|Taking care of baby from 0 to 6 months.
Great care should be taken when lifting, carrying, feeding and bathing a newborn baby. Without squeezing baby's body hard - they are fragile - get into the habit of holding baby firmly as you lift, as they get older they tend to wriggle - so be prepared!
Place both your arms around the baby's body and keeping one hand behind the head in support of the neck (which is often too weak to hold firm by itself) lift baby up and place close to your breast cuddling the baby's head onto your shoulder.
Check your path before you set off to ensure it is free from obstacles. Make sure baby's head is stable and will not be at risk from any fittings and fixtures or obstacles.
Put a folded towel on the bottom of the baby bath or the sink to rest baby on and avoid slipping. Test the bath water before putting baby in. If you are nervous about using the bath, try wet sponging baby lying on a flat surface. Do not leave baby unattended there and keep a firm hold of baby's body.
Breast feeding mothers should guide her nipple into baby's mouth with her fingers. When feeding a milk formula in a bottle to the baby always test the heat of the milk by squirting a little against your own inner arm, don't suck on the bottle-teat!
Even the tiniest baby will burp during and after feeding, and may even spit up a little. It is natural with no cause for alarm. Just make sure air is not getting in along with the milk formula to cause tummy discomfort. Just keep the little body upright by hugging the body close to you and supporting the head at all times, and lay baby's head onto your shoulder area (protect your clothes with a soft napkin). This is a good position to help them break wind by gentle rubbing and patting the middle back to help baby to get rid of any air in the tummy.
Comforting baby:Hold baby firmly and talk sweetly and often, keep eye contact as much as possible and stroke arms or back to bring comfort and reassurance.
Baby's awareness:As they get to 3 months and more - around 6 months, baby's eyes will focus better and they will start to follow you and other moving objects with their eyes. If baby is in a cot and you are moving away, talk sweetly to reassure you will return.
Baby safety:Baby will try to catch things that are close so be careful what is placed near by; no sharp, hot or harmful objects. It is also around 6 months old that babies begin to move onto their sides, so make sure that cot sheets are flat and cannot bunch up. And keep cot sides fully up and latched. It's not wise to put babies of 6 months old onto an adult bed or table where they can slip off if left unsupervised.