How to care for your newborn baby

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I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect in
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those first few weeks at home with my
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newborn overwhelming unconditional love
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the intensity of emotion was more than I
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expected but as intimidating as a whole
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journey seemed instinct kicked in and
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being a parent quickly became the most
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natural thing in the world of course
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I was tired from labor and delivery but
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somehow that didn’t matter as new
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parents we were 100% focused on taking
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care of our new baby obviously I tried
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to rest when my daughter rested to eat
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well and be smart about visitors I got
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some great advice from more experienced
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mums and I learned a lot every day as
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our baby started growing changing and
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discovering her new world I thought I’d
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pass along some of the tips that were
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most helpful to me by sharing some
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simple straightforward practical advice
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I had not held a newborn in a while and
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I was surprised how unsteady she was at
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first I had to fully support her head
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and neck until she developed the
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strength to hold it up by herself I
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found just cradling her head in the bend
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of my arm or with my hand worked as a
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comfortable position
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you
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whether you choose to breastfeed or
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bottle feed just remember that this will
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be a big part of the time you spend
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together in the first few months I found
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I was feeding every couple of hours
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around the clock using a support pillow
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and tried to take time to mentally relax
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when feeding really helped I mainly
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breastfed and although it was harder
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than I thought we got the hang of it
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pretty quickly getting the position
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right and finding a comfortable latch
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was tough but after just a few feeds we
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seemed to figure things out but we also
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bottle fed bottle feeding gave me a
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chance to share this special time with
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Dad and her grandparents as they were
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able to take over feeding from time to
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time
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the first poo was also a surprise it was
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thick dark greenish almost black and
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tar-like it’s called meconium it fills
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the intestines before birth and usually
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expels in the first 24 to 48 hours after
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the baby arrives it was sticky and tough
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to clean gentle baby wipes definitely
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helped once it cleared her system things
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were more normal her poo slowly became
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softer lighter in color and more watery
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so don’t be alarmed this is all quite
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normal
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as a rule of thumb plan on changing
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nappies after every sleep and after
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every feed in addition to when they are
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wet or have pooed I found that if I kept
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a wet nappy on her for too long her skin
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was more likely to get irritated
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changing her regularly and high-quality
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nappies like these kept her dry and
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protected her delicate skin pampers new
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baby nappies have a handy blue line that
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appears when she is wet letting us both
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know that she might need to be changed
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the umbilical cord just fell off by
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itself after a couple of weeks but
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before it did we kept it dry mainly by
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keeping the nappy from covering it our
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doctor recommended we swab it with
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alcohol every few days to clean it be
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sure to check with your doctor to get
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their recommendation if the cord becomes
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smelly oozing or mushy you should see
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your doctor right away
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there was one other big surprise those
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first few weeks how much she slept she
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slept a lot but it was more like two to
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four hour naps and then wake up to eat
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which I learned is perfectly normal my
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other children did the same thing as
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they be sleep their minds work on things
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they have done that day there is so much
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brain and physical development happening
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while they sleep now I look forward to
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our happy morning’s together and realize
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just how important a well-rested
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uninterrupted night’s sleep can be this
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is just a bit of what I’ve learnt about
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those incredible first few weeks with a
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newborn it can seem like a lot but don’t
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worry the love and care you give them is
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just what they need you’ll find your own
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rhythm and routine in no time visit
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pampers YouTube channel for more
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parenting tips
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