Caring For Your Newborn Baby

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!

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Unusual baby names seems to be popular among new parents today. Historically, parents have chosen to give their children more common, popular names. Times have changed, and so have moms and dads. Traditional is out and uniqueness and individuality are in, and names are chosen because parents like it, not based on popular consensus.

A child's name becomes who he or she is, or who the child identifies his or herself as. In many instances, it is also the first work the child learns to read, and even to write. Movies, celebrities, novels, television, everyday objects, and pretty much anything has become sources of inspiration for parents seeking originality.

With such an expansive trove of potential inspiration, where do you begin? For starters, let's look at names celebrities have given their children. Amongst the Hollywood crowd, uniqueness appears to be highly sought after for their offspring. Some recent examples: Beyonce and Jay-Z named their baby girl Blue Ivy, Alicia Silverstone is the mom of son Bear Blu, Gwen Stephani and Gavin Rossdale decided on Zuma for their daughter and Kingston for their son, while Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have children named Apple and Moses. Natalie Portman is the proud mom of son Aleph, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes named their little girl Suri, and Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon went with Monroe and Moroccan for their twins. Most recently, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have decided to name their new baby girl North with a full name of North West.

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.

Apart from more traditional names, having a unique name sets your child apart. To be certain, when you call your child's name in a crowd, he or she will distinctly know that it is their name being called.

In your search for a name, one great source of ideas may be another country or ethnic origin. Review some of the popular baby names lists in France, England or Italy. What may be a common name in another country is likely to be highly unusual in your own country.

Some parents, in their quest for originality, have decided to create an entirely new, original name of their own. Names can be created from a combination of two or three names, or using an anagram of a popular, common name. The girl's name Neveah is simply “heaven”spelled backward. Try to think of what other words, spelled backward, could make a lovely baby name.

Also a popular trend is giving an original spelling to a popular name. Replacing e or i with 'y', exchanging c for k, adding a silent h. The possibilities are endless!

Above all, remember that the name you choose for your child will be theirs for a lifetime and will go a long way toward forging their personal identity. Have fun, and good luck!

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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