Infant Newborn

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!

Additional Information:

If you are planning to have a baby shower, there are a lot of options that you can consider for the themes that you can use. The event can have decorations based on a green theme. The green theme idea is not literally about using color green decorations. It means that you have to consider some decorations and other stuffs for your baby shower that are eco-friendly. This theme will help you save more money for the baby shower and it is also a best way to promote a healthy environment and build awareness on the benefits of recycling products.

Once you already decided on the theme that you want for your baby shower, the next step will be the preparation for the invitations. You can consider using recycled card stocks since you will be taking a green theme for your baby shower. To add more detail on the card, you can place some images and designs. You can also add an explanation on why you decide to use the said theme. It is also best if you put a small message on the card and ask the guests to wear something that can match the theme of the baby shower. You can also consider sending invitations through their email to save more money.

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.

The event can be held on your backyard if you have any, or you can hold the even on the beach or a spacious garden. People often use balloons or streamers as decoration for the event. It is best if you consider biodegradable materials for your decoration. It is best if you can also find decorations that are eco friendly like bamboos, beautiful rocks and candles. It is best if you put a touch of flowers and plants on the decoration.

Another decoration that you might consider is fruits and you can place them on top of the tables. It is advisable to use a white table cloth for baby showers. The use of these decorations only means that the look of elegance does not only depend on the price of the decorations.

For the baby gifts, you can ask them to change their wrapping materials. Actually, you can ask them to place the gifts on an eco friendly wrapper depending on their choice. Always remember that you do not have to rely on these gifts and you are still the one responsible on supplying the needs of your child.

If you are going to give some thank you gifts, the best gifts that you can consider are thank you notes made from recycled materials. The gifts must always be based on the theme that you choose so always consider this if you prefer a different gift. You must always remember that a baby shower is considered as a tradition from most countries around the world and it is already part of the culture.

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.
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