Newborn babies are precious. After spending months awaiting their arrival, your newborn will alter your priorities. In the first few weeks following your newborn’s birth, you’ll learn about their needs and adjust your habits accordingly.
Newborn babies are vulnerable. Their immune system hasn’t fully developed at birth, and they’re susceptible to viruses and infections. Although isolating is one way to protect your newborn, you can use the tips explored here to protect your baby when you’re out of the house.
Breastfeed your baby.
Although babies benefit from their mother’s immunity to illnesses, within weeks, their immunity declines. You can extend immunity by breastfeeding because breast milk includes the mother’s antibodies. Using breast milk exclusively or supplementing formula with breast milk will bolster your baby’s immune system and help them fight off illnesses.
Use an appropriate car seat.
It would help if you transported your infant in a car seat. Research your state’s car seat laws to ensure you’re familiar with the legal requirements and read car seat reviews before choosing a car seat. You should always buy a new car seat because car seats that have been in an accident may have structural damage that prevents them from protecting your baby. Car seats also have expiration dates. Wear and tear and changes to regulations could preclude an old car seat from protecting your child. Car seats are also subject to recalls, and if you buy a used car seat, you may not be aware of a pending recall notice for the seat.
Convertible seats expand to your infant’s needs as they grow, saving you time and money because you won’t have to replace your car seat every few months. You can also opt for a car seat that connects to a stroller, enabling you to transfer your baby’s car seat from your vehicle to a stroller without removing them from the car seat.
Invest in safety equipment.
You may hope to spend plenty of time on the water with your new baby. Invest in a baby life jacket to ensure your infant’s protected while you’re boating, canoeing, or kayaking. The best life jackets for babies have head support because infants can’t hold their heads above water themselves. You should also ensure you buy a life jacket with leg straps to keep your baby in the life jacket.
Thinner life jackets are more comfortable, which may be a consideration because your baby will be less likely to cry or fuss if they’re wearing a comfortable life jacket. Some of the leading infant life jackets include the Salus Bijoux Baby Vest, Stearns Heads-Up Infant Life Vest, Overton’s Infant Vest, and West Marine Runabout Life Jacket. Always look for a life jacket that’s approved by the Coast Guard or Canadian Safe Boating Council.
Pack extra essentials.
While it’s common for parents to bring a diaper bag with diaper cream and diapers, you must pack extra supplies to ensure you’re prepared for emergencies. For example, having an extra bottle means you can feed your baby when they’re hungry. It would help if you also had extra clothes on hand to take your child out of soiled clothes to prevent diaper rash.
Honor your religious traditions.
Your minister can secure the baptism supplies required and baptize your child. Infant baptism is a way of dedicating your child to God and demonstrating your commitment to raising your child following Christian beliefs and practices. In addition, the Catholic Church maintains that infants who are baptized will go to heaven if they die, which means having your baby baptized is a way of protecting their soul.
Strangers love to look at babies and touch them. Don’t feel obligated to let anyone touch or hold your child. Setting boundaries is an effective way of preventing your baby from being exposed to germs and viruses, which can make them ill. Setting boundaries is also an effective way of preventing emotional distress. Strangers may frighten babies, and setting clear boundaries can prevent your infant from being upset by unfamiliar people entering their personal space.
Newborns have specific safety needs. You can protect your infant from illnesses by breastfeeding and setting clear boundaries to protect your child from strangers. Using appropriate car seats and safety equipment, such as life jackets, will protect your child from injuries. You should also pack extra items and observe important religious traditions you follow to ensure your child’s safety.