As parents, there’s nothing more exciting than welcoming a new baby into the world and seeing them grow up healthy and happy. However, caring for a newborn baby can be challenging, especially when you’re first learning the ropes. With this guide on newborn baby care, we’ll walk you through all the major tasks that come with having a newborn baby in your home, from providing comfort and making feedings to keeping your baby safe from unnecessary harm or illness.

Keep The House Cool

Keep your newborn baby warm and toasty by keeping your house cool. Babies aren’t insulated very well, so they will feel colder than adults in cool temperatures. Making sure that they are always comfortable is important. If you keep your home temperature between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20-22 degrees Celsius), your baby will stay comfortable even when it’s cold outside. Also, never put your child in an overheated room or leave them alone in a car.

Use a Humidifier

Humidifiers can reduce your baby’s risk of developing health problems such as colds, coughs, and congestion. They also help alleviate nighttime breathing difficulties. Consider keeping a humidifier in every room your baby spends time in, as humidity levels are especially important during sleep. You should clean or replace your humidifier’s filter regularly to prevent mold growth and bacteria buildup.

Always Gather Supplies

Whether you’re at home or traveling, it’s important to gather supplies when you get ready to care for your newborn. Chances are that if you’re dealing with a new baby, there will be lots of spit-up and dirty diapers. To avoid running out of necessities during these tough times, always make sure you have diapers, wipes, and clean clothes ready to go—and don’t forget about snacks! Your child is going to want food whenever he feels hungry.

Use Burp Cloths

Burp cloths are one of those underrated baby items. They absorb all sorts of messes and stains, but people don’t really talk about them that much. As your baby grows, you might find yourself using burp cloths more often to help keep up with all their drool and spit-up. If you’re expecting, or just purchased one of our adorable baby onesies, there are lots of cool ways to use them to keep your little one clean and comfortable!

Swaddle Them Properly

Swaddling a newborn helps them feel secure and safe. Babies are familiar with being snuggled in their mother’s womb; swaddling allows them to continue to experience that feeling while they’re out in the big, wide world. Swaddling also helps babies feel more comforted; as such, you might find your baby is much happier if she is swaddled before feeding.

Prevent SIDS

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is still one of our greatest fears as parents. According to The American SIDS Institute, SIDS and SUID are responsible for more than 2,000 infant deaths in America each year. While there’s no way to prevent all cases of SIDS or SUID, keeping your baby on his or her back at all times will reduce their risk substantially.

Keep Calm When They Cry

If you’re caring for a newborn baby, you’ll inevitably be presented with challenges. From sleepless nights to upset stomachs, newborns present their own set of issues (as well as some new challenges as their parents). If your little one is crying and there doesn’t seem to be an obvious cause, don’t panic; it could just be they’re sick.

Keeping An Eye on Allergies

Babies are not born with allergies and only about 30% of children develop them during childhood. Babies have to be exposed to allergens in order to develop an allergy, so new parents can rest assured that their baby will not likely have any allergies when he or she is first born.

Breastfeed or Not ?

Breastfeeding is best, right? Absolutely—if you can. But not all mothers can breastfeed their newborns and it’s important to have a backup plan in place. If breastfeeding is not an option, experts recommend starting your baby on formula at least 48 hours after birth so that he or she has time to digest mom’s milk first; babies who switch too soon often experience stomach problems.

Consider Scheduling Feedings

Instead of relying on baby’s hunger cues to determine when to feed him, parents can try scheduling feedings. By doing so, they may have an easier time keeping newborns content, which can lead to longer stretches of sleep. It is still important to check with your pediatrician before making any major changes in your baby’s feeding schedule or routine.

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