As new parents you’re bound to run into your fair share of obstacles. At times, it’ll certainly feel overwhelming and if you’re looking to have a good understanding of how your little one works, this article is the right read for you! This is a list of the common newborn problems you’re likely to run into during this journey and how you can go about tackling them:
If you’re struggling to get your baby to latch on and breastfeed, don’t worry. You are definitely not the only mother out there to experience this! Not only is it a frustrating experience, you’re then confronted with the nagging question of whether you fed your little one enough and whether they’re getting enough nutrition etc. You can help your baby latch on by making sure her mouth is wide open. Use your nipple to stimulate the edge of her mouth, then bring her towards you (chin first) while directing your nipple towards the roof of her mouth.
A lot of mums feel guilty about feeding their children formula food. They think it means that their child is getting far less nutrition than those being breastfed. This is not true. However, you do have to be on the watch out for any allergies your child might be having towards the formula. The most obvious signs that this is so is breakouts of rashes, hives, eczema etc. But there are more subtle cues to watch out for like fussiness and crying especially after feeding or loose stools. The baby might spit up more than usual as well.
Getting a baby to sleep isn’t just a challenge for new parents. Your baby will eventually settle into a good sleeping routine- you just have to tolerate the sleepless nights until this becomes the case. But this doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do. You can begin establishing healthy sleeping habits now itself! Teach your little one the difference between night and day- interact with him during the day time as much as possible and make the room bright. Keep noise levels low and lights off during the night. Don’t wait till your baby is asleep to tuck him into those cot bed fitted sheets. Place him in bed while he’s awake yet sleepy so you give him a chance to fall asleep on his own.
Crying babies have newly parents in a constantly frazzled state- what are you doing wrong? Absolutely nothing. Each baby has their own ways to be comforted but in general- if they’re not crying because they’re hungry, sleepy or suffering from colic, they love the feeling of security and holding your baby will do wonders. Since you can’t really have your hands full with your baby the entire day, this is where investing in a carrier will come in useful.
These are the main newborn problems you’re likely to experience. Remember, you really aren’t alone in the obstacles you face. Don’t forget that taking care of your physical and mental health is as important in being a good parent as taking care of your child’s.