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Top tips for new parents

By Edited Oct 27, 2016 0 0

Diapers

Babies often need changing at feeding time, regardless of whether parents are following a baby led or parent led routine. This means that you baby is going to produce about 4-6 dirty diapers a day, additional wet only diapers through the course of a day, this should be expected for a healthy baby as it is a good sign that their digestive and renal systems are functioning well.

Many new parents decide to time the diaper changes following the feed, but if you baby is uncomfortable or falling asleep, a mid feed change can be helpful for getting the feed back on track.

Note that the number of daily diapers discussed about equates to around 300 diapers a month, requiring some financial planning an well planned trips to the store. Purchasing your diapers online through a subscription can be a really convenient and cost effective way of managing this.

Diaper Rash

Babies commonly have sensitive skin and get diaper rash due to the regular contact with wet or dirty diapers. Barrier creams and ointments can help is preventing or reducing the rash once it has appeared, as can cleaning the baby only with clean warm water and cotton wool for a  few days, instead of baby wipes. This can help clear the rash up as it keeps the cleaning substances from the wipes from drying baby's skin further and increasing sensitivity. If the diaper rash is persistent then is may be due to a food allergy or yeast infection, in which can you should seek advice from your healthcare professional.

Growth spurts

Growth spurts are common quite soon after your baby’s birth, starting as early as 10 days.  Babies can have a sleepy, lethargic day leading up to a day or days where they are much hungrier than usual. Growth spurts are likely to happen periodically, again at 3, 6, and 12 weeks and again at 4 and 6 months, however every baby is different so the pattern for you baby will likely be different. If the baby is no longer satisfied with the amount of food on particular day that can also be the sign of a spurt. If you are formula feeding you can adjust the amount of formula accordingly. If you are breastfeeding, you may need to provide additional small feeds to keep the baby satisfied and to help increase milk production to meet the demand.

Immunizations

There is a significant amount of information regarding immunizations, much is which is conflicting. You may not yet be sure if you want you baby to receive some or any immunizations, and this is obviously an important decision.The task of weighing up the risk of potentially life threatening conditions versus the risk of immunisation is a difficult one and is best informed by conversations with a number of health care professionals.The wide use of immunizations themselves are a major contributor to the reduction in infant mortality rates in the developed world.

Pacifiers & thumb sucking

Pacifiers can cause real problems for breast fed babies through "nipple confusion" and the different type of sucking action a pacifier encourages compared to the breast. If you breastfeed, avoid use of a pacifier for as long as possible but absolutely for the first 4 weeks. If after eating your baby still would like the comfort of sucking, then offer them the knuckle of your little finger, washing you hand throughly first, to see if this has a pacifying effect. 

If you are bottle feeding there is not this particular issue, but when and how often to use the pacifier is still a question. Some children do not want a pacifier but will suck on their thumb or hand.If you do use the pacifier be careful not to allow the child to form a tight dependence on it or using it continuously.

Spitting up

Babies often bring up milk especially after feeds, but some babies do it more than others. If you are worried about your baby not getting enough food, because of frequent spitting up of milk, then look at how sated he is and how well baby is putting on weight. If weight is increasing well then baby is getting enough food.

Vomiting up is not the same as spitting up.  Vomiting is different from “burping” up a little milk, which is usually known as spitting up. vomiting is a reaction or reflex to empty the stomach of its contents and is more violent that a spit up.If your baby vomits frequently, consult your health care professional.  

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