7. Keep Hand Sanitizer Handy
Newborn babies have weak immune systems and are very susceptible to infections. Being a parent, you need to protect your newborn from infections by maintaining good hygiene.
As you are almost constantly touching your baby, you need to keep your hands thoroughly clean. Always wash your hands before handling your baby, and especially after changing a dirty diaper.
In fact, if your baby starts crying and you do not have time to wash your hands before soothing the baby, you can use a hand sanitizer. Hence, it is highly recommended to keep a hand sanitizer handy. Make sure it is alcohol-free, though.
Also, make sure that everyone who handles your baby has clean hands. At the same time, do not allow anyone to kiss your baby’s cheek.
Teach older siblings to touch the baby’s feet instead of her hands and face, which will help prevent the spread of infection.
8. Give Full Body Massages
Massage is important for your newborn baby. It will improve your baby’s sleep quality as well as promote relaxation and strengthen the immune system.
Gentle massage even encourages the development of flexibility and coordination, and improves the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
On top of that, it will strengthen the bond between you and your baby, which plays a key role in forming the basis of loving, open communication.
Give your baby a full-body massage 2 or 3 times a day. Baby massage is soothing and can comfortably last 10 to 30 minutes. However, you should wait to start massaging until after the umbilical cord falls out.
If possible, expose your baby to early morning sunlight after a massage, as the sun’s rays carry vitamin D, which is highly beneficial for the development of bones.