How Not to Kill Your Baby - Survival Tips for the Pediatrically Challenged
by Sammi Leigh Melville, 3.24am Sept 10th 2021
Babies can be challenging to keep alive. Below is a step-by-step guide to help you care for your new baby!
Buying Your Baby.
If possible, buy your baby from a nursery, where you can be sure it will have received proper care. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a baby, including how to get it home without killing it.
Shape: Ensure that the baby has a good shape. Look for babies that are more full, and avoid babies that are leggy and spindly.
Check for signs of health: avoid babies with pale or dark spots, as this could indicate disease.
Taking your baby home: Spring or summer is the best time to buy a baby, as the weather is often milder and the baby won't be too "shocked" by the sudden change in temperature and location. If you are buying a baby in winter when it is cold, be sure to wrap it up when taking it home, as the sudden change in temperature can cause the extremities to fall off some babies, or even kill others.
Settling Your Baby Into Its New Home.
You'll need to ensure that your home is a suitable environment for your baby when you bring it home. It will need proper bedding -- we find that a bed with drainage holes is best.
Most babies enjoy the same conditions we do—warm during the day and cooler at night. Babies do not enjoy significant fluctuations in temperature, so avoid the following places:
- near a heater or air conditioning vent
- in places prone to drafts
- on a windowsill
Babies love light, and some babies need more light than others. Most babies do well in bright, indirect light or filtered light, out of direct sunlight. They are usually best placed around 3 feet away from a north-, east-, or west-facing window.
Providing For Your Baby.
All babies need to be watered. But incorrect watering is the main reason that babies die—particularly overwatering. Here are the best methods to water healthy babies and save wilted ones.
Some babies you can water from the top, some from the bottom. Fill a tray or dish that is the same width as the baby with pebbles or gravel. Pour in water, keeping the level at just below the top of the pebbles. Then place your baby on top. Alternatively, mist your baby using a hand mister. Make sure to mist in the morning, so it dries before night.
You need to do more than just water your baby to keep it alive ‐ most babies need feeding, too. You should start feeding your baby a few weeks after you get it home, or around a couple months after it has been rehomed. Don't feed babies in winter.
Get to know your baby by spending a minute or two every week examining it and grooming it. It will thrive on your attention, and not only is it an important way to keep it healthy, but you'll spot problems more quickly when they occur.
Cleaning: Wipe your baby with a clean, damp cloth to keep it dust free, as dust can keep light from getting to it. You can set some babies in a lukewarm shower in winter, or a rain shower in summer. Prickly babies are best cleaned with a soft paintbrush.
Grooming: Sometimes parts of the baby will dry up. Make sure to remove these parts, and don't forget to deadhead to encourage more growth.
Now that you know how to care for your baby, remember that there are many varieties of babies that may require more attentive care. We suggest that you research your baby, to ensure that it stays alive and healthy for many years to come. Good luck!