Caring for your baby
During the 9 months of pregnancy, babies are used to feeling close to mum and once they are born, staying close to mum helps to provide them with love, security and warmth.
After your baby is born, you will be able to hold your baby next to your skin (skin to skin) for as long as you wish and until after that important first feed. For information about feeding your baby, please click here.
Keeping baby near you during the day and at night will help you to pick up on your baby’s feeding cues and respond to your baby’s needs. Holding and cuddling your baby in those early months also helps them to develop and learn as well as feeling loved and safe.
A great way to keep baby close in the early months and beyond is to carry them in a sling or carrier, that way you and your baby feel close and loved and you are also able to get on with day to day life once you are ready. You may find a carrier particularly useful if you find your baby prefers to cuddle up to you rather than being put down, as many naturally do. Carrying is also a great way for the rest of the family to bond with the new arrival; everyone can do it from mum and dad to siblings and grandparents. For more information about carrying your baby or to find out how you can try different carriers for yourself head over to the Blackburn with Darwen Sling Library & Meet website here: wpslings.com
Research shows that babies who sleep in the same room as you for all sleeps, including daytime naps, until the age of 6 months have a reduced risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Click here for more information on this, and for night time care of your baby.
During the first few weeks after the birth you will be adjusting to caring for your baby as well as you, which is tiring. However you decide to feed or parent your little one, your life will be significantly changed. If there is an offer of extra help from friends or family, accept it!
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