|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!|
After a pregnancy many women bemoan the fact that they cannot lose their baby weight and fit into their pre-pregnancy clothes. They are so busy with their new baby and trying to keep up with this new lifestyle that they don't have a lot of time to exercise or do things for themselves since all of their attention is focused on their new baby.
There is a way, however, for new moms and their children to spend time together and for a mother to exercise at the same time. Jogging strollers like city select strollers are perfect for the busy mom who wants to get a workout into her day. The great thing about city mini strollers is that they are incredibly portable.
Maybe you are not lucky enough to live right next to a park. If you want to go for a ride before your jog, you are in luck. These strollers are only about fifty pounds and fold easily. They fold so easily that some dexterous moms can actually do this with one hand holding the baby and one hand folding the stroller! These are perfect for storing in the car on the way to your favorite jogging path.
|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.|
It is not only the moms who get something out of a jogging stroller. The child gets benefits from being outside as well. Sunshine and fresh air are components of a happy, healthy, well rounded child. It also starts antibodies forming to prevent allergies and other ailments that children who do not go outside as often will fall victim to.
When purchasing a city select stroller you are sure to get a great stroller. Young infants need cushioning and reinforced seating. They also need proper restraints and shades to cover their delicate skin from the sun. You'll find all of these features on a city mini stroller and many more. Check the reviews of the products from moms just like you and you'll find the best one for your needs. You can find reviews and safety concerns at most websites that sell the strollers. Once you find a brand you like, stick with it!
If you are trying to get back down to your pre-pregnancy weight and fit into your “skinny” jeans again, try jogging as an exercise. You will be with your baby and you'll be slimming down at the same time. That's what moms are best at, multi-tasking!
|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.|