Tips For First Time Parents: A Newborn Infant Only Needs 3 Things

Raising a baby has many challenges and with the additional demands of everyday life things can get overwhelming fast. This is why I’ve decided to write this post. That is, to make life a little easier for those first time parents. Congratulations by the way!

If Your Newborn is Crying it’s “Usually” One of 3 Things or All of Them

1. Food

If a diaper doesn’t need to be changed then your child (most likely) wants more milk. Please note that powdered infant formula should NOT be an option for newborns under 12 months old. This is because powdered formula is NOT sterile and can give your infant a bacterial infection (see: cronobacter sakazakii infection) which could lead to death.

If breastfeeding is not an option use liquid “ready to feed” formula. If liquid formula is not an option then mix the powdered formula with boiling water (distilled or baby safe water [avoid the brands with added flouride]) and refrigerate immediately to get it to about room temperature before feeding it to baby. The boiling point for water is 212°F (or 100°C) and most bacteria can not survive temperatures beyond 120°F (49°C). Again, I would go through every “other” option before giving a newborn infant under 12 months old powdered formula –especially if that infant is in their first month. Other options can include going to the nearest hospital to see if breast milk is available for purchase.

2. Diaper Change

This one can be tricky because a diaper might’ve been changed not too long ago but it may need to be changed again, and again, and again, and maybe again. It really depends on how sensitve your baby is. Listen to your infant, if the crying persists check if their diaper needs to be changed. Even if it’s a little wet still give a diaper change a try. It might be all that your child needs.

3. Love

According to an article by the University of Rochester Medical Center, babies can’t regulate their temperatures as well as adults. Additionally, “Babies can lose heat rapidly, nearly 4 times faster than an adult” (source). For this reason, be attentive to the needs of your child. If it’s cold outside make sure they are warm enough. If it’s too hot make sure they are cool enough. Watch for the signs. I try to keep the temperature about 70-75°F (21-24°C) for our child. Also, hold them and spend time with them. This can be hard for those busy parents especially because newborn infants do not interact much. Make time for yourself to find your center and then when you’re ready hold and spend time with your child.

Again, congratulations on being a new parent and congratulations to baby for having such wonderful parents. May the light of love, healing, fulfillment and protection be upon you and the ones you love. Namaste.

Post Author: Chad

A Nobody Just Trying to Figure Things Out.