Here are a few things to remember if you are handling a newborn baby:
Wash your hands properly or use a hand sanitizer before touching a newborn.
Do not try to shake your baby, whether in play or in anger.
Be careful to support your newborn's neck and head.
Meet a feeding specialist or lactation consultants who can help you get started nursing or bottle feeding.
Make sure your newborn is safely fastened into the stroller, carrier, or car seat.
Babies are not as strong as adults. So, be gentle while massaging your baby.
Keep noise and light levels low to moderate if sensitive to sound, touch, or light, and might startle and cry easily, or sleep less than expected.
Babies should not be swaddled after they're 2 months old.
Diaper do' s and don'ts: Use a clean diaper. Use a diaper rash cream if the baby has a rash. Also, use a clean washcloth, diaper wipes, or cotton balls to gently wipe your baby's genital area.
Use mild, unscented baby soap and shampoo.
Clean your baby's nose and ears with the damp washcloth.
To prevent chills, undress your child and then place him or her in the water immediately, and in a warm room.
Consult your healthcare provider if you have concerns about your baby's feeding schedule or feeding growth.
If your baby produces too much gas and has gastroesophageal reflux, or seems fussy during breastfeeding or bottle feeding, try burping him/her after every feeding.
It's imperative to place your baby on his back to sleep to reduce the risk of SIDS.