When you’ve had a baby, you want to ensure you’re doing all you can to keep them safe, healthy and happy. It’s only natural you’d feel this way, there are so many parents out there who don’t know what they’re doing and feel better when they’re rest assured they’re doing all they can to keep their baby safe. Parents who are first timers and have never experienced parenthood before may be a little scared to have a child in their life who is entirely their responsibility but taking care of your baby is honestly one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.
Whether you’re a first time parent or you’ve had a few before, there is never a better time to become clued up on your baby, their needs and how to keep them as happy and healthy as possible. Below is a list of tips on how you can do your best for your little one, even during the harder times of your life. Trust us, later in life they will thank you for being such a caring and loving parent who would do anything for their child!
Learn to read your baby’s emotions
Unfortunately, babies cannot tell you how they’re feeling. However, they can express their emotions through body language and crying or laughing. Not all babies will cry or laugh over the same things and you’ve got to learn how to read your own babies emotions. Sometimes, your baby will express their upset through crying and this may indicate they need to be fed or they need their nappy changing. Either way, you are able to adapt and learn your baby’s emotions through undering when and if they cry.
Alternatively, they could laugh and smile according to how they’re feeling, don’t always focus on the negative aspects of your baby’s emotions, they may also be feeling happy and this is something to consider too.
Buy them good quality clothing and accessories
If this is your first baby then you may only want to buy them the best quality clothing and accessories. However, if it’s your second or third child, this may be something you reconsider. Buying affordable yet good quality clothing is important for the comfort and happiness of your baby as well as being happy with your bank balance too. If you’re able to find a medium between expensive and affordable yet still nice looking clothes for your baba then this is a win win. Another huge consideration is the pram or stroller you buy for your little one. If you’re active and tend to go out alot then the pram you buy must be good quality and able to keep your baby safe and comfortable no matter how long they’re in it for.
Visiting one of the best pram shops in your area will give you a better understanding of the prams you should look at and how much this is going to cost you. Remember, prams are something your child uses for a long time so you may want to buy something a little more expensive since it will last longer.
Give your baby lots of cuddles
According to research, hugs and skin-to-skin contact make infants feel safe and comfortable since it reduces cortisol levels and stimulates the production of oxytocin. Those who aren’t breastfeeding should consider pulling up their shirt and holding their baby’s bar body on their chest/belly while feeding them. This will ensure they’re always happy and feel safe in your arms. However, you should observe what your little one likes and dislikes and follow their lead. Not every baby is going to like constant skin contact, instead, try it a few times to see what they prefer.
Get out of the house
When you can, you should get out in the house and indulge in nature for all it’s worth. Not only this, you should allow your baby to socialise with other babies as they love to do this. Have play dates, visit a music class or even just take your baby out for a coffee with you to the coffee shop. Whatever you choose to do, you will allow your baby to start to form relationships with other people who aren’t in their direct line of family. Plus, getting out and socialising is good for your mood too.
Caring for your baby can be hard work and wanting a break from this isn’t something you should feel guilty about. If you’re bored or unhappy then it’s most likely that your baby is too. Get in touch with your creative side and do something you want to do! Stop worrying about your baby being little, it’s likely that they’ll enjoy the change of scenery.