Bringing up a baby is a difficult job and many new parents will attest to it. However, if you know exactly what to do and what not to do, this job gets so much easier. Here are 5 things that you must absolutely do with your baby and why.
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Give them attention and avoid neglect
Always pay close attention to your baby. Never leave them, unattended during bath time. You cannot hold your baby too much. In fact, research suggests if you do hold, bond and touch your baby, you may promote her brain development as well as emotional, physical and mental growth. Do read, talk and sing to your baby and give them direct eye contact. Although you may experience fatigue and grow impatient, never shake, spank or yell at your baby.
Giving your baby pediatric care
If you have no prior experience and are first time parents, having a barrage of questions to ask your doctor about your baby is very normal. In fact, it is better to ask and clarify than feel anxious in doubt. Ask your doctor any questions about your baby, and do not feel embarrassed or feel that your questions are insignificant. Your pediatrician will recommend immunizations at 1, 2, 4, 6, 9 and 12 months.
Feed your baby right
Feed your baby either breast milk or FDA-approved formula. Breast milk is best, but formula will also provide essential vitamins and minerals. Use sterile water when preparing formula and clean bottles and nipples thoroughly. Feed your baby on demand or at least every 2 to 3 hours. Don’t allow your baby to sleep through feedings. Low fat, soy, rice and almond milk should be avoided with babies and cow’s milk should not be given if the baby is less than 12 months old.
Give your baby a comfortable and safe sleeping environment
Never ever leave your baby to sleep on their stomach. This elevates the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Always keep them on their back and make sure that they are wearing clothing that suits the temperature and humidity levels of the day. Also remember that there should not be any soft toys and pillows too close to the baby that can fall onto them and disrupt their breathing. Keep your baby in a safe crib so that they do not roll over and fall in their sleep.
Provide maximum car safety while travelling with your baby
Use a car seat when your baby is traveling in a car. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when you strap the car seat into the car and the baby in the car seat. Never place the car seat in the front seat.