New mothers will learn that the two activities that take up most of their time is feeding the baby and cleaning him. You will have to change diapers through the day and night, at regular intervals for the first few months. There are times when you donít even have time to complete your daily household chores, since the baby demands so much. The only way to handle this pressure is to be organized and have a system of arranging nappies, clothes, changing sheets, washing clothes. Everything required by the baby should be arranged in a systematic way, so that you can find it easily. Keeping the baby clean and dry is also important from the hygiene point of view.
Since the babyís skin is very sensitive, he/she is quite prone to develop rashes, if babyís cleanliness and hygiene is not taken due care of. This can also make the baby irritable and cantankerous, which will only serve to compound your problems. To keep the baby in a cheerful and happy mood, you will have to make sure that he/she is clean and comfortable. However the other exhausting tasks with the baby, apart from cleaning him/her, can severely test your physical stamina and mental calmness. In our related sections, we will provide you with some really helpful tips on cleaning your baby, so that you donít have to necessarily exhaust yourself in caring for the hygiene of your baby.
The newborn baby's first nappy content is meconium, which is a greenish black substance that was in the baby's system before he was born. It can upset you, if you are not prepared for it. However, its presence shows that the baby's excretory system is functioning normally. The frequency or infrequency of bowel movements is an indictor of the health of the digestive system of the baby.
Bathing Your Baby
Bathing your soft and delicate baby can be a beautiful experience for both you and him/her. It will help you a great deal to have a bath routine in place by the time your baby is a few weeks old. A calm and warm bathing environment will make the baby comfortable with the idea of bathing and he/she will be able to readily accept the new activity.
Cloth Diapers for Babies
As cloth diapers are cheaper and they can be washed and reused, some parents prefer them. There are different types of cloth diapers. The traditional ones are square shaped and need to be pinned up. Modern ones are layered and have Velcro snaps. There are absorbent liners that can be used inside cloth diapers, which are disposable.