|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!|
Choosing baby clothes is something that is at once fun and cute, but at the same time somewhat stressful and can be nerve racking. You will of course want to make sure that the clothes are comfortable, and if you're new to buying for a baby it can be hard to know what's appropriate or how to choose the clothes. At the same time if you are buying as a gift then it can be even harder buying for someone else's child.
If you find yourself buying baby clothes then and unsure of precisely what to buy, how do you go about choosing them and making sure that they're appropriate and fit well? Here we will look at some ideas to help you pick baby clothes for girls.
Size: First of all you need to know roughly the baby's size. If you are the parent then you will know the size and weight of your baby, and as they grow older you will know to simply progressively buy larger and larger clothes. Buying clothes as a gift for someone else's child however is more difficult and fraught with difficulty. The solution is to either ask the parents yourself and get the size precisely right or to make an educated guess. You can base this guess on age and you should know the age of the baby which will enable you to choose clothes roughly the right fit. Failing that though it's always safer to err on the larger side. If you aren't completely sure then buy big and you will have helped the parents out. The simple reason? Babies of course grow at an exponential rate, and this means that anything that fits them now will likely be too small within months. Buy clothes that are too big then, and soon enough they are going to be just the right size.
|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.|
Appearance: You should also choose baby clothes that are going to look good on the child, and by that we really mean 'cute'. A parent loves dressing their child up in clothes and making them into a 'little person' and by buying them cute clothes for their baby you can help them to do so (of course if it's your child then you can buy them anything you like!). Popular ideas are clothes with the baby's name on them, or with a funny image. For girls think of girl-ish colors and this will help people to identify the sex and avoid embarrassment.
Comfort: Perhaps most important is the comfort of the baby, and it's very important that the clothes fit well, be soft, and not itch, rub or scratch for the baby. Choosing comfortable clothes normally is just a matter of finding clothes that are very soft and that won't be too hot, but also making sure they fit well and that the baby isn't allergic to any of the materials.
Resilience: Baby clothes will go through a lot and will be washed a lot of times during their short life span, so be sure to pick clothes that can stand up to this punishment.
|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.|