|Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby|
|You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.|
|Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn|
|When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!|
Baby food habits
Baby food is that which is tender and easily swallow able. It is said that babies are made by their eating habits. From the very childhood this is what forms their future dietary structure so it is highly needful to shape the habits of eating accordingly. From the onset if your child is exposed to a well-balanced diet, then it acts as a shield to protect from most predictable ailments that might crop in future.
The baby's digestive pattern is weaker and does not have the capacity to take in as much of food as an adult. So there lingers the need for repetitive diets for children. Every time they eat, they should be given a different kind of nutrient. It is essential to give your baby a mixed diet. Every other food has a different food value to offer. Indulge your baby in a wide variety of eatables that gives him a healthy diet making him grow as a healthy and developed individual.
Necessary dietary supplements for babies
Carbohydrates (bread, rice, potatoes, etc) – Should be given during lunch or dinner in order to give them the vigor to grow and develop.
Vitamins and Minerals (fruit and vegetables) – Either given as after meals or mid meals, fruits and vegetables offer them the basic strength to act.
Protein and Calcium (dairy products like cheese, yogurt, milk, etc) – A little added to heavy meals will enhance the dietary value.
|Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch|
|If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.|
|Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped|
|At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.|
Other than these,meat, fish and eggs are rich in fatty acids and are mandatory on baby diets once he/she is of six months or older. Pulses, whole grains and lentils are also ideal sources of proteins. Butter, cakes, biscuits are high in sugar content and are rich sources of minerals.
The crucial part of a baby's diet
Although your baby has started surviving on outside foods now, but till 12 months it's advisable that babies drink around 500 ml of breast milk daily. Breast milk is the ultimate source of power for babies. No matter what nutrients you are feeding your baby with, breast milk cannot compensate any other baby food. The basic nutrient lies with this. In case your baby has an aversion to this, try to mix it with other forms of liquid and feed the baby.
Buying baby products online
Online baby shopping gives you variety of choices, shoe using tips as well as makes available some great baby brands that are not so easily available. There are too many choices when you come to clothes, footwear and baby safety products online but some least risk is involved in the process too. When buying products for your baby make sure the choice sticks to simple and trusted products. Especially when it comes to foods, one has to exercise a lot of prudence. The foremost thing that should be kept in mind is to find the right food product that you can afford to give your baby. Another mandate is to check each of the ingredients and record the nutrition value attached. The time and date of manufacture and expiry are also supposed to be kept in mind. To buy baby products online one has to have knowledge as well as understanding of the prevalent market conditions of baby products. On one hand while you are given numerous benefits with online shopping, it involves the risk of ending up buying the wrong product on the other hand. For moms with just born babies, online shopping is one of the best ways to shop wise and well.
|Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings|
|When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!|
|Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad|
|Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.|