First, the kind of health and vitality your baby gets is largely dependent on how much care you give to him or her; neglect your baby care needs and expect to have a baby that’s not healthy. Firstly, don’t fret unnecessarily anytime your baby gets ill… it’s always bound to happen; what is necessary for you to do is learn all you can about how to take care of your little infant so that when little illnesses spring up on you, you will know how to handle them. Whether you are a stay-at-home-mum or a working mum, your baby is very important and should be given as much love, attention and care as possible; commit the time and resources needed to give your baby the best baby care possible. Foremost, babies are very delicate and everything about them ought to be handled with a lot of care; don’t expect to use the same soap, skin care products and other such skin products that adults use with your baby. It is possible to become very skilled at the various illnesses affecting babies and the good news is that the more skilled you are at such matters, the easier it becomes for you to handle them with calmness and expertise when they come.
You don’t need too much money for baby care; the love and attention you give to your baby has the tendency to keep him or her more healthy than spending all the money on him or but not being there most of the time. I don’t care if you have all the money in the world to buy what your baby needs; you should also spend as much time as possible with your little new born baby who needs you most of the time. Remember, if you neglect the health of your baby when he or she is little, this can lead to a major health disaster when they grow up; so baby care is very important in the early stages of a baby.
Lastly, don’t forget that the most important thing to consider as far as baby care is concerned is love; if you love you baby enough, you will do everything within your power to care for him or her, even if it takes you a real effort to do so.
Baby’s Safety – First things first, apart from taking care of the health of your baby, it’s very important to also put a great deal of time and attention to taking care of the safety of your baby as well. Before anything else, when it comes to the best and safest baby products I highly recommend Johnson and Johnson -the experts in baby care products!
Remember not to ever leave your baby in the bath all alone, even for a split second; it doesn’t take even a second for something to go horribly wrong.
There are lots of baby care accessories to buy for taking care of your baby but a lot of caution is imperative because not all of them are as good as the manufacturers claim they are. Being gentle and loving to a baby is one of the best forms of baby care you can ever think of. Before jumping right into buying any baby care accessories, ensure it’s something you need and something that can really help your child.
Many parents make the mistake of thinking their babies will tell them what’s troubling them; of course your baby can’t tell you, especially when they can’t speak; that’s why you should always pay a great deal of attention to your baby all the time. Baby monitors are now used to keep tabs on babies by viewing and listening to them on screen with the help of a camera, to see how they are doing, even when you walk away from them.
A baby monitor is a wonderful new invention that is plugged into the wall near your baby or mobile that can be carried from place to place; it seriously helps to monitor your baby, no matter where you are in the house. With modern baby monitors, it’s possible for parents to talk to their babies while looking at the monitor (even if they are in another part of the house), and even play music for him or her as well. Parents now use baby monitors to help babies learn to stay alone in their rooms; they can talk to their children through the baby monitors to calm them down when they cry, especially at nights, in separate rooms.
Illness – The most important aspect of baby care is not really in treating a baby when the baby gets ill, but doing all you can to prevent your baby from getting ill in the first place. Before everything else, don’t dilly-dally when you notice that your baby is not feeling fine; spend a little time checking what’s wrong, to see if you can do something about it; if not, see your pediatrician or doctor immediately. The difference between a happy and a sad baby depends on the love and care given by the parents; so the onus lies on you, as a parent to pay a great deal of attention to the care of your baby. One of the first and most important things to give to your new baby is the first milk that comes out of your breasts; this contains colostrum that is very vital and helpful for the immune system of your baby. Ensure you give your baby lots of breast milk; don’t listen to those who say you shouldn’t breastfeed your baby for too long. When breastfeeding your baby, remember that you ought to eat the right foods and avoid taking in anything that can be hazardous to the health of the baby; yes, what you eat can make or mar your baby’s health when breastfeeding. If you must bottle-feed your baby for any reason, ensure you seriously clean and sterilize the bottles as often as possible; this is one of the ways germs easily get through to babies. A very good technique for killing the germs when cleaning your baby’s bottles is to boil them for up to 25 minutes.
When you notice that your baby doesn’t feel like eating much, is sneezing, has a runny nose, is irritable, has cough as well as a slight fever or a body temperature that is up to 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit, he or she may have a cold; seek medical advice right away. One of the most vital aspects of your baby care is how much you take care of his or her health, prior to, during and after any particular illness. You should seek help from a pediatrician if your baby is three months old or less but if your baby is more than three months old, then seek the help of a doctor.
Baby care largely depends on the immunization you give your baby; he or she should be immunized against the different likely diseases so that the immune system will be able to deal with them if and when they show up. When your baby has the common cold, ensure he or she gets lots of extra fluid as well as lots of rest. It’s recommended to give your baby acetaminophen if he or she has a fever as a result of cold, but you can give him or her ibuprofen if he or she is more than six months old and is not allergic to aspirin.
