How to handle your newborn baby?

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.