How do I take care of the baby?
It sounds like your cousin is incredibly rude and ungreatful! If she is treating you like that when you are hosting her at your home, making you watch HER baby, and then expecting you to just magically know what to do without any experience, she certainly should NOT be getting on your case about how you care for him. If she doesn’t like how you care for him SHE should teach you and be greatful that you want to help her out, not be mean to you like you described! I’d kick her butt out of my house – actually, I’m too nice to do that – but I would tell her to either show me how to properly care for the child or tell her to take care of him herself. She is on vacation but her baby is still HER baby and HER responsibility.
First of all relax. No body is perfect for the first time with a baby. You have not had a child before, so you cannot think like his mom. It is rude that your cousin is expecting you to behave like a mom, when you have no experience. I am so sorry dear. He is not a very small baby. He is 10 months old, so it is not that hard. I have a 10 month old daughter. Babies that age just want somebody to play with them. So play with him as much as you can. If he becomes fussy it means he is hungry or is tired and wants to sleep. Try giving him some snacks, formula or what ever his mom gives him, if that doesn’t work then try putting him to sleep. Sometimes he might miss his mom and start crying. Keep toys that glow and have music in them handy because my daughter loves them, so guess he too likes them. That is pretty much. Take a look at his diaper from time to time, if it is soiled or wet then you might want to change them. It might be tricky to deal with them when changing diapers, so ask his
Maybe you should tell your cousin that you are not sure what to do with him, and she could give you some suggestions about what he likes to do. And maybe you could also ask her why she is leaving the baby with you and then being rude to you. If she is not grateful about your help then you should tell her that she is on her own. Just play with the baby, peek a boo is great at this age. I assume she brought some toys, lay a blanket on the floor and let the baby sit with the toys around him/her. You can sit with them and play too. They really do love attention at this age. Make sure to change and feed the baby too, naps are helpful. Good luck, and don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself.
Well, it’s really not that hard. But why is she dumping her baby on you knowing that you have no experience? I mean, you are 25, but that doesn’t mean you necessarily have experience with little ones. I wouldn’t do that with my son, but I guess she sees otherwise. I guess you’re just a great cousin for helping out! Honestly though, simply ask her what he needs, when nap time is, when does he need to eat, those types of things. Hopefully while you’re watching him he ends up taking a nap, and doesn’t poop! Good Luck with that little one!
Make sure he’s not hungry, that he is always dry and clean, and spend time with him. Babies love attention. And since mommy’s not giving it to him, it doesn’t mean he should be without. Talk to him, let him make you smile. I went on home school, and took care of my nephew until he was one. I just loved him so much. Still do. He’s now 8 years old, and I have 3 beautiful children of my own.