- Place your baby’s head on your shoulder while holding them in an upright position with the baby’s tummy/abdomen pressed on your body or with the baby facing you. Support your baby’s head and back with one hand while gently patting the back with another.
- When in a sitting position, place your infant in a sitting position on your lap too. Support both their chest and head with one hand by cradling the chin. With your other hand, softly touch your baby’s back.
- Have your baby in a face-down position. Continue supporting your baby’s head while gently rubbing the back.
Changing the Diaper of Your Baby
After feeding, babies may require regular diaper changes. Do not leave them in a wet or dirty nappy for an extended period of time. This is because their pee and the bacteria in their poo can cause skin irritation, other infections (such as UTI) and diaper rashes.
Lay your baby on the back after each poo time, or if the diaper is damp, and remove the dirty diaper. Gently wipe their genital area clean with water, cotton balls, a washcloth, or wipes. For baby girls, make sure to wipe from front to back.
Always make sure you have diaper ointment to use with every diaper change to prevent or heal rashes that may take place. Fully wash your hands before and after cleaning your baby.
Bathing Your Baby
In the first few days, you do not have to bathe your infant. You may opt to carefully wash their face, neck, hands, and bottom instead. This is known as the top and tail method.
In the first year, bathing two or three times per week would be enough for your child. Frequent bathing can cause the skin to dry.
Bonding and Soothing Your Baby
Begin bonding with your infant by cradling and gently caressing them in several different ways.
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