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How Can You Support Your Wife?
Why not help with taking care of your baby and with housework as much as you can?
Newborn babies are so cute that you just want to look at yours all the time. After your baby is born, you'll think "I'm a father!" more than before.
But, you'll probably feel uncertain about how to raise or care for your baby. During her pregnancy, your wife will get to know a lot about baby care. Naturally you may not be able to do the same, but there are things you can do for your baby because you are the father. Do your best and enjoy raising your child with your wife.
Also remember that when this is your first child, your wife will also be anxious about many things. The baby has to be fed and his diapers changed every two or three hours - she won't be able to get enough sleep, and will always be exhausted. Of course you're busy too, but why not help with taking care of your baby and with housework as much as you can?
What the father can do to help the mother
1. Helping with housework and child-rearing
With a newborn baby, the mother is constantly feeding the baby, changing diapers, bathing the baby and performing innumerable other tasks. Try to help out by doing the cleaning and the laundry and by tidying things up a little. Just taking over some of the night-time feedings and diaper changes will lighten your wife's load considerably. When you're not sure what you can do to help, just asking your wife directly "Is there anything I can do?" will surely lighten her mood.
2. Communicate with your wife frequently
Your wife no doubt has many things to tell you about your baby, whose expressions and abilities change daily. But she's not used to taking care of a baby either, and may be feeling tired or irritated. Although you can't be with her during work days, ask her about her day, and reassure her that your heart is always with her. Of course, when you also explain to her your own feelings, and tell her about the growth and changes you observe in your baby, the two of you will be true partners in raising your child.
3. Together, enjoy watching your baby grow up
You see primitive reflexes of your baby day by day. He'll grow larger as you watch, and will begin to be able to hold his head up. His arms and legs will develop, and so will his range of facial expressions. And not just that - he'll start to be able to express his own wishes using sounds, movements and even words. From the day he's born and over the next few years, your baby will change in many and astonishing ways. Connect with your baby, and enjoy his growing years together with his mother!
How Can You Bond With Your Baby?
The first step to taking in caring for your baby is to develop a bond with your baby.
Newborn babies are so cute that you just want to look at yours all the time. After your baby was born, you'll think "I'm a father!" more than before. But, you'll probably feel uncertain about how to raise or care for your baby.
During her pregnancy, your wife will get to know a lot about baby care. Naturally you may not be able to do the same, but there are things you can do for your baby because you are the father. Do your best and enjoy raising your child with your wife. The first step to taking in caring for your baby is to develop a bond with your baby.
Understanding primitive reflexes
Primitive reflexes are unconscious movements seen in babies. All human babies are born with these characteristic reflexes. As the baby grows, most of these primitive reflexes will gradually disappear, at different stages for different babies.
1. Rooting reflex
When something touches a baby's mouth, she will reflexively close her lips over it and begin latching on. This reflex is known as the rooting reflex. Also, when you put your finger in your baby's mouth, she will suck heartily on it. This is another primitive reflex called the sucking reflex. (They last until the baby is about 4 or 5 months old.)
Try it! Touch your baby's lips.
2. Exploratory reflex
When you touch a baby on the cheek, she will turn her head in the direction of the stimulus.
Try it! Touch your baby's mouth or cheek.
3. Palmar grasp reflex
When you place your finger on the palm of your baby's hand, she will grasp it. You may think that the grip is quite strong. (This reflex lasts until the age of about 6 months.)
Try it! Place your finger on your baby's palm.
How To Give Expressed Breastmilk
Giving your baby expressed breastmilk is a great chance to bond.
Breastmilk is the best source of the baby's nutrition. Nursing creates bonds of love through the skin-to-skin contact. But, when the mother has difficulties with her nipples or breasts to nurse her baby directly, when she isn't in good physical condition, or when she's separated from her baby, it's necessary to give the baby expressed breastmilk.
This is where Dad comes in! Giving your baby expressed breastmilk is a great chance to bond.
Heating up expressed breastmilk
Expressed breastmilk can only be stored for a limited time.
The nutrients a baby needs change as he grows, and the composition of the breastmilk changes to meet these needs. For this reason, use stored expressed breastmilk as soon as possible, regardless of the storage life.
First, place frozen or chilled breastmilk under running water or in warm water until it thaws. After that, heat it in hot water until it is skin temperature.
Recommended storage period for expressed breastmilk
|Fresh breast milk||3 weeks||24 hours|
|Thawed breast milk but not warmed||Do not refreeze||24 hours|
- Breastmilk that has been warmed once should not be refrigerated or frozen.
- Breastmilk should not be microwaved, as much of the nutritive value will be lost.
- Breastmilk should not be preserved at room temperature
- Use stored breastmilk as soon as possible, regardless of the storage life.
Hold your baby the same way your wife does when she breastfeeds.
Sit in a chair or on the floor, and cradle your baby. When you do this, make sure that your baby's body is in a straight line, as it is when your wife holds him for breastfeeding.
Feed your baby so that he's drinking from the bottle in the same way as he would breastfeed.
When feeding your baby from a bottle, make sure that his lips are turned to the outside, as they are when breastfeeding, and that he opens his mouth wide and latches onto the nipple firmly. When your baby seizes the nipple shallowly, remove it and try again. Check that your baby can latch on deeply.Before giving your baby a bottle, make sure that the temperature is suitable. Squeeze a few drops of heated milk onto the inside of your elbow or wrist to check the temperature. It should feel a little warm. When it feels too hot, cool it in cold water until it's the appropriate temperature.When giving your baby a bottle, there's a chance the nipple will collapse; don't tighten the cap too much. Always feed your baby under adult supervision.
