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Taking Care of Babies
You could be a mom, an older sister, an aunt or a cousin. But, if you find yourself taking care of babies, it is important to remember – that makes you a parent.
Babies are young and fragile and innocent. They do not know most of what they are doing or thinking. They do not know what you, as an adult, know. So, babies need you to be the parent and know better.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not difficult to look after babies. Sometimes, all it takes is getting to understand their body language, their cries, and you’re all good to go.
The most basic and important advice? Do not panic when the baby bursts out crying. Sometimes, the baby cannot even show what’s wrong or what they want, so they just start crying.
I guess, we might need a crystal ball to figure them out.. Or, not. We might just need to know a little more.
Fun Tips When Taking Care of Babies
- Make sure your hands are clean and sanitized before handling your baby. Yes, it is important to keep hygiene when handling and taking care of babies. Babies are very prone to sickness and infections. This is because their bodies are not yet fully developed, and their immune systems are still also getting exposed to new substances. This is why it is important to remain healthy, as well, around the baby.
- If your baby is a newborn, and you want the best and most effective way of feeding your baby, it would be breastfeeding. For a few months to more than a year, breastfeeding is one of the healthiest nutrition you can give your baby.
- Always keep the baby’s back dry. If they sweat a lot, remember to not let the sweat dry at their backs. Letting their sweat dry on their backs may lead to cough and colds. In worst case scenarios, it may lead to pneumonia.
- A good solution to sweating, and also assuring comfort is to choose the fabric of your baby’s clothes carefully. Guaranteed 100% cotton would be great for the material of their clothes. It is also best that their clothes are often disinfected and laundered properly.
- One often overlooked case is when a baby doesn’t burp after breastfeeding or bottle-drinking milk. It is important to help the baby burp, especially given that babies are usually lying down when they are feeding. When helping your baby burp, make sure you avoid shaking them or waggling them. Hold them up, but make sure their tummies are not pressed, because this might lead to a reflux. Just hold them up and let them release the air as soon as they feel the air coming up.
- Triggers are easier to spot, more than you think. Feeding cues are usually seen as soon as their mouths are salivating, or when they start smacking their lips together. Most of the time, babies will be seen grabbing hold of something and putting it towards their mouth. Often times, they will be screaming and crying – and, it usually means food. But, if they do not cheer up to the sight or taste of food, you need to try other methods to identify what’s wrong.
- Change their clothes when needed. Some parents do not change the baby’s clothes right away, thinking the baby will take a bath in a few hours anyway or they will do it as soon as they are not busy. Understand that having dirty clothes on feels the same for us, adults, and babies. Even worse for babies, because they are most likely to get allergic reactions to dust and dirt. They are also prone to rashes from sweat and sticky skin, and we all know how itchy that situation can get.
- Baby-proof the baby’s favorite play area. It is important that they are safe at all times, especially when you look away for a couple of minutes. Keep them away from corners and edges. Sharp and pointy objects should be kept away from them as well.
Bonus Pointers for Taking Care of Babies When Bathing
- Make sure you bathe your baby in a warm room, and with lukewarm water far from being chilly. This is to assure your baby is getting the right amount of moisture good for their skin. It is also good to avoid cough and colds.
- Choose bathing products for your baby that is not fake or too strong for your baby’s hygiene. It is also good to do research or get recommendations from the pediatrician on good products to avoid high levels of chemicals in the baby’s bathing products.
- Use subtle and soft cleaning tools for your baby. Avoid rubbing too hard, too fast, or too rough on the baby’s skin. They may be sensitive and could be easily scratched.
- Right after a bath, dry your baby with a smooth, soft and clean baby towel. Some towels may be too rough or too thick for the baby, so choose that their drying towels are safe for their skin and their hygiene.
Taking care of babies is actually really fun, especially with the thought that you will learn new and different things with your baby. As they grow up, and it won’t be long until they are big kids, you will miss the days when they would still crawl and call out for you.
Cherish them. Love them the best you can before they are all grown up and adults.
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