Proven Swedish world leading real care baby guide, the first month home with a newborn, that ensures
optimal brain development.
Detailing what you can expect and what's best to do when you come home with your newborn baby.
What makes your new baby happy, content and safe and what you need to monitor and observe.
How you can understand, what it is your baby really needs.
How to recognize and interpret your newborn baby's body language and sounds.
Only then are you able to offer the right real care your baby needs to feel happy.
Caring for newborn babies, between 1-3 months is about nurturing care and activities conducive to brain growth.
The needs are based on babies who are born healthy.
Newborns' real care need is dependent on excellent parent education before birth.
This is a step by step newborn baby care guide.
With 12 essential newborn baby home care needs which parents should manage for optimal brain
1ST REAL CARE BABY NEEDS
Bonding With Your Baby
Mothers bonding with their infant is an essential part of Swedish developmental baby care.
Mother and baby bonding is vital for your baby's feeling of comfort, feeling of security.
Newborn bonding between mother and child
creates confidence in self as an individual now.
It shapes and builds social skills with the ability to connect with others and teen confidence.
It's my experience with babies and studies confirm it.
The first four 4 months in a baby's life, mothers shouldn't break the baby bond process.
Use a kangaroocarrier,
that's doctor recommended, so baby and you can face each other.
Studies show that the mother's heartbeat keeps baby calm.
With your hands free you can tend to other things and quickly see what your baby needs and give proper care.
However don't do any sudden movement or strenuous activity.
You are carrying a precious cargo!
2ND REAL CARE BABY NEEDS
Sense Your Baby's Signals - Answer Your Baby's Cues
Parents Emotional Presence
In a world filled with emotions the newborn child's senses are wide open.
From birth the baby's brain is prepared to receive and register all emotions around them.
The important thing is, that they convey a pleasant safe emotional experience.
For a baby to develop optimally, it requires parents who can interpret their baby's signals and respond to their
A Parent's Emotional Presence Consists Of These 5 Aspects:
Perceive the baby signals = Sense that the baby wants help.
Interpret the baby signals = Understand what the baby needs.
Provide adequate response = Give the baby what he needs.
Respond in time quickly = Give the baby what he needs right away.
Continue this contingency = Always be ready to act on the baby's need.
Sensing Baby's Help Signals
Be close to your newborn baby at all times, so you can observe and learn how your baby sounds, looks and acts is key to
quickly recognize different signals, cues for hunger, to suck, closeness, for play and discomfort.
Instinctive care for your baby, is to use your motherly instinct to sense that your baby signals something.
A mom should never disregard those feelings, no matter what others say, even the doctor. Get a different doctor's
opinion in that case.
should be: Tending to your baby without hesitation day and night.
Looking out for your little one will make your baby feel safe and happy.
Understand - Your Baby's Needs
Newborn baby communication and movements consist mainly of innate reflexes,
triggered when the baby feels, needs, sees or hears something.
It's believed that these reflexes were created to help the newborn baby survive.
When newborn babies have a need to suck, are hungry or thirsty, they may begin with a sucking,
A hungry baby will open his mouth and may also turn the head to the side, move the hand toward the mouth
and start sucking on the hand.
The baby may also drool.
Babies also signal when they feel uncomfortable or have pain and when they are content and when they are excited.
If uncomfortable, they usually start with a grunting sound since their tongues are not developed yet for
other sounds than those coming from the throat.
If the baby hasn't been picked up by making those sounds, very soon survival newborn crying sets in, which then
requires calming before feeding etc.
If babies have pain they will signal by crying and end up screaming for help.
Provide Baby's Need - Without Delay
Pick up your baby as soon as he makes a sound and try to discern what he wants.
If he is hungry, thirsty, or need to suck for comfort, he will open his mouth, give him the breast.
If he doesn't need the breast, check the diaper.
If it's dry, place your hand on his stomach to feel if he is too warm or too cold.
Do what is needed, breast feed, change the diaper, take off a blanket or add one more.
Your baby may just need to be with you or need a different body position for more comfort.
