Advice for First Time Parents

Having a baby is a great time and is a lot of fun for the parents. It can also be a very stressful time for new parents if they don’t know what to do when they take the baby home from the hospital. Here are a few bits of advice to help new parents after they get their newborn home from the hospital.

New parents might want to consider getting some help after they take their newborn baby home. Think about enlisting help from family and friends to get through the first few weeks at home with your newborn until you are comfortable with your parenting skills. Some people even hire a baby nurse to help them after the get home.

If you are a new parent and haven’t had the pleasure of being around newborns then their fragility can be very frightening. Here are a few basic tips to remember when handling your newborn baby:

Always be careful to support your newborn baby’s head and neck. Newborn baby’s necks are not strong and can’t support the weight of their head’s, always cradle the baby’s head when you are carrying the newborn and always support the head and neck when holding the baby upright or laying the newborn down.

If you are using a carrier, stroller, or a car seat then keep in mind the baby should always be securely fastened in to the device. You should also limit a newborn’s activity that may be too bumpy or rough.

A newborn baby is much too fragile to play roughly and should never be bounced on someone’s knee or thrown in the air.

When coming home from the hospital you should have a baby change station already set up. A baby change station is a place where you can easily change your baby’s diapers and/or clothes and have all of the supplies you’ll need within reach. You can purchase a changing table from most stores that sell baby furniture, or you can use a bed or a well padded, clean floor. For changing diapers you will want to be well stocked up on clean diapers, fasteners (if you are using cloth diapers), diaper ointment (for rashes), warm water, a clean washcloth, and baby wipes (cotton balls are a good alternative to baby wipes).

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