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.
They typically enjoy vocal sounds like chatting, babbling, singing, and cooing. Baby toys and musical mobiles are also great ways to stimulate your baby’s hearing. If your baby is fussy, try humming or reciting nursery rhymes.
Swaddling is another soothing method that first-time parents can practice. It works effectively for certain newborns during their first few weeks. Administering it properly keeps a baby’s arms close to the body while allowing for some leg movement. Aside from keeping a baby warm, it also gives most babies a sense of security and comfort, like a tight hug.