Parenting hack: Basic baby care tips all mothers should know
MANILA, Philippines — Being a parent is undoubtedly one of the world’s most challenging yet rewarding task. So whether you’re a first time mom or have four little tykes running around, it will always take the same amount of love, passion, with a dose of practical thinking to become the best parent you’ve always wanted to be.
To get you started, here are some noteworthy tips to make caring for your baby a tad bit easier:
Listen to the experts but follow your gut.
You can get overwhelmed with the “must do’s” and get confused with the many beliefs, that even upon further research, turn out to have enough proof for opposing ends of the spectrum.
Before giving in to the pseudoscience on the internet, have an open mind—read and ask as much as you can about the experiences of other mothers, your parents, friends you trust and your pediatrician. You’ll find that experiences vary from one parent to another and even from one child to another. So whether a cry is a symptom of a bigger problem or a whimper is simply a sound, be confident enough to heed your own motherly instincts. Remember, no one knows your baby more than you do.
Touch is the language of love.
According to the Psychology Today, touching a newborn infant can soothe and put them to sleep. During this period of rest, the development of the baby’s brain is facilitated. You can soothe a crying baby by giving a slow pat on the back, making sure it follows the rhythm of their heartbeat. If patting does not work, try gently rocking your tot back and forth in a slow and careful manner.
Nutrition is key for a healthy baby.
Breastfeeding is the best for babies at least for the first six months of life. But while you keep your baby healthy, don’t forget about yourself (and your family)! Make sure that you also find time for yourself. Pay attention to having a healthy lifestyle by making an effort to have a proper diet and sufficient sleep. You need to muster all the energy you have to take care of that tiny human who depends on you for everything!
Ensure your baby’s wellbeing by using trusted and safe cleansing products.
Changing diapers can be one of the most important life skills you need to learn. The baby’s skin is so sensitive that you don’t want them to be exposed to direct sunlight, harsh perfumes and general products which may contain harmful chemicals not suited for babies.
Good thing, there are products that are paraben-free like the Sanicare Baby Wipes that are guaranteed safe for babies’ gentle skin. For other cleansing needs, moms can trust the soft, light cotton balls to do the job efficiently.
Parenting takes a lot of time and effort, but it is also the most enriching experience that you’ll have. So keep these tips in mind, and enjoy the journey of parenthood.
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