Babies are amazing. They are the symbol of hope and everything good in this world. Therefore they need to be protected and taken care of to the best of one’s ability. Caring for your little one may seem difficult especially in the beginning but just like everything else in the world, with the right knowledge and time, you would realize that it is still difficult but not impossible.
So how do you do it? How do you care for your little one? Well here are a few things you should do.
Choose Their Supplies Well
Babies require a lot of supplies and these need to be chosen with care. When choosing diapers go for ones that would not irritate your baby’s skin, even if they cost a little more because trust me, if your baby’s skin is irritated they will be irritated and upset. Which would make life difficult not just for your baby but for you too. Also always ensure that you do not feed them processed food at least in the beginning. A child learns from their home, if you give them healthy food when they are young, they will have healthy eating habits as they grow older. If you resort to giving them a lot of processed food, don’t be surprised if your child refuses to eat their vegetables when they grow older. When choosing baby toys always ensure that there are no choking hazards or sharp edges that may hurt your baby. Your baby’s safety should be your priority.
Keep Them Comfortable
It may be tempting to swaddle your baby in layers of clothes to keep them warm and cosy but unless it is actually cold do not do that. Your baby can’t regulate their temperature properly until they are about 6 months old, therefore if you put on too many layers, the chances of them feeling chilled, and becoming overheated and falling prey to SIDs (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is high. If it’s warm for you then it’s warm for your baby. So reduce the layers or add them depending on the temperature. Remember, a comfortable baby is a happy baby.
Accept That You Will Never Be Able To Give Them the Perfect Care
This is definitely the most important thing you need to do. You are not going to be able to give them the perfect care. This might seem pessimistic but it is the truth. There is nothing called perfect care. In a world where there is so much of information, most of which contradicts one another, expecting to give your child the perfect care is impossible because what actually is perfect for your child? Some people may tell you that holding your baby a lot is unwise as it makes them too dependent on you while others say that it helps the baby by providing them comfort. So what is the truth? What will you do?
You should ideally research and then decide what to do but it’s not that simple. If you look at the world without the rosy lens, you would realize that even research is not always accurate. There are factors that may affect it; from small sample sizes to corruption. Therefore accept the fact that you will never be able to give them the perfect care. Just try your best to give them good care. You know the basics of parenting and the things that are widely accepted to be right so do those well. Your baby is more resilient than you think. They are really not as fragile as they look.