cleansing themselves naturally and so does your baby. There is no need to use any cotton swabs. The only thing you can do is wash the outer portion of the ear with a moist cloth every time you bath it. Even if you see any wax deep inside, do not try to remove it as the cotton swab may push it further in.
With these tips adhered, your baby should have no trouble growing up. Wish you all the best. For more Contact us for baby care products available