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Being a parent comes with lots of questions, so we’ve asked our Huggies® Experts to give their best tips to new parents.

Gayle Berry-1362

Huggies® Wipes Expert - Gayle Berry

Gayle Berry is a baby massage and baby yoga expert. She's here to share all her tips for bonding with your baby, helping them develop through movement and how you can also make sure you are nurturing yourself.

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The importance of touch and getting to know your baby

The five components that help create a bond between you and your baby are eye contact, the sound of your voice, smell and of course, touch - which produces the fifth component, oxytocin.

Also known as the “love hormone”, oxytocin is produced whenever you have skin-to-skin contact with someone. It has a relaxing effect on the body of the person receiving the touch and the body of the person giving touch, meaning that both you and your baby get a big feel-good boost from a cuddle or a massage.

Throughout the day your little one will communicate what they’re feeling to you through subtle cues so that you can meet their needs. Over time, you’ll be able to pick on even the most subtle of signs.

Touch is the most developed sense your baby has from birth and therefore it’s a great way to communicate love to them.

When your baby is unhappy, your touch can help work wonders to soothe them. If your baby is upset, pick them up and give lots of cuddles to calm them. Soothing your baby with a song or a reassuring “shhh” can also help.

Cleaning your baby with Huggies® Natural Care Wipes can also have a very soothing effect and help you bond with your baby, as you are making skin-to-skin contact and being very close. The soft, gentle texture feels great on baby’s skin and contains aloe vera to soothe and protect.
The benefits of infant massage and baby yoga

Infant massage promotes the five components of bonding mentioned above, and is extremely beneficial to your baby’s development. There are many research studies that support its practice with babies. It’s easy to get started, and incorporate into your daily routine. Infant massage has many physical benefits beyond creating “love moments” with your baby. It boosts circulation throughout their body, which helps the delivery of oxygen and nutrients and can provide stimulation to your baby’s nervous system. It also helps eliminate waste products. It can assist with muscle development and the strengthening of bones by helping deliver calcium and vitamin D efficiently.

Feet are an especially key pressure point, and massaging them can affect the whole body. Foot massage also teaches your baby where their feet are, which improves their body awareness. That comes in handy when your baby is learning to understand their body in the environment. All you need is your hands, a guide, a towel and a massage oil. Organic sunflower seed oil is ideal for infant massage. It’s %100 natural, and full of vitamins and nutrients. Babies love putting their hands in their mouths, and it’s likely they’ll get some oil on their hands so it’s important that it is safe to use.

Baby yoga helps babies get active and supports all body functions including digestion, nervous system development and circulation. It can be especially useful for babies with colic and can help them relieve tension in the body. It is important to only massage your baby when they are happy and healthy, and to avoid massage or yoga if your baby isn’t feeling well, or has had a vaccination in the last 72 hours.

Huggies® Wipes are extremely absorbent and help you clean baby faster, leaving more time to play and bond with her. Next time you’re cleaning baby with Huggies® Wipes, try giving her a gentle massage. As the wipes are made of natural fibres and contain no nasties, it’s a totally safe way to connect with baby.
Making the most of nappy changing

Changing time is all too often rushed, but it’s a great opportunity to bond and give your little one all your attention.

You can give your baby smiles and talk to them while stroking their legs or giving them a little foot massage. Singing a song to them, or having a special “nappy-changing toy” is also a good idea.
If you can, let them keep their nappy off for a while and kick about. This will give you more time to massage their feet and legs and help create the perfect environment for bonding.

The fewer artificial fragrances around you, the better. This lets you exchange your natural smell with your baby, which helps with bonding. A very subtle, calming smell where you’re changing, however, is just fine.
As babies get older, nappy changing can get a bit trickier! Having a little song that signals change time can help them know it’s coming and make it more fun. This is also an opportunity to get their legs and hips moving with some baby yoga.

