After the warmth of the womb, newborns don’t tend to like the cold, so undressing for a diaper change can be upsetting for them. Lay them on a changing mat and keep your movements quick and smooth as you remove their clothes – talk to them in a soothing voice throughout. Your baby’s delicate skin can react to irritating chemicals in urine and feces, so when you’ve removed their diaper, gently clean their bottom with either a clean cloth dipped in warm water or a wipe that’s kind to baby’s sensitive skin and be sure to gently pat their skin dry with a towel. Whenever possible, air their delicate skin before applying diaper cream and putting on a clean diaper.
Newborn babies tend to feed every four hours, so this is likely to be the next priority for you both. Whether to breastfeed or bottle feed is a personal decision for every mom. Whichever you choose, feeding is an important time for bonding and connecting between mother and baby. Breastfeeding offers you the added advantage of being available when needed. If you’re bottle feeding, prepare the bottles the night before, to help make night feeds and early mornings easier. You’re unlikely to have a strict feeding schedule at this stage, so watch out for your baby’s cues to recognise when they’re hungry.
A newborn baby’s skin is more delicate and requires more care than an adult’s. This fragile nature makes their skin more susceptible to dryness and discomfort. Morning is a great time to check your baby’s dry, itchy, and irritated skin and apply lotion to help soothe it. Gently massage Oilatum® Soothe & Protect Baby Moisturising Lotion onto their face, arms, legs, feet and hands paying particular attention to their skin folds. Talk softly, hum or sing while you are massaging, as this can make it more reassuring and calming for your baby.
Dress your newborn in comfortable clothes and add an extra layer such as a jumper or blanket if they need it. Help prevent dry, itchy, and irritated skin symptoms by washing any new clothes before your baby wears them using a gentle detergent and/or fabric softener.
Now your baby is fed, changed and calm, you should both be relaxed and looking forward to the day ahead.
Create a star chart with photos of your toddler doing all their morning tasks and give them a gold star every time they complete one. Explain that a full set of gold stars will lead to a reward. This can encourage better behaviour throughout the day.