How to take care of your baby
Basics of baby care
The birth of a baby is a big change for the family. After the child is born, you will spend the first days learning new things. Every day is different, and the baby’s behaviour also changes from day to day. The baby’s most important needs are food, love and cleanliness.
Handling the baby
Babies need to be touched and held close in the parents’ arms. Although new parents may feel uncertain about how to handle the baby at first, everyone eventually learns how to handle their baby gently but with confidence. Carrying the baby around, keeping them in your arms and talking to them promote the development of the baby’s nervous system, support motor development and help the baby to be aware of its own body and feel safe.
When the baby cries
For small babies, crying is a natural way of self-expression. All babies sometimes cry despite the good and competent care provided by their parents.
The baby’s sleep
A newborn spends most of the day (about 20 hours) sleeping, but there are also individual differences in how much sleep a baby needs.
The baby’s digestion