|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!|
This is a list of things that you can get your partner or husband involved in before your baby arrives. The important thing is that it will make him feel like he has something useful to do. Men often feel left out when a baby is on the way as all of the attention is aimed at you as the new Mom. Plus, they can see all of the changes that are taking place in terms of your physical and hormonal state and this can leave your loved one feeling a tad out of control of the situation.
So why not help him out and let him go ahead and make sure that all of the items listed below are going to be at hand once you come home from the hospital with your new baby.
|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 most obvious items you will need are diapers and wipes so that you will not end up in a situation where you have to rush off to the local store while your poor new baby is screaming the house down because he or she has a full diaper.
- You will also need a barrier cream to smooth over your babies bottom in order to avoid nappy rash.
- First aid is something that is also of the utmost importance. Make sure you have a kit to hand and also that you have compiled a list of emergency telephone numbers such as that of your local health care worker, emergency center at the hospital and your local poison center. It would be prudent to tape this to the fridge or a cupboard door where it can easily be found. Make sure that it is in the vicinity of your telephone so you can call whilst looking at the list.
- Fever can be one of the first problems that your new baby has, ensure that you purchase a thermometer which is either battery operated or is digital. These types of thermometer are far more accurate than the traditional brands and will last you well into your child's school years.
- Nasal congestion can occur in new babies as they get used to breathing the air around them as oppose to be being protected inside the womb. If this problem does occur, it would be handy to have a syringe or bulb made specifically for removing mucus in the nasal passage.
- When you have purchased the above 2 items you will also need some alcohol that will enable you to sterilize them after use.
- It is important that you have a gentle soap for cleansing, especially when your child gets a cut or graze. Be aware that the traditional liquids such as iodine are no longer recommended as they are considered to be too aggressive to the skin.
- There is also a good amount of struggle that goes on when changing a diaper, having toys handy such as a baby phone, rattle or mobile with give your little one something to focus on while you get their bottom cleaned.
|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.|