Baby Newborn Essentials

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!

Additional Information:

Getting ready for the arrival of the little one involves some planning and preparation. One of the most important things to plan for is the baby items you will require based on your lifestyle. Here is a step-by-step guide to planning your baby registry.

The first step is to decide what you will need to get for your baby, and then narrow it down to specific items. To help you make the right choices, it is a good idea to go online and read reviews and recommendations from others moms and moms-to-be. You can also find sites where you can view the online baby registry that other moms have put together. This can also help you in understanding different products and which ones might suit your personal parenting choices.
While you conduct your research for the baby registry, it is essential to put together a checklist. A checklist can serve as the starting point to record the items that you will need to welcome your bundle of joy. You can easily find popular sites with an online baby registry checklist, which will make buying items for baby very easy. These sites will have registries by other expectant mothers, which can provide you with invaluable advice and recommendations for baby products based on their personal experience.

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.

An online baby registry is an advantage, as some of your closest family and friends may not live near enough to attend your baby shower or come and meet you. This allows them to gift you with something they know you would like and have it shipped it to you. When choosing online stores, be sure to check their return policy, in case you need to return or exchange an item.

A note about registry etiquette – there are two ways that you can mention your baby registry. You can include the place or site you've chosen to place your baby registry using social media or emails. You can also mention it personally or on the phone when you are thanking guests who have accepted the invite for your shower.

The items you receive from your baby registry are all gifts of love and generosity to your child and should be appreciated. Remember to write your thank you notes!

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.
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