|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!|
Most of the families find it hard to find the perfect nanny candidate when they decide to have a one for home childcare. This may be a complicated process but here are simplified steps towards finding the best nanny for your child.
1. Analyzing Your Childcare Needs and Family Situation. Turn your focus into your own family instead of starting by seeing what nanny professionals can provide.
You have to consider these factors first before contacting an agency:
a. Do you want a nanny to live-in or live-out?
b. The kind of schedule the nanny is needed for.
c. The extra tasks like housework the nanny will be required to perform.
d. Whether they need to be provided a car, etc. to make her more efficient in her work.
You will also have to consider how much exactly you can afford to spend on their services. You have to take all that information and write it up in a formal job description. With this written description in hand, it's time to find one.
2. Start looking with referrals from other families and friends that are currently employing a nanny. It is likely that good reliable nannies working in your social circle or neighborhood will know where to refer your family to find the same, whether it be a friend, a former coworker, or a great agency.
|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.|
3. Consider the legal and technical details when hiring. Here are examples of the details that must be considered:
a. Proper nannies must be at least 18 years of age.
b. Have proof of immunizations, be in good health and physically fit.
c. Have received a high school diploma or equivalent.
If these basis are covered move on to a background check, a thorough interview, reference and work history check, and a review of everything from the nanny's driving record, criminal history, and educational background. It's always a good idea to do your own background check and examine also the credibility of the agency from which they come from. Always be sure a new candidate is legal to work in the United States before accepting her as an employee.
4. The child-nanny relationship is one of the most important. Spend time with her including one interview with her alone and another with her and the child together. Always be upfront and honest about expectations and job conditions during the interview, and don't be afraid to ask tough questions. This person will be taking care of your child, so you'll want the best possible candidate for the job.
The success in finding the best one for your child depends on the way you search and the process you take in your search. A nanny agency will make these things much easier for you. They will provide a scientific process from matchmaking to conducting extensive background checks and extensive interviews of candidates. While it is good to conduct nanny search by yourself, it is still better to leave things to professionals for your child.
|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.|