The process of ‘baby proofing’ is no children’s play because making the safest and comfortable environment that will nurture your baby is a task to be done with utmost care and thoughtfulness. Baby proofing your house is significant but that’s not the only part of your life in need of proofing. Along with eliminating or securing any equipment or substance that poses threat from baby’s reach or from the house itself, parents also might have to eliminate some of their habits that poses threat to their little one.
Baby Proof Your Habits
Smoking was on top of the “don’t do list” for both parents even before conception and it still is. Breathing air that is polluted with nicotine is the last thing your baby wants right now. You should not feel hesitant about strictly saying no to visitors if they want to smoke anywhere in your house. Another substance to be avoided is alcohol as it can reach the baby through breast milk and it is unwanted in your little one’s body. However, a drink once in a while will not do any harm but it is important to strictly maintain the limit.
On a regular instance, your palms are home to 5000 germs which is enough to make your baby sick. Everyone, including family members and visitors must wash their hands before holding the new-born to lessen the chances of diseases.
Leaving your house unorganised can cost you precious hours and your sanity. Once your baby figure out how to crawl and move around, you are going to have a hard time controlling the house. So whether you are someone organised or messy, make sure to keep in mind that in a few months your baby is going to explore the house. Any kind of chemicals including pesticides should not be used in the house because some of them can cause allergies and fever in your baby’s little body. It is reasonable wanting to get rid of the bugs, but what kills all those smaller life forms can be harmful for your baby too.
For the first few months, the new-born is depended on mother’s milk alone and parents must make sure that the mother is maintaining a balanced healthy diet. It is important for mother’s and baby’s health. Your hunger pangs are personalised alarms. If you are feeling hungry, that is because your body is out of energy.
Losing pregnancy pounds should be a one year plan. You are in need of energy more than ever and crash diets might make you physically weak as well as affect your moods. And this is harmful for both mother and baby. After the first six weeks, you will slowly lose weight in a rate of one pound per week with a moderate workout routine. If you are losing any more weight than that, your body needs more calories.
Baby Proof Your Knowledge
Your paediatrician is your best friend for the next few years. Talk about everything you are doubtful about to your doctor before giving birth itself because your schedule is going to be hectic afterwards. The probable list of things to run by your paediatrician is list of vaccinations, weight gaining pattern of the new-born and symptoms of possible illnesses. If you notice any rashes or spots, including diaper rashes or any discomfort in baby’s behaviour, it is best to see your paediatrician rather than speculating.
Giving any medication internally and externally that isn’t prescribed specifically for your baby is a mistake. The closer your practitioner is to you, the better. The new-born will be affected by what the mother is eating. The elimination of particular foods can lead to nutritional imbalance. It will be wise to consult a dietician before designing your diet.
Holding your baby right is one of the most important tasks. Make sure the tiny head is resting on your chest and your hand supporting the neck and head. Even while feeding, be sure to support the wobbly head with care. Try to hold the baby upright to send the milk right into the tummy and avoid spitting, and always burp after feeding until you get a good burp. Another detail that could easily slip off mind is baby’s sleeping position. Once the baby learns to turn around, it could turn while sleeping and end up sleeping on the stomach. This is a risk that parents must avoid. If you are having a hard time figuring out how to hold and feed the baby, there is no shame in asking experienced mothers for advice.
A Nook for Mom and Baby
At a time when both mother and the baby need to be pampered while bonding with each other, a cosy corner just for them can help a lot more than one can imagine. Baby’s physical growth and psychological development is largely dependent on mother’s vibe and emotions. The only way your baby is feeling you is touch. Your baby is learning to trust, expect and lot more while you are holding or carrying or feeding. It is essential that the mother is comfortable for the baby to feel loved and cared for.
You can set up a space accessorised with things that you connect with. It could be few plants, curtains that you love or a comfy chair that you always wanted. Make sure you are sitting comfortably while feeding. It is important to have support on your back and arms. Do not hesitate to get a feet rest if you want one.
While this will be your space where no one will disturb you, be sure not to isolate yourself because you should be able to reach out for help if the occasion calls for it.