Last time, we talked a little bit about your baby’s first week and what you can expect from him, as well as what you’ll need to do to care for him. Today we’ll continue those thoughts with some more pointers about what to do and what to expect during this crucial time:
Keep baby clean
Your baby is going to need a bath about three times a week. If you bathe baby more than that, her skin will start to dry out. If she needs to be cleaned up in between, wipe her skin with a washcloth or a sponge.
Caring for the cord
Baby’s umbilical cord stump will need some special care. You’ll need to avoid submerging the cord during a bath. Make sure that baby’s diapers hit below the cord so it doesn’t get soaked in urine.
It can take several weeks before your baby’s umbilical cord stump falls off. If the stump is painful to your baby, it appears irritated or has a foul-smelling drainage, it could be infected and you’ll need to see the pediatrician.
Caring for his circumcision
If you choose to have your son circumcised, know that the penis will be very red for most of the first week. If the redness doesn’t go away, contact your doctor.
You’ll need to keep the penis clean after changing a diaper. You can wash it with soap and water or even just water, depending on how much cleaning it needs.
Dabbing a little bit of petroleum jelly on the tip of the penis will help it from sticking to his diaper.
Safety is #1
There are some basic safety tips you’ll need to follow, too. For example:
- Lie your baby down on her back, as it will reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Empty the sleeping area of pillows, toys, bumpers and soft bedding.
- Sleep with your baby in the same room.
- Dress baby warm, but don’t overdress him.
- Follow any specific instructions given to you by the pediatrician.
So, now we’d like to hear from you moms out there. Do you have any advice for the first week for our first-time mom readers?
- New Birthing Trend, Don’t Cut the Cord (abcnews.go.com)
- Why a newborn baby’s cord should not be cut too soon (telegraph.co.uk)