|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!|
In most cases, the babies are not that adaptive and resistant to cold as adults are and you need to be extra careful if you want to keep your baby safe and healthy. The winter might be quite dangerous to your baby's health and some safety precautions must be undertaken. However, don't think that you have to overdress him. Here's more information for you to soak up, especially if you are a parent for a short time and you are interested in keeping your baby as healthy and comfortable as possible.
1. Extremities. It is vital to keep your baby's head, feet and hands protected. Usually, those are the most exposed and vulnerable parts, even for adults. Therefore, make sure that you buy a hat that completely covers your infant's ears. A scarf would also be very helpful. Secondly, make sure that you keep your feet warm by purchasing adequate shoes. Also, the hands must be protected with gloves as well. Make sure that your kid is feeling comfortable as well. Try to opt for shoes that are not that heavy and they have fur. In some cases, you can use the scarf to cover his nose as well, if the day is too cold.
|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.|
2. Extra blanket just in case. It is a good idea to take with you an extra blanket as well. Whether if you travel with car or you just go for a walk with your little one, keep in mind that you can't possible know if your baby is warm and comfortable enough. If you hear him crying or screaming a little bit then it perhaps means that he is cold. That extra blanket might be very helpful in those moments. You can touch his hands and cheeks in order to find out how comfortable and warm the child is.
3. Keep it simple. Remember that you don't need to be overprotective and overdress your infant. You don't need to let it tremble because of coldness either but if he it is too warm, it can be quite uncomfortable. Just make sure that you dress him as you dress. For any eventuality, try to have another jacket or coat with you all the time, if it makes you feel safer. As another tip, try to avoid going out with your kid in very cold winter days because it can damage his health.
It is highly recommended to get your kid out in winters because it is beneficial to his health. If you dress him correctly and he is feeling warm and comfortable, it can be quite an exciting for both you and your kid. Additionally, you can speak with your pediatrician and ask him for more information regarding this subject. He will be able to tell you more details regarding what your kid should wear and when.
Also, by protecting him at this fragile age, he will stay healthy and he will develop a strong immune system. On the other hand, if the child is constantly ill during his infancy, it can possible affect his development and he might have poor health later one. Make sure that you avoid this by treating your baby with the upmost care and protection!
|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.|