If the baby starts to cry in a high pitch voice is inconsolable, he might suffer from colic, which
some babies get, when they are 2 weeks old, but doesn't usually last beyond 3-4 months of age.
The first time this happens you need to see the baby's doctor, for a proper diagnose!
However colic isn't dangerous.
Click on the link to colic care,
for complete baby colic help and tips.
Happy Baby Signals
When babies are feeling good they display a happy content look, that makes you smile and also feel good.
Excited babies may jolt suddenly like when they see mom, dad or a fun dangling toy.
They often kicks their legs, look intensely at you and stretch their arms forward.
Respond to the happy signals, by saying how you feel, when he is excited, and pick up your baby
when he stretches his arms out to you.
When the milk starts flowing, moms often get a tingling sensation in their breasts and then the nipples may
start to leak milk.
This is also common and natural.
It's a good sign because it means your breast milk production is getting off to a good start.
Pick up your baby and start breast feeding, unless he was breast fed recently or is sound asleep.
As soon as the milk production is established this sensation and leaking will stop, and your breasts will
only feel full.
Breast Milk Leakage
If your breasts have a tendency to leak and wet your bra, you can use disposable organic breast pads with no plastic, so you don't' need to
constantly change bra. But you do need to change those pads often!
At night you will need soft towels over your breasts to catch the milk at night and to protect your mattress from
However after 3 months, when the breast feeding production has settled, the leaking usually ends.
At least it did with my 5 babies breast feeding and in most other mothers.
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important details how to use developmental touch, when cleaning your baby, which is real care baby needs.
How to clean baby girls and baby boy genitals and the best bathing technique your baby will love.
10TH REAL CARE BABY NEEDS
Trimming Baby's Fingernails
Baby's fingernails, when they are newborn, are soft and can be long.
The first few months it can be difficult to see how much of the nail that has grown together with the
skin underneath the nail.
You should therefore avoid cutting the nails the first month or so, until the skin underneath the nails has
separated itself from the nails.
They grow quickly, both on their fingers and toes.
By filing the baby's nails gently, you are preventing that the child tears himself in the face.
As long as the child's nails are soft, carefully tear off the loose flaps of them.
Once the nails begins to get cut, it is a good time to do it while the baby sleeps or just after the baby has bathed,
because the nails are then soft.
Clipping Baby's Nails:
Cut straight across the nail and be careful with the edges. You can use a blunt baby
scissor or baby nail clipper and then use a soft paper file to smooth the baby's nails.
11TH REAL CARE BABY NEEDS
Baby Well Check Ups
When you get home with your baby from the hospital, call your pediatrician to schedule your baby's first well
check up visit.
If you reside in Sweden, the baby will get his first
by a Pediatrician 6-8 hours after birth.
Then after you get home, a pediatric nurse will visit you within 3-4 days, to see how you and the baby are doing,
how the breast feeding is going, check the baby and the umbilical cord plus set up the baby's first doctor appointment for you.
At the doctor's office, your baby will be weighed and measured in length and head circumference, plotted on a
special infant growth chart, and examined
thoroughly from top to toe.
It is very important to visit a doctor between the 3rd and the 5th day, since the condition newborn jaundice shows up between 3-5 days, and needs to be diagnosed.
Most newborn babies and mothers have been discharged from the hospital are home by then.
Also any problems with breast feeding needs now to be corrected since food is vital for your
If you live in Sweden the doctor will prescribe D vitamin drops, with five 5 drops per day, starting at one week
of age, that needs to continue for at least 2 years of age or longer.
Dark-skinned children get less vitamin D in the skin than light-skinned children do and need to get D-drops even
after two years of age.
The same is true for children with clothes covering the body, even in summer.
You should ask your doctor or Child Health Care Center, about vitamin D for your baby.
12TH REAL CARE BABY NEEDS
Your baby must be vaccinated against serious illnesses through the mandatory immunization schedule of the country where
Baby immunizations, throughout childhood protects your child from serious diseases and is a real care baby
They also protects other children in your child's environment from getting sick.
If you have any questions or concerns about the real care baby needs always contact your baby's doctor.