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Tips for Your Newborn Baby

The baby has arrived! The entire family is clamoring with joy over the arrival of this little girl. It’s time to help the infant’s parents stock up on all the requisite paraphernalia that a newborn requires.

Newborn Baby

Babies have sensitive skin so when bathing the infant use products specifically designed for newborns, including a mild but moisturizing soap. Do not use scented soaps and do not create a bubble bath.

Some parents put moisturizing cream on their baby’s skin after bathing. This is optional. If you do use a lotion make sure it’s hypoallergenic.

After bathing an infant, thoroughly dry the inside of the folds on the baby’s body, such as those around his chubby legs, because this wards off rashes.

When handling an infant, use sanitizer on your hands. It kills germs. Ask your guests to use it, too. Babies haven’t had time to build up a powerful immune system, although being breastfed certainly helps in that respect and is one of the many reasons why mothers are encouraged to nurse their babies, who are vulnerable to infection.

Babies like to be swaddled during the first weeks of their lives. When an infant is swaddled, he is enveloped in a blanket. This soothes the baby. It keeps his arms and legs closely snuggled against him, which is how the baby is used to sleeping in his mother’s womb. It gives the baby a sense of sanctuary and reassurance and limits the startle effect. Babies startle easy and jerk as a result. This action usually wakes them up.

Studies show swaddled babies sleep better, fall back to sleep quicker when they do awaken and may be at less risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.) Of course there are those rogue babies who don’t like being swaddling and if that’s the case, skip this practice, or you can continue swaddling but leave the baby’s arms free.

You do not want your baby to get overheated so do not swaddle the child so heavily he gets too hot. When sleeping in a room that is hot or when a baby is wrapped in a heavy blanket this increases the risk of SIDS. The baby’s room should be between 60 and 70 degrees F.

The parents of a newborn can never have enough blankets. Blankets get wet, peed and pooped on and are constantly being tossed in the washing machine and a replacement blanket is needed. Little Giraffe blankets are topnotch. These blankets beautiful, soft and comfortable and wash with ease.  Wrap your baby in a luxurious chenille blanket and he’ll fall fast asleep in your arms. Babies like being warm and cozy, and a good blanket can guarantee that.

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8 Comments

  1. Tali says:

    Great tips! Thanks!

  2. Hailie S says:

    My ds loved being swaddled when we were in the hospital, but as soon as we got him home he wanted nothing to do with it. Guess he is one of the rare ones (:

  3. Christina Strapp says:

    These tips are great, thank you for posting.

  4. I love these tips! This was actually very helpful. We are soon to be first time parents so it was nice to read this.

  5. Heather Diotte says:

    Thanks so much for the awesome tips! I had my niece bookmark them for her upcoming birth!

  6. krystal Howell says:

    What great tips!! i wish i saw these when i had my son!!

  7. carissa joslyn says:

    Awesome!
    My son HATED to be swaddled! even at the drs.
    he was in the NICU for 3 days and he was never swaddled. but he was this huge 9lb baby under UV lights, next to al these tiny 1 lb babies! i felt bad for all the other parents D:

  8. Maria Iemma says:

    Wonderful tips, my first child hated to be swaddled but my second one would nt sleep uless swaddles. Each baby is different.

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