Infancy: baby care and meetingHow many baby guides have you read?? We would like to limit ourselves to a few tips, because not much is really important: establishing mutual contact is the central theme of the first months. The more warmth that comes into play, the easier it is: warmth that protects the child and human warmth that expresses itself in encounters. Your baby makes it easy for you: after just a few weeks, he or she is already laughing consciously, responding to a familiar song, kicking with enthusiasm, following you with his or her eyes.
Each family member will encounter the baby in their own way. This is good, because contact should not come from the head, but from the heart. The father will change the baby differently than the mother, the grandma will dress him differently, each sibling will play with him differently. The different encounters allow the baby not only to experience itself as a unit with the breastfeeding mother, but also to open up to other relationships.
You can find tips on breastfeeding in the postpartum guide& Breastfeeding.
Baby care is always an encounter
Baby care can go beyond cleaning. Every diaper change is an opportunity for a little pampering session. Because your baby perceives itself and the rest of the world primarily through touch, its little body enjoys being held, cared for and caressed. If you take the time to do this, if you talk to your child, sing to him or accompany your touch with a little game, daily baby care becomes sensory care.
By the way, love and a high-quality vegetable oil are the most important products for baby care. You can use the oil to gently rub the little body every day. Addressing his warmth organism. In contrast to a cooling lotion, every oil brings warmth, because it is the energy store of a plant. An oil is also recommended if you want to clean or bathe your baby in the folds of the skin. However, a bath is not really necessary in the first few weeks. Your baby's skin is well equipped with natural protection.
What can fathers do better than mothers?
In 2013, forsa surveyed a good 1.000 German fathers between 20 and 55 years of age representatively surveyed. In the opinion of fathers, they are the better parent in two respects in particular: when romping and when enforcing prohibitions. Fathers compare equally well with mothers when it comes to reading to the baby, putting him to bed or cuddling him. So live out your strengths as a father confidently. And catch up on buying children's clothes, handicrafts and patience.
By the way: When asked what makes a good father, over 80% of the fathers surveyed by forsa said: A good father spends as much time as possible with his children. For your baby: security is warmth. Warmth is security. The temperature at the changing table as well as the clothes you put on your baby directly contribute to your baby's well-being.
Use natural fabrics and ties to support your baby's body's own thermal organization. New wool, linen, cotton, silk or even a mixture of wool and silk wrap the little body and let it breathe at the same time. Sheep's wool, for example, can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in moisture without feeling damp. "Synthetic materials, on the other hand, 'wrap' less and often accumulate heat," Rolf Heine knows from his work as nursing director at the Filder Clinic near Stuttgart.
How warm is your baby really?
Parents who freeze easily also like to wrap their baby up warmly. And vice versa. Your temperature feeling does not have to be the same as your baby's.
How can you tell that your baby warm enough is? By warm hands and feet
How can you tell that your baby too warm is? "Infants, because of their relatively large head, can be. The still open fontanelle quickly lose heat. A light cap made of wool or silk helps your child keep warm. This cap is not only helpful outside, but may dress your infant throughout the first year of life, even at home." Clarissa Merzenich, midwife
Warmth has both a physical and a psychological aspect for us humans. It can be measured with a thermometer, but it is also expressed in the fact that we feel "warm around the heart". How can it be?
Warmth is an important element to feel oneself completely. Each person develops his or her own individual warmth organism – a rhythmically ordered system in which warmth is generated, heat flows within the body and is released to the outside via the skin. When it is in balance, we are well.
In an infant, this heat regulation has not yet fully developed. All the more important to take care of him with warmth.