Taking care of baby from the moment you meet

Pregnancy can be the toughest nine months of your life – until the day you give birth. Meeting your baby for the first time usually involves a lot of hard work, worry, and eventual elation. Of course, not all births are the same. No two parents or babies are the same either. We’ll each cope with whatever life deals us in individual ways too. One thing is for sure – we’ll love our babies no matter what.

Sometimes the birth can be quite traumatic for you all. Aside from the obvious pain involved, there can be complications during labor and birthing that can have a long-term effect. You might need to speak to birth injury lawyers about the problems you’ve experienced. It’s not easy coping when things go wrong so try to keep family and friends close by for support.

When you first meet your little bundle of joy, you might study their face and look for those familial traits from each parent. You’ll also be ready for action to take care of every little thing your baby needs. The first diaper is often a job the parents learn with the supervision of a midwife or nurse. Don’t worry – there will be hundreds more you’ll get to do over the next few months. And you’ll always find it to be a topic of conversation with your partner as you confirm all systems are healthy for your little one.

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Aside from their bowel movements, you’ll also be closely monitoring feeding. Some babies don’t take well to nursing, and many mothers struggle with this too. Fortunately, there are plenty of counsellors and experts that can help you both learn how to successfully feed this way. It can often be a good idea to head back into the hospital for the extra assistance you might need. Bottle feeding also requires special care and attention to sterilizing the equipment used. It’s OK to feel like you don’t know what you’re doing! Just don’t be afraid to ask for advice and help when you can.

The first time your baby appears unwell can be one of the most worrying for new parents. You might see their cheeks are flushed and feel their skin is hot. Restlessness and crying could also be a sign your baby is poorly. Usually, it’s nothing serious and is a good sign their immune system is responding as it should. You should always consult a doctor if your baby has a high temperature or becomes floppy and unresponsive.

Lots of crying is very common, but it can be incredibly distressing for a parent. If you’re certain something serious is wrong, consult your doctor. Many babies will soothe eventually with feeds, changes, and cuddles. Some newborns struggle to fall asleep so they can become overtired and grumpy. Many parents find strict routine can help here, choosing the same actions at the same time for each nap.

Your health is really important too. Crying and night time feeds can leave you exhausted and vulnerable to emotional outbursts. It’s normal to feel like this, but if you’re concerned about feeling down, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor. Be well.

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A registered nurse, “Ching” – as many fondly call Rachelle Grace – believes that a holistic approach to health and wellness is what everyone should aim for. She is, therefore, always on the lookout for what could help achieve this. And yes, she shares them openly, believing “knowledge about what works won’t be much use if it’s not known by as many as possible”.

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