So a great miracle has happened – you are a mother! How many new discoveries are ahead … Now your baby is a whole universe, the center of which is you, his mother. There is no need to be afraid. Many newly minted moms experience similar sensations. This is the fear of not coping with the assigned responsibility, the fear of harming the child, the most precious thing in the world. It is especially difficult if you have seen the kids before exclusively on TV. Armed with a considerable amount of detailed literature on this topic, sometimes they simply give up when it comes to practice. Of course, you need to listen to the advice of specialists, but you should not forget about maternal intuition either. Quite often, at first, mothers feel helpless to such an extent that they are afraid to take the baby in their arms once again, they are afraid to change the diaper and change it. Don’t worry too much. It will take just a couple of weeks, and everything will change, confidence will appear, perhaps even automatism in some daily rituals.
Upon returning from the hospital, it is important to understand your baby, to learn to live according to the “new” rules.
We restore strength
It is important to simply recuperate after such a difficult ordeal as pregnancy and childbirth. Many people are helped by joint rest, or even sleep, then the mother does not need to endlessly jump up to the child.
It is very comfortable for a newborn baby to be near his mother, he smells his favorite milk, enjoys the usual beat of her heart. At the first signs of hunger, there is an opportunity to immediately offer the baby a breast.
If the baby cries
If the baby is crying and it is difficult for you to establish the cause, start with the diaper. Perhaps it is not properly secured, thereby causing discomfort, pressing delicate folds.
Perhaps the concern is overcrowding in the diaper or incipient diaper rash. The child needs to be washed after each shift, the boy in the back, and the girl in the front, avoiding the ingestion of feces on the baby’s genitals.
The toddler can be capricious just like that, it is likely that he is full, satisfied, he does not hurt anything, but he just wants mother’s tenderness, her attention, wants her hands. And he just doesn’t know any other way to attract attention, how to whine.
You need to show indulgence and responsiveness. Do not be afraid to spoil him with this, because we are not talking about carrying the baby in your arms every minute. We are talking about the kindness that a loving mother is ready to give her baby in moments of urgent need, to satisfy the desire of the crumbs and put it back, making it possible to further explore the world around him.
As for the head, it must be held until the baby learns to hold it well.
Having been born, the child can finally freely move his arms and legs, these movements are not yet chaotic and unconscious, the muscles are in good shape, this is normal, it is important to correctly give the baby the opportunity to move freely, gradually get used to his body, which is possible due to the rejection of the tight swaddling.
The navel needs special care, even in the hospital they probably told you what and how to do, let me remind you, it is better to lubricate with ordinary brilliant green, “betadine”, or salicylic alcohol. When the umbilical cord falls off, the child can be bathed.
Quite often, young children have sour eyes, here a decoction of chamomile, weak (and not sweet!) Tea will come to the rescue. You need to wipe it daily, using a separate swab for each eye, preferably made of sterile gauze. If the condition does not improve, after a couple of days, there is redness, pus appears, then a consultation with a pediatric ophthalmologist is necessary.
Let’s talk a little about the tummy.
Surely the pediatrician asks about the contents in your diaper, and probably even asks to show you. Normal stool color is deep yellow. Naturally, all children are different and the shades of yellow are also different for everyone. Blood impurities, milk clots, green feces, stool frequency should be alarming.
A breastfed baby easily reacts to changes in your diet, so you need to keep track of what, how, and how much you consume. Eating a sensible diet can reduce the likelihood of colic in babies, so think about it.
The fontanelle, or as they say, the crown, speaks of various important processes taking place in the baby’s body. For example, protrusion, but only in a calm state, is a sign of increased intracranial pressure in the baby. Falling down speaks of dehydration, malnutrition.
One of the main factors in the successful development of a baby is breastfeeding.
No wonder it is also referred to as “natural”. After all, there is nothing more natural than feeding Your baby with Your breast milk. This is laid down by nature itself, and there is no need to break laws. Fight for breastfeeding! If you have problems, consult a specialist.
Even if everything is not going as well as we would like, it is not recommended to completely switch to adapted mixtures. After all, just a few drops of your milk have healing properties that are indispensable for a child’s immunity. The composition of vitamins is unique, and the quality varies depending on the age of the crumbs.
One has only to look into the beautiful eyes of your child, full of tenderness, like wonderful milk, already overflowing its storage, rushes to give everything that you did not have time to give during the months of pregnancy.