There comes a moment in life when you simply have to restart schooling yourself. When about to get a baby, you need to learn as much as possible about this adventure. You have to determine what babies need, identify your little one’s personal necessities and figure a few tips and tricks to make this venture as pleasant as possible. The preparation should begin before the baby actually steps into your life. This way, you can come up with your own baby care guide even since your baby is still inside the belly. Apply various treatments overtime and figure what truly works for yours.
Compared to a few decades ago, there is plenty of information at your disposal these days. Just get online and you will be surprised by how many free guides you can find. Reach to a library store and there are dozens of baby care books available on every shelf. You do have to understand your baby’s essential needs though. Otherwise, you exaggerate and overwhelm them. You do not want to treat your baby like an experiment, so read as much as you can and filter the truly useful information.
So, what are the main rules in baby care?
Toileting Your Baby
Eyes represent some of the most exposed parts of your baby, so they require special attention. Just like for your own eyes, you have to be cautious when cleaning your baby’s eyes. Use sterile compresses only. You can also rely on physiological serum. As for the actual movement, go from the inside of the eyes toward the outside (from nose to ears). This way, you practically eliminate all the harmful particles.
The nose is not to be overlooked either. It is essential for your baby to have a dirty nose, only to be able to breathe accordingly. This is a real challenge for many parents, yet it is not impossible. Use physiological serum, as well as a syringe. Some parents rely on seawater, which is just as helpful. Ear sticks can be damped into serum and used as well, not to mention nose vacuums. However, most nose vacuums are inefficient, so you better get something with a perfect reputation.
What about the mouth? At an early age, babies tend to develop some sort of fungal infections on the tongue. These infections are not harmful, but it is still worth clearing them. Use simple glycerin for maximum efficiency.
As for the ears, rely on ear sticks. Some of them are particularly developed for babies, so they have some protective measures. These margins are not necessarily needed if you are careful enough.
The bellybutton is worth a little attention as well. Plenty of dirt gathers in there because it is almost always protected. Besides, during the first weeks, you should avoid getting the respective area in touch with water or other substances. It is still an open wound after cutting the umbilical cord. Once this initial time frame is over, use sterile compresses and specific powders.
Finally, when it comes to the buttocks, it depends on the case. Babies with rash must be cleaned with anti-irritation creams or zinc oxide. You can take them through an “air bath” on an impermeable blanket. Powder is mandatory once the cleaning procedure is over. Bran is a common solution too. Boil a fistful of bran in one liter of water, then add the respective mixture into the bathing water. Filter the water and keep the bran out of it. Babies without rash can be cleaned in a traditional way, with water and a specific powder.
As a short final conclusion, babies are quite demanding. You need to wash them on a daily basis as well, but you also have to feed them all day long and change their diapers whenever they need. It might happen up to 10 times a day. It is your responsibility as a parent to ensure a healthy and vigorous growth.
Not all the tips and tricks you hear from others or you read in magazines can help you out. Sometimes, you have to identify your baby’s necessities before making a final choice. It is obvious that what works for some people does not work for everyone else.