5 Basic Tips on Handling a Newborn | First Time Parents | All You Need To Know

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If you haven’t already spent a lot of time around newborn babies, their fragility may be intimidating. But the newborn phase is one of the most cherished phases in any parents’ life. So today I’m a few basics to remember when handling a newborn. These tips are more of little lessons, I personally learned in the past years.

1)  Keep hands clean:

First things first, always remember to wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer before handling your newborn baby. We generally don’t bother much about this. But then, newborns don’t have a strong immune system yet, so they are susceptible to infection. Also make sure that everyone who handles your baby has clean hands.

2)  Carrying your baby:

Be careful to support your baby’s head and neck. Cradle the baby’s head when carrying her and support the head when carrying the baby upright or when you lay your baby down.

Be careful not to shake your newborn, whether in play or in frustration. Shaking that is vigorous can cause bleeding in the brain and even death. Try tickling your baby’s feet or blow gently on to the cheek when you need to wake her up.

Always have your baby securely fastened into the stroller or carrier whenever on-the-go. Limit any activity that could be too rough or bouncy. Your newborn is not yet ready for rough play, such as being jiggled on the knee or thrown in the air.

3)  Feeding your baby: 

Breast milk is the best you can give your child. So stick to it unless there’s a reason. Newborns do not need anything expect breast milk or formula. So do not offer water or any juice.

Newborn babies have a very unpredictable feeding schedule. They need to be fed on regular intervals, starting from eight to twelve times a day. So may be every second hour or so. Or when ever the baby demands for it.

When hungry babies will show signs of hunger such as making lip movements, sucking thumb, stirring or stretching. Don’t wait for them to get cranky and fussy, because that’s the next level of hunger.

Stop feeding when your baby stops sucking or turns her face way from the breast, it means that he or she is full. As your baby gets older, he or she will take in more milk in less time at each feeding.

Formulas are not interchangeable. Once you have started on one brand and type, stick with it. Every change in formula sets off a 3-5 day adjustment period for baby’s digestive system that can result in increased gassiness and fussiness. All changes in formula should be approved by the pediatrician.

4)  Bathing your baby: 

As long as you’re doing a good job of cleaning your baby’s diaper area during changes, two or three baths a week probably are plenty for a newborn.

A sponge bath with water is usually enough, especially until the umbilical cord stump falls off.

In the winter season, when skin is likely to become dry or flaky, you may want to bathe her even less. Whether you’re giving a sponge or tub bath, always test the water temperature using your elbow or the inside of your wrist (the water should be lukewarm). Remember hot wash can cause major burns to your baby’s delicate skin.

Always keep your supplies like towel, washcloth, shampoo and baby soap within reach before you begin bathing a newborn.

Stick with mild, unscented products formulated for babies. Do not use any homemade or over-the-counter products when it comes to a newborn.

5)  Diapering your baby: 

By the time your baby arrives, you might have already decided whether you want to cloth diaper or use disposables. Either way, check out the best deals around and have loads and loads of them stocked up much before the baby arrives.

Change diapers frequently, every 2 hours whether you are using cloth diapers or disposables or after every bowel movement. Always wipe the area gently with a clean washcloth or a disposable wipe. In case of diaper rash apply coconut oil generously all over the area and let the baby remain diaper-free for at least a few hours a day.

If you are using cloth diapers and having diaper rash, then it could be due to detergent built-up. Trying stripping your cloth diapers and use detergents that do not contain any fragrance or dye.  In case of severe rash, always see your pediatrician.

So once you have these basics down, I’m sure you be one happy parent to you little bundle of joy. And of course it does call for some extra patience and time. After all your a parent to a brand new baby. 🙂


** The above post, as stated is purely based on my own experience and isn’t a proven one. Always remember that every child is different. Something that worked for us, may not necessarily work for you.


Soul Ring Sling Giveaway Winner

And I’m super excited to be here to the Soul Sling Giveaway winner!

 Thank you all for taking time and entering the contest.

Let’s find out the winner!


Smitha: “I am very new to baby wearing and have been wanting to try one for my Lo so all excited to try it out!! My LO is now 4months so I feel its perfect time to do a kangaroo carry and love the color in the giveaway its beautiful” 🙂


Congrats Smitha! I hope you love it as much as I do! Just email me (hfareen@gmail.com) your mailing address and I’ll have it shipped to you ASAP.

Thank you so very much to Chinmayi from Soul for offering this giveaway.

Cheers! X


Let’s Meet on Happy Parents Junction

I’m so happy to announce it to you that Bella Happy Baby India is hosting a Facebook event for all the mommies and daddies to help them get all of their parenting questions answered. Remember I did a review of the Bella Happy Disposable Diapers here on The Mommy Blog? If you haven’t read it yet then so can do it now! 🙂

And the best part of the event is that I was approached by the Bella Happy Baby team to be one of the Chief Blogger Advisers for this wonderful event! And I literally did a little happy-dance and instantly said “Yes”! What better can I wish for? Alhamdulillah!


So here I’m sharing the details of the events, so you can come over and get your questions answered!

It’s a 3-day Facebook event named “Let’s Meet on Happy Parents Junction” hosted between 2:30 to 3:30 PM from 11/9/2014 to 13/9/2014. You can tune in to Facebook and ask your questions on diet, cloth diapering, baby food, toddler tantrums, and anything baby!! We will be more than happy to serve you!!

So all lovelies be there tomorrow at 2:30 PM to enjoy together, this new adventure called ‘parenting’!

See you there!! Cheers X


Soul Ring-Sling Giveaway

sfaceYayy! I’m so so happy to be hosting yet another awesome giveaway by a wonderful brand I completely adore and trust. Remember I reviewed the Soul Ring Sling a couple of months ago here on The Mommy Blog?? And I also told you how much I’m loving it.

As you know, I have always been a huge fan of baby-wearing. I have always encouraged other mommas and daddas to babywear as much as they can. Because wearing your baby close to you directly multiplies the bond of love between your little one and you

So here’s something for you, the lovely folks at Soul have chosen to giveaway one of their beautiful Soul Dragon fruit Classic Cotton Ring Sling to one of my readers, a prize valued at up to Rs. 1500/-.


This giveaway ends at 12:00 PM on 20th September , 2014.

You may use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

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The more entries you submit, the better odds you have of winning!!

This giveaway is open to Indian residents aged above 18.


Pigeon Disposable Breast pads Review


Breast pads are one of the many best things that happened to me after my deliveries. A while ago I review the Mothercare nursing pads that I used, and like I mentioned they ran out of stock too often, so that’s when I used Pigeon in it’s stead.

So here’s my review for you.

Price: 36 pads  for Rs.400/- approximately.

Where I bought: From a baby store in the city.

pigcollage What I like:

  • They are comfortable and soft.
  • They come with two adhesive tapes.
  • They come in silent and easy-to-open wrap, so you don’t wake the baby up in the middle of the night (this one feature indeed helped me a lot).
  • It has got perfect fit.

What I don’t like:

  • The back-lining is not very ‘waterproof’. So there are chances of leakages.
  • Its too pricey for my pocket.

My Verdict: Not a must-buy. but then if you have no other option like me and have a few bucks to spare then go for it. Otherwise 36 pads for Rs. 400/- is just too much. And don’t forget..you will be using two at a time!

Did this review help you?  Or want me to review any other product of your choice?? Write it down in the comments section below.

Happy Mom-ing Ladies!!

My Rating: 3/5