A few basics of newborn care

Harold Hulbert once said: “Children need love, especially when they don’t deserve it”. Hulbert may be right, but he’d obviously never heard a newborn screaming (for nothing) all day long, right? Bringing a newborn home means a lot of frustration and sleepless nights for new parents, but it doesn’t have to be extremely painful.

We’ve put together a few basics to get you through those terrible first three months:

  1. Always wash your hands with a sanitizer before handling your baby. Newborns are vulnerable to infection at this stage of their life, so you can never be too clean.
  2. Put a few drops of baby oil in your baby’s bath water, this is very helpful if your baby’s skin is very dry.
  3. Expect a lot of nappy changes during the day. It’s always better to use baby wipes with every nappy change, but you need to be careful about the type you choose – your baby might be sensitive to some.
  4. When choosing baby clothes, always try and shop for 100% cotton. Wool and Acrylic may irritate your baby’s skin and you could do with less screaming.
  5. Just like we all need to fasten our safety belts, so does your newborn. Always strap your newborn into an age appropriate car seat.

Though you might not have the British Monarchy’s battalion of nannies for the latest addition to the royal family, there’s no reason why you can’t treat your new born like the little prince / princess they are.