Parenting Tips on Infants

Becoming a parent for a first time is exciting, and there are lots to think about and lots to do when it comes to your baby and their care. During their first year of life which is the most critical part of their development and growth, your baby is going to want to bond, smile, and spend as much time as they can with you.

For first time parents and with minimal to no experience, you can greatly benefit from information, discussion, and tips given by other parents to you. Parenting tips on infants is summarized into categories, and it will give you tips and key reminders to the overall care of your baby by the category. Infancy ranges from newborn to one year of life.

There are many tips included and try not to become overwhelmed. Just try your best in keeping these reminders in mind as your schedule can become busy. If you have a tendency in forgetting a lot, post notes to where to can be visible.

Bonding

  • Gentle massage your baby from time to time
  • Talk, coo, or babble to your baby in a soft tone
  • Sing in a calm voice from time to time
  • Play some lullabies
  • Swaddle your baby the correct way
  • Look into your baby’s eyes, and smile when they smile
  • Do skin to skin contact

Handling

  • Be gentle
  • Handle with care
  • Always support baby’s head and neck area when picking up or putting down
  • Never shake your baby
  • Fasten and secure your baby at all times
  • Wash your hands before and after you interact with your baby
  • Never carry hot liquids or items when carrying or near your baby

Feeding

  • Feed on demand if you plan on breastfeeding
  • Develop a feeding schedule and stick to it
  • Purchase formula if you don’t plan on breastfeeding or if you want to have it as a supplement
  • Make sure to have enough bottles and bottle cleaning supplies available
  • Always try to burp your baby after each feed by gently tapping their back
  • Purchase a pump if you don’t plan on breastfeeding
  • Make sure you have all your pumping supplies available
  • Solids usually begin at 4-6 months
  • Purchase all of your baby’s items when it comes to feeding them solids
  • Cut food items really small to avoid choking
  • Feed your baby slowly and without force
  • Don’t over feed your baby as this can be an early sign to childhood obesity

Diapering

  • Invest in a changing table
  • Never leave your baby unattended if your baby is on a dresser or changing table
  • Gather all supplies before changing a diaper
  • Purchase plenty of diapers to get you through the first few weeks
  • Stick to one brand of diapers, because having more than one brand can be difficult in finding out which brand caused the rash if any
  • Purchase diapers in bulk
  • Cloth diapers are available as an option
  • Either use cloth towels or wipes during a diaper change
  • Gently wipe area
  • Purchase a wipe warmer if using wipes
  • Purchase cream or ointment to have available in case of a diaper rash
  • Wash hands after diaper change is complete

Sleeping

  • Establish a schedule for sleeping
  • Make sure they get the recommended amount of sleep in a 24 hr period
  • Swaddle your baby correctly
  • Always have your baby sleep on their back
  • Alternate head positions when your baby sleeps on their back
  • Never place anything in the crib at all times
  • Invest in purchasing a bassinet
  • Invest in purchasing a crib
  • Crib mattress must be firm
  • Ccrib sheets need to be fitted
  • Invest in purchasing crib rail covers/padding as they get older
  • Co-sleeping in the same room can be good til the age of 6 months
  • Invest in a baby monitor

Bathing

  • First time bath is when your baby is one week old
  • Purchase a baby tub
  • Make sure to have all necessary items available before bath
  • Make sure the room you’re giving your baby a bath is warm
  • Always check water temperature before you start the bath
  • a good rule is to check the temperature of the water by having it run on the inside of your arm, or by checking it with a thermometer
  • Never leave your baby unattended in the tub
  • If you need to leave to get something, take your baby with
  • Purchase hooded towels so baby’s head can be covered and dried off when done
  • Cover your baby’s head with a hat to avoid loss of heat

Clothing

  • Purchase clothes that have a range to them; 0-6 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months
  • Zipped up onesies are faster to put on and off
  • Don’t buy too much clothing as your baby will outgrow them quick
  • Dress your baby as to how you would dress yourself
  • Don’t overdress your baby as this can cause your baby to overheat

Playing

  • You can gently play with your baby
  • Purchase toys that will engage your baby in development
  • Don’t let your baby play with toys that might be easy to choke on
  • Don’t give your baby something that might cover their face
  • Don’t keep your baby too long in a car seat, bouncer, stroller, swing, or exercise saucer

Health

  • Make sure your baby gets their shots (vaccinations) at the right time of the month
  • Limit screen time of any kind

Last word of advice

Lets face it. Parenting can be difficult and lots of work especially when it comes to first time parents. When you’re feeling good, try to enjoy your baby and also try to be positive, because these are the moments that it will become easier to take care of your baby.

Just try to remember to take care of yourself physically, mentally, and even emotionally. These moments are absolutely indispensable and you do not want to miss out on anything. There are lots to keep in mind when it comes to taking care of your baby, and parenting tips on infants will help out as you care for your baby.

I hope you have enjoyed reading parenting tips on infants, and please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

10 thoughts on “Parenting Tips on Infants”

  1. Hi Ashraf,

    Thank you for sharing an abundance of parenting tips! I find that having a cat is similar to being a parent. Either way, you’re responsible for the well-being of another.

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  2. Thank you so much for this timely article! Although I do not have children, several of my close friends are expecting children now, and three will be delivering over the next month (all first time parents). They have been wondering about the different ways to care for their newborns, and I can now help them in a way that I wasn’t able to before! I am going to share your site with each and every one of them! Haha God bless you!

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  3. Great article. We had our second child 2 months ago. This article is a huge help. I’ve also forwarded it onto a friend who has young children.

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  4. Brilliant tips there. Can’t imagine it has been 6 years since I did everything you’ve written. Bathing an infant was tough but I managed to pull through.

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