5 Things New Parents Must Know!

By Dhivya Rateesh Nair 


Having a baby is a daunting task, whether or not you've done it before. There are an endless number of things that you will need to take care of while your baby is still in infancy. You almost always have a full shopping list and the list often includes things you've never used or knew you needed before. Fortunately, there are a lot of resources on how to nurse and take care of a child that are of great help to first time parents. A few essential tips are covered below and should be an effective guide to taking care of a baby.

Don't hesitate to take or accept help.

The stress of having and taking care of a baby immediately after childbirth is phenomenal. So it is necessary to have some assistance in the beginning from either friends or family, or a professional nurse if necessary. Since ages ago, their parents or sisters or nurses depending on the situation have assisted mothers of newborn children. The reason being that it is difficult to handle the sudden change in stress levels after having a baby.

Hygiene.

Newborns are even more fragile than they look and it is very important to know that their immune systems have not developed yet, and their ability to fight infections is very weak. The only protection the infants have is from their mother’s milk, which is valid for only six months or so. It is important that everyone washes his or her hands thoroughly with an antiseptic soap or with hand sanitizer. The cloth used to wash the baby should be washed in hot water and thrown away after a few uses. Make sure to give the baby a very clean wipe every time it urinates or defecates.


Handling.

Newborns don't have a fully developed skeletal structure yet, so its important that they are always held correctly with a hand supporting the neck. Shaking of any kind should be absolutely avoided until the baby has a well-developed skeletal structure and musculature. Vigorous shaking has been known to cause bleeding in the brain and in some cases even death. If you need to wake your baby then do so by tickling its feet or blowing softly on its cheek. Another important thing is to make sure your baby is secure in its carrier while travelling, if you are uncertain about this, just hold it securely against your chest.

Sponge baths over tubs.

Newborn babies are not ready to get into the water, not only is it difficult because it is tough to handle them while trying to clean, it may also make the baby uncomfortable which makes your job tougher. Clean the baby with sponge baths a maximum of three times a week; any more may make the skin of the baby dry. Use a mild soap recommended by your pediatrician and use very small quantities of it, we don't want to create any dryness or rashes.

Feeding.

This is an area which concerns most parents, how much to feed the baby and how often. It is recommended that you let the baby decide when it should be fed. It will attempt to ask for food by crying or putting fingers in the mouth and making sucking noises. A newborn typically feeds every 2-3 hours and it should be fed about 15 minutes at each breast or given 2-3 ounces of formula feed.

Keeping these tips in mind, you should understand that though it is daunting, there is plenty of help for those who have newborn babies.

8 Features to Look For When Buying a Stroller

By Leo Eigenberg 


A strong and reliable stroller is an essential piece of parenting equipment for most moms and dads. A stroller is must-have piece of gear for a family until a child is about 3 or 4 years old and able to walk on their own. But with such a choice of strollers, it can be difficult to determine which features are most practical for the family.

Here are eight of the more significant features to consider when buying a stroller:

Canopy

A canopy can offer a more comfortable ride and give protection from the wind, rain, or sun. Even if a stroller doesn't include a canopy as standard, most models on the market can accept a third-party accessory to give the desired protection.

Brakes

Give the brakes a quick test in the store. The wheels should be quick and easy to lock in place once the brake has been engaged.

Handle height

An ideal height for the push handle is in the region of the waist. A standard size stroller is designed with the average sized woman in mind. For the taller person, a model with adjustable handles is certain to be a practical feature. Also, it is possible to attach handle extenders on the strollers with non-adjustable handles.




Maneuverability

A stroller should be light and comfortable enough to easily push with one hand in a straight line. A model with swivel wheels at the front and rear often gives greater maneuverability when turning or changing direction.

Safety

A reliable stroller should make it easy to lock the frame into position. A strong mechanism is needed to stop the stroller collapsing by accident while in use. Inspect the frame for signs of sharp protrusions or edges. Little fingers can easily get pinched or caught by exposed springs or metal components.

A stroller that is certified to match the current safety standards will have the JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) mark.

Seat belt

A must-have feature to stop the curious baby escaping is a restraint system. A 5-point harness is usually rated as the safest option, which secures a child in place with straps over the shoulders, between the legs, and around the waist. Any buckle system should be secure and comfortable for the child, but also easy to unlock for mom and dad.

Storage

A large storage area under the seat is certain to help when traveling with baby equipment or when help is needed on shopping trips.

Washable

A stroller with a washable fabric is certain to mean easier cleanup after any baby messes are made. A model with a removable fabric cover is one of the best options for keeping the baby stroller clean.

 

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