Proven world leading Swedish total guide for all essential real care baby needs at home for brain development. A step by step newborn baby care guide to taking care of my baby.
It explains in detail, what you can expect and what is best to do when you come home with your wonderful new baby to make him thrive.
This is about how to make your new baby feel loved, content and safe but also what you need to monitor and observe.
It's about how to learn and understand the baby signals.
About learning a newborn baby's body language and sounds, to be able to give the right real care your baby needs.
Because caring for newborn babies, between 1 - 3 months, is all about brain development.
There are twelve 12 essential real care baby needs, and all are important.
But I have structured these needs step by step in numeric order based on the newborn baby's first need and so on.
Bonding With Baby
Mother bonding to infant is an essential part of Swedish developmental baby care.
I can't stress enough the importance of bonding with your newborn.
Mother 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 teenage confidence and the ability to connect with others later.
This is my experience with babies and studies confirm it.
During the first four 4 months in a baby's life, mothers shouldn't brake the baby bond process.
Don't leave (abandon) your baby for a vacation, going back to work etc.
If you need to go to the hospital and stay over night bring your baby with you, which is custom in Sweden, the world leader in baby care.
Your baby also needs to have daily tummy times on the floor to strengthen the muscles, move the body and learn to grasp.
Baby Einstein Caterpillar Play Gym is perfect for stimulating all those functions.
Don't walk away, stay with your little one and play.
Because the first 3-4 months the real care baby needs is a parent close by at all times.
A kangaroo Newborn Baby Carrier, doctor recommended, safe from any toxins, baby facing you, listening to mom's heart keeps a newborn calm.
This is the perfect tool. With your hands free, you can watch for baby signals, be ready to give the real care baby needs and at the same time tend to other things.
However don't do any sudden movement or strenuous activity.
You are carrying a precious cargo!
Learn Baby Signals And Answer Baby Cues
Is Real Care Baby
For a baby to develop a secure attachment it requires the mother, or the father, to interpret and respond to the baby's signals.
1. To perceive the baby signals = To sense that the baby is signaling for help.
2. To interpret the baby signals = To understand what the baby needs.
3. To provide adequate response to the signals = To give the baby what he needs.
4. To respond in time to the baby's signals = To give the baby what he needs without delay.
5. To continually have this contingency = To always be prepared to care for the baby and give the real care baby needs, each time the baby signals.
Sensing That Your Baby Signals For Help
Is Real Care Baby
Use your own motherly instinct to sense that your baby signals for help.
Mother knows best!
A mom should never disregard those feelings, no matter what others say, even the doctor. Get a different doctor's opinion in that case.
Your focus should be: Tending to your baby without hesitation day and night.
Looking out for your baby will make your baby feel safe and happy.
To Understand What Your Baby Needs
Is Real Care Baby
Newborn baby communication and movements consist mainly of innate reflexes, triggered when the baby feels, needs, sees or hears something.
It is believed that these newborn reflexes were created to help newborn babies survive.
To Give The Baby What He Needs
Is Real Care Baby
However colic isn't dangerous.
Click on this link to Colicky Baby, for complete colic care help and tips.
Happy Baby Signals
To Monitor And Observe A Newborn Baby
Is Real Care Baby
By observing your baby a lot and having him by your side the first few weeks at all times, you will soon learn what kind of need your baby signals.
It's convenient to use a baby carrier in conjunction with a bassinet on wheels during the day when you need to put the baby in the cot.
Then you can observe and hear your baby constantly, which is the real care your baby absolutely needs.
At night your newborn baby should sleep next to you in a Bedside Crib, with one crib side completely open to your own bed.
It facilitates night time breast feeding and helps you to easy comfort your little one without leaving the bed.
It helps both baby and you to sleep better.
I don't recommend using a baby monitor for babies under 3 months of age.
If you are not able to breast feed your baby, bottle feeding your newborn baby becomes a necessity and is real care baby.
The good news is there is organic baby formula made to replicate breast milk, that you can give your baby.
