Responsibilities After the Baby is Born

While still at the hospital you will have several resources to help care for your newborn. However when you are discharged home you will be on your own. Do not be afraid to touch and hold your baby. A healthy newborn is not as fragile as he/she may seem. Cuddle, rock, talk and play with your baby as often as possible.
New Responsibilities include:
  • Diapering
Most babies will need to be changed with every feeding. If baby powder is applied it needs to be applied away from the baby in your hand to decrease the baby inhaling the small particles.
  • Swaddling
This is a good skill to learn. This will make your baby feel safe, and will provide comfort as well.
  • Dressing
You need to dress your baby like you are dressing, you will also want clothes that have buttons or snaps to make it easier to fit over the baby's head.
  • Bathing
This needs to be do in a draft free warm room, and make sure you have all your supplies at hand, you never want to leave the baby on the counter due to the child being able to roll off.
  • Feeding
Most babies will want to eat every two hours, and this will continue during the night. Babies also need to be burped after each feeding, since the gas build up can be hurtful to a baby's tummy. Breast feeding is convenient and doesn't need special care as does
formula. Formula must be warmed appropriately otherwise the precious nutrients will be destroyed in the heating process.
  • Comforting
This includes rocking, holding, and responding appropriately to the baby's needs such as feeding, and diaper changes.
  • Safety
Keeping your baby on his/her back while sleeping, properly installing the carseat into the backseat of the car, and strapping the baby in properly.
  • Financial
This may include buying items the baby will need, working a part-time job, or finding government assistant programs to help
sustain financial responsibility
  • As well as other responsibilities the teen had in place before the pregnancy, such as attending school, turning in homework, and maintaining relationships with peers.

Remember, NEVER shake a baby or child or throw him/her in the air. The rapid movement of the head or spinal column during shaking could cause a whiplash injury. The younger the child, the more serious the danger.

We all experience the momentary anger and frustration brought on by stress. Prevent injury, be safe, not sorry…never shake a baby or child.

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Resources:
HealthyChildren.org