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准备生宝宝的新晋父母指南

生宝宝是个巨大的里程碑,许多毫无经验的夫妻可能会倍感紧张。如果您也是其中一员的话,请不要担心,我们为您准备了一份简短指南来供您参考。

享受新生宝宝带给您的喜悦吧!

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宝宝必需品

您该买张婴儿床、婴儿护栏还是摇篮式婴儿床?您该买哪种婴儿车?在考虑购买大件物品时,参观婴幼儿用品展览会可能是明智之举,因为您可以亲眼看到实物,这样才能选购更好的商品。如果您不是特别挑剔的话,可以考虑购买二手物品,这样比较经济。切记要检查二手物品是否可正常使用。

有些父母只购买必不可少的物品,并在婴儿出生后购买其他物品。必备的物品包括新生儿连体裤、毛巾、洗漱用品、襁褓、袜子和尿布。

婴儿摇篮可以放在床边,方便在最初几个月内照顾宝宝。

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喂食

与普遍观点相反的是,婴儿应该按需喂养而不是按时喂养。如果喂食配方奶粉的话,通常每三到四个小时喂食一次新生儿,每次约60至90毫升的牛奶,如果母乳喂食的话则更频繁。最好根据宝宝的饥饿迹象来喂养,而不是严格地按时喂养并记录所有细节。

婴儿在饥饿时会舔嘴唇,并在寻找食物时吧哒嘴巴,还会烦躁不安以及不停扭动。如果还未进食的话,宝宝会嚎啕大哭。

如果您的宝宝完全母乳喂养的话,请在宝宝出现饥饿迹象时给宝宝喂奶。纯母乳喂养的婴儿很少出现过度喂食,所以通常不会出现危险。母乳喂养还能让宝宝更加舒适和安全。

 

脐带护理

脐带残端需要一周左右才能干瘪脱落。保持脐带残端的清洁和干燥对脐带四周的卫生非常重要。用浸过温水的棉签轻轻擦拭脐窝周围干透的血渍,然后用干净的布擦干脐带。保持脐带周围透气,让脐带更快地干瘪脱落。

 

给新生儿洗澡

在新生儿的脐带脱落前用海绵给新生儿擦拭身体。用干净温和的毛巾擦拭新生儿的脸部和身体。当脐带脱落时,您可以用婴儿浴盆来给新生儿洗澡,让您可以腾出双手给宝宝清洗全身。

如果您有疑问的话,请向育婴室的护士或专业人士询问如何给新生儿洗澡。新晋父母们都可以学习和尝试,一步步练习会增强您的信心!

新生儿对广阔的外部世界还很陌生,所以需要父母的密切呵护。

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拥抱

如果宝宝哭的话,可以把宝宝抱起来搂在怀里,宝宝就会停止哭泣不要让宝宝嚎啕大哭。研究表明,拥抱不仅能给宝宝安全感,还对宝宝的健康和身体发育有长期影响。频繁的皮肤接触可以促进神经发育,使宝宝更能接受外部世界。

一些专家认为,对新生儿的“过多”呵护,如喂食、清洁、拍背打嗝和安慰等是不会宠坏新生儿的,因为这是他们现阶段的基本需求。

如果您准备迎接第一个宝宝,我们希望这份简明指南能对您有帮助。可以放心与我们分享您在照顾新生儿时最担心的问题!

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New Parents Guide to Preparing for a New Baby

Having a new baby is a huge milestone and it can cause jitters for many couples who have no idea what to do. If you’re one of them, don’t fret as we have compiled a short guide which you can refer to for help.

Have fun preparing for your new bundle of joy!

 

Baby Essentials
Should you get a cot, playpen or a co-sleeper bassinet? Which stroller should you get? When considering big-ticket purchases, it may be wise to brave the crowds at a baby fair where you can see the items in person and decide better. If you’re not particular, you can consider purchasing second-hand options to save money. Do check to ensure that they are in good working condition.

Some parents purchase only items that are absolutely necessary and buy the rest after the baby is born. Items that are necessary include newborn rompers, washcloths, toiletries, swaddle cloths, socks and diapers.

A baby bassinet can be placed right next to the bed for easy access to your baby in the first few months.

 

Feeding

Contrary to popular belief, babies should be fed on demand rather than according to schedule. A newborn generally drinks about 60ml to 90ml of milk every 3 or 4 hours if formula fed, and more frequently if breastfed. Rather than sticking strictly to a schedule and recording down all the details, it is better to look out for your baby’s hunger cues instead.

Hungry infants start off by licking their lips and making smacking sounds before rooting, fidgeting and squirming. If they are still not fed, this progresses into frantic crying.

If your baby is fully breastfed, nurse your baby the moment he or she exhibits hunger signs. It is rare for exclusively breastfed babies to be overfed so there is no danger in latching frequently. Breastfeeding also provides comfort and security to your newborn.


Umbilical Cord Care

The umbilical cord stump will take about a week to dry up and fall off. It is important to maintain the hygiene around the umbilical cord by keeping the cord stump clean and dry. Use a cotton bud dipped in warm water to gently clean around the base of dried blood and wipe the cord dry with a clean cloth. Keep the area airy to let the cord dry up faster.

 

Bathing a Newborn

Newborns can be given sponge baths until the umbilical cord has fallen off. Use a clean, warm towel to wipe your newborn’s face and body. When it has fallen off, you can use a bathtub with infant bath support to free up your hands to bathe your baby thoroughly.

Do ask the nurse at the nursery or an antenatal professional to demonstrate to you how to bathe a newborn if you are unsure. Both new daddy and mummy can learn and try – a little practice will help with growing your confidence!

Newborns require a lot of security from their parents since they’re new to this large and scary world.

 

Cuddling

It is perfectly alright to pick up and cuddle your newborn when he or she cries instead of letting him or her cry it out. Studies have shown that cuddling is not only perfectly safe, but it has long term effects on their health and development. Frequent skin-to-skin contact leads to improved neurodevelopment and lower rates of aggression.

Some experts believe it is impossible to spoil a newborn by carrying them “too much” as their needs are very much basic at this age – to be fed, cleaned, burped and comforted.

We hope this simple guide will be useful for you as you make preparations to welcome your very first baby. Feel free to share what you’re most anxious about when handling newborns!

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