To help you navigate the joys and challenges of parenthood, we’ve put together a list of dos and don’ts to keep your child happy and healthy. Read on for some essential tips for making your parenting journey easier and more enjoyable.
Being a parent is thrilling, and holding your little one for the first time might overwhelm you with love and affection. As a new parent, you wish nothing but the best for your little one. From making sure they get enough sleep to providing proper nutrition, taking care of a baby can be a challenging but rewarding experience. Many new parents are inquisitive regarding the best practices for caring for their newborns. Maintaining good hygiene is one important aspect of baby care. However, with so much advice and information available, it can be overwhelming to know what’s best for your baby.
a.Wash baby laundry separately
- Use a gentle laundry detergent specifically designed for babies. These detergents are free from harsh chemicals that may irritate their sensitive skin.
- Use a liquid detergent containing glycerin that is gentle on clothes, your hands and also on the skin of your baby.
- Wash baby clothes separately from rest of the family’s laundry. It will help prevent any germs or bacteria from spreading.
- Do not use fabric softeners as they can cause skin irritation in babies.
- Do not use bleach, as it can be harsh on baby’s skin and cause discolouration of their clothes.
b. Hydrate baby’s skin after a bath
- Use a gentle moisturizer on your baby’s skin after bath time to keep her skin hydrated and supple and prevent dryness. Maintaining hydration flushes out all bodily toxins, giving baby replenished skin.
- Apply moisturizer to your baby’s skin within a few minutes of getting out of the shower while their skin is still damp, as this will help lock in moisture.
- Breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby is essential for the baby to remain hydrated and nourished.
- Do not use moisturisers containing fragrances or other irritants, as these can cause skin irritation and rashes.
- Do not apply too much moisturiser, which can clog pores and cause skin issues.
c. Give your baby a head and scalp massage
- Use a gentle, circular motion to massage the baby’s scalp. This helps promote relaxation and stimulate blood flow to the scalp. In addition, a gentle massage with your hands benefits their skin and helps you two form a strong bond.
- Use mild baby oil or coconut oil to help lubricate the baby’s scalp and make it easier to massage.
- Take your time and be gentle, because your baby’s scalp is delicate and sensitive.
- Don’t use too much pressure when massaging your baby’s scalp, as this can cause discomfort or injury.
- Don’t use oils or products containing strong scents or other irritants.
d. Always carry a baby travel kit
- Pack plenty of diapers and wipes for the trip. Pack additional clothing in case of spills or accidents.
- Bring a first aid kit that includes essential items such as bandages, antiseptic, and an infant pain reliever.
- Bring light food or supplements your child may need.
- Don’t forget to pack any essential documents, like your baby’s birth certificate or passport, if you travel internationally.
- Don’t pack too many toys or other bulky items, as they can take up valuable space in your luggage.
Putting your best foot forward and wanting to do the best of everything for your little pumpkin will be your top priority as you settle into your new daily routine as a new parent, particularly because a parent’s bond with their child is one of protection.