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Newborn Care 101- Share Your Best Tips!

Posted by on Jan. 18, 2017 at 9:44 AM
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This post is the place for us share advice on newborn care:

Below are tips from moms for some of the top newborn care questions:

Tips for swaddling your baby:

  • Place the blanket on a flat surface, and arrange it in front of you in a diamond shape.
  • Fold the top corner of the blanket down. It should now be a triangle shape.
  • Place your little one on the blanket, in the center, with his head right above the top folded area. The key here is to make sure that his shoulders are below the fold.
  • Starting with the left corner of the blanket, bring it across his chest, while keeping his little right arm bent at the elbow and resting it on his body. Tuck that corner of the blanket under the left side of this body (like you are making a baby burrito or sandwich wrap), and be sure it is pretty tight across his body. If it’s loose, then he will most likely escape the swaddle later.
  • Fold the bottom corner up and over his feet, and then bring the right corner of the blanket across him, tucking it under the right side of his body. Again, make sure his left arm is bent and resting on his body inside the blanket.

Tips for Caring for Baby's Umbilical Cord Stump

  • Air it out. Before the cord stump falls out, try to avoid dressing your baby in tight-fitting onesies or shirts. Letting the cord get air will help speed the drying process. On the same token, avoid having baby's diaper over the cord stump. Fold the diaper and tuck inside toward baby's belly.
  • No baths until the cord stump falls off. Your doctor will probably tell you this, but here's a friendly reminder. It's natural to be excited to give your baby his first bath, but please wait until the cord has fallen off! Umbilical cord stumps should be kept clean and dry. Wash your baby with warm, soapy washcloths the first few weeks of his life. Don't worry, he's not very dirty.
  • Do not pull at baby's cord stump. Even if it looks like it's just hanging on by a teeny-tiny thread, leave it. It will fall out on its own.
  • To swab or not to swab? Some doctors recommend cleaning around the baby's cord stump with an alcohol-dipped cotton ball; others recommend letting it dry naturally. Some research has found that cord stumps that haven't been treated at all tend to heal faster.
  • Know signs of infection. Consult your doctor if your baby displays any of the following signs: fever; the stump bleeds continuously; a foul smell is emitting from stump; the area surrounding the navel has become swollen, red, or warm to the touch; there's pus at the base of the stump.

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Please share your best newborn care tips! 

by on Jan. 18, 2017 at 9:44 AM
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Mom2Just1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 10:18 AM
Nurse baby all the baby wants!
Mom2Just1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 10:18 AM
Lots of skin to skin.
Mom2Just1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 10:19 AM
Baby wear.
la_bella_vita
by on Jan. 18, 2017 at 10:39 AM

oh yes!

Quoting Mom2Just1: Nurse baby all the baby wants!


la_bella_vita
by on Jan. 18, 2017 at 10:40 AM


Quoting Mom2Just1: Baby wear.

life saver!

Mom2Just1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 10:45 AM
Yes! Especially when you have more than one!

Quoting la_bella_vita:

Quoting Mom2Just1: Baby wear.

life saver!

Mom2Just1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 10:45 AM
Nursing solves so many things! Lol

Quoting la_bella_vita:

oh yes!

Quoting Mom2Just1: Nurse baby all the baby wants!

la_bella_vita
by on Jan. 18, 2017 at 7:59 PM

LOl it does

Quoting Mom2Just1: Nursing solves so many things! Lol
Quoting la_bella_vita:

oh yes!

Quoting Mom2Just1: Nurse baby all the baby wants!


la_bella_vita
by on Jan. 18, 2017 at 8:00 PM
1 mom liked this

True : ) 

Quoting Mom2Just1: Yes! Especially when you have more than one!
Quoting la_bella_vita:

Quoting Mom2Just1: Baby wear.

life saver!


Stevensmomma
by Silver Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 8:35 PM
Sleep when you can
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