If you must give your baby ibuprofen for his or her fever, make sure you don’t give him or her when he or she is dehydrated or when he or she has been vomiting unceasingly. I strongly advice parents not to give their babies a cough suppressing medicine if he or she has a cough yet is under three years old, unless the cough suppressant medicine is prescribed by a pediatrician. One can use a kind of rubber suction bulb for the purpose of drawing out the mucus from the nostrils of your baby if he or she has nasal congestion; if you notice that the mucus is way too thick, then apply saline nose drops that will soften the baby’s mucus prior to using the bulb.
When your baby has nasal congestion, you can help him or her by using a humidifier in the house that will help to liquefy the baby’s nasal secretions. If you must spend whatever amount of money is necessary to take care of your baby… do it; the health of your baby is critically important, especially when young. If you want to prevent your child from getting infected with common viruses, like the common cold, keep him or her away from infected people, as much as possible. Don’t panic unnecessarily if you notice your baby has cold; it’s not a horrible condition and is most likely to occur; do what should be done to bring your baby back to normal health as soon as possible, rather than to panic.
Skin Care – When it comes to a baby, it’s very necessary for you to pay a great deal of attention to your baby’s skin care also. Note that the attention you will give to the skin of an adult is not the same attention you will give to the skin of a baby because a baby’s skin is far more delicate and deserves more attention. Many parents prefer using natural skin care products for their baby’s skin care solution because these types of natural skin care products are gentler on the skin of the baby. Regarding the skin of your baby, it’s not a fact that babies that don’t have dry skin shouldn’t use lotions; it’s good to use lotions for taking care of your baby’s skin because lotions prevent your baby’s skin from sweating which can cause an allergic reaction or a rash.
When you go out shopping for the right natural baby skin care product for your lovely little infant, it’s highly recommended that you compare prices before you make the purchase. If your baby is a newborn, it’s not recommended to bath him or her too often; babies don’t get dirty that often, especially if you always change their diapers. When you notice some kind of dry, red skin patches on your baby, it’s time to stop using the lotions or detergents you are using because some of them contain harmful chemicals that can irritate your baby’s skin. When you go out shopping for lotions or detergents, ensure they are mild and termed as “baby-friendly”. Many mothers are afraid of brushing the head of their babies, but this is a good way to prevent cradle cap.
One of the best ways to prevent irritation and diaper rash from occurring is to constantly change your baby’s diaper as soon as it’s soaked. Some parents use special diaper rash ointment after every diaper change, as a way to effectively prevent diaper rash; you should too if you are concerned about diaper rash. Ensure that the diapers you use for your baby fits snugly; this will help prevent leaks.
Taking care of your baby’s skin is not complicated at all; just ensuring your baby’s skin is clean all the time is a great baby skin care tip. If your baby has diaper rash, remember to always change the diapers and start using ointments that have zinc oxide. Even though it’s very common for most mothers to use powder for their babies, remember that powder provokes some kinds of breathing problems for some children; so cut down on using powders on your baby’s skin as much as possible; if you must use powders, then first apply it on your hand before rubbing it on your baby’s delicate skin. Remember not to ever use the same bathing soap or shampoo that adults use for your baby; such adult products may contain certain irritable substances or even worse -allergens.
Apart from the fact that babies love being massaged, massaging a baby is a very important aspect of their growth and health because it stimulates circulation and strengthens the baby’s immune system as well as tactile senses. Ensure that you always properly bathe your baby so that you will maintain his or her delicate skin health. Don’t bath your baby too often as this can cause dry irritated skin; instead, a bath 2 or 3 times a week will do it for your baby until he or she starts crawling and getting dirty. When you notice that your baby has diaper rash this could be caused by skin irritations; you can treat this by simply cleaning the affected area thoroughly, then allow lots of air to get in. Not every baby’s health care needs are the same; one baby might need a certain kind of food, while the other won’t take that particular kind of food.
Don’t ever use any kind of oil or lotion when you notice your little baby has acne; just gentle clean up the affected spots with ordinary water, at least one time per day. It’s not uncommon to see babies having acne; yes, you heard that right, babies develop acne on their cheeks, chin and forehead, 2 or 3 weeks after they are born; don’t fret because it will mostly clear out on it’s own. Even though the sunlight is very good for humans, don’t expose your baby that is under 6 months to a lot of sunlight; when you go out use sun hats as well as protective clothing to keep your baby protected from as much sunlight as possible.
Don’t use perfumes or any such preservatives which are supposed to be used for adults on your baby; they can choke or irritate your baby.
