With an intention to give the best baby care, every parent
tries to gain lot of knowledge both prior and after the arrival of new member
of the family. Taking care of new born baby is a challenging task with so many ifs
and buts. Various ideas, ranging from the time tested grandmother period to the
new era, always confuse the parents. Some of the doubts hovering around the
minds of anxious parents are demystified below:
During pregnancy and immediately after the child birth, rich
creamy milk called colostrum secretes. This should be fed to the just born as
it contains all the required nutrients and antioxidants for nourishment. After
few days, body starts to produce the regular milk and it should be fed to the
baby. The feeding time may vary from ten to thirty minutes with a frequency of eight
to fifteen times a day. The position of the feeding should be comfortable for
the baby and if necessary, a support with a cushion or pillow can be provided.
It is quite natural for the new born baby to sleep for 16 to
18 hours a day with each stint of sleep averaging around couple of hours. It is
really tough time to be awake along with the baby, but after the initial few
weeks, babies should be slowly taught about the sleeping pattern. The opinion
among the experts is divided about rocking the child while sleeping. But it
should be borne in the mind that it is very difficult to make the child get rid
of any habit cultivated to them.
There are several schools of thoughts against the usage of
diaper. It is absolutely the choice of parents. But it is very essential to use
diapers when the child is being taken out of the house – it saves blushes and
makes the life easy. It is very important that diapers should be changed after
the baby was wetted it. To make life easier, now-a-days diapers with colour
indicators for wetness are available.
The scientific verdict clearly says that massaging the baby
with oil and lotion does not make them fair. It should be understood that the
body colour is a genetically decided factor. However, if the child’s body
appears red or blue in colour, it is really a matter of health concern. Experts
feel that massaging the body of the child may increase the blood circulation
and help in growth of muscles.
Baby’s skin is very delicate and careful attention is always required.
For the initial few months, it is not even necessary to apply any special cream
or lotion on their body. For washing baby’s clothes, special detergents that
are fragrance free should be used. It is also strongly advised to separately
wash all baby’s clothes, mats, spreads, and bed sheets.
As babies don’t get dirty a lot, it is sufficient to sponge
bath thrice a week. Frequent bathing of the child depletes the natural oil that
is present in their skin. Bathing period of five minutes along with mild baby
soaps are recommended and care should be taken for the water to be luke warm.
It is very essential to get the child immunized against all
the possible diseases. Depending upon the geographical location of the child,
vaccination chart may differ. But whatsoever, vaccination schedules recommended
by the pediatricians should be strictly followed. It is always advisable to
speak to the doctor about the necessity for any additional vaccines.
overall health and development of babies depends wholly on the parents. Babies
are very sharp learners and in fact, they start learning few things from day
one. It is not only essential but it is duty of every parent to strive and give
their best efforts in bringing up their children.