Newborns are fond of sleeping; they spend most of their time taking the nap than they do stay awake. This is why it is important to consider the type of bedding you are making for your baby to prevent them from unpleasant environment when they take their dear nap.
Babies shouldn’t have loose baby nursery bedding in their cribs. This includes blankets, pillows, comforters, and stuffed animals. Instead use a simple fitted sheet on the mattress.
Babies should sleep in zippered or buttoned footed sleepers. Young babies like to be swaddled and you should take care to tightly wrap your newborn before bed. As your little one gets older, you can replace the swaddling blanket with a sleep sack — a zipped sleeping bag that will keep your baby warm. However, make sure these sleeping bags do not have a hood. Also don’t buy these sleeping bags too large. Although it might be tempting to buy big to grow into it, it’s a bad idea because the baby can slide down into the bag.
Mattresses should be firm, your baby doesn’t want a soft place to sleep. Also take care that it doesn’t sag and that it fits well into the crib.
The cover should be waterproof. Hand me down mattresses shouldn’t be used, unless you know where it came from.
Avoid mattresses with holes for ventilation. It’s not possible to keep these clean so they should be avoided.
A good shower suits everyone, and the babies do like taking one too. A good bath is important for your baby, as much as it may not have to be on daily basis, but it really helps your baby in learning, sooth him or her, and the best of all, send the baby sleeping right away.
Is a learning experience
Believe it or not, there’s plenty to learn in the tub. Tickle your little one’s senses by trickling water gently onto his belly — he’ll probably giggle with pleasure. Don’t forget a play-by-play as you wash him — name his little body parts as you suds them (and then kiss them each, of course). He’ll be learning a tub-full of words before you know it!
Soothes fussy babies
You probably already know this from your own bath-time experience, but nothing’s more calming and comforting than a soak in a tub after a long day. Up the relaxation even more by trying your hand at infant massage after bath time.
There’s even more reason to love bathing a baby — especially if you add it to your baby’s bedtime routine. The warm water, the warm room and the warm feeling of being safe, secure and loved work magic and will put your baby in the mood to snooze.
Sourced From: http://www.whattoexpect.com/first-year/first-bath/
So kids do love play, but infants do too. If you have some time you can play with your infant, do not turn down the privilege of a nice playtime. This can really help in physical, social and even mental development of your young darling.
Developing Physical Skills
Babies develop major physical skills during the first year of life. From 0 to 3 months, physical milestones include lifting the head and chest from a stomach-lying position, stretching and kicking his feet when on his back, according to HealthyChildren.org. From 4 to 7 months, he rolls, sits with support, reaches and transfers objects. From 8 to 12 months, he should crawl, sit unassisted, pull himself to standing and walk along furniture. Age-appropriate play helps your baby reach physical milestones by giving him practice with these skills. He also learns how his body works and how to control it.
In the first three months, babies study facial expressions of others around them and begin imitating those movements themselves. By 4 to 7 months, your baby should respond to the emotions of those around her and show more interest in playing socially. From 8 to 12 months, she should show preferences for people or things, imitate others during play, and may act shy or become upset when her parents leave. Interactive play time with caregivers teaches your child basic social skills. She sees emotions and reactions to situations. She builds trust with her caregivers who provide her with safe, enjoyable play time.
Baby Genius in Training
Play offers experiences that help your infant learn about his world. He makes connections between his movements and the reactions they cause. For example, when a baby pushes a ball, he learns that it rolls away. When he bumps a block tower, he sees it fall over. Play also gives your infant a chance to learn problem-solving skills, according to the Zero to Three website. He tests different actions to get the results he wants. Up to 3 months, cognitive milestones include following an object and recognizing familiar things. From 4 to 7 months, he should work to reach items that aren’t close to him and find items that aren’t completely visible.