The end of the 9th month, congratulations you’re almost a new mommy!!
Jumping from prenatal vitamins, dietary intake and exercise all the way to what to pack for the big day… Yes we have a new mommy query! A desperate call for some advice to Predo Baby South Africa, has gotten me typing this article asap! Let’s start with query number one.. Where to start when you are totally inexperienced and have no family support systems nearby?
First things first, baby is due to make his/her experience sometime in the next week and you are totally unprepared. Start with packing your hospital bag. As a new mom, you will definitely want to be comfortable and nothing makes one more uncomfortable in a hospital that wearing a hospital gown! Start by packing a bag for yourself with a loose pair of pajamas, preferably button down or a unique breast feeding set. Familiarize yourself with the different breast feeding bras and choose one that you would be most comfortable in. Breast pads or better yet breast cups are the next most important thing on the list. Breast cups allow for better ventilation and prevent compression of the breast itself, allowing for the nipple to take shape as baby suckles.
A complete list would include:
1) 2/3 sets of button down or breast feeding pjs
2) breast pads or breast cups
3) nipple cream
4) sanitary or maternity pads
5) a water bottle to keep hydrated and a few healthy snacks incase you get hungry
6) your birth plan if you have one, if not, just familiarize and educate yourself with both natural birth and c section procedures
7) a pair of shoes or sandals with a slight elevation or heel at the back- flat slippers put more pressure on the abdomen causing pain of you’ve had a c section.
8) loose underwear – again if you’ve had a c section this will prevent rubbing against the incision site.
9) toiletries including toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel or soap, lip balm, hair brush and a mini hair dryer, moisturizer.
9) homeopathic remedies such as arnica for bruising (make sure to speak to your homeopath for the correct strength)
10) a towel
What to pack for your baby when you’re new to motherhood and where to start sometimes leaves moms to be in a state if panic. How to handle the new born can be even more daunting. Ask the nursery assistants to show and teach you, they are very experienced and are generally extremely helpful.
1) 4-5 vests and growers
2) a pack of Predo Baby Nappies and wipes
3) baby toiletries such as baby oil, shampoo, soap, a nail file or scissors.
4) baby hat, booties and mittens
5) 2 baby blankets
6) 3 facecloths (for the little reflux after feeding)
7) a baby towel
8) a car seat and a warm baby jumpsuit for going home
9) a baby bottle and a breast pump if necessary
Handle your new baby with gentle care, support babies head and neck and move slowly and gently to avoid shaking baby unnecessarily. Keep your hands clean and sanitized, making sure to sterilize any items that may enter babies mouth such as a pacifier or baby bottle. Your new born baby may sleep a lot as they grow and you may need to wake him/her up for a feed every few hours.
Practice as much “skin to skin” contact whilst feeding or cradling. Both mum and dad can use this opportunity to create and strengthen the bond between parent and child and develop good emotional health and physical growth.
Swaddled your baby to limit startling and keep them warm. This also mimics their position and sensation as was experienced in the womb and provides a sense of security.
Babies often throw up a little after winding and this can be normal. Excessive crying, wind or colic which may develop by week two can be safely treated with OTC products, however if you are unsure, take your baby to your health care provider for an examination and advice.
Bathe baby in moderately warm water, making sure the room itself is warm and towel and clothes ready. Practice baby massage but be gentle as they are fragile beings.
Your babies umbilical corg should be cleaned gently and will fall off somewhere between week one and four. If your baby has had a circumcision, the healing process is usually complete by week two.
Breast feeding mums should let baby feed if each breast for 10-15 minutes every 2-3 hours. Formula fed infants may require about 60mls of formula per feed. Your baby should be producing about 6 wet or soiled nappies a day. Remember to burp your baby after each feed and between each breast feed as they may swallow air during the feed which could lead to reflux, cramping, discomfort and gas.
Your baby may tend to wake up a lot at night. A babies stomach is very tiny and they require small but regular meals in order to grow. If your baby wakes excessively try dimming the lights and keeping the room cozy and quiet.
After a few weeks you will master the art of motherhood and you and your baby will develop a good routine. Remember to ask for assistance from those around you and take advice from your health care provider, midwife, doula and other experienced mums.
Dr Raeesa Aboobaker
M Tech Hom
Dr Bakers Weight Loss and Aesthetics
For Predo Baby South Africa