Top Five Newborn No-No’s
By Mollee Bauer, Pregnancy.org
You’re tired, exhausted, and going home with your new bundle of joy. What are the top five things you shouldn’t do? Keep reading!
- Don’t get caught unprepared! Make sure you have the gear, clothing and equipment you need to safely transport baby home. If you’re superstitious and don’t want to purchase anything before baby is born, at the bare minimum, get a car seat. You can’t bring baby home without it.
- Never shake your baby in anger or otherwise. You might be checking every 15 minutes to make sure they are still breathing (every parent does this) but shaking can cause bleeding on baby’s brain and could even lead to death. Try tickling the feet or blowing on the cheek instead.
- Don’t roughhouse with your newborn. This goes along with the point about shaking above. Don’t jiggle them on your knee or throw them up into the air. This one might sound ridiculous but you would be surprised.
- Don’t leave your newborn in their soiled diaper longer than you should. It leads to diaper rashes and possibly infections.
- Don’t over bathe your baby. For the first few weeks, a sponge bath is the way to go. In weeks 1 to 4, the umbilical cord falls off. In the first or second week the circumcision heals (if procedure done) and the naval completely heals between the first and fourth week as well.
While there are lots more do’s and don’ts that could be added to this list, these are the key points to remember. Your journey to parenthood will have some bumps, lumps and bruises, but prior planning always prevents poor performance!
What are some of the do’s or don’ts on your list?