Baby’s First 3 Months

 

In the first months of your baby’s life, it would be wonderful if there was a strict routine. However babies do not accommodate this so it is better to relax and go with the flow.

  • Sleeping routines generally form at about 2 months of age.
  • Deciding on a routine for you and your baby is best if you include tasks that will calm and soothe baby.
  • Babies become most comfortable when they know what is going to happen next e.g. sleeping, eating, toilet, playtime etc.
  • Baby’s routine will change as they grow and your household will adapt as this occurs.
  • De-stress time for baby is good at the end of the day. A little play time with toys, one on one time, getting your baby to use energy to make them tired.
  • Bath time is a good relaxing time for baby. Warm water is comforting and baby is clean and fresh before going to bed.
  • Talking with baby is another way to relax him/her. Your voice will have a calming effect. Just having a chat to the baby, interacting is a bonding and soothing time.
  • Reading baby a bedtime story is also a favourite. Baby watches you and hopefully happily drifts into sleep. Perhaps you prefer to sing a lullaby.

Hygiene:

  • Wash hands before touching baby.
  • Change baby’s nappy as soon as possible after it is wet or soiled to avoid nappy rash.
  • Clean baby’s genital area thoroughly and gently, allow to dry completely before putting on a new nappy.
  • Apply a thin layer of protective ointment such as zinc and cod liver oil or zinc and castor oil to baby’s bottom at each change.
  • Don’t have nappies too tight as this will prevent air from circulating. Nappies and clothing should be loose enough to let baby’s skin breathe.
  • Many babies suffer from dry skin and eczema. In most cases dry skin and eczema can be managed by using natural body washes, watching the bath temperature and following your baby’s bath with gentle moisturising skincare products. A natural organic diet that includes some healthy oils can also help. Talk with your doctor if you have concerns.
  • Using maximum sunscreen suitable for the baby is important especially hands and face.
  • Keep baby items clean and ready for use
  • With baby clothes, use the mildest product for laundering. Avoid products with dyes and perfumes and be aware of any allergic reactions. Contact your GP if a rash appears. There might be a simple solution of rinsing baby laundry more thoroughly yet you should still have the rash examined.
  • Before washing items for the first time, carefully read the labels. Baby sleepwear often needs special care as it is required by law to be flame-resistant and soap can hinder this.
  • You may wish to launder baby clothes separate from the rest of the family’s.
  • Always put baby clothes away clean as dirt attracts pests and stains set and can become permanent over time.