Whether you are breastfeeding or giving your baby formula, feeding your newborn often during the day and also during the night is necessary.
In the beginning it is good to breast feed the baby on demand, often and as long as he wants and it feels good.
Most babies wake up and show that they are hungry, but some newborns may be so tired, that you have to wake them to breastfeed.
It shouldn't go more than 3 hours between each feeding during the day and 4 hours at night, if it does you need to gently wake your baby up for a feeding.
How To Wake A Sleepy Newborn Baby To Breastfeed
Or Bottle Feed
It can sometimes be tricky to wake a sleepy newborn child but changing his diaper usually wakes the baby up.
However sometimes the baby may still not be enough awake to be able to suckle.
Here are the tricks I used to get my babies to wake up and then have the baby stay awake during breastfeeding session the first few weeks, when they slept a lot.
Gently massage or push against the palm of your baby's hand, this makes him open the mouth by reflex, and then bring the baby quickly to the breast, or bottle.
You can also tickle the sole of his feet a little, during the feeding if baby tends to get sleepy again.
If the baby stops sucking proceed with burping him in an upright position, against your shoulder or in your knee, patting him on his lower back.
Which benefits both the baby's ability to get rid of air and his continued feeding.
How much your baby is feeding, his nutritional intake is key to a baby's optimal growth.
Feeding Time At The Breast
A newborn baby is eating effectively about five to ten minutes of the approximately thirty minutes the breastfeeding usually takes.
New born feeding is usually most intense during the first breastfeeding moments.
Make sure and keep notice that your baby is getting milk and swallowing often.
Make a pause after a while and burp your baby to prevent air bubbles to escape down the bowels and create gas pain(colic).
Many babies drop the breast spontaneously when they have finished eating. If the child doesn't, you can be alert of when the baby doesn't swallow as often anymore.
If he doesn't swallow he is either satisfied and then needs to get burped at the end or need to gets burped to be able to eat more.
Your baby will signal when he is full by looking satisfied and content, sometimes babies become awake and alert for stimulating activities or fall asleep.
Make a note of which breast the baby is nursing on each time, helps you keep track and alternate with the other breast at next breast feeding.
How Do You Know Baby Gets Enough Breast Milk?
Look and listen to your baby sucking. Check the baby's throat movements and you should both see and hear your baby swallow milk.
You should be changing at least 8-10 fully wet diapers per day, if your baby is feeding enough. Keep track of how many diapers and how wet they are.
Most of your time during the day will be spent breastfeeding your newborn or bottle feeding and tending to your baby.
This is vital for his rapid brain development to function well, and is a real care baby needs often.
Do Your Breasts Feel Tense And Sore?
This is common and natural. Moms often experience tense breasts and breast soreness and may get a somewhat increased body temperature.
The normal tenseness and soreness of the breasts is caused by increased blood volume and tissue fluid, which passes within a few days.
Even though your breasts feel tense, your baby needs to nurse to stimulate the coming breast milk production, and it will also help the tenseness go away.
Some of these symptoms are similar to a clogged milk duct and it is very important to know how to prevent this often occurring problem, so read about how to avoid clogged milk ducts.
Breast feeding and milk production usually takes a while before it is fully established up to three months is normal.
To let the baby suck on the breast often is important, because it comforts the baby, promotes bonding and stimulates the production of breast milk.
In the beginning most new mothers may feel a little soreness in their nipples but this soreness should go away within a few days or so.
Is Your Baby Latching Properly?
If not, your baby hasn't latched and attached properly to your breast and you need help with baby's latch!
When The Breast Milk Comes In
When the milk comes in 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 breastfed 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.
Nipples Leaking Breast Milk
If your breasts have a tendency to leak and wet your bra, you can use breast pads-organic, so you don't' need to constantly change your bra.
At night you will probably need soft towels over your breasts to catch the milk at night and to protect your mattress from stains.
However after 3 months, when the breast feeding production has settled, the leaking ends.
