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How to keep my baby warm?

Created by BabyCenter

It is important to keep your baby warm as soon as he is born. Babies cannot adjust to the new, cooler, temperature outside the womb, and can lose heat very quickly.

When your baby is born, he will be wet, so make sure he is dried.

He does not need to be bathed for at least 6 hours. For the first 6 hours of your baby’s life, clean only the cord. The rest of your baby does not need to be bathed. Bathing your baby too soon could make him sick and cold.

Ask your birth attendant to lay your baby on your bare chest. Your warmth will help prevent him from getting too cold. Hold him firmly so he does not slip and fall.

Lay a clean, warm blanket over both of you. This will keep the heat in. You can make a sling to keep him safe. Also put a small hat or a cloth wrap over his head. Babies lose a lot of heat through their heads.

Keeping your baby warm through skin-to-skin contact will also give you and your baby time to get to know each other. You can see who has been kicking you all this time! Holding your baby this way will also mean that your baby can easily reach the breast and start feeding.

10 February 2015