8 tips for moms with newborn babies

Emmergene Soliman was born at Life Wilgeheuwel Hospital in Roodepoort at 9.15am yesterday to happy parents Sam and
Brigene.

Emmergene Soliman was born at Life Wilgeheuwel Hospital in Roodepoort at 9.15am yesterday to happy parents Sam and Brigene.

Just had a baby? Here are some tips to help you through this exciting but stressful time.

No matter what age we take on motherhood, we all need a little help when it comes to bringing home a newborn.

Here are some tips to help you out after welcoming your new addition.

Get help getting your baby to latch

If you want to breastfeed and you’re struggling a little, make sure to get a professional to guide you through the process and make it easier and more comfortable, for the both of you.

Keep the baby swaddled

It makes them feel safe and secure and will promise a better night’s sleep.

Make sure you’re prepared

Photo: Thinkstock.

Picture: Thinkstock

Have bottles washed and ready, formula sorted if you’re not breastfeeding, and everything available when you need it to avoid a screaming baby who is starving or wet.

Take shifts

Whether it be with daddy, your mom, or nanny, make sure to get some help in the beginning so that you don’t burn out. And try to get a little sleep in between — day and night.

Play tunes

White noise and tunes seem to work for newborns as it calms them down.

Enjoy bath time

baby

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Many believe bathing your baby before bedtime is best as it relaxes them. Make this time special for you and your partner, and let the baby spend this time calming down before a bottle and a good night’s rest.

Embrace the chaos

Life is going to change, and it’s not going to be easy. Embrace it, and find a routine and system that works for you.

Handling a newborn

Some tips on how to handle a newborn, from kidshealth.org:

  • Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer
  • Always support your baby’s neck and head
  • Never shake your newborn
  • Make sure the baby is always securely fastened in a swing or car seat

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