Your baby needs your special care and attention. A newborn baby is unaware of the hazards that may surround him, in one form or the other. It is you, who is supposed to look after the baby and take care of his health and safety. There are various baby care tips that you need to know and implement to have a carefree time during your child’s infancy. These baby care tips are vast in scope as they touch many different situations. Following are some of them:
Tips on baby tooth care
Most of the parents ignore baby tooth care, assuming that the early baby teeth are of not much importance or do not need much care. This is not the right assumption! Baby tooth care should start right from the birth so that it paves way for healthy gums and teeth in the long run.
In order to take a good care of your baby’s teeth, the steps given below should be conducted:
Cleaning your baby’s gums right from the time you introduce semi-solid food would help your baby have strong teeth throughout his life. Gums can be cleaned with the help of cotton or any other soft or rubbery material which does not cause rashes on the gums. This should be done at least once a day.
Avoid putting your baby to sleep with the milk or juice bottle in his mouth. The lactose in milk can react with the mouth bacteria, which results in tooth discoloration and other dental problems. Always take the bottle out of the baby’s mouth at the time of sleep.
Let the baby drink some water after every meal. This is a good practice, since the babies cannot be made to rinse the mouth after every meal, the water they drink can help clean the mouth and free it from all the small food particles.
Do not forget to clean your baby’s teeth at bed time; this helps decrease bacteria which cause dental infections.
Have your baby’s dental examination around the first year. See what the dentist says.
You can brush your baby’s teeth after 18 months from the birth. Use non-fluoride tooth paste during the first few months.
Tips for bathing a newborn
It can be both exciting and frightening to give your newborn a bath. Some parents are so scared that they reach out for professional services to bathe their babies. Treat your baby in a special way and try to enjoy everything that is new to you and your baby. It could make you nervous to think that your baby might easily slip away from your hands but with few tips stated below, you will learn how to give your baby a bath in the safest way.
Preparing things beforehand will help you avoid hassle in the middle. Thus, make sure that all the necessary items such as baby bath tub, baby towel, baby soap, baby shampoo, diapers and clothes are all ready.
Your newborn should be bathed in a warm room so switch off fan and air conditioner.
While placing the newborn in the bathtub, your one hand should be supporting his back and neck while the other hand should be supporting his bottom.
The water should be neither too hot nor too cold. An ideal temperature of the water would be 29C or 85F.
Soap should not be used on the baby’s face.
Bathtub could be uncomfortable and hard for the baby, so always put a bath sheet for your baby’s comfort.
Sing to your baby while you bathe him/her, so that he/she enjoys.