Newborn Babies and Sleep

When you have a newborn you are facing a lot of sleepless night mainly because they get up every couple of hours to eat. This period in a parent’s life can be very stressful and exhausting but as your baby grows you will be able to sleep more during the night. If you do not set up a routine for your baby you will be facing some serious problems. Through this routine you will teach your baby when it is time for bed.

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If you want your baby to sleep more during the day the key is establishing a routine. In this routine you should not bring a lot of activities, keep it simple. It should be simple enough that your baby knows when it is time for bed. The most common activities used by parents are bathing and singing a song or reading a book. If you stick to this problem every single night at one point your baby will get the hang of it.

When they are very little babies cannot make the difference between night and day which mean that you have to figure a way to teach them. We advise you to keep the light on and the blind open during the day and keep the room as dark as possible during the night. This way you baby will know that when it is dark it means it is time for bed and when there is light its day. If you baby happens to wake up during the night don´t play with him for too long because then it will be very hard for you to get him back to bed.

Make a sleeping schedule for your baby, he should have a couple of naps during the day and sleep at night. They key is to make the naps shorter during the days so that when night comes he will be tired enough to go to sleep.

Let him fall asleep on his own. If you stay by him all the time till he falls asleep you will never get a decent night of sleep. What you have to do is teach him to go back to bed on his own.

Even though all this tips work every baby is different and you should be patient. If you have a newborn you should take your time and let him learn in his own pace.

Newborn Baby Care

Caring for a newborn in not so easy, it does not matter if you are a first time parent or if you are an experienced one. Because parents hear a lot of stories regarding how their life is going to change when the baby comes home: sleepless nights, diaper changing and feeding him they become nervous and not sure what to expect. Some women tell stories about how hard they tried to have a baby and before didn’t even know what is in vitro fertilization, but now they are tired all the time. And after all, what is in vitro fertilization without thousand of dollars spent and regular visits to the doctors. Taking care of a newborn is a very big responsibility which means that you have to be prepared mentally and learn the basics because one you learn them everything will fall into place.

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You should make a schedule for your baby´s feeding this way you will know when it´s the right time. Besides this you should offer your baby some options regarding the way of feeding: by sucking the breast or through a bottle. At this early stage you baby will eat once every three or four hours which means you always have to be prepared. Newborns do not drink too much milk about 1.5 oz of breast milk or formula. Before you feed your baby always test the milk to see if it not too hot.

When your newborn is tired put him to sleep because at this stage sleeping is very important. They sleep about 18 hours per day but the down side is that they split those hours into 3 or 4 hours of naps. Make sure that you baby is sleeping on his back at all times because you o not want to risk him falling asleep on his tummy and experience infant death syndrome.

Your baby will need a lot of diaper changing which means that you constantly have to make sure that the diaper is clean. After every diaper change wash your hand with great care because you do not want to spread germs.

Since a newborn is very easy you should give him every day a sponge bath. At this stage it is not recommended to give him a regular bath but if he likes it it´s ok. Also make sure you change his clothes during the day because they tend to become moist from the diapers and spit and spilled formula.

Care for your baby at all times because you are responsible for him and because at this age he needs you to do everything for him. Dress you baby in warm clothes to keep the temperature of his body normal and help him fall asleep using different toys or lullabies.

How to Give a Newborn a Bath

Giving a baby a bath can be stressful for anyone, especially if you are a first time mom, because you are afraid that you are going to hurt him or that you are not going to do it right. Even though you may be scared the first time you will get the used to it in no time. Normally in the first weeks of the baby´s life you do not need to actually put him in a baby tub and was him, a wet sponge is enough to clean your baby. However, if you notice that you baby is to afraid of the water, that he likes taking a bath you should give him on. Here we are going to present you some tips on how to give your baby a bath.

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  • The first step when giving a bath to your baby is gather all the items that you will need for the bath: a towel, some washcloths and baby´s cosmetics.
  • Prepare the after bath stage before the actual bath, this way your baby will not start crying because he is cold and you will not be running around looking for the stuff that you need. All you have to do is set aside a soft towel, a clean diaper and the baby´ clothes.
  • Now that you have got that out of the way you can fill the baby tub or a small basin with water. The water should not be more than 38 degrees and it should reach the baby´s shoulders when he is lying down.
  • Get your baby out of his clothes and place him in the water. You should do this gentle first the feet and then the whole body.
  • Once the baby is in the water you can start cleaning him. Get a washcloth and dip it in the water, add some cleanser and clean your baby from top to bottom. From time to time power some water on your baby so he does not get cold.
  • After you have finished cleaning him get him out of the sink but be careful because their skin is wet which means that they are slippery. Make sure that you hold the firmly.
  • Dry you baby by placing him on the towel and wrapping him with it. All that´s left to do is get him dressed and put him to sleep.
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