Taking Care Of a New Born Child-Food, Sleep and Stools
Becoming a parent is a wonderful transition that every woman on earth would love to experience. From the day your bundle of joy sees the world, trust me, it’s a new experience all together. However, taking care of your baby till she reaches a particular age, is extremely difficult and requires a lot of patience. Though this task is quite challenging, the joy you get in return overweighs all the negatives.
Here are few tips every new mother should know to ensure happy baby nurturing.
For the first year, the baby should be fed on breast milk. Newborn’s life shall turn healthier with breast milk and gives optimum sustenance to grow and stay healthy. During the first few weeks of delivery, the baby should be breast fed for 8 to 10 times per day. As a parent, you should know if your baby is getting enough nourishment. The best indication to ensure she is getting sufficient nourishment is if she has four to six wet diapers and three or more bowel moments per day.
Don’t worry even if your baby sleeps for more than 15 hours per day in the initial months. They take time to understand the difference between day and night and take time to get adjusted to the new world. If your baby doesn’t get up for food, make sure you wake her up and feed after regular intervals. It is important to feed her after every couple of hours. She will also take time to get adjusted to the intake of food. She will slowly improve the quantity of food consumption and you can slowly increase the time gap between feeds.
It is advised to make the baby sleep on her back in a comfortable position on a firm mattress. If the weather is cold, make sure your baby is completely covered in warm clothes. Instead of covering her with a warm sheet, it is better to put on warm clothes.
In the initial months, milk is probably the only food she consumes. So she will pass stools a couple of times per day. If she is on formula feeding, she might pass stools less frequently. It is easy to determine if your baby’s bowel movements are easy. If it is not easy, your baby starts crying, she starts moving her legs and her face turns red.
If you ever find blood in her stools, don’t panic. But give a call to health care provider immediately. If is also common that your baby pass a lot of gas. Don’t be surprised if this happens often.