Your little baby is born: his little face already makes you crack. You learn how to take care of this little cork as the days go by. In addition to bathing and changing, every day you have to take care of it. With its delicate skin, it is necessary to go there all carefully. But what are these cares to do every day with love? Here they are!
WHEN TO DO BABY CARE?
You can do some care, such as ear care, after the bath. But for others you can do them in the morning, if you bathe your baby at night: he'll be all nice and clean to start the day. It's all about having time to do it so you don't rush: baby might feel it. Also, rather than doing the treatments afterwards, you can spread them out throughout the day, especially at diaper time. It's up to you to find the rhythm that works best for you and establish this routine. Note: Avoid doing this care right after a bottle or a feed, as it encourages regurgitation.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BABY PROPERLY
Start by washing your hands: good hygiene is the basis for taking care of your little one. Place a soft towel on the mattress of your changing table, and lay your baby on it after you've prepared all the products and accessories to have them on hand. Feel free to explain to your baby what you're doing as you go along. A mobile above the table can entertain baby... but feel free to sing a little song if he gets a little impatient.
HOW TO CLEAN BABY'S EYES
After the big night's sleep, it's not uncommon for tears to dry at the corners of the eyes or at the edge of the eyelashes. To remove them, simply take a compress and soak it with a little saline solution. Always do this gently, without rubbing, as this can irritate the fine, delicate skin around your baby's eyes. Go from the outer edge to the inner edge, where secretions are usually found. If the secretions persist and are yellowish, consult your doctor: it may be conjunctivitis.
HOW TO CLEAN BABY'S NOSE ON A DAILY BASIS
The nose must be cleaned every day: secretions can clog the nostrils. Your baby doesn't know how to blow his nose, so his nose needs to be cleaned, especially if he has a cold. Make a small wick by tightly wrapping a piece of woven cotton. Then insert it into a nostril, turning it to collect mucus after soaking it in saline. Repeat the same thing for the other nostril, taking care to change the wick.
HOW TO CUT BABY'S NAILS?
Even if your little baby was born with long nails, which can injure him, you should wait a few weeks before cutting them. Starting at one month, you can go there by taking the precaution:
- not to cut too short;
- to cut his nails in a calm moment (even when he sleeps);
- or after the bath, when his nails are very soft;
- always straight and without cutting the edges or the skin;
- to use a special nail clipper for baby or for example a chisel specially designed for this purpose;
- and that you disinfect.
As for the toenails, they grow much slower than those of the hands. You will need to cut them once every 4 weeks or so.
HOW TO CLEAN BABY'S FACE
Between regurgitation and various secretions, baby's face needs to be refreshed. Using a soft, washable or disposable cotton pad, or a compress that you have moistened with a thermal water mister, gently wipe the cotton over the entire face. Then pat dry with a towel, and if baby has dry skin, apply a moisturizer specially designed for the face and for babies, especially in winter.
BABY'S EAR CARE: WITH CARE!
Who says ear says cotton bud. Not at all! Forget about cotton buds, even those specially designed for babies! They can hurt baby and do more harm than good by pushing earwax deep into the ear, especially since babies have a very short ear canal. Just clean the auricle or dry it after bathing with a dry (slightly thin) cotton ball. Don't forget the back of the ear, where water can stagnate and cause scabs.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF BABY'S HAIR
If your baby was born with hair, you can give him a slightly damp glove to tame his mane. Then comb her hair with a natural bristle brush, which will prevent injury to your baby's head.
This daily care routine allows you to spend a moment of exchange with your cork but also to observe it well to make sure that everything is fine: you'll see, you'll love these one-on-one moments!