When you are back to your home from the hospital with your newborn, you must be well aware of the ways to take care of your baby. In most of the cases, nurses or midwives at the hospital will instruct you on how to handle your baby and how to perform all basic tasks?
Gradually you would collect plenty of information on baby caring from your close family members or friends. Here are some of the most basic tips, which you should always remember for the first few months of your baby.
Whether anyone has told you about this or not, you should make it a point to keep your baby on his tummy for some duration every day. Tummy time is essential for the baby as it helps in many ways. First of all, it will help in releasing the gas from the tummy, if there is any.
Many times the newborns get colic due to this gas. Keeping on their tummy also strengthens the muscles of the neck and back portion of your baby. This eventually helps in rolling over or crawling in due time. On other point, if you keep on laying your baby on his back or side, his head might get deformed or flattened shape. However, you should make sure that your baby is awake and in good mood, before keeping him on his tummy.
Another important tip to remember in these early days is that you should be very careful about his sleeping way. There is high risk of SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome during the first few months of your baby, while they are in sleep. You should take away all extra clothing, bedding, blanket or pillows from the crib, so that there is no chance of getting suffocated.
To keep your baby warm during the night, you may put your baby into the warm sleeping suit. Also be careful to set the room temperature, as it should not be too hot or too cold for him. In both the cases, it will be harmful for your newborn. Preferably you may use a humidifier to maintain the proper humidity of the room.