4 Baby Care Tricks to Learn From Your Nurse
When you have your baby, you will probably be a little more than overwhelmed at the hospital. Not only has your entire life changed in the space of a few hours, but you are adjusting to meeting a new family member, as well as trying to heal physically and absorb all the information you could possibly need for the next 18 years of your life.
No pressure. (Gulp!)
But before you panic and whip out your phone to take notes, have no fear. I've got all the tips you need, straight from the baby nurses who are total pros.
Ask for a swaddling demonstration
Are you intimidated by the intricate folds of the swaddle? It's normal, I promise. I'm a nurse and it took me several lessons to get the hang of it. Nurses love demonstrating their skills and they will be happy to give you a personal swaddling lesson if you're willing to learn. All you have to do is ask! Your baby will thank you (and so will your partner in the middle of the night when your perfect swaddle stops the crying).
Pacifiers are not evil
I could never get my kids to take a pacifier, but I was always amazed at how easily the nurses I worked with seemed to do it. Although it's completely a parent's choice, nurses will be the first to tell you that pacifiers can do wonders to soothe a fussy baby. And help your sanity. Plus, they may help reduce the risk of SIDS, so don't fear the pacifier if it's offered.
That hospital comb will come in handy
Keep that thing, trust me on that one. Because if your baby gets a very common condition of having “scales” on his or her head, that comb will be the perfect thing to help tame it. All of my babies got the newborn flakes on their heads and using the comb very gently on their heads in the bath helped loosen the flakes.
To get your baby to eat …
Tickle her cheek. If you're breastfeeding, this will stimulate the baby's rooting reflex. You'll see her turn her head and automatically look for the breast. If she's overly sleepy and not wanting to eat, you can also try unwrapping her so she's not too warm and cozy or tickling her feet.
To get a bottle-fed baby to eat, you can stimulate the sucking reflex by gently angling the nipple of the bottle towards the roof of his mouth. Just do it gently and be sure not put the bottle too far so it gags him. Otherwise, works like a charm.
Did you learn any great tips from the nurses?