|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 the right furniture for kid's room is a very challenging task because the mood of the kids is very swinging and thus, what they liked at the shop may not like the same after coming to the home. Therefore, choosing kid's furniture which is cute, funny, and unique and parallelly looking for the comfort level of the furniture is such a hectic task. So, it is good to follow some basics before choosing the right furniture for kids' room and nursery.
The size of the furniture- The furniture you choose should be in precise size so that the kid may reach out to it and does not need help every time they use a furniture. Whether it's a bed or shelves, the height of the furniture should be in reach with them so that they can comfortably use them. Also, putting furniture at the height of the wall, may force the child to reach out to the shelves with the help of putting down a chair or table and standing on it. This can be dangerous to the safety of kids as they can fall down from a chair or a table and can get injured.
|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.|
Proper storage- The first priority of kids is to give space to their toys in the room and thus, you need a kids furniture which is having a lot of storage space. With the sufficient storage space, kids can keep their toys in the place and the room will not look a messy place. Also, there must be sufficient space for storing kid's other stuff such as books and clothes.
Floor space- There must be plenty of floor space where the kids can spend time with their toys. Fix the furniture in the wall corners of the room so that there will be enough floor space for kids to play. And thus, don't make the room filled with furniture all around.
Durability- The kids are always in hurry with everything so prefer the furniture which is made up of durable woods as they won't be using it with so much care as we do.
Properly pinned- Make sure that the irons pinned in the furniture are properly hammered and nothing is coming out of the furniture. If the irons are not properly pinned, it can hurt the kids while playing around.
Personalize the room- The kids furniture would not work alone for designing the kid's room. Decorate the room with fun stickers like animals, space, cartoons, or you can also use their edited photographs for decorating the walls. This will give them a feeling of having a personalized room. You can also use the colors which they love and allow them to paint the walls in their own way. Doing this will make the room the most favorite place in the house for kids.
|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.|