When it comes to your baby’s clothes, you should always wash new clothes before wearing them on your baby; such new clothes can be stiff and irritating to children. If you are someone that buys “hand-me-down” clothes for your baby, then make sure you thoroughly wash them to get rid of all the dust mites that might have made a home for themselves there. When buying mild detergents for washing your baby’s clothes, look for one that has no added fragrances or colors. Remember that for the care of your baby’s clothes, baby clothes hangers as well as children’s hangers are very important. Many husbands are becoming as committed to taking care of their babies as their wives are.
I don’t recommend buying just about any baby care accessories because your friend is using it for her baby; not every baby reacts the same way with every baby care product. It’s more important to spend all the time necessary to take care of your baby than to spend money buying all your baby needs yet never been there for him or her.
Taking care of your baby’s hair is as important as taking care of the skin; make it a habit of shampooing the hair two to three times each week. If you think taking care of a baby is nothing special, consider that the growth and health of a child is largely dependent on the kind of care he or she got in the beginning. You can learn a lot more about baby care if you spend some time online; there are thousands of websites dedicated solely to “baby care tips”.
To conclude, remember to only give your baby sponge baths for the first one or two weeks until the umbilical cord falls off.
Child Care – If you are a working mum and needs to get back to work after giving birth to your baby, then get a child care provider that will take as much care of your baby as you would yourself; ensure it’s someone that has great love for children, not someone who is doing it only for the money. Many mums prefer getting an in-house child care for their babies, that is mostly a nanny or babysitter that comes to the home to take care of the baby, but of course this can be pretty expensive; the cheaper alternative is to take your baby to a daycare home. Inasmuch as it’s important to be concerned about your baby, being too concerned can be a big problem as well; this can cause over apprehension about things that aren’t necessary. Most mums that can afford a babysitter or a nanny say they prefer this to a daycare center because at home their babies are more protected from illnesses than at a daycare center.
Don’t put your baby in a daycare center that is not licensed; licensing ensures that the center has fully complied with all the relevant local ordinances and it also ensures the center has the right facilities to care for children. Instead of taking your baby to a normal daycare center with lots of other babies, consider a home daycare system where a nanny or babysitter takes care of her own babies or just one or two other babies.
One of the major advantages to taking your baby to a normal full blown daycare center is that your baby will be exposed to a learning environment and get a chance to interact with other children his or her age. You mustn’t resign from your job to take care of your new-born baby; you can take some months off from work to do this, and then return to work when your baby has grown up a little. One good technique to use in knowing whether the daycare center you put your baby is a good one or not is to drop in at odd times, unannounced, to see what is really going on and how your baby is being taken care of.
A good baby care tip is this -no matter how wonderful a day care home or center is, don’t leave your baby too long with them; your baby needs to spend more time with you than with any other person.
The best kind of home daycare person to get is the one that just loves taking care of babies for the love of it; such people are more likely to take good care of your baby than those who are into it just for the money they hope to get. A good child care tip for WAHM’s (Work At Home Mums) is to consider running a home daycare center; this allows you to take care of your baby as well as earn some money taking care of other people’s kids as well.
If you must take your baby to a traditional daycare center, ensure that the daycare center adheres to the law that requires one caretaker per eight or so babies only; as for me I won’t recommend a daycare center that goes beyond one caretaker per five babies! Choosing a daycare center for your baby is one of the most important baby care decisions you have to make; so ensure you find the best daycare center within your immediate environment because your baby deserves the best to be healthy and grow strong each and everyday.
Get enough sleep – If you always have a problem sleeping because your baby isn’t sleeping at nights, the technique to use is to always sleep when your baby is sleeping, even in the morning or afternoon; this way you make up for the moments that you stay awake when your baby is awake. Caution is always the watchword for taking very good care of your baby; a careless mum is the worst nightmare a baby can ever have.
A friend of mine told me that her husband helps her to tend to the baby when she cries at night, therefore giving her room to sleep, especially when she has stayed awake all day; if you are a man, you should help your wife this way as well.
In conclusion, it’s true that babies are not born into this world with an instruction book for parents to learn exactly what and how to do what needs to be done; but you can put together your own instruction book, based on the advice and guidance from the right sources. I understand how difficult it can be to maintain a full time job and to bring up your baby in the right way; a good nanny or babysitter can help you… so take the time to find a good one. Remember that when you have a little baby, it’s like you are on call 24 hours of everyday; prepare your mind that it’s something that has to be done… especially considering the fact that your parents (especially your mum) did the same thing for you too, so why can’t you do the same for your babies? If your biggest trouble with baby care is waking up at nights when your baby cries, talk to your husband to help you sometimes when the baby cries; it’s a responsibility that most men should prepare to take as well. No matter how much you think you know about baby care, there are certain illnesses that you absolutely have to take your baby to the pediatrician for; such times you should allow the experts to do their thing! Baby care isn’t such a difficult thing to do; if you love your baby well enough you will do everything within your power to take good care of him or her, even if it will cost you a lot, in terms of time and resources!