Babies are God’s gifts to an individual. Cheers to all the mothers for bearing all the pain and giving life to a living organism! It’s very essential to know every detail about the health of your baby. They are very delicate and any carelessness could cost a lot. Today I am going to write about all the ways in which you can take care of your baby. With the birth of a new member in your family, your responsibility as a parent gets doubled. As a new parent, you may have several questions about the infant’s health. From diaper basics to seasonal changes and their blues; from vaccinations to skin care products- you may want all your questions and queries solved. It’s but natural- the more you know, the more assured you are when it comes to your baby’s health.
The birth of a baby not only brings about happiness in your life, but also involves the sporadic check of clock to feed, change diapers, bathing and soothing which spell sleepless nights and fatigue. However, there is more to the health of your new born than just caring for his daily basics. The health of a baby also includes taking care of his delicate skin, knowing the reason behind his cries and also watching his progress and development.
10 things everyone should know about babies
Babies have social mammalian needs
Babies are social mammals and they have mammalian needs as well. Intensive parenting practices for babies include years of breastfeeding to develop brain and body systems, nearly constant touch and physical presence of caregivers, responsiveness to needs preventing distress, free play with multi-aged playmates, and soothing perinatal experiences. Each of these has significant effects on physical health. It is very important and is the ultimate nourishment for babies. Your baby will get required calories, protein, fats and calcium through breast milk and breastfeeding is one of the quickest and easiest ways to form a bond between a mother and a baby.
Babies are born half baked
Human babies take the least time of 9 months. 9 months early in terms of mobility and 18 months early in terms of bone development and foraging capacities. Full-term babies have 25% of adult brain volume and most of it grows in the first 5 years. Thus, the human nest for its young evolved to be even more intense than for other social mammals because of the underdeveloped newborn, lasting for 3-5 years. So, adequate care and attention is required.
If adults mess up with babies, long term problems can occur
All the caregiving things that are mentioned earlier are needed for the physical and social well-being of a baby. Any hindrance in this path might result in a serious consequence for the upliftment of the baby. Distressing babies regularly or intensively (by not giving them what they need) undermines self-regulatory systems. One shouldn’t descend in nurturing a baby.
Babies flourish with affection
Babies do best when at least one person is crazy about them. Others have noted that children grow best with three affectionate, consistent caregivers. In fact, babies don’t always expect affection from mother and father. They are ready for a community of close, responsive caregivers that includes mother nearby.
Babies right hemisphere of the brain develops rapidly in the first three years
Typically developing babies show an interest in human voices over other environmental sounds like a car horn or doorbell, and direct their attention to human voice when it conveys information that is interesting. Ultimately this may lead to an understanding of how the melody of a voice is used to convey a person’s intent. In other words, recent research suggests that the right hemisphere may be best at processing patterns like voice contour, facial expression, aspects of size and quantity, gestalt aspects of the world which, from a developmental perspective, represent the way children begin to learn about cognitive areas like music, art, mathematics or language.
Babies like to play and stay mobilized
Play is a cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space. It is mainly characterized by children. Babies expect to be “in arms” or on the body of the caregiver most of the time. Skin-to-skin contact is a calming influence. Babies expect companionship not isolation or intrusion. They expect to be in the middle of community social life. Companionship care—friendship, mutual responsiveness and playfulness—builds social and practical intelligence in babies.
Babies warn beforehand
They are very particular about their needs. Babies become demanding too at times when they learn that adults are not responding to their needs. They start crying once feel ignored. Once they start crying, they don’t easily stop. So, it’s always better to understand and listen to your child than considering any expert advice.
Babies lock infancy experiences in the procedural memory vaults
Babies happen to keep all the experiences in their procedural memory. Procedural memory is long term memory which allows an individual to do things in life. Babies tend to remember all the incidents and negligence in any of their expectations, which make them distressed. They develop the self-centered attitude towards others in the long run which is toxic.
Sleep time for babies
Sleep is the most essential part of the day. After playing and all the activities, they need adequate rest for the proper functioning of all body parts. You just need to lay him down in the crib when he is drowsy but awake. Sleep is an extremely important factor that plays a role in improving health, especially among babies.
Baby let you know if they are getting enough food
Baby needs to eat every two to three hours — but if you’re nursing, it’s tough to know how much milk she’s getting. “The baby’s weight is the best indicator in the early days,” says Dr. Tolcher. Your pediatrician will check it within a few days of discharge. A newborn loses 5 to 8 percent of her birth weight within the first week but should gain it back by the second. Diaper-counting can also act as a gauge: her schedule those first five days is haphazard, but after that, you’ll see five to six wet diapers a day, and at least one or two stools.