|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!|
An infant needs more than 15 hours of sleep in a day. But, due to one or the other reason, he/she is not able to complete the sleep cycle. One of the prime reasons for this phenomenon is that the babies are often covered with loose laid blankets, which cause problems while sleeping. Due to continuous body movement at night the babies tend to kick off the blankets. Cases have been reported were the babies succumbed to death because they got entangled in loose bed sheets or blankets. Such kind of unfortunate phenomenon is termed as SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Though there are various reasons of SIDS, such as spinal injury, bacterial infection, maternal smoking, and central respiratory pattern deficiency, the most common one is death due to loose bedding. The baby gets suffocated to death due to various items like heavy duvets, pillows and stuffed toys. To prevent SIDS, many companies have come up with different types of baby sleeping bags.
|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.|
The sleeping bags are available with zippers and well-designed arm & neck holes. The material of the sleep sack is extremely cosy and skin friendly. While sleeping the baby remains comfortable and the sleeping bag does not allow the baby to wiggle out of it. The cocoon like shape of the sleep sack keeps the safe and secure at night. These sleeping bags for babies not only provide uninterrupted sleep but also help in maintaining rightful breathing in babies due to proper air-circulation. Parents can avail these sleep sacks in various colours and design.
These Sleeping bags for babiesare available with different TOG ratings depending upon the weather. Basically, these ratings denote the warmth of the blankets. The blanket or duvet with high TOG rating is best suited for cold climate while the one with lower TOG rating works well in summers. Earlier, going for camping with a baby used to be a problem with the parents and their baby won't sleep due to change in the environment. But these sleeping bags ensure comfortable sleep for the babies in outside trips as well.
The sleeping bags for babies are available in small, medium and large size and it is the most important thing while buying a sleeping sack. If the size of the sleeping bag is big, the baby can easily slip inside it, which would be uncomfortable for them. Moreover, parents must carefully zip the sleep sack and button it properly so that the infant sleeps comfortably.
|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.|