Many first time parents, even if they have been around babies, feel lost. Even things they know seem to disappear and they worry about how to hold, feed and even put their baby down to sleep.
There are a few things that first time parents can do to adjust to caring for their new bundle of joy in no time. As with many things in life, it becomes easier with practice.
Holding a Baby
Before lifting or handling a new born it is important to wash your hands to prevent passing on any germs. Their immune systems are still developing and therefore are quite sensitive.
Proper head and back support is integral to handling babies. When lifting or holding a baby always ensure that the head is properly cradled in the hand or crook of the elbow. While it may be tempting to jiggle them, babies are still too delicate for excessive handling even in play. This will change as they get older.
Setting a Schedule
Set feeding and sleeping schedules early on for babies. While some little ones have their own internal clocks as to when to do what, a little bit of structure can help. Feeding schedules help ensure that the baby is getting adequate nutrients. Granted, most babies will let you know when they are hungry by fussing and crying.
Since babies need to sleep often to promote growth and health, helping them by setting scheduled nap times will make it easier for them as they get older. Again, some babies will cooperate more than others. It is wise to get help with a newborn where possible. The lack of sleep that normally accompanies this milestone can be hard to adjust to.