Your baby has finally arrived! Now, what do you do? There is no magic owner’s manual that will tell you what to do and how. You have to figure this out yourself. The experts are so precise. Your friends have lived through it. Everyone is giving you advice but who do you listen to? During infancy, your main concerns will be feeding, burping, diapering and sleeping. These practical parenting tips will help you get through infancy.
First things first, listen to everyone’s advice. If the people have children, compare their household to yours and think about whether or not their suggestions would fit into your lifestyle. There are many different ways to get to the same result. Try several suggestions to see which ones you like and which ones will get the job done.
Feeding an infant should be an easy task. Sometimes, you can get overwhelmed and even wonder about feeding practices. One of the most general tips for feeding is if the baby is hungry, give him or her food, usually a bottle or breast milk. Rule of thumb for newborns is to feed them every three hours about four ounces of milk, burping after every ounce. As they grow, they will want more.
A good tip for diapering is to remember to diaper AFTER baby eats. What goes in must come out and always in that order. Use inexpensive diapers and do not switch brands. Most babies have delicate skin and changing diapers can cause rashes. When changing a diaper, make sure baby is safe and secure. You will want to make sure baby does not pee on you. Boys give warnings. You will stay dry and not have to clean up a mess if you are paying attention. Girls just wet.
Sleeping causes all kinds of issues. Mostly the lack of sleep for the parents drains them. The baby sleeping at all hours and everyone trying to be quiet causes problems too. A few tips to make your life easier in the long run concerning sleeping are: sleep when the baby sleeps, do not change your household routine because the baby is sleeping.
If you sleep when the baby sleeps, you will at least get some rest. All that stuff that needs to be done can wait. If you do not get your rest, you will not be good to anyone. What is worse than no sleep now is changing the household routine and trying to make it quiet when baby sleeps. Baby will become accustomed to no background noise and as he or she grows, they will wake up at the slightest hint of noise and you may have problems getting your child to sleep.
Always keep a cloth diaper, burp pad, or receiving blanket handy to catch drool or spit up. Being prepared will ease the burden of cleaning up later.
Remember it is important to listen to everyone’s advice. You do not need to take the advice, but it is good to give yourself options on different situations. Before taking anyone’s advice, look at the “big picture” and see how it will affect you in your life.