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Learning how to care for a newborn takes a little time and practice. What are the best ways to help your baby to burp after eating? How can you quickly diaper a squirming infant? Learn all the burping, bathing and bathroom basics here.
Transcript: A word of comfort to new moms and dads: You WILL figure this out! Newborns are a lot of work, but knowing...
A word of comfort to new moms and dads: You WILL figure this out! Newborns are a lot of work, but knowing some baby basics will help. Of course, one of your more unpleasant (and frequent!) jobs will be diaper duty. This isn't hard and will become second nature in no time. Before you start, be sure that you have everything you need at your fingertips. That means diapers, baby wipes, diaper rash ointment, and a change of clothes (just in case!) Lie your baby down and open the diaper. Parents with boys, watch out for that penis! Keep it covered with a cloth when he's undressed to avoid a spray surprise. Now fold over the diaper so that the clean side touches your baby's bottom. Lift your baby's legs and wipe the area well. If you have a girl, wipe her from front to back to keep her vagina bacteria-free. If you have a boy, prevent leaks by quickly fastening his diaper. As you replace the dirty diaper with a clean one, remember that disposables have tabs that go in the back and wrap around to the front. So what if your baby's made a REALLY big mess in his or her diaper? Bath time! Once again, have everything you'll need handy before you begin. Ensure that the room is between 75 and 80 degrees. Because babies lose body heat very quickly, this keeps them comfortable. Use an infant tub, or the sink, until your baby can sit up unassisted. Once the sink is filled with enough water to cover your baby's bottom half, slide him or her into the tub. When washing a newborn, use soap sparingly and stick to the hands, bottom and genitals. The rest of your baby's body can be washed with water alone. If you want to shampoo, use a drop of tear-free product once a week. If you have an uncircumcised boy, it's fine to wash his penis with soap and warm water. But a circumcised boy shouldn't be bathed until his penis is healed, so stick to sponge baths for now. It seems like when babies aren't dirtying diapers, they're nursing, and feeding babies need to be burped. Burp your baby when you switch breasts, or halfway through a bottle. Remember to have a burp cloth handy in case the baby spits up! The classic burping position is to hold your baby upright, with his or head on your shoulder. Support the bottom with one hand and use the other to pat the back firmly. If this doesn't work, try placing your baby stomach side down across your lap, turning him or her sideways. Or hold your baby in a seated position, supporting the neck and chest with one hand, and patting with the other. A newborn baby is a lot of work. But take heart in knowing that every couple DOES get the hang of burping, bathing, diapers, and everything in between!More »
Last Modified: 2014-02-24 | Tags »
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Breast milk is a healthy, budget-friendly (it's free!) way to feed your baby, but some newborns don't start to nurse as easily as others. Get helpful tips on how to breastfeed your infant.
Transcript: If youve decided to breastfeed, youre among 80% of proud new moms. But how does nursing ACTUALLY work?...
If youve decided to breastfeed, youre among 80% of proud new moms. But how does nursing ACTUALLY work? The main key to successful breastfeeding is to get your baby to latch onto your breast correctly. To do it, brush his lips with your nipple, which will encourage him to open his mouth wide, as if yawning. 1. Then, quickly pull him to your breast with the arm that is holding him. 2. Your babys gums should bypass your nipple and 3. cover about one inch of your areola. If your baby is latched correctly, you shouldnt feel a lot of pain, and he should begin sucking with lips extended. Improper latching is the number one case for nipple discomfort, cracking, and pain. So if you feel uncomfortable, gently break the suction by putting your finger in the side of your babys mouth before trying again. There are many ways to hold your baby while breastfeeding, but the most important thing is that your babys shoulders and hips are facing towards you. The most popular hold is the cradle, in which your babys head rests in the crook of your elbow, with your forearm supporting the back and your hand holding his bottom. Use your other hand to lift and support the breast your baby is feeding from. The cross cradle hold is very similar, but your opposite arm supports your babys body. You may also try the side lying position, where you both lie facing one another. Use your bottom arm to position the baby as in the cradle, and pull his body in to yours. 1. Or, attempt the clutch hold, by placing a pillow under your babys body, 2. bringing your newborn to the level of your breast. 3. Then, position your baby so his legs are under your arm and his head is in your hand. Once hes nursing happily, youll probably wonder how long you should continue to feed. General wisdom is that your baby should empty one breast fully, at which point he or she will detach on his own. In newborns, this may be 5 to 10 minutes per breast every few hours. Older babies nurse less frequently, but for 20 to 40 minutes per breast. Once your baby is done with a breast, burp him, and then offer the other. If hes hungry, hell continue to nurse. Regardless of how much your baby eats, remember to always start with the full breast at his next feeding. The reason its so important to empty each breast fully is that your bodys milk changes according to your babys needs. When he or she starts to suck, your newborn will receive what is known as foremilk, a thinner, lower-fat, milk that will quench your babys thirst. This initial sucking will then signal your breasts to let down a fuller-fat hindmilk. Your hindmilk satiates your babys hunger. Although it may take some time to adjust to all these intricate of nursing, you will both get the hang of it sooner than you think!More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-26 | Tags »
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If you have a new baby there are tips for new moms on how to relax. Check out this video to learn more.
Transcript: "Being a mother is incredibly rewarding, but it can also be a bit scary at first. Dr. Mom is a physician...
"Being a mother is incredibly rewarding, but it can also be a bit scary at first. Dr. Mom is a physician and has also raised two children. Here are Dr. Mom's top three tips for new mothers:First of all, she should take a deep breath and relax. Babies are not fragile, they get sick, they have rashes, they have earaches, they cry. All of which can be handled usually at home, with no unusual measures. You need to be aware that a doctor may be needed, but don't jump to the worst conclusions. Breastfeeding is really good it's nice for the mom and for the baby, but it's not absolutely the only way to feed your baby. Even if you breastfeed, it's very important to get your baby ready to take a bottle. You need the time and the flexibility that having somebody else feed your baby occasionally will allow you. The most important advice I can give new mothers is: remember you are your baby's lifeline and you need to take care of yourself. That means taking some downtime, getting some rest, getting proper nutrition, occasionally leaving the baby and entertaining yourself with a movie or a book or friends. You're still a partner, you're still a member of the social world, and you still have interests outside the house. Take care of yourself and be good to your baby."More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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