So your a New parent?
The first appearance
How will my baby look? Is a question you might be asking yourself. When your baby is first born he/she will have a big head compared to the rest of their body this is because when a baby is developing their brains one of the first things to form. Don't worry if your baby's head is a little pointing because it did just squeeze though the birth canal. Your baby's skin may be a blue grayish color at first but will change on its own quickly to a pink color. They may be born with little bruising if they were forceps involved and a little scratching from their nails when they were inside. Some baby's are born with their eyes open, most have eyes closed.
Spending time with your child!
When your child is first born spending time with them is very important because they can start building a connection to you which will soon lead to other people. It can help boost their self-esteem positively and affects them cognitively and socially. Bonding with your child can be as easy as just bathing and feeding them. Many other ways you could bond with your child than just the basic nurture care is talking and reading to them and maybe even sing a little.
Finding a toy that your bay enjoys can be very difficult. Baby's like things with repeating noises and bright colors. A baby can only see a couple inches away from their face so toys with bright colors will attract. Baby's love textures too and toys with different textures can help them explore. Some toys you can consider are:
- Soft stuffed animals
- Bath toys
- Cloth books with colorful figures
- Infant play gyms
- Toys with mirrors
Bottle feeding and breast feeding.
Many mothers struggle to decide wether they want to breast or bottle feed their baby.
Here is a list of pros or cons of each for you to decide which one is best for you and your baby.
- Gives baby natural nutrients
- Builds relationships
- Reduces breast cancer
- spoils baby
- Time consuming
- Not enough food
- Dad can be involved
- Natural immunities
- Easier for public
- creastes distance
- Sick from dirty bottles
Baby's first foods
Baby's should be introduced to food slowly and it could take a couple of times before they actually will like what your giving them.
- Formula or breast milk
- Orange juice
- Fluoridated water
- Mashed hard cooked egg
- Pure fruits and vegetables
- Pure meats
- Breads and pastas
- Strained and chopped adult food
A healthy baby should consist of many different noticeable characteristics which include:
- Good appetite
- Bright skin color
- Gains steady weight and height
- Happy/ cheerful
- Good teeth
- Few aches and pain
Sudden infant death syndrome is known as SIDS or crib death. It’s when a baby 12 months or younger dies during sleep with no warning signs or a clear reason. Way you could prevent this from happening is:
- Breastfeed as Long as You Can
- Don't Smoke Around Your Baby
- Keep Your Sleeping Baby Close, but Not in Your Bed
- Put a Sleeping Baby on His Back
- Firm Bed, No Soft Toys or Bedding