Taking care of a newborn baby is not easy. Babies need proper care and nutrition to avoid getting sick and stay healthy at all times. First-time moms will surely need to learn the right techniques and ways on how to handle and care for their babies.

To help parents particularly moms in caring for their baby, here are some general baby care tips that you should know and follow to keep your baby healthy, safe and sound.

1.) Know the nutritional needs of your baby
Babies differ in their nutritional needs based on their age. Newborn babies should be breastfed in order to get the right nutrition and be protected from illnesses through the antibodies from the breast milk.

2.) Give your baby the proper clothing
Ask fellow moms or your pediatrician on what clothes should be worn by your baby during the day and at night. Check the skin of your baby and see if your child is allergic to any particular clothing or fabric.

3.) Learn the proper ways and right time for changing diapers
Be extremely carefully when changing your baby’s diaper. Make sure not to pull his/her feet and slow move from side to side when changing the diaper. Check from time to time whether the diaper is soiled or needs to be changed.

4.) Proper bathing of your baby
During cold weather, it is best to add hot water to the tub but make sure to mix it well. For newborn babies, make sure to bathe them really quick but with tremendous care. Prepare the towel and cover your baby as soon as you’re done bathing. Use doctor’s recommended liquid soap that is hypoallergenic and gentle to the body.

5.) Sanitize your hands before holding your child.
Infants need to be safe always and be kept away from dirt, pollutants and germs that can possibly enter their body so make sure to sanitize your hands before carrying your baby. You should also never carry your child if your clothes are dirty or you just arrived home from work.

6.) Never shake your baby!
Shaking your baby when playing or having him/her go to sleep is not right! Shaking can cause bleeding or damage to the brain and should never be done to your child. Sing lullabies to your baby or let your child listen to music when going to sleep.

7.) Immunization is important.
Always bring your baby to the pediatrician for the scheduled immunization. Never miss any immunization schedule because vaccines are important to protect your baby from certain illnesses and keep them safe and healthy.

8.) Never leave your child unattended.
You should never leave your child unattended or turn your back on them. Accidents often happen when babies are left alone or when you are busy doing other things thinking that your baby is just sleeping. Make sure to keep an eye on your child or instruct your babysitter to always monitor your infant.

Babies are fragile and require extreme care and attention. Parents should learn the proper handling and caring for their babies because it is their responsibility to rear the child so the child will grow healthy and always safe.

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