6 Good Parenting Tips for First Time Parents

The experience of caring for a newborn baby is life-changing for the parents. You think you have nine whole months to develop a game plan, but when the baby arrives, you realize that no amount of time will ever prepare you for this whirlwind journey. No matter how many parenting books you read or group sessions you attend, there will be new lessons to learn at every turn. Therefore, first-time parents need all the help that they can get.

Baby Dove understands how difficult and overwhelming this period can be. It is why we have compiled a list of crucial information to address the basics of parenting. You will find tips on everything, ranging from feeding your baby to getting them to fall asleep.

Before you embark on this beautiful journey, let us catch you up on some useful facts.

1. How to Hold Your Baby the Right Way?

Holding your baby in your arms and cradling them close to your chest is a wonderful feeling. But did you know a newborn’s neck is extremely fragile? Every time you pick them up, you must support their neck by cradling their head. Further, ensure their head is nested in the crook of your elbow and never left unsupported. To pick them up from the crib, slide one hand under their neck and another around their back to gently pick them up. Remember that children’s immunity is not as developed as that of adults. Therefore, always wash or sanitize your hands before holding your baby.

2. Breastfeeding 101: The Basics You Should Know

The first six months are a critical period for your baby’s health and nutrition. One of the most significant responsibilities of a parent at this time is to adequately feed their child. As a new parent, incorporating a feeding schedule for your little one can become quite hectic, and so, most mothers are advised to feed their babies on demand. You will know when your child is hungry because they’ll usually start crying to indicate their hunger. You can either breastfeed your baby or use a formula that is approved by your doctor.

For breastfeeding mothers, remember that babies tend to cluster feed or latch on for comfort, so you may have to feed them at all times of the day. For formula-feeding mothers, approximately 60–90 milliliters of milk is adequate for each feeding. It is natural to worry about your baby's nutrition and whether they are adequately nourished. So, if you need to assess it, check whether your child is gaining weight and sleeping soundly. Moreover, 6–7 diaper changes in a day are adequate indicators of your baby getting all the food they need.

3. Don’t Dread Diapering: We Got You!

Most parents agree that diapering is the least glamorous part of parenting. However, with a little practice, you'll find that keeping your baby clean and dry is super easy and much less messy! When diapering your baby, always ensure your hands are thoroughly washed, both before and after the change. Lay your baby down gently on a flat surface, and since babies move around a lot, give them a toy to play with. Use a wet washcloth to clean the genital area, and always remember to wipe front to back for female infants. Allow the area to dry before you put the diaper on. We recommend familiarizing yourself with diapers beforehand, which can save you time during an urgent diaper changing.

Pro-tip: Do not use perfumed wipes or powder on your baby’s skin since it could lead to rashes and discomfort. You can use the Baby Dove Rich Moisture Baby Wipes, which is fragrance-free, has 0% alcohol, and has a mild formula that leaves your baby’s skin moisturized.

4. Bath Time Basics: Things to Remember

Bath time is a special time for the parents because you get to intimately bond with the baby and create fun memories. Remember that your baby’s skin is 30% thinner than adult skin and loses moisture after every bath. For the first month or so, you should give your baby a mild sponge bath two or three times a week. Dip a sponge or soft washcloth into lukewarm water and gently wipe your baby’s skin from head to toe. You can use the Baby Dove Baby Wipes to clean your child since it is super gentle on your baby’s skin and retains natural moisture.

Later, switch to a tub bath that gives your baby enough space to move. Ensure the water is lukewarm and pleasant to the touch. Gently place your baby in the tub and use a wet washcloth to wipe their body. Next, use Baby Dove Shampoo with a mild, no-tear formula that keeps your baby’s eyes safe. Post shampooing, use our moisturizing Baby Dove Body Wash to cleanse your child and gently nourish their skin. Since bathing may strip away moisture from the skin, this tip-to-toe body wash is carefully formulated with prebiotic moisture to prevent your baby’s skin from drying out.

After the bath, pat the infant dry and wrap them securely in a towel to ensure they are not cold. Now, gently massage them with Baby Dove Lotion to moisturize their dry skin post-bath and dress them immediately after. This lotion is hypoallergenic and locks in moisture for up to 24 hours.

5. Bonding With Your Little One

During the first few weeks, parents experience an intense emotional connection with their baby, which is often known as “bonding.” It’s a deep emotional attachment that you develop toward your child, and it often becomes the foundation of a loving relationship. Moreover, bonding can happen in many ways. First-time parents can give their little ones a soothing massage to spend some quality time with them.

Squeeze a few drops of the Baby Dove Baby Lotion onto your hands, rub them together, and gently massage your baby. Use light, circular motions, and notice how your baby responds to different patterns to figure out what they like. Other activities such as singing or reading aloud could also help you feel closer to your baby and attune them to your voice.

6. It’s Nap Time for Your Precious

Whether through bedtime stories or lullabies, parents have different rituals to put their little ones to bed. Unfortunately, the struggle of sleepless nights and unexpected 3:00 am diaper changes is a rite of passage for all new parents. The baby may wake up at odd hours during the night since newborns sleep for only two to four hour periods at a stretch.

Place your baby’s crib in your room for the first six months to keep a check on them through the night. Ensure that the baby is placed on their back while sleeping to lessen the likelihood of suffocation. If you want to spend some more bonding time with your baby while putting them to sleep, consider giving your child a soothing nighttime massage. If your baby is crying in their sleep, they may need to be changed or fed. Maintain a pleasant temperature in your room that is neither too hot nor too cold.


In this article, we’ve addressed some of the fundamentals of parenting that should prepare you for the journey ahead. As first-time parents, it is quite normal to be nervous, but don’t forget to enjoy the ride and savor every moment of this beautiful journey with your partner and newborn!