Puppy Care Sheet: 8 Weeks Old
At first glance, it seems like a simple task. You have just given birth to your first child.
But there are many things that need to be taken into consideration when caring for a newborn baby. For example, you will not want to expose her to any type of cold or heat during the day time. She needs to get plenty of sleep at night too!
The following are some tips that may come handy when taking care of your new bundle of joy.
1) Do Not Touch Her Until After Birth:
When you give birth, you don’t want to put any pressure on the placenta. Also, do not touch her while she’s still inside you.
If you accidentally bump into her while trying to nurse, she could suffer a miscarriage or even die due to infection and bleeding complications.
2) Feeding Your Newborn Baby:
Feeding your baby is one of the most important tasks that you need to perform. However, it doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy yourself during this period.
Try to keep yourself occupied with other activities such as reading books or watching TV. Don’t forget to brush her teeth regularly too! (You can read more about feeding here.
3) Bathing Your Baby:
Although you should get your baby checked by a doctor immediately after birth, you can bathe her as soon as you get home. A warm bath can help in relaxing her muscles and improve her mood.
Make sure that the water is not too hot or cold! (Learn more about bathing here!)
4) Make Sure Your Baby Is Getting The Right Amount Of Sleep:
Babies have very different sleeping patterns compared to adults. As a rule of thumb, your newborn should at least be getting 16 hours of sleep each day.
If she’s sleeping more or less than that, try to adjust her sleeping pattern accordingly. It could be due to several factors such as eating patterns, environment and even stress. (You can read more about babies and sleep here!)
5) Make Friends:
The outside world is a very big place with many different people and things to do. Now that you have a baby to take care of, you might want to go out more and explore your town.
Try to make friends with your neighbors in the apartment building. You never know, they might have a friend or relative looking for a babysitter!
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