Baby care skills are developed through practice. New parents feel awkward when they begin.
If you start taking care of your baby during the hospital stay, you will quickly feel comfortable doing it.
Parents feel more attached to their babies when they provide care. Taking care of your baby is one way to express your love.
Use the time in the hospital to get to know your baby and how to care for him:
Each parent has his or her way of diapering, holding and rocking. You don't have to do things the same way. You just need to do them gently and safely. Your baby will get used to and look forward to your style of care.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
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