16 essential baby care tips
Caring for a little being for the first time in their life has its share of stress. As my mother always said to me: “A baby does not come with the instruction manual tattooed on a buttock …” But, fortunately, it can be learned!
Here are 16 baby care tips from one mom to another!
- Always have zinc oxide cream on hand to relieve baby’s diaper rash.
Make sure you moisturize baby’s fragile skin enough to keep it from drying out. Prefer an unscented basic moisturizer.
Always take baby’s temperature rectally so that it is as accurate as possible. At less than 3 months, a baby has a fever if the temperature exceeds 38 degrees Celcius, according to the Montreal Children’s Hospital. In this case, it is better to consult a doctor immediately. An older baby will have a fever if the rectal temperature is 38.3 or higher.
Always have infant acetaminophen on hand. This medicine will relieve baby in case of flu, colds and if he teething. Be careful however to respect the dosage!
If in doubt about baby’s health, do not hesitate to call the Info-Santé line at 8-1-1. The service is quick and courteous, 24 hours a day and this could save you a visit (and a long wait) to the clinic or to the emergency room.
Always have snacks in the diaper bag. Because when a baby is hungry, it bawls loudly!
Always bring a changing mat with you. Because you never know where you will change the next layer …
Wet wipes handy at all times is a must. They are really multitasking. We use it to wash baby, pick up a little mess and even clean the crayons on the walls!
No need to buy bed covers and blankets during the first months of baby. The risks of suffocation are minimized. Instead, we use sleeping bags to keep the baby warm.
Because the pacifier is like the stockings in the dryer, it disappears no one knows where: make sure you have more than one on hand.
When you go out in the sun, make sure your baby has a wide-brimmed hat, prefer places in the shade and minimize his time of exposure to the sun when it is strong.
It is very easy to make the purees yourself with a blender and a steamer. In addition to being economical, it allows us to control the quality of the food that the baby eats.
Another tip to save: freeze the purees in ice cubes, then place them in a plastic bag going to the freezer and close it tightly. When the baby starts to eat mashed potatoes, we take out a cube for a portion!
- To wash stains on baby clothes, nothing beats the classic Marseille soap. Besides being non-chemical, it will work miracles!
It may be handy, but milk heated in the microwave is often hotter than you think. To warm milk, we prefer baby bottle warmers or a double boiler, a more economical solution. A saucepan in which water is heated is still a classic.
When the baby is small, sterilize bottles and teats to avoid several viruses and infections, such as gastroenteritis. We can always proceed using the good old method used by our parents and grandparents: the pot of boiling water.
Otherwise, there is always the dishwasher which must, however, have the washing and drying cycle at high temperature. Another option that is simple and very fast: steam sterilization using an electric sterilizer or even the sterilizer in the microwave oven.
- And above all: do not hesitate to ask for help. You are not Superwoman. And those who tell you that they never felt they were going to lose patience are hypocrites!
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