If you just had a newborn, congratulations! You just expanded your family, and you are probably exhausted, pained whether you gave birth naturally or by C-section, and you are quite understandably overwhelmed. It would not be normal if you weren’t overwhelmed considering your life has been drastically transformed in ways that no one could really comprehend unless they have experienced it themselves!
The one thing you will want to do is take the best advantage of these 6 parenting hacks when it comes to caring for a newborn. After all, you need to have your own time to get your much-needed rest and do anything possible to make your parenting experience so far easier.
1. Use Hospital Pacifiers to Give Your Newborn Medicine
Hospital pacifiers have a hollow opening and are absolutely perfect to use if you have to give your baby medicine. Otherwise, using a syringe alone will be challenging as your newborn will squirm away as that will create a less than pleasant experience for you and your baby. All you need to do is squirt the medicine through the hollow pacifier, and your baby will end up receiving the correct dosage of medicine without putting up a fuss. You can also purchase these pacifiers if you did not end up bringing one back with you.
2. Use Coconut or Almond Oil to Rub on Your Baby’s Bottom
Your baby’s first stool is called meconium. It is made up of waste material that was collected in your baby’s system while he or she was baking over the last 9 months. Meconium is very sticky and can be difficult to remove if you don’t have the right type of apparatus to use while cleaning your baby’s bottom. Newborn wipes alone may not do the trick quickly, and the last thing you want to do is exhaust yourself by trying to get your baby’s bottom clean over and over again. That said, if you apply coconut or almond oil while cleaning your baby’s bottom, that will wipe off the sticky meconium in no time!
3. Onesies Can Retain Diaper Blowouts
When you have a newborn or even an older baby, you will have to anticipate at one time or another that he or she will end up having an explosive bowel movement which is referred to as the diaper blowout. It does not matter whether your baby is breast or formula-fed. Blowouts will happen and do without any warning. That said, you will want to dress your newborn in a onesie so the blowout is contained as much as possible.
4. Place the New Diaper Underneath the Dirty One During Changes
When you are ready to change your newborn, be sure to have the new diaper underneath the old one that is about to be changed. Also, make sure that you cover the baby’s entire bottom with the new diaper as you are removing the old one. This way you won’t end up getting suddenly peed on!
5. Do Bicycle Exercises for Babies with Gas
Gassy babies will be fussier because they are uncomfortable. Unfortunately, whether you are breastfeeding or using the best baby bottles around to formula feed, your baby will still be inhaling air. That means your baby will have cramps and plenty of gas, in addition to plenty of crying and spitting up. That said, if your baby is uncomfortable, lay him or her on the back on a soft and comfortable surface. Afterward, take the legs and gently rotate their legs as if they were riding a bike. That exercise will help bring your little one the relief he or she is desperately needing.
6. Get a Velcro Sleeper
You are well aware that it is dangerous to put a blanket in a crib with a newborn and even an older baby. And, you are also well aware of how much of a struggle swaddling your baby properly can be. That said, in order to remove the stress from swaddling as well as not having to worry whether your baby is cold or not- invest in a Velcro sleeper. A sleeper that has a zipper is just as good. This way, your baby will be properly swaddled, and kept warm!
Your parenting experience just got simpler! Now you are aware of the 6 newborn hacks that any new mom or dad must utilize in order to simplify the caring for a newborn. As your baby grows, there will be more parenting hacks that will make raising kids simpler, so stay tuned for my next articles!
Dear parents, what other newborn hacks can you think of?
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