Newborn baby care is a task requiring thoroughness and carefulness of the mother. Especially in the first week, when mother is clumsy, it’s the time mother need more advice about the basic skills to baby care most.
The Utensils Needed For Newborn Baby Care
- Breastfeeding support products
- Baby diapers, diapers
- Bathing clothes and sleepwear: baby bath, washcloth, towels, shampoo, shower gel for newborn baby
- Baby’s clothes: blankets wrap, clothes, gloves and socks.
- Toys: The toys emit sound to stimulate baby.
Baby’s Skin Care
Baby’s skin is very thin and sensitive so parents need to pay attention and take care of carefully. After birth, a few minutes, the baby’s skin has the blue color, but then it change from blue to pink. Starting from the 2nd or 3rd day, baby’s skin appears physiological jaundice phenomenon and it reach peak on the third and fourth day and then will gradually decrease.
At birth, the baby’s body is surrounded by layers of “vernix”, it helps retain heat and protect the children’s skin. Therefore, as soon as giving birth, mother should not wash this “vernix” layer away. However, after about 24-48 hours, the baby must be cleaned every day because the layer of “vernix” becomes the favorable environment for bacteria to grow. Especially in the stage of hygiene, mother should carry out carefully to in order to protect the baby from diaper rash.
Besides, mother should check for defects on the skin. For example birthmarks, which are formed after birth or develop later, so that mothers will have the way to remove them soon for baby.
Babies’ Sleep Care
The average sleep time of a newborn baby is 18-20 hours per day. Mothers need pay special attention to children’s sleep because it plays a very important role in the development of them.
Firstly, mom should pay attention to the child’s sleeping position, let the baby supine is best sleeping position for him or her. From the sixth month, the baby can raise his head or tilt to one side, parents do not worry when you see your newborn changes body while sleeping, this proves that he is healthy enough to choose the best sleeping position for him.
Many families often shake to help baby fall asleep more easily, but this should be limited because this action would cause the baby’s brain vulnerable.
The best room temperature for the baby should be kept over 26 degrees Celsius. If too hot, the baby‘s body temperature will rise and endanger. The Too cold temperature may make baby vulnerable to get colds, respiratory tract infections. The mother should lie next to the baby to observe and give suck more easily.
Baby’s Hygiene Care
Bathing is an integral part of the process of your baby care and nurture. The Proper bath can help your newborn feel comfortable, pleasant and have a good sleep.
With the newborn’s umbilical cord stump, you can bathe them by clean towels, soak the towel in fresh water and wipe the entire body. For the baby with umbilical cord stump, fall can use bath basin to the bath. It is not necessary for you to shampoo your newborn’s hair every day, except when the weather is hot. During the cold weather, the mother should help the newborn to shampoo 2-3 times a week.
Nose and ears hygiene: Do not pick your infant’s nose and ears inside, you just simply clean the outer ears by using waterproof cotton because the ear wax is a natural fluid in the outer ear canal, have antiseptic properties and protect the eardrum from dust.
Nails hygiene: Do not let the baby’s nails too long, your baby will scratch his skin. The suitable time to trim and cut nails for the newborn is after bathing because at this time these nails are very soft.