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Toddler

Getting started


There’s nothing like the moment when you hold your baby for the first time. Your new baby will have her own temperament, personality and needs, and it can take a little while to get to know her. Rest assured, though, that over time you will learn to understand her needs and handle her more confidently.

Making your baby comfortable

One of the most important things to consider when caring for your new baby is her comfort. Making sure that your baby is well fed, winded, held comfortably, bathed regularly, wears clean nappy, comfortable clothes, gets plenty of sleep and comfortable environment. Remember, comfortable babies are happy babies.

Safety first

Keeping your baby healthy and happy is undoubtedly your main concern. It is, however, equally important to remember that your baby’s safety must be your top priority. The way you handle her, bathe her, set up her environment, and even entertain her, must be undertaken with close attention to her safety. Refer to our section on safety tips to learn more about the ways to keep your baby safe.

Baby basics

Getting to grips with the basics can make the job of caring for your baby easier and make you more confident in your ability to get things done. If you have a clear understanding of the best way to go about bathing, changing, feeding, and caring for her when she is sick, the job of looking after your baby will run that much more smoothly. As you get to grips with the basics of baby care, you will become a more confident parent, and your baby will feel reassured as she will know what to expect. Our next section on baby care will help you get started.

Interacting with your baby



Interacting with your baby doesn’t just help you bond; it also helps your baby’s brain to grow and develop. Interacting with your baby through touch, words, smiles, and looks, helps you get to know her and be alert to her needs.  Spending time with your baby will help you understand her needs and recognise when she needs to be fed, sleep or have a cuddle. As time goes on, spending time together will help your child learn how to understand their own emotions and form strong relationships with other people.

Getting organized

No matter what you did before, or how organised you were, remind yourself that your baby is your top priority now. Caring for her, keeping her safe, comfortable, and happy is your main concern.  Remember, these early stages are very precious and they don’t last long. Try to make the most of them.

Try to take the pressure off yourself, and lower your expectations of what you need to achieve each day. Keep your to-do list short, and simply concentrate on the things that matter most. Enjoy the little things you do like bathing, changing, feeding and cuddling her. It may be hard to believe right now, but your baby will grow and develop quickly hence, savour every moment along the way.

Useful tips
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help, from your spouse, parents or friends. Suggest that they take the baby out for a short walk, cook a meal for you, or do some shopping for you.
     
  • If you can, spend time with other parents with small babies. They are in same situation and will know how you feel.

  • Rest or sleep when your baby sleeps.

  • Keep some healthy snacks, juice, or milk handy for times when you feel hungry but don’t have time for proper meal.

  • See visitors when you want to. If you are tired, say so, and ask them to call or come another time.

  • Above all, trust your instincts. Try not to panic when things don’t go exactly to plan, or you are unsure of your abilities as a parent. If your baby is loved and cared for, she will be just fine.

  • If you are worried about your own or your baby’s health, ask your doctor for advice.

  • Remember, no matter how tough things seem, it will not last long. As you and your baby get to know and understand each other, you will start to feel more confident and less anxious.

 



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