Once a woman gives birth to her baby, she’ll always be on a high alert with regards to her baby’s wellbeing. From breastfeeding, diaper duties, sleep routines to bathing schedules, she’ll try to ensure that everything runs seamlessly. Yet, there may be occasions where, despite all the good efforts, a new mom might make a slip or two. This is quite natural as new-mom duties can at times prove to be quite daunting. So, don’t beat yourself up if you do make a slip-up once in a while. Rather, make a note of certain commonly missed yet important things to help you tide through the situation. Here are few such things that a new mom can easily slip:
1. The Baby Burping
Burping your baby helps release the accumulated gas in his/her stomach. While it may seem like a simple process, it might not actually be so. There may be times when your baby might burp quickly. However, sometimes it might turn into a time-consuming process making a mom run out of patience and skip the whole burping session altogether.
2. Bathing The Newborn
You might feel an urgent need to bathe your baby the moment you arrive from the hospital. A baby is generally cleaned at the hospital before discharge, so bathing frequently might result in the infection of the umbilical cord. Instead, stick to sponge baths as much as possible until the cord dries.
Of course, it’s hard to resist kissing your adorable baby. However, it is a huge health hazard. It puts your little one at risk of contracting infections each time an adult person kisses his/her face because of a weak immune system. Best thing to do is not to let anyone kiss your baby.
4. Ensure Safe Sleep
You might be up for hours during nights and days to put your baby to sleep. However, just before you place your sleeping baby in his/her crib/cradle, make sure your baby is safe. Always put your baby to sleep on the back. Remove all extra pillows, blankets, and soft toys from around your baby to prevent suffocation.
5. Caring For Teething Pain
It may be hard to see your baby cry with pain when he/she is teething. However, do not apply anesthetic pain relief gel to your baby’s gums. Your baby can easily swallow the gel which can, in turn, numbs the baby’s throat causing unexpected problems. Always consult a doctor in such cases.
6. Sharing Baby Pics Online
Click and post! You’ll never get tired of showing off your baby on social media. However, are you sure that the internet is a safe place for your baby’s personal pics? There may be anti-social elements who might harbor bad intentions for kids, lurking online. So, steer clear of this practice.
7. Excessive Toys
Of course, babies love playing with toys. But, that certainly doesn’t mean that you need to go on a toy-buying spree. Babies are actually pretty selective. Once they find their muse, they’ll chuck every other toy in favor of this one favorite of theirs. In fact, some of them even outgrow some toys even without using them. So, be thrifty when it comes to buying them.
8. Baby Mittens
It is an old practice to make babies wear mittens so they do not end up gorging their delicate faces with their sharp nails. However, this hinders with the development of the baby’s sense of touch. Best thing to do is file your baby’s nails regularly with an emery board instead of a nail cutter.
9. Delaying Diaper Change
Diaper changes are inevitable when it comes to babies. But, as much as you hate it, do not delay changing your baby’s diaper or wait until it is full. The longer your baby stays in a soiled or wet diaper, higher the chances of infection and illness. So, be prompt.
10. Sibling Bonding
If your newborn has an older sibling or cousins, it is naturally exciting to see them hold the newborn or place the baby on their lap. Although this does look cute, chances are that these older siblings might not hold the newborn properly. Worse still, they may even drop the baby. So, it is better to avoid letting children younger than 5 years handle your baby.
Did some of these suggestions surprise you? Have you too slipped any of these or practiced some of them? Share your story with us in the comments section below and help a new mother learn something new today.