9 months may feel like the longest when you are waiting for your little baby angel to come home. As exciting as it is but all the first-time parents have searched for a manual on how to handle a baby and failed. There is no book or manual that can guide you better than your instincts in raising your child. Still nervous? Well there are just certain things you need to look into right the moment your baby is handed over to you.
You don't have to be a one-man army at once:
The pre and post effects and tiredness of delivery is not a joke for both first time parents. While it’s your happiest day of life it can be draining as well. You have a lot of sleepless nights ahead of you. If your relatives and friends that you are comfortable with offer help, avail it and if they don't, never feel guilty and ashamed to ask for it. You are strong first-time parents but you need to recruit all the army you can. If still doubts, you can always hire a postpartum doula who can assist you with not only house chores but is well experienced in baby guidance.
infants at early stages do not have a very strong immune system and is liable to an infection. Hygiene is very important at this time. It is advised to sponge bath until the umbilical cord falls off and naval is completely healed which takes 1-4 weeks and the cord stump turns from yellow to brown to black while the circumcision takes 1-2 weeks to heal and you can use petroleum jelly to avoid the wound sticking to the diaper.Make sure the hands are clean whoever is handling the baby and never let anyone kiss, sneeze or cough near the face.
Handling must be done with gentle hands. It is extremely necessary to give baby the neck support while holding or laying it down meanwhile infant massages help the baby muscles and bones to be strong. On the safe side, never leave your baby alone at a diaper changing table. Assemble the accessories beforehand. Do not shake your infant as it can cause “whiplash” effect resulting into internal injuries and even brain damage bleeding.
Co-sleeping and breastfeeding:
Breastfeeding is the prime element between the infant and mother emotional bonding. Skin to skin interaction has proven to strengthen the relation between baby and parents. This topic and the correlation is often debated on many academic and social levels. Co-sleeping and breastfeeding is correlated. It has been concluded that the mothers who use this correlation to their advantage sleeps better than mother who prefer or are advised for solidarity sleep plus the breastfeeding increase antibiotics and white cells in the infant. As much as the co-sleeping is despised and blamed for SIDS, the experts say that mothers naturally adopt a protective position during the first four months. If you’re continuously scared for co-sleeping, its fine. Co-sharing bed meaning the baby cort is placed as the same surface as your bed. It will eliminate the chances of SIDS