BabiesBabies are hard work from the time they are born. You need to be prepared and ready to tend to the newborn baby’s needs and wants, and especially more so if you are a new mum. You’ll want to know about feeds, bathing, and most of all and most important is to know about baby conditions that can happen should they get sick.

Although new babies are cause for celebration, adapting to their demands can be emotionally and physically exhausting, especially during the first few weeks after giving birth. If you need advice on feeds and bathing or other, call the midwife or doctor and they will explain to you all there is know.

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Newborn babies are a lot stronger than you think and not as fragile (even though fragile if that makes sense).

Nevertheless still handle baby gently, not just for safety, but also for them to feel safe.

When holding the infant, make sure to support their head. Although they are strong their neck muscles will remain weak for the first few months after birth.

Buy a car seat if the baby has to travel with you to do shopping or go visiting relatives, and one that meets national safety standards. Make sure it is properly installed before the baby is discharged from the hospital.

To make life easier make sure all your newborn baby’s other equipment are in the home ready for his or her arrival.

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Hopefully, you are prepared with having already the cradle, pram or baby buggy, carriers, bassinets, changing tables, playpens, and toys, in the house waiting, and that all baby items and products meet the national safety standards.

Be careful when heating up the baby’s formula, avoid doing this in the bottle in the microwave. You may think that the bottle is warm to touch, but the formula inside could be much hotter or not hot enough. Check the temperature before giving it to the baby.

Babies should never be left alone, especially in the bath tub. Babies can drown in just 5 cm (two inches) of water! Use a small baby bathtub for bathing. Bath water should be lukewarm.

Newborn babies should never be left alone with a pet dog or cat.

Consider taking a class in baby CPR, so you will know what to do in case of an emergency.

Reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by placing your newborn infant on his or her back to sleep. Laying baby on the tummy, which is called the prone position, can increase the risk.

Another way to reduce the risk includes making sure the mattress in the cot or cradle is firm. Remove pillows and fluffy blankets that could interfere with baby’s breathing.

When your baby reaches toddler stage, this is when their personality becomes more prominent. Your baby is no longer a baby but a toddler, the type where you will need eyes in the back of your head. During the time of the toddler learning to walk and talk it can be amusing, however, it can also be a stressful time too with falls and bumps which you don’t get with babies.

If you have just found out you are pregnant and worried about what is included with pregnancy and giving birth and from there on after, then speak to the midwife. Mother and baby groups are very supportive and provide you valuable tips on how to keep you and your baby well and healthy. Don’t you just love