THE BEST BOOK FOR NEW PARENTS
The book ‘First Time Parents’ authored by Miriam Stoppard, is by far the best book for new parents. This book covers all the required aspects of parenting. These are some of the most notable points discussed in the book.
Handling of the new-born baby
Handling the new born baby is the first thing one should be extremely careful about. The book deals at length about the precautions, parents need to take while handling the babies.
Support the neck and head of the bay: While carrying the baby one should always support the neck with his hands as they are too delicate.
Keep your hands clean: The immunity of the babies is quite weak and hence one should maintain proper hygiene so that they aren’t infected.
Never shake the baby: Shaking the baby may adversely affect the internal organs of the baby and may even cause bleeding in the brain. Always make sure that the baby is woken by tickling the feet instead of shaking them.
Bonding with the baby
The book also explains the importance of bonding with the new born. The physical attachment eventually establishes the emotional connection between the parents and the baby. Babies are quite responsive to babbling, cooing and singing. One should gently stroke your baby in different patterns and cradle them gently. These acts help them understand and learn the language.
The art of Swaddling
Swaddling is one the most important techniques that the new parents ought to learn. The book explains in depth, the swaddling techniques and the benefits of it. Swaddling instils in the new-borns a sense of security and comfort and enables to keep them warm. However, babies should not be swaddled after they are two months old, as this may increase the risk of SIDS.
The book lays great stress on the importance of proper diapering of the babies. It advises the parents to make sure that all the supplies are within their reach to ensure that the baby doesn’t remain unattended at any moment. A clean diaper, diaper ointment and a container of warm water are musts. The book also stresses on the precautions the parents need to take while changing the diapers. Diaper rash is one of the most common concerns and is generally caused due to wet skin. In order to avoid them, the genital area should be wiped properly and diapers should be changed frequently.
Basics of Bathing
The book further explains the art of bathing the new born babies in a meticulous manner. The baby should not be bathed until the umbilical cord has fallen. This usually takes 2-4 weeks. The baby should be bathed almost 3 to 4 times a week in the first year. The baby should be given a gentle bath with warm waters and one should make sure that the baby is never left alone while bathing.
Feeding your Baby
The book lays great stress on the importance of breastfeeding. The baby must be allowed to nurse on a breast for at least 10 minutes in one go. Further, the baby must be fed at the interval of every 2-3 hours. The book also teaches the parents to learn the art of understanding the signs made by the new born baby to hint that they are hungry.
The book provides a complete package for new parents to help them up bring the child in a safe way.