Every little moment you spend together will nurture your baby’s future development
From the womb to your arms
You nurtured your baby lovingly in your womb. It was your uterus and placenta that provided the warmth, protection, nutrition and oxygen all this while. Naturally, your baby seeks the same solace, comfort and care upon birth. A reason why skin to skin contact, immediately after birth, is encouraged. It improves physiological stability for both your baby and you in the vulnerable period. If this wasn’t possible, skin to skin contact, where your skin touches your baby’s, can start even after a few days or weeks.
How skin to skin contact benefits your child
The need to bond is common in all babies, including yours. Feel the togetherness as you lie skin to skin with your baby. Early bonding supports your child’s entire future behavioural and emotional development. Research shows that the breathing of a Newborn who has early contact with a nurturing adult is more normal, body temperature is better regulated, learns to breastfeed more easily, and blood sugar may be more stable. Your baby also cries less and sleeps better . It is very clear the nurturing moments you share together with your child goes a long way in helping him/her grow as a healthy adult.
Your baby is capable of almost all basic emotions
Your baby’s senses are all functional from birth. Your baby uses his/her senses to discover the world around him/her– and to become attached to one or more individuals. You’ll notice your baby loves to look at your face. Your baby's vision is clearest at a distance of 20-30 cm during the first couple of weeks of his/her life. You can communicate with your baby in many different ways. Very soon your baby will recognize you as the person he/she belongs to: First via the sense of smell, then by the sound of your voice and eventually by your look – particularly your face.
There are many ways to connect with your baby.
At first your baby will lie with his/her eyes wide open. When you look into your baby’s eyes you may be met with an intense look and experience deep contact at that moment. You can interact with your Newborn in all sorts of ways – by touching him/her gently, by eye contact, with sounds by talking or singing. Interaction can take place during breastfeeding, when you are changing baby’s diaper, tucking baby into bed, and in many other situations. Your little baby is up for it all and can cope with most situations. Remember your husband can and should partake in all this, the only thing he can’t do is breastfeed.
Newborns sleep better when they feel cosy and comfortable
As a parent of a Newborn you’ll realize how unpredictable your baby’s sleep can be. It can be really exhausting to make yourself available for 24 hours a day. Newborn babies sleep an average of 16 hours. 2 to 4 hours a time, day and night. At this stage don’t expect too much of a napping pattern and you might have to adjust to your baby’s sleep patterns.
You can help your baby sleep 0 – 4 months
Sleep for Newborns revolve around their need to be fed, changed and nurtured. Most often they express their need to sleep by rubbing their eyes or crying. Newborn babies need security and a lot of physical contact. This creates a sense of embrace, which is why your baby likes being cradled by you. If your baby falls asleep at your breast or in your arms, you may need to wait half an hour before placing your baby down. This is because it is best to wait until your baby is in a deep sleep before moving.
Read more to understand your baby’s sleep patterns
Choose a diaper that cares for your baby’s delicate skin
Unlike your skin, the immune system in your baby’s skin is not fully developed. This makes your baby’s delicate skin even more vulnerable so it is very important what you put close to your baby’s skin. Your baby can’t express the discomfort he/she feels, except cry perhaps. We want to help prevent the discomfort he/she goes through. That’s why Drypers Wee We Dry Newborn has a 100% breathable cloth-like cover that offers better circulation to keep your baby in comfort. It also has a soft absorb layer that draws and secures poo away from your baby’s sensitive skin.
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