Pix. 1. How can I take good care of my baby?
“How can I take good care of my baby?” you may be asking right now as you read this article. I want to show you how you can take care of your baby’s skin, his hair, and plan your day so that you can give your baby the kind of care he deserves.
If you want to be able to take good care of your baby, however, you must begin by taking good care of the one who will be looking after baby: You!
1. Take Care of Yourself First
You need to be in the best of shape physically and psychologically before you can take good care of your baby. One thing that you can do to get yourself in the best frame of mind is to solicit assistance from your parents or siblings. Talk to them about the possibility of spending about two weeks with them after you deliver. This arrangement will help you in two ways:
- You will have time to concentrate on the care of your baby since your parents or siblings will do the household tasks.
- These loved ones, who may have had the experience delivering, can give you valuable tips to help you take care of your baby.
- Since you may not be doing household chores, you will have time at your disposal when baby is sleeping and you can use that time to exercise. Exercising will give you the strength and energy you need to take good care of your baby.
2. Taking Care of Your Baby’s Skin
The skin of a baby’s bottom is very sensitive and so needs regular application of creams to protect it. Accordingly, apply a mixture of zinc and castor oil cream, with a few drops of Friar’s Balsam mixed with it. It is an excellent ointment which will keep your baby’s skin in great condition.
3. Care of Your Baby’s Hair
Do not use too much soap when you wash your baby’s hair. Wash his hair at most three times in a week with mild soap. This will prevent the occurrence of “cradle-cap”—a scurf condition of the scalp. If you happen to see flakes of scurf in your baby’s hair or crusts on his scalp, remove it with medicinal liquid paraffin and a soft brush. The condition may also cause spots to appear on the forehead and face of a baby.
It is a condition which causes a baby to suffer terrible pain in his stomach and which, consequently, makes him scream and draw his knees up. Some babies normally suffer from colic between six and ten in the evening. You can deal with colic by putting your baby on his tummy and turning his head to one side. Make sure you do not put a pillow under his tummy.
5. Establish a Daily Routine
When you go home after your baby is delivered and you are not quite settled, it is best to do things as they seem easy to do. Your baby may wake up at irregular times and so it may be difficult to fit him into a time-table.
However when you settle down, it is good to plan a daily routine you are going to follow. A baby grows to like it when life is regular. When he gets to know that certain things will happen at certain times without fail, it will give him sense of security and he will be happier. Therefore, write down a routine for each day and do your best to stick to this plan.
You may decide to draw up a plan such as the one below.
Table 1. A Daily Plan to Help Me Take Good Care of My Baby
|Time of Day||Activity|
|Between 6 am and 7.30 am||Bathe baby and give him his early morning feed|
|Between 7.30 am and 8.00 am||Prepare breakfast for my husband and myself|
|Between 9.00 am and 11.00am||Walk briskly around the house to exercise and do household chores|
|11 am – 12.00 noon||
|12.00 noon to 2.00 pm||
|2.00pm to 4.00 pm||Take baby on a walk in the pram|
|4.00 pm to 6.00 pm||
|6.00 pm to 7.00 pm||
The answer to, “How can I take good care of my baby?” is to put yourself in the best physical and mental frame, be very observant so that you can deal with any issues that affect your baby’s body, and also to organize yourself so that you can have ample time to feed your baby and spend quality time with him.
You must always remember to feel relaxed as you take care of your baby and enjoy being with him. This will help you to enjoy being a mother, one of the most exciting, pleasurable, and satisfying jobs you will ever do here on Earth.
If you are pregnant or making efforts to get pregnant, you might want to read this article.
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