|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!|
Baby travel systems have become a popular baby product for many parents. This product has become an attractive option because it combines the benefits of a stroller system with a car seat to provide more flexibility. One of the biggest challenges new parents have is dealing with the challenge of traveling with their new baby. It can be a hassle because in the past each step in the process was fraught with challenges whether it was putting the baby in the stroller, taking the baby out of the stroller, putting the baby in the car seat buckling them up in the car seat, and finally taking them out of the car seat. The baby travel systems help better address these issues by making them easier and faster. Here, we take a look at how this is possible.
One way is in the design of the car seat. It is made so that it can easily be put into the car seat base in the car with a simple click of the button. This allows you to be able to very efficiently take the car seat in and out. This is helpful because customers can get in and out in seconds rather than having to wrestle with the car seat belts. This helps keep the stress levels down too as you don't have to worry about pinched fingers and more to make sure the child seat is properly connected or released.
|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.|
A second way this process is helpful is that the car seat can fit right on top of the stroller. This makes it really easy to put the baby in the stroller on the way to the car and then take the car seat out and put it into the car. The whole process is very seamless and it makes for a very efficient process when compared to the way things used to be done.
A third way this process is helped is that there are different options out there and what type of stroller you can get. You can find ones that offer the traditional 4 wheel design stroller but also ones that offer jogger strollers. The latter option gives people the opportunity to get a stroller they can actually get some exercise with. What is better is the more recent versions have made these strollers competitive alternatives to traditional strollers as they can be used in a variety of different settings. This is made possible because of scaled down design that has smaller wheels and an ability to lock and unlock the front wheel. These adaptations make it much easier to travel with the current versions of jogging strollers than in the past.
By keeping all these different things in mind, you should begin to see the power and value of baby travel systems. Although many of these systems are still a new concept to many people, this does not take away the benefits they can offer. As more and more people become aware of them, the demand for these systems has continued to grow.
|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.|