Huggies® Aloe Vera has a very gentle, soothing smell. It’ll help your baby feel comfortable and also nourishes her skin during nappy changing time. Because the wipes are made with natural fibres, they’re safe to use on your baby’s delicate skin.
Creating time to treat yourself

Life is very fast-paced when you are a parent, but it’s important to give yourself time to relax and enjoy your time with your baby. Nappy change times and massage provide an opportunity to do just that.

You might think that sitting in front of the TV with a glass of wine is enough to help you switch off and relax. However, your mind might still be buzzing or going over the events of the day, even though you’re not being active and doing nothing. That’s why it’s important to engage in active relaxation such as yoga, tai-chi, swimming, meditating, going for a walk or chatting and having fun with friends.

Even 5 minutes’ worth of relaxing, stretching and spending time outside can be beneficial. Getting some fresh air at bedtime is a good way to relax at the end of the day.

Consider keeping a journal to track your journey. This will let you look back at all that you’ve learned along the way and reflect on how you are overcoming challenges.
Finally, don’t put expectations on yourself. You are doing an amazing job as a parent and you’re learning all the time. Every experience offers an opportunity to learn, reflect and grow into your new role. Becoming a parent is a brand new experience, so embrace all the changes that come with it, and take your time getting to know your baby.

Tip: use Huggies® Wipes to make cleaning quick and easy. Wipe away small every day messes as you go, saving yourself some time so you can have an extra five minutes to relax and recuperate.
Natalie Lee-1363

Huggies® Wipes Expert - Natalie Lee

Natalie Lee is a midwife and baby feeding specialist. She’s got lots of advice to offer about caring for newborn skin and managing your first few weeks as a parent.

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The first few days

Set everything up at home, such as the cot, car seat and buggy. Testing is useful - imagine having to set up the car seat for the first time with a crying newborn in your arms.

Don’t make any plans. Just spend some time with your baby and get to know each other.

Medical advice is there for a reason, but isn’t always practical. If you’re out and about and can’t use cotton wool and water, a chemical-free wipe like Huggies® Wipes is perfect.

Huggies® Wipes are made from natural fibres, are 99% water-based and contain no nasties, leaving baby’s skin clean and nourished.
Bonding with baby

Skin to skin contact is key. If it’s cold, use a blanket. Hearing your heart beat has a calming effect on them, and will bring you two closer.

Bathing is great for bonding, and soothing for baby. Get a baby holder that leaves your hands free. And use your elbows to check the temperature.

Allow yourself plenty of time to immerse yourself in your little one’s routine.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body, and baby’s skin can be really dry in the first few weeks. Use Huggies® Soft Skin Wipes to nourish and protect baby’s skin, allowing you to connect with baby as you gently clean her.
Cleaning and caring for baby from day one

Baby’s skin is very sensitive in the beginning, and can get red blotches if irritated. It will get less sensitive as they grow up, but it’s always best to stick to a wipe that’s natural and pure, such as Huggies® Wipes.

They contain no alcohol or parabens. And to make extra sure, always try a wipe on your own skin before using it on your little one.

Always have your change bag with you, and keep it fully equipped. That means nappies, wipes, muslins, a spare set of clothes and a toy to distract them.

Newborn skin can be extremely delicate. To protect and clean your baby’s skin, try Huggies® Pure Wipes, which are hypoallergenic and clinically tested to use on newborn skin. They feel just like cotton wool and water, and are a great way to gently clean baby.
Caring for yourself too

Cook in bulk and freeze meals. It will give you more time for yourself - or to handle one of the many other tasks you’ll inevitably encounter as a parent!

Don’t forget to get to sneak in some nap time for yourself. Your newborn will be up every 2-4 hours, and every wink of sleep will help.

No one expects you to do everything on your own. So when friends and family offer to cook or clean, just say yes! And if there’s no help, don’t feel bad that you don’t get things done - that’s just the nature of being a parent.

Give yourself a big pat on the shoulder for every little achievement. Remember, you’re doing great!

To save yourself time and effort on the go, keep some Huggies® Wipes handy in your Style On The Go refill bag. It makes cleaning up unexpected messes easy and quick.