|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!|
Giving birth to a child is a miracle. It is the essence of life. However, it's pretty demanding and daunting. Some mothers decide to put it all out of their minds until it happens but the doctors advice against it. According to latest researches in the field, women with knowledge ahead of time participate better in birth process, kids' education and raising. The kind of information needed can be found easy these days with the Internet and communication opportunities we all have. However, specialists must be asked always when health is considered. My personal advice is to go to a therapist first before putting your whole faith in Internet sources.
#1 Find a doctor for you and your baby. Searching the most suitable doctor is time consuming. Right after pregnancy confirmation, start looking for a pediatrician. The influence of this person on you and your kid will be huge so be extremely picky. You may even put down a list of three or four different specialist and write each one's pros and cons. You also must rely a lot on your personal sixth sense. Feel the people.
A quick chat to the insurance company will also be a good idea. Check which doctors in the area the company covers, what is your maternity care and the benefits you gt for labor.
#2 Partner's consensus
Getting on the same page with the partner is not second in our list by a coincidence. Without proper support and understanding from the other person you'll face huge difficulties fighting adversities. However, do not expect him to know everything. You need to talk to him and explain how you feel. Don't assume your partner knows it all and have just the right package of actions prepared up his sleeve. This won't happen until you start talking to him and explain what you expect and how.
#3 Veteran moms give handy tips
Many of the major problems of a pregnant woman remain under wraps. These are the topics experience can be helpful. Talk to other moms and trough that conversation many obvious solutions to natural problems will pop up into your mind.
|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.|
#4 Older siblings must be on the same frequency as you are.
The baby's birth may rock your older child's world even more than your own one. To prevent that, some parents use baby dolls. These should make kids get used to the idea that baby is coming and to understand what it means for themselves.
Another way of introducing the older child's mind to the idea is to visit thematic classes. These are tailored to explain to the kids what is going to happen, why and how. This should make diapering and breastfeeding familiar to the kid.
Find someone to take care of the older child during delivering. On the first day when the older brother or sister come to visit you in the hospital, put the baby in the bassinet and hug the older one strong. This should explain him/her that he/she is still as important for you as before and that will never change.
Pets need to understand what is happening too. Special classes are designed for them too, so take advantage of these.
#5 Help is needed after the birth
Grandmas and other relatives should be lined up for help. They come extremely useful when you focus your entire mind on the baby. Everything else should be handled by them and if they are patient and understanding you'll never mention the work that's being done around you. Do not try to be a superhero mom. Accept and even ask for help.
#6 Purchase everything you need
Getting a baby seat, all the necessary safety features is a must. You must stay focused and try not to get overboard by spending too much for unimportant things.
Having the whole house repaired and ready for the baby is obvious “must do”. What we forget is the cleaning afterwards. Vapors, dust and bacteria should be removed from the room early enough. Professional carpet cleaners Enfield remind of the air cleanness importance. They recommend in their tutorials each young mother to have an air cleaning machine in the room where the baby is. The close contact with nature is another necessity. Young parents should do their best to go out with the kid as much as possible. This improves the immune system.
Hopefully with these simple tips, each mother will feel comfortable and prepared during pregnancy, labor and after that.
|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.|