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This section provides unwed mothers and single mothers in Singapore with baby care tips for solo parenting. This section teaches you how to prepare for childbirth and take care of your newborn. Includes tips on feeding and bathing your child.
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Baby Care

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This section provides a summary of baby care tips as you take on your new mummy role. From baby health to breastfeeding know-hows, you can be better prepared in taking care of your baby. You can also consider subscribing to BabyCenter for free access to information related to baby care and growth.

 

Mummy Essentials

To prepare you ahead, we’ve come up with a little checklist of essential things you need.

  • Milk powder
  • Milk bottle
  • Diapers
  • Baby clothes (mittens and booties)
  • Wet wipes
  • Swaddling blankets
  • Baby carriers
  • Baby bath
  • Stroller

 

Read: Getting ready for baby

 

Budget Tips

There are many communities that offer second-hand baby products at cheaper prices. Visit New2U Thrift Shop , download the mobile app Bakipa or join any of the groups below for good deals:

 

2nd-hand Marketplace for Moms (Singapore)

Sincere Blessings for babies and mummies

Budget Corner

Preloved Baby Goods

Newborn Signs

It may be quite challenging to take care of your little newborn. Health institutions KK Women’s and Children’s HospitalHealth Promotion Board (HPB) and health site BabyCenter offer you valuable information. Find out why the baby catches a cough and cold, has diarrhoeavomits, develop colic (excessive crying), rashes and skin conditions. Therefore, it will be good to know the immunisations your baby needs and the skills you need throughout his growth.

Know Your Crying Baby

Find out through BabyCenter on reasons why your baby can cry and it can be stressful as you try to make him stop crying.

 

Read: What to do if my baby keeps crying

Watch: How to swaddle my baby

Feeding Your Baby

Breastfeeding

Mothers are recommended to breastfeed their baby during the first 6 months if she is physically and mentally prepared for the best source of nutrition. But it is not advisable if the mother has health issues as explained by Dr Peter Chew, an experienced doctor in Gleneagles Hospital.

 

Reasons for not Breastfeeding

  • Short nipples
  • Bacterial infections
  • Medical conditions (e.g. heart disease, cancer)
  • Taking certain medication
  • Insufficient nutrients in mother’s body
  • Metabolic diseases in baby

 

Preparing for Breastfeeding – Physical

  • Maintain a balanced diet (HPB recommended) during and after pregnancy (i.e. Have adequate meats, vegetables and fruits)
  • Visit the doctor for a breast examination.
  • Get suitable clothes, mainly a support nursing bra, loose blouse/T-shirt.

 

Preparing for Breastfeeding – Mental

  • Attend a breastfeeding workshop or find out more about it early.
  • Plan how long you would breastfeed your baby.
  • Be confident and positive that you can perform the task.

 

Breastfeeding Know-hows

  • Breastfeed your baby as soon as possible to build up your milk supply.
  • A healthy baby usually needs 8 – 10 feeds per day, or every 2-3 hours.
  • Collect your milk using a breast pump and store it in a bottle to continue your breastfeeding routines while working

 

Working mums, read: Breastfeeding Tips for working mums

 

Need Help?

Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group

Hotline: +65 6339 3558

 

Joyful Parenting and Breastfeeding

Hotline: +65 6488 0286

Milk Formula

There is always an alternative if breastfeeding doesn’t work out for you. Formula feeding can also be a healthy choice for your baby if you choose a suitable formula for him.

 

Read: How to buy baby formula

Subsequent Feeding

Milk alone is sufficient for first 6 months. Beyond that, your baby needs other food to complement his nutrition needs. If you’re unsure of what to feed your baby, check out the sites below with articles from Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and HPB.

 

Read: How to wean your baby off milk?

Read: Getting your baby used to solids

Bathing Your Baby

It is important to keep your baby clean and comfortable, especially taking care of his belly button to prevent infection. Find out tips on how to handle your baby’s bath.

 

Step 1: Ensure fans are switched off, with windows and doors closed.

Step 2: Prepare a large absorbent towel,  new clothes, a diaper, nappy cream and baby moisturiser (if necessary).

Step 3: Fill warm water in the bath tub to reach between five and seven cm high.

Step 4: Test water temperature by dipping your elbow into the water, temperature between 32ºC and 37ºC, water level of 8 to 10cm.

Step 5: Add a little soap-free baby wash.

Step 6: Place a muslin cloth beside the tub.

Step 7: Cradle baby gently and start bathing him.

 

Read: Your guide to bathing newborn

Diapering Your Baby

Learn basic steps from BabyCentre on how to change cloth diapers or disposable diapers for your baby. Ensuring good hygiene can protect him from getting diaper rashes, a very common symptom among babies.

 

Watch: How to change baby diapers

Read: How to wash baby cloth diapers

Getting Your Baby to Sleep

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital states that a full-term baby can sleep up to 16 to 18 hours in a day, but it is tough to know their sleeping patterns. You may end up having little or no sleep trying to help him sleep. By understanding baby sleep basics, both you and your baby can sleep better through the night.

 

Read: Ways to help your baby sleep

Finding a Caregiver

If you are unable to manage your child on your own, you can consider hiring a helper to relieve your load. Or, you can consider having a babysitter or finding infant care that suits your needs.

 

Procedure

  1. Engage an agency or hire directly through MOM
  2. Attend an orientation programme (if you are hiring a foreign helper for the first time)
  3. Select a suitable helper and set an agreement on the working conditions
  4. Prepare various documents before and after her arrival
  5. Pay levy within first month of her arrival

 

Read: All you need to know about hiring a foreign helper

Date

09/01/2016