|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!|
When your child demonstrates the readiness signs, it means that it's time to provide him/her with the potty training 3 days method. In this article, you are going to learn about the initial steps to potty train your baby.
Keep a Patient Behavior
- The greatest weapon you need in order to potty train your baby is “patience”. You must keep this in mind that although potty training is a natural procedure but it takes time. Close your ears to the experiences of the people claiming that they potty trained their kids in just four to five days. Some of the people might even criticize you for starting too late claiming that they potty trained their kids during the first six months of their birth. Remember that every child possesses different and unique physical needs, so it doesn't mean that if your first child got potty trained in three months then your second one will also take the same time.
- You must prepare yourself for any failure or accidents that can happen during the phase of potty training. You child might pee over the floor or in the car, but you must remain calm. Similarly, you must also train your child to remain calm in such instances and confidently cope with these situations.
- Be gentle and encouraging towards your child.
- Learn to differentiate between the requirements of day-time potty training and night-time potty training.
Motivate Your Child
- Next step is to motivate your child for potty training. In order to motivate your baby, you can get an attractive training potty-pot for him. These potty-pots are available in different forms and shapes. Some are available in the form of replicas of original bathroom seats while others are available possessing the shapes of famous cartoon characters. Pick the one that might tempt your child towards potty training. You might also get a removable potty seat for the toilet, so when your baby has been trained, he could sit on that potty seat.
- When you have trained your child and decide to shift him to an actual toilet seat, then you must also get a footstool for your baby. This stool will not only help your child in climbing to the toilet seat, but it will also prevent him from slipping while sitting on the toilet seat.
- After you have got the required equipment for potty training, you need to make a selection of the correct time during which you are going to potty train your kiddo. You must keep this in mind that time holds great importance when it comes to the results of potty training. If you potty train your baby during the summers, then the chances for success are relatively high as compared to training provided during winters. Don't potty train your baby if it is under some sort of stress. Babies can easily get stressed if they are exposed to sudden change. Change of accommodation and arrival of a new sibling might put your child into stress so he might not show any interest towards potty training.
- You must also work on setting up a specific routine in order to potty train your kid. If you make him sit on the potty-pot after every two hours, then you must stick to the timings. This way your baby will find it easy to adapt to those timings.
- At first, you must try to make your baby sit on the potty-pot for three to four times. The sitting duration must not be more than three to five minutes. Gradually you must increase the sitting duration and decrease the interval between the potty episodes.
- Try to make your baby sit on the potty-pot at the times when you think that he will definitely pee. For instance, make him sit on the potty-pot right after waking up. You must also make him sit when he eats or drinks something. One sitting before bed is also necessary.
Make potty time interesting
|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 your child feels scared by this potty training thing, then try to make it interesting for him. First of all, you must properly introduce him to the pot. Tell him how to sit on it and the basic purpose of the pot.
- At the start, the potty-pot must be placed in the kid's playroom so he might have fun spending time on the potty-pot. You should also sit near your child and put some colorful books around him or his favorite toys. If the baby is indulged in playing with toys or gazing at colorful pictures, he won't feel bored while sitting at the pot. You can also read a story to him.
- There are various potty training apps available these days on Android and iPhones. Try to instill interest in your child with the help of these apps.
Demonstrate to your baby that how the toilet actually works
- Most of the parents make the mistake of not properly introducing the potty to their kids. Remember, like all the other things your kid also needs to learn about the importance and need of a toilet. So you must properly explain to him that what is a toilet and how it works. For this purpose, you can use different methods.
- The first method that you can use is to take a dirty nappy and empty the contents of that nappy into the potty-pot. You must also flush those contents so the baby can understand that this is the place where pee and stool are disposed of.
- You can also take the baby on the toilet trips with you whenever you feel the need to go to the toilet. Let the baby sit on his potty-pot on the side of the toilet so he can see and copy you.
Teaching your kids the fundamentals of toilet
- You must let your kid spend at least 15 to 20 minutes on the potty- pot.
- You must teach your kid how to correctly pronounce the toilet-related words.
- Learn to understand the potty needs of your kid and keep on asking your child whether he needs to go to the toilet.
- Gradually reduce the nappy-time.
- Teach your kiddo the correct method to wash or wipe himself or herself after using the pot.
- Remind your child to always wash his hands using an anti-bacterial hand-wash after he has finished using the toilet.
After you have trained your child for the daytime toilet, you must move on to the next step which is to train your child for nighttime toilet.
|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.|