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Babies have a special relationship with their mom’s skin. It is the first thing they touch and their source of solace in this big world that’s so different from the womb. While you may have noticed that your darling loves to be held and cuddled, research has a finding that’s no short of miraculous. It has been established that being in contact with your skin not only keeps babies happy but also helps them thrive! Skin contact is useful in stabilizing their condition, especially if premature, and solving other infant-problems such as pain, blood sugar fluctuation and temperature variation in the body. This method of baby care is now called the “Kangaroo Mother” method and practiced by many moms around the world.
Now that you know how much your moppet loves the feel of your skin, it is your responsibility to keep it healthy and smooth. Skincare regimen has never had a nobler purpose, right? We have brought for you a few tips that can help your baby enjoy his skin-to-skin time even more. These tips are also useful in restoring your postpartum skin to its pre-pregnancy suppleness at a faster pace.
Timing is Crucial
Experts highly recommend exposing your little one to skin contact immediately after birth. Your baby is placed on your chest when you’re ready to hold her. If you’ve had a C-section, this may take some time. But as soon as you can, let your baby feel your warm presence. This lets him acclimatize and sense that while he may be out of the womb, his mom is still close beside him. Even after you return from the hospital, you’re advised to keep this practice on for a few hours each day. Let your baby be naked but for the diaper. You can use a large shirt or loose clothing to cover up.
Breast and Nipple Care During Nursing
Even if you are unable to manage much skin-to-skin time with baby during the day, breastfeeding is your solution. It is a splendid time to bond with your little one and let him revel in the warmth of Mamma’s breasts. Make his experience more comfortable by looking after your breast skin and nipples. Nursing may occasionally lead to soreness or cracking of nipples which makes it tough for your baby to latch on. Goes without saying, it’s also painful for you. Dabbing nipple care butter by Himalaya FOR MOMS is a safe, gentle way to get over this problem. It heals cracked nipples or broken skin with the efficacy safety of natural herbs.
Go Beyond Breastfeeding
Daily feeding sessions are not the only time when your baby can get skin-contact. Also, in case you are not breastfeeding, this does not mean you cannot enjoy the fantastic benefits of touch. The weather conditions considered, skin time can be enjoyed at night, while reading to your baby, or even together with your husband. Being in proximity with Dad’s skin also has proven benefits for your child. Encourage your husband to play with the baby, seat him on his tummy, feed him through a bottle when needed, and rock him to sleep.
Daily Hydration and Nourishment
Keep your skin well hydrated and nourished by using a natural body butter. This needs to be massaged into your body, especially in the abdominal area, followed by your breasts, thighs, arms and back. Our pick is Himalaya FOR MOMS newly launched body butter range that comes in the rejuvenating flavours of lavender, jasmine and rose. This gives your skin the edge of aromatherapy which is a terrific way to sneak in some relaxation in the difficult postpartum period.