Taking Care of Newborns

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Taking care of a newborn baby requires changing diapers, feeding the baby, laying the baby on its back, bathing the baby with baby soap and putting lots of lotion on the baby. Read different books on caring for infants or talk to other mothers with advice from the mother of three young children in this free video on baby care.

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Hi, I'm Erica, we are in Salt Lake City, Utah and I'm going to talk to you about how to take care of a newborn. This is a very broad subject on how to take care of a newborn, but first you need to be sure that if the baby is crying or fussy, make sure that the baby is changed, the baby is dry. Make sure the baby is well-fed, that the baby is full and also if the baby is fussy, the baby could have colic, so you can massage their little tummy and always do it in a clockwise motion. After the baby has eaten, make sure that you burp the baby so it reduces the gassiness or fussiness that can, you can actually avoid the fussiness if you try to burp your baby. Make sure that when you lay your baby down to bed, make sure that they are on their back and also make sure that you don't leave your baby laying down all the time or they could also get a flat head which is not good. Just make sure that when the baby cries that you attend to them. When you bathe your baby, make sure that you use baby soap. Don't use any adult soap because that can irritate the baby's skin more. After the baby is out of the bathtub, make sure you dry them off thoroughly. Make sure they're in a warm room when you do give them the bath so they don't get a chill and get sick and make sure that you put lots of lotion on them. After applying the baby's lotion after their bath, make sure that they're dressed warmly and if you have any more questions on how to take care of a newborn, there's plenty of books out there. You can ask your physician or other mothers.

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