Follow These Guidelines to Become an Ideal Mother
Family is a good thing especially when there is peace in that family. Babies are a good part of the family. They create a bond between the two parents. This article will focus on a baby as part of the home family.
6 TIPS ON HOW TO FEED A BABY
#1 Stick with breast milk
It is recommended that you feed your baby at least six months after birth since breast milk is ideal food for the baby. Also, breast feeding stimulates the hormone that produces milk. Milk formula as well can be used only when breast feeding is not possible.
#2 Feed your baby on demand
Mostly a baby needs about 8-12 feedings a day i.e. feeding every 2-3 hours. Remember to look for early signs of hunger, such as stretching, sucking motions, slip movements, fussing and crying and later cues among other signs that shows that your baby is hungry. You have to study your baby’s behavior when hungry so that it can be easy to know when to feed him/her.
The sooner you start each feeding, the less likely you will require soothing a baby. When your baby ceases sucking, closes his or her mouth or turns away from your nipple or feeding bottle then, he or she might be full or taking a break. Wait for several minutes and try burping your baby before giving him/her breast or feeding bottle. Note that when your baby gets older he or she will take in more milk in less time at each feeding.
#3 Consider vitamin D supplement
Always talk to your baby’s doctor on which supplement to give your baby especially if you are breast feeding. The doctor will advise you well and will examine your baby and guide you on the best supplement for your baby. Avoid being your own doctor but rather rely on professional help for your child. As the baby grows older, the doctor will advise you accordingly because the baby will require different methods and supplement during feeding.
#4 Observe variation in your baby’s eating patterns
Your baby won't necessarily eat the same quantity every day. As the baby grows, he/she will start changing the amount of food he/she eats. You should focus on steady weight gain and contentment between feeding.
#5 Make each feeding session a bonding session with your baby
Hold your baby close during each feeding; look him/her in the eyes. Speak with a gentle voice; do not shout or at him/her. Make sure the bond you create between you and your baby is healthy and always maintain the same bond. You will notice the baby responds well and feels comfortable when around you. It’s going to make your baby love you more and as the parent you will learn more about your child’s well-being and how your baby is growing. Do not scare your baby or create a gap between you and your baby. Instead, build a sense of security, trust and comfort.
#6 Know when to look for help
If you are having trouble breast feeding or when you notice unusual behavior in your baby, like low mood, lack of appetite, vomiting then it is time to seek medical help. Your child might be sick or reacting to some food stuffs. The doctor will be able to examine him/her and get to know what is disturbing your baby’s health. Always be on the lookout and take good care of your baby and be careful to avoid chocking the baby during feeding.
HOW TO HANDLE A BABY
Handling a baby requires good care. A baby should not be handled anyhow. Remember a baby is a delicate being so he/she deserves good care and attention.
The following tips will guide you on how to handle a baby:
- Always wash your hands or use hand sanitize before handling your baby. Do not handle your baby with dirty hands because babies don’t have a strong immune system yet. So a baby is susceptible to infection.
- Support your baby’s head and neck. When carrying your baby upright and laying him/her down, support the head.
- Carry your baby with a good protective clothing to avoid your baby getting injured.
- Make sure your baby is securely fastened into a stroller, carrier or a car seat to avoid any activity that is too bouncy or rough.
HOW TO SWADDLE A BABY
Swaddling usually keeps a baby warm and gives a baby as sense of security and comfort. It also helps in limiting the startle reflex which could awaken the baby.
Here is how to swaddle your baby:
- Spread out the covering blanket with one side slightly folded over.
- Lay your baby face up on the blanket with the baby’s head above the folded side.
- Wrap the last side over the body and stuck it beneath the back of the baby going under the right arm.
- Bring the bottom side up over the baby’s feet and pull it towards his/her head folding the fabric down. Be sure not to wrap it too tightly around the hips. Hips and knees should be slightly bent and turned out. Wrapping your baby too tightly can increase the chances of hip dyspepsia.
- Wrap the right side around the baby stuck it under the baby’s back on the left side, leaving only the neck and head exposed. Slip your hand in between the bay’s chest and the blanket to ensure sure the baby is not too tightly wrapped. This will enable the baby to breathe comfortably.
- Upon reaching two months old, a baby must not be swaddled. This is because when swaddled at this age, a baby could roll over which could fatally lead to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
BABY DIAPERING: DOS AND DON’TS
When diapering you can decide whether to use cloth or disposable diapers. However, babies will always dirtily the diapers or clothes almost 10 times per day.
Therefore, you need:
- A clean diaper.
- Fasteners (if it’s cloth then use pre-fold diapers).
- Diaper ointment if the baby has rash.
- Clean washcloth, diaper wipes.
- Warm water.
After each bowel movement or whenever the diaper is wet, lay your baby on his/her back then remove the diaper. Use warm water and washcloth or wipes to gently clean your baby’s genital area. Whenever you remove a boy’s diaper, do so with caution since exposure to air will make him urinate. To avoid urinary tract infections to a girl, wipe her bottom from front to back. Apply an ointment to avoid or heal a rash. Most rashes appear because the baby’s skin is sensitive. If the diaper rash is getting worse or it’s continuing for more than three days, then consult a doctor.
To prevent diaper rash, consider these tips:
- Change your baby’s diaper after every bowel movement.
- After cleaning the area with wipe and mild soap with water, apply some cream to prevent rashes; mostly creams with zinc oxide are preferred because they create a barrier against moisture.
- To aerate the skin, let the baby go undraped for part of the day.
Give your baby a sponge bath until:
- The umbilical cord falls off and the navel completely heals. This usually takes 1-4 weeks.
- When the circumcision heals.
A bath three times a week may be fine in the first year. More frequent bathing maybe drying the skin. Have these items ready for bathing.
- A clean clothe.
- A clean diaper.
- A soft brush to stimulate baby’s scalp.
- A soft clean washcloth.
- Mild unscented baby soap