03 May 2011

The first month

This month is a period of great adjustment for you and your baby. We help you to cope during this difficult month.

This month is a period of great adjustment for you and your baby. We help you to cope during this difficult month. Also read Your Newborn Baby.

  • Bringing your baby home
  • Visitors
  • Your baby’s first bath
  • Swaddling
  • Cutting your baby’s nails
  • How much sleep does your baby need?
  • Your baby’s first outing
  • Car seats
  • What’s in a bag?
  • Confusing day and night
  • Why do babies cry?
  • Your baby’s stools
  • Cot death
  • What you can do to stimulate your baby

What can your baby do?

  • Focuses on your face while breastfeeding
  • Responds to sound

  • Fold the top 30cm of a towel or blanket.
  • Place your baby in the middle with his shoulders inside the top edge.
  • Tuck one side of the baby under the opposite arm.
  • Fold the blanket over the baby’s feet.
  • Tuck the last piece of blanket over the exposed arm.
  • Make sure nothing covers the baby’s face – ever!

  • Right timing: its best to travel after a feed and nappy change.
  • Pack well: see What’s in a bag?
  • Be realistic: don’t plan a long trip away from home. Stick to familiar places close to home.
  • Baby-friendly environments: if you plan to go shopping, go to a centre with baby changing and feeding facilities. Ask other mothers for advice.
  • Where’s that dummy? To spare yourself from scratching around for a dummy while you are driving, fasten his/her dummy with a dummy chain.

  • Always use a car seat and help your child form a lifelong habit of buckling up.
  • Read the manufacturer's instructions and always keep them with the car seat.
  • Make sure that you know how to fasten and unfasten the car seat and how to adjust shoulder straps.
  • Children in rear-facing car seats should never be placed in a front seat equipped with an air bag.

  • Spare nappies
  • A changing mat
  • Breast pads
  • If you bottle feed, pack an extra bottle of formula feed
  • An extra set of clothing (you may want to take an extra top for yourself as well)
  • A baby blanket in winter
  • A dummy chain
  • Wipes
  • Plastic bags for used nappies

  • Hunger
  • Too hot or too cold
  • Wind
  • Wet or soiled nappy
  • Undressing
  • Losing a dummy
  • Sudden loud noises
  • Colic

  • Affection - give lots of cuddles
  • Your baby likes rhythm - sing lullabies, and rock and sway your baby

  • Encourage head movement by moving your fingers or a coloured object through your baby’s field of vision
  • Help your baby to open his/her fingers by playing games in which you unfold the fingers one at a time

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