At least it did with my 5 babies breastfeeding and in most other mothers.
Breast Feeding And Wearing A Bra
Wear a roomy breastfeeding bra that supports the breasts but is also soft and comfortable during the day.
During the night it's not recommended to wear breastfeeding bras, because they may compress the breasts too much, which may cause clogged milk ducts, which you should avoid at all costs.
Why Breast Feeding Or Bottle Feeding Enough Is Important?
A newborn's brain develops rapidly after birth, and this process needs food distributed at regular intervals.
It is very important that the baby gets fed properly for his brain development.
Brain development early childhood explains this in detail for you.
This is something you should be focused on and is the real care baby needs for healthy growth.
Nurturing And Pampering Your Baby
During the first week or more after birth, your baby is busy adjusting to life outside the warm and cozy womb.
The baby adjusts best by getting comfort on your breast in your arms.
Because getting loved, nurtured and pampered by you, is the real care baby now needs very much.
The next couple of weeks your baby is mostly sleeping and feeding to gather energy and strength.
Making your baby experience love and protection boosts his brain development.
Communicate using a tender voice, eye to eye contact, caresses and kisses are the best ingredients for building synapses(connections) between the baby's brain cells.
You can also make your baby feel loved with a daily Baby Massage. Babies love massage! And it has shown to benefit their physical development, over all development and well being.
The first few months a baby needs parent attachment, therefore it is important to not go anywhere without your baby during this time.
Offer the breast when the baby signals that he is hungry anytime during the day or night.
Developmental baby care is lots of nurture and more nurture and is the real care baby requires!
Tending to your baby with careful attention can never spoil the baby, on the contrary, it is the beginning of self confidence.
Stimulate Language Development In Newborns
When you feed, change and dress your little one, those are golden opportunities for talk.
Tell your baby what you are doing each moment during diaper changes, bathing and cleaning and dressing.
While talking and tending to your baby, keep eye contact, smile, caress and kiss the baby's skin when undressed.
And when he is dressed you can kiss his face, fingers and toes and tell him your favorite baby rhymes from your own childhood.
All of this will boost your baby's language development.
The baby's brain is where most of the development takes place after birth.
Taking advantage of every moment, to help the brain building process, is real baby care.
Observing Newborn Jaundice
Almost half of all newborns get a little yellow in the face and head sometime between 2-5 days after birth.
This yellow color can spread to the body, a condition called jaundice or icterus.
If you came home from the hospital before day five after giving birth, and you notice that your baby has this condition, or you are not sure, you need to have your baby checked by the physician.
You can easily test your baby for Jaundice In Newborns at home prior to calling the doctor.
The result of this test may be that the doctor says the baby doesn't need a medical examination for now.
The doctor will advice you how to proceed on a day to day basis.
The Signs Of A Growth Spurt
Realize that your baby will experience his first growth spurt between 7-10 days after birth, when he will need more attention and cluster feeding and more sleep for a couple of days.
To recognize the signs of Infant Growth Spurts and when they occur is very helpful and may save you a lot of anxiety.
These spurts are very important for his overall development!
You will be doing many diaper changes every day and a couple at night.
It is important keep your baby dry, because newborns skin is very sensitive and vulnerable to diaper rash.
Using chlorine free and organic diapers will protect your little ones bottom.
But you still have to check your baby's diaper often!
First do a diaper smell test - if fine, then test the dryness of the diaper with your finger inside the diaper.
Test the diaper a couple of inches below the navel with a baby boy and further down the diaper if you have a baby girl.
This will tell you if your baby needs a change of diaper.
If the baby's bottom is getting affected by the many lose bowel movements, apply an ointment such as Mustela Pediatrics Diaper Rash Cream which is ph balanced and cures diaper rash.
The first couple of months diaper changes are mostly done prior to feedings but many times after the feedings as well.
Diapering is an important part of baby's development and a real care baby needs.
These diaper changes, multiple times every day, are golden moments for touch and communication, that leads to brain development.