After feeding your baby, burp him.
After feeding your baby a bottle, as with breastfeeding, you need to burp him. Hold your baby upright on your shoulder until he burps. When your baby just can't produce a burp at this time, don't force it, but put him down to sleep.When there is any leftover breastmilk in the bottle, be sure to discard it.
Massaging Your Baby
Good for your baby's body and his heart as he feels your love
Baby massage makes your baby feel good while mom and dad gently touch him.
Cradling your baby makes him feel safe-after all, this is the first time he's been out in the world and he's full of uncertainty.
Set the room temperature to one comfortable for your baby..
Adjust the lights in moderate brightness. You may also want to play some of your baby's favorite music.
Lay a mat or other cushion on the floor and cover it with a large bath towel. Also prepare a diaper and wipes so you can calmly
change them when your baby wets himself when he feels good from the massage.
2. Prepare some plant-derived oil
Use plenty of oil, using your palms to gently and slowly rub it all over your baby's body.
While you're doing this, relax, make eye contact with your baby and talk to him, creating a pleasant atmosphere.
Massaging him face-up
Perform each of the massages 2-3 times.
Massaging both sides of your baby's body
Use your palm to gently massage his body, counting to 3 with each stroke. Make sure to massage all the way to his fingertips.
Stroke the sides of his face, then move down his arms to his fingers. Next, slide both hands from his underarms down the sides of his body, all the way down to his feet and toes.
Gently place both of your hands in the middle of your baby's chest and gently massage, drawing the shape of a heart.
Gently place your hands on both sides of your baby. Use your thumbs to lightly massage from the middle of his chest outward.
Use both hands to gently massage your baby's shoulders, back, bottom and legs, down to his toes.
Use both hands to gently massage from his shoulders down his arms and to his fingers.
Place one of your hands gently on your baby's back, and gently draw tiny circles as you massage his shoulders, back and bottom.
Using your fingertips, gently tap on your baby's back.
Take your baby's hands in your own and use your thumb to gently rub his hands, starting at the palm and working your way up his fingers. Follow with a light massage.
Use your thumbs to gently rub from the fingertips of your baby to heels of his hands.
Leg and foot massage
Place a hand on your baby's leg and use your palm to gently massage from his groin to his ankles.
Using both of your hands, lightly hold his thighs and then massage to his ankles using your palm.
Use your thumbs to press on the bottom of his feet, from his heel to his toes, gently massaging as you go.
How to care for your baby
Frequent care is necessary.
The metabolism of a newborn is incomparably better than that of an adult.
This means that frequent care is necessary.
Try to perform some of this care when it is easier, such as when the baby is asleep or just after a bath.
- All about washing your baby
- Wash him as if you're stroking him-but be careful!
The so-called soft spot on your baby's head will be much smaller when he is about 18 months old, after his skull has come together. Until then, don't push on it-just wash his head by gently stroking it.Lather the baby shampoo well and make sure to clean your baby's head every day.
Wash your baby's face well with baby soap when you give him a bath, making sure to clean his cheeks, which can be come dirty with drool and milk, and his forehead, where there are many secretions from his skin.Be sure to wipe the soap from his face with a warm, damp cloth.
With all his baby fat, your baby has lots of crevices and wrinkles. Sweat and dirt can become trapped in these areas, and can even cause your baby to smell bad! Whenever giving him a bath, make sure to use your fingers to spread open these areas and wash them well.
Your baby's bottom is subject to urine and stool all day long in his diapers. This is particularly true in the deep wrinkles around his crotch, which is the dirtiest part of his body-so be sure to wash this area once a day.
- Day-to-day care of your baby
- Your baby's beautiful-in every single nook and cranny.
Many mothers are nervous about changing diapers while the umbilical cord is still attached. But your baby's umbilical cord will fall off naturally, so please just wait. Once it has fallen off, it is important that you continue cleaning the bellybutton with alcohol for a while and expose it to air as often as possible. You should also make sure it does not rub against his diapers. You may want to consider disposable diapers that have the area around the bellybutton cut out, especially for newborns.
Ears and nose
Cleaning your baby's ears
Use cotton swabs to remove the dirt. A tiny bit of baby oil will help make the cleaning process even easier. The best time to clean his ears is when his skin is still damp just after a bath.Cleaning your baby's nose There is a lot of mucous trapped inside of that tiny little nose. But if you try to clean too deeply, you could damage his delicate membranes, so exercise caution. Use a narrow cotton swab for babies or tweezers with rounded tips to remove only the mucous you can see. If your baby doesn't like having his nose cleaned, clean it when he is sleeping.
Baby's nail grow quickly and should be trimmed once a week. If not trimmed properly, a baby's long nail may scratches his face. Hold a baby's finger securely, and round the baby's nail as you trim them. Cutting nail while sleeping is best.
How to hold your baby
Pick up your baby slowly and hold him gently-and most of all,don't be scared!
Everyone is nervous about picking up a newborn at first.
But this is the first step in taking care of him. Relax and pick him up slowly.
Place your hand underneath your baby's head to support it.
Place your other hand between his legs to support his back.
Lift him to your body.
Cradle your baby with his head resting on your arm. When you do this, bring him close to your heart.
It doesn't matter if you hold him facing left or right-choose whichever is most comfortable for you.