|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!|
New parents are always concerned about every small thing regarding their baby and tend to be anxious because of all the responsibilities that come with having a child. For parents who are still grasping at straws when it comes to preparing for little one, it is always wise to get extra information on how to make the transition less hassle free. One of the most important concerns with a new baby is how to ensure that it will have a good night's sleep.
Baby bedding is among the many things that parents should arrange for before the baby comes. Infants spend most of their first few months in the crib, so it is imperative that their bedding is comfortable and safe. There are several things to consider when selecting bedding material. It is wise to consider safety and comfort first. Make sure that bedding essentials are soft and safe – the choice of fabric has a lot to do with this. Make sure you get sheets that are made of pure cotton or anything with a high thread count. The blanket also has to be thick enough to provide warmth during nights, but not so thick as to cause accidental suffocation.
|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.|
Studies have shown that baby bedding made from natural merino wool are excellent at maintaining a baby's comfort and well being compared with synthetic polyester filled sleep bags. Merino wool is able to maintain a comfortable micro-environment between the baby and bedding. It breathes and controls moisture, meaning that it has the natural ability to respond to changes in temperature. Thus, young ones can keep cool when it is hot and warm when it is cold.
Other things to consider when buying baby bedding include choosing interesting designs, which affects the baby's development. Choosing colourful patterns is a great idea as well as animal prints in neon or pastel colours. Cartoon characters are also a lovely choice when it comes to baby bedding. Baby bedding includes sheet, blankets, mattress and the crib, so be wise with your money when selecting baby bedding.
A sleeping baby is a happy and healthy baby, and parents should do the best to ensure that your child sleeps restfully and safely. By having comfortable baby bedding, your child can drift off to dreamland in a snuggly environment. For better sleep, use merino baby bedding, which will ensure your little one is safe and sound. You will have peace of mind knowing that your baby is not too hot or cold, and is in the best possible bedding.
|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.|