|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!|
Decorating for a Baby Shower can be very amazing and rewarding with decorations along with party supplies and of course, a baby shower party be sure to incorporate them with the games, food, and other supplies. Depending on the location and size of the baby shower, the decorations may vary, but most often the decorations will not only be colorful, but will flow and fill the room. More often than not, most people will find that the Baby Shower decorations that are used for this party are very similar to traditional party decorations, but with a touch of sweetness added.
First, don't let the size of the task overwhelm, it will be fun with the proper planning and allotment of time. Therefore create a plan for the Baby Shower and start decorating and locating party supplies and decorations. Most often locating Baby Shower decorations can be done quite easily, but having a specific theme will make party preparation much easier. Don't be scattered, decide on a theme and basic tone for the party. As with other party decorations, Baby Shower decorations can vary somewhat and for this reason reveal a little personality in the mix and look for baby shower decorations that stand out. For instance, if the mother to be is expecting a boy, then the decorations should be in shades of blues with items such as trains, trucks and sporting goods. For baby girls use baby shower decorations that are soft, sweet, pastel colors with floral patterns or perhaps butterflies.
|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.|
If the baby's sex is known then it is traditional to go with pink for girls and blue for boys, but if not, consider a rainbow of pastel colors. There are beautiful baby shower decorations that include centerpieces with a mother and child theme. Try making a unique centerpiece that is made from items the mother-to-be can take home and use with the baby, like small toys or baby bibs. There is no end to the types of centerpieces that can be used at a baby shower.
Additionally other Baby Shower decorations can add to the party. Decorations such as garden flags (welcoming guests to the party), door and wall banners, party streamers, colorful balloons and table ware (plates, cups and bowls) will make the party decorations complete. Most people will find that these items along with basics such as tablecloths and napkins will add to the elegance of the party while providing a great welcoming to the guests.
|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.|