Every baby is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Trust your instincts as a parent and seek advice from healthcare professionals or experienced parents when needed.
Newborn care can be challenging, but it's also a rewarding journey as you get to know your little one and develop a strong bond.
Here is some advice for you from our experiences.
- If you're breastfeeding, aim to feed your baby on demand, typically every 2-3 hours. If you're using formula, follow the recommended feeding schedule.
- Ensure that your baby is latching correctly during breastfeeding to prevent nipple soreness.
- Burp your baby after each feeding to reduce gas and discomfort.
- Change your baby's diaper frequently, about every 2-3 hours or when it's wet or soiled.
- Keep the diaper area clean and dry to prevent diaper rash. Use diaper cream as needed.
- Newborns sleep a lot, often up to 16-17 hours a day. Follow a safe sleep environment, placing your baby on their back in a crib with no loose bedding or toys.
- Create a calming bedtime routine to help your baby distinguish between day and night. We cannot express how important to have a bedtime routine which saves you lots of time in the long run.
- Swaddling is one of the greatest thing to do with newborns. They feel safe and secure like they are in the womb. We strongly suggest using bamboo swaddles which makes sure that your baby is not too hot.
- Bathe your newborn 2-3 times a week using a mild baby soap and warm water. Avoid daily baths, as it can dry out their delicate skin.
- Be gentle when washing your baby, especially the umbilical cord stump until it falls off.
Umbilical Cord Care:
- Keep the umbilical cord stump clean and dry. Fold the diaper below the stump to avoid irritation.
- The stump will typically fall off within the first few weeks.
Cradle Cap and Baby Acne:
- Cradle cap and baby acne are common in newborns. Use a gentle baby shampoo for cradle cap and avoid picking at it. Baby acne usually resolves on its own.
- Dress your baby in layers to regulate their body temperature. Choose soft, breathable fabrics like cotton and bamboo. We suggest organic cotton and bamboo clothing which is free from any chemical and substances so it is more suitable for your baby's sensitive skin.
- Ensure your baby is neither too hot nor too cold. A good rule of thumb is to dress them as you would dress yourself in the same environment.
- It's normal for newborns to cry, as it's their way of communicating. Check for hunger, diaper changes, and comfort needs.
- Sometimes, babies cry for no apparent reason. Holding and soothing them, using white noise, or gentle rocking can help.
- Don't hesitate to ask for help or support from family, friends, or professionals if you're feeling overwhelmed. Parenting can be challenging, and it's okay to seek assistance.
Baby's Health Check-ups:
- Schedule your baby's first check-up with a pediatrician within the first week of birth. Regular check-ups and vaccinations are essential for your baby's well-being.
- Spend quality time bonding with your baby through cuddling, talking, and making eye contact. Skin-to-skin contact is also beneficial
- Ensure your home is baby-proofed by securing sharp objects, covering electrical outlets, and using safety gates if necessary.
- Always use a rear-facing car seat for your baby when traveling.