December 11, 2020
Babies need plenty of rest to keep growing strong and healthy – some can sleep up to 16 hours a day. At about three months of age, the baby might sleep 6-8 hours a day, but at first, he may only be resting 2-3 hours at a time. In addition, he must be awakened for feeding every 4 hours.
- As soon as they are born, some babies may confuse day with night. If the baby is livelier at night, try limiting nocturnal stimulation by dimming the lights and talking in a low voice, and be patient until he begins to have a normal sleep cycle.
- Be sure to let the baby sleep on his back to reduce the risk of cot death (SIDS).
- Alternate the position of the baby’s head, tilting it left or right to eliminate the markings and flattening that can appear on the baby’s face if he spends too much time with his head in the same position.
It is not necessary to remain silent when the baby is sleeping. The uterus is noisy and the babies are used to the noise. We watched television, vacuumed, washed dishes, and talked on the phone around her while she slept.
Changing a newborn’s diaper
To take care of the newborn, parents must become experts in (fast!) Changing of diapers.
- You will need a clean diaper, nappy rash ointment, a bowl of warm water, a clean cloth, some cotton balls or wet wipes.
- Remove the dirty diaper. If it is wet, place the baby on its back, remove the diaper and use water and a cloth to clean the genital area. To avoid urinary tract infections, girls should be cleaned with front to back movements. If you notice irritation, apply ointment.
- gently lifting his legs and feet. Pass the front of the diaper between the baby’s legs to reach the belly. Then, firmly attach the adhesive strips so that the diaper is well positioned and properly closed.
- To avoid diaper rash, change the baby and wash it with soap and water as soon as possible after each bowel movement. Leave the baby without a diaper for a few hours a day to air the bottom.