First time parents in Bangkok can be a whole lot more aside from just feeding and taking care of the babies. It takes a whole different level of care when dealing with infants especially when you are in the big city. Listed below are a few reminders to keep in mind when having a baby for the first time in Bangkok.
- CALM DOWN
First time parents in Thailand tend to be more anxious and conscious with how they do things step by step. While this is a good thing that you pay keen attention to your baby, it is but also advisable to calm down and let loose when the situation gets really tough. You might missed out the fun part of being a first time parent when you both focused mostly on how to things this way and that way. Enjoy the journey of being a first time parent; time passes so quickly you won’t notice when your baby is already growing!
- LET YOUR INFANT CRY IT ALL OUT
Babies cry for a few reasons. They cry when they are hungry, thirsty, their diapers are wet or they do not feel well. While it is exasperating when your baby do not stop crying, it is still a good idea because at least the baby is conscious and is reacting to what he or she is feeling. On the other hand, crying on the baby’s part does not necessarily mean that he or she does not feel better.
Crying is a way for the babies to communicate with their parents so do not control your baby when he or she is about to cry. But of course if your baby won’t stop crying for quite some time, do not hesitate to call the attention of the pediatrician because it might mean a lot more serious than just by being hungry or having some wet diapers underneath.
- DO NOT WAKE YOUR BABY UP TO BREASTFEED
Breastfeeding is undeniably much advisable for parents and babies because it is practical and at the same time, it is healthier than that of milk supplements. While breastfeeding your baby from time to time is good, do not wake the baby up when it is already sleepy and you think it is time for breastfeeding. You and your baby also need some good sleep to get it through the day. After all, it is not enough that your baby eats uncontrollably because it has to stop from time to time, too. Also, breastfeeding in public is fine in Bangkok. However, if you lack confidence why not join experienced mothers support group. There is Bangkok Breastfeeding Cafe where breastfeeding moms meet up to support each other.
- FEVER OF A NEWBORN
Any fever that occurs during the first three months is a red flag. It is an emergency that has to be addressed immediately. A baby’s immune system cannot tolerate virus and thus more vulnerable and weak.
- PROPERLY INSTALL THE CAR SEAT
Like any other busy capitals, Bangkok’s street can be really dangerous for cars because everyone has it already and everyone’s on a rush. Even if you take extra care when driving, you cannot control the negligence of other people when it comes to driving etiquette. So better yet secure your baby’s car seat because you infant’s life would depend on it.
- DO NOT NEGLECT ORAL CARE
Since babies are not yet capable of tooth brushing, it is advisable that first time parents use damp clothes to wipe down a baby’s gums. Also, make sure to train your babies to stop the use of milk bottles once teeth have already came out because this will eventually lead to more serious problems like cavities when not prevented.
- DO NOT CONFUSE SPIT-UP WITH VOMITING
Spitting up is commonly related to feeding while vomiting can mean a more serious problem. When a baby vomits, it can mean that it was overfed or does not feel well. You can raise your concern to your pediatrician because your baby might be suffering from an illness.
- DO NOT IGNORE YOUR MARRIAGE WITH YOUR SPOUSE
Even if you already have a child, make sure to keep the fire burning between you and your spouse. It is important that a baby grows up in a loving and secured environment because from there, the baby will grow healthier and happier.
- FIGHTING TOO MUCH IN FRONT OF THE BABY
Even an infant can understand and absorb bad vibes. Just like with number 9, do not let an unhappy marriage fill your home because it has a great effect on how your baby will grow up as an individual. All babies need stronger foundation.
- TRUSTING UNRELIABLE SOURCES FOR GOOD PARENTING
Beware of sites and blogs that give advices on the do’s and don’ts of proper parenting because you might just end up practicing the wrongs norms with your baby. Not everything you find on the internet is reliable. Weigh things out.