5 Baby Skills To Master in the First Month after Pregnancy

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 When the adventure of pregnancy is over and the baby has arrived, your life takes a whole new turn. Aside from the excitement, the nurturing feelings and endless love you feel for your baby, your life now revolves around developing a new range of skills. Merely being quick, organized and on your toes, isn’t enough. But, if you’re willing to learn, you’ll pick up these skills that’ll turn you into a ninja when it comes to caring for your new born, within the first month after your pregnancy. 

1. Baby Skills - Holding your new-born

Moments after undergoing the most painful procedure of your life, you’ll experience the most joyous and terrifying experience simultaneously, the nurse will hand your little one in your arms. One can’t phrase the rush of emotions you undergo as you hold your baby for the very first time in your arms. 
It’s important that when you hold the baby you use both your hands and supports its head and neck. The baby’s neck muscles need at least 3 months of exercise to support itself upright. Their weak neck muscles are also the reason why you should never put them to sleep on their tummy. 

2. Baby Skills - Learning to bottle-feed

Nothing beats the nourishment of breastfeeding your baby. It contains every single nutrient that’s essential to your baby’s growth and development. However, for some women breastfeeding might be cumbersome due to a variety of reasons. In such cases, you just have to express out some milk via a pump and store it in a bottle. While bottle feeding, the bottle should be tilted at a 45-degree angle with the milk filling the nipple. This is to avoid too much air from entering your baby’s body as it feeds, as the seepage of air can lead to colic and gas.

3. Baby Skills - Handlingthe diapers

Apart from feeding and holding your baby, you’ll also spend a lot of your time changing the baby’s dirty diapers. As much as you’ll hate doing it, it’ll be one activity that you’d have to take care of on an almost hourly basis. At times, you’ll catch your baby’s funny expressions as they pass motions and other times, you’ll be caught by a surprise stink in the air.

The best way to go about it is with help of an organised changing table. Stack clean diapers in one corner, baby powder and wet wipes in the front, under which you should have an easy access dustbin. You’ll be a master of changing diapers within a week of having that little one around. And, if the little one is a baby boy, get ready to go into ninja mode and hold multiple tissues over his penis to avoid getting sprayed as you begin to remove the diaper.

4. Baby Skills - Bathing the tiny person

Bathing little kids might look like such a fun activity, and it may sound simple but it can cause plenty of anxiety to new parents. However, with enough practice and time,you’ll get the hang of it just fine. 

Some babies don’t enjoy bath time – they get cranky and are simply no ready to get in the tub. You could try sponging and using a washcloth to clean them if they get too difficult. Also, human familiar tune, it can distract the baby and calm them down. Pat them dry with soft, warm and absorbent towels; the softness and warmth of the towel will comfort the baby if they’re crying after a bath. 

5. Baby Skills - Getting that diaper bag ready

When you have a new-born baby around, you can’t just be woken up and expected to head out at a moment’s notice. The simplest of activities would require a plan and a few hours of preparation. Here’s what will be required to go into your diaper bag:

a. Breast-milk, expressed milk in a bottle or milk powder if you’re formula-feeding,and a thermal flask with warm water
b. If you’re breastfeeding, a nursing shawl
c. Clean diapers, wet wipes, baby powder and diaper cream
d. Spare outfits for the baby
e.A spare outfit for yourself(just in case)

Like many first-time parents, it’s best to read up and prepare for the baby’s arrival fright from the time you see the first pregnancy symptoms. You took the time to learn all about pregnancy, now go the extra mile and learn all about your new-born’s wants, needs and behaviours. The first couple of weeks might feel like a never-ending terrifying experience but soon you’ll begin to experience the joy of parenthood.

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