All babies very first bowel movement, called meconium, consists of substances that gathered in their digestive tracts while they were growing and developing in the womb.
Meconium is greenish-black, brownish-black or looks like black tar, and the baby must get rid of it within 48 hours after birth, before normal digestion can take place.
If it doesn't, it could be some kind of intestinal obstruction and the doctor wouldn't have released you and baby from the hospital until it had been diagnosed and fixed.
Newborn Poop Breastfeeding
Breast-fed babies stool has a lose consistence with cottage cheese like curds, a yellow mustard color and smells sour.
How often a breast fed baby has bowel movements vary a lot.
But before the baby's digestive tract has matured, newborn babies may have bowel movements after each breast feeding session.
When their digestive tract is mature, which may take a couple of months, breast fed babies usually get a stool routine.
Breast-fed babies who get infant formula as supplement to breast milk, tend to have greener and curdier poop.
Exclusively breast fed babies digest breast milk better and faster, than those babies who get supplemented with newborn formula.
Some infants who are only breastfed, have bowel movements a few times a week, but have no problems.
This just means that the breast milk was digested in the intestines and nourished the baby.
Some babies poop a few times to a couple of times per day to once a week.
All is normal for babies who are breast fed exclusively.
Newborn Poop Formula Feeding
Babies who are exclusively fed newborn formula have thicker, larger curd like stools which are greenish in color and the smell varies with the formula being used, but it is mostly sour.
Formula fed newborn babies tend to have more bowel movements in the beginning until the digestive tract has matured in a month or two and then usually once or twice a day.
Babies on formula can be prone to constipation which you have to be vigilant of.
Umbilical Cord Care
The umbilicus, the navel area and the folds around it should be dried with dry cotton swabs each morning until the umbilical cord falls off.
Most importantly: the navel is kept dry! That's one real care baby needs.
If the umbilical cord area becomes dirty, use a mild soap and water to cleanse the area gently, letting it air dry works best. Don't use rubbing alcohol to clean with.
Studies show it may delay the cord from falling off.
Some pediatricians, in US and other countries outside Sweden, still recommend rubbing alcohol, probably because they aren't aware of these studies.
The umbilical cord should fall off in 10-20 days.
Don't pull the cord even if it is just a thread left.
Signs Of Navel Irritation And Navel Infection
Sometimes, the navel bleeds a little after the umbilical cord has fallen off. Then it needs to be treated with lapis and washed with Chlorhexidine 0.5% at the doctors office!
Be vigilant - navel infection can lead to sepsis with emergency care.
If the belly button area seems at all irritated, fold down the baby's diaper so it doesn't rub against the cord or stops the air flow.
If the umbilical cord smells or oozes pus or leaves blood on your baby's diaper, call the doctor!
If the skin at the base of the cord is red or if the baby acts as if it is painful when you touch it, call your doctor!
Cleaning My Newborn Baby
Your newborn baby shouldn't be washed and cleaned with soap or shampoo during the first couple of weeks because newborns skin is sensitive and prone to dryness.
Clean your baby with just warm water, maybe add a couple of baby oil drops, if the baby's skin looks dry, is sufficient.
But you can give your baby a warm soothing tub water bath, if baby's navel looks fine and he enjoys it.
How To Bathe A Baby has 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.
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.
When Clipping Baby Nails: You cut straight across the nail and is careful with the edges. One can use a blunt baby scissors or baby nail clippers.
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 live in Sweden, the baby will get his first Newborn Physical Exam 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 on 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 rectified since food is vital for the baby's growth..
If you live in Sweden the doctor will prescribe D vitamin drops, with five 5 drops per day, starting at four 4 weeks of age, which will need 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 Care Center, about vitamin D for your baby.
Your baby must be vaccinated against serious illnesses through the mandatory immunization schedule of the country where you reside.
Baby Immunizations, throughout childhood protects your child from serious diseases and is a real care baby requirement, that also protects other children in his environment from getting sick.
If you have any questions or concerns about your real care baby needs always contact your baby's doctor.