The basics of newborn care: A crash course for new parents

The basics of newborn care: A crash course for new parents

Congratulations! You just brought your little bundle of joy home, and this is where the real journey begins. If you’re struggling to get the hand of basic newborn care, rest assured that we’ve got your back. From the first bath to the umbilical cord care, here are some essentials you need to keep in mind when it comes to the basics of newborn care.


The basics of newborn care

Handling your newborn

A newborn baby’s fragility might seem a little intimidating, but handling them is easier than it seems. It’s important to always wash your hands before touching your baby. You also want to ensure that you’re always supporting their head and neck while holding them. Your newborn baby isn’t ready for play yet, so keep them as stationary as possible until they can control their own head movements.


Bonding with new baby

Bonding with your baby is probably one of the most precious things on earth, but not all moms find this to come naturally. One way to promote boding is to be physically close to them as often as possible. Infants see attachment as vita for emotional growth, plus it also affects their physical growth. Be sure to use a lot of skin-to-skin contact during those first few days you spend at home with your new baby. Infant massage is another great way to bond with your baby.



Regardless of whether you’re using cloth or disposable diapers, your new baby will go through at least 10 of them a day. This equates to a minimum of 70 diapers a week. The basics such as a clean diaper, diaper ointment, and wet wipes are essential to have on hand every time you need to change your baby’s diaper.


The basics of bathing your baby

Babies should have sponge baths until their umbilical cords fall off and heal completely. This can take anywhere between one and four weeks. During the first week of your baby’s life, just bathing them every second or third day is fine. By bathing them too frequently, you might be drying out their skin.


Umbilical cord care

Some doctors suggest swabbing the umbilical cord area with rubbing alcohol until the stump naturally dries out and falls off. This usually happens within ten to 21 days after your baby is born. It’s important not to submerge the umbilical cord area in water until the stub has fallen off. It’s perfectly normal for the stub to change colour from yellow to brown, and then black before falling off.

By Seldean Smith

Seldean is a full-time single mom and avid contributor to the Kiddles website. Her hobbies include discovering awesome new places and spaces for kids and writing content that resonates with the hearts of other parents.

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