7 Tips on Taking Care of a Newborn ...

Melanie

7 Tips on Taking Care of a Newborn ...
7 Tips on Taking Care of a Newborn ...

Is there a baby being born in the near future to you? Do you need some tips? Yes, you need all the tips you can get. I have 7 tips on taking care of a newborn you simply have got to know!

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Do Not Put Stuffed Animals in the Crib

I know, your baby may like that cute stuffed animals, but you need to keep them out of the crib when they are sleeping. It is also important that you do not give the baby stuffed animals that have buttons that could come off. The stuffed animals could suffocate the child while they are sleeping.

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Do Not Put a Pillow in the Crib

Don't worry, your baby is comfortable without a pillow. Putting a pillow in the crib would be just like putting stuffed animals in the crib. It is not a good idea.

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Sleep when They Sleep

Sleep when They Sleep Photo Credit: KristinHayes

When your baby is sleeping, this is the perfect time to sleep. Before you know it, you will get back in your normal sleeping schedule, but when you first bring the baby home, take naps during the day when the baby takes naps, this way you can make it through the night.

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Put the Baby to Sleep on Her Back

Put the Baby to Sleep on Her Back Photo Credit: FLPhotonut

When you put the newborn to sleep, it is important that you put him or her to sleep on her back. Do not put them to sleep on their side or tummy. This is to reduce the risk of SIDS.

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Changing Diapers

Newborn babies sleep, eat and dirty up their diapers. Sometimes, they will do all three at the same time. You should change the newborn baby at least one time every two hours up to 12 or more times in a day. Changing the diaper before feeding may not be fun, because you will have a cranky baby, so try changing the baby in mid-feeding. Stopping in mid feeding to burp and change the baby is the best approach.

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Bath

You have to wait for the umbilical cord to fall off before you can bathe the newborn. This could take a couple of weeks. Until then, use a sponge to gently bathe the baby.

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Car Seat

Car Seat Photo Credit: mliu92

You will need to have a rear facing car seat until your baby has reached 20 pounds or is over one year old. Make sure you install the seat properly. The middle, if you have a middle belt, seems to be the safest. Make sure it is tight and secure.

Most of all, you should enjoy doing what you do with your newborn, because trust me, it is not something that lasts forever. Do you have any other tips you would like to share?

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