|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 strollers are probably the best thing that you can buy for your baby. If you are thinking of an ideal gift, to give to a friend's baby shower, then also it is a good choice. If you are going to the supermarket to buy things, you will definitely like your baby to accompany you, unless there is someone at home to look after. A stroller will be pretty much helpful in such a situation. Your baby will also enjoy these little outings. While buying a stroller, you should check a few factors. You definitely won't like invest your money unwisely.
Things should be checked are described below.
Most of the strollers offer harness system to secure your baby in the stroller. As the baby grows he/she understands the mechanism and learns to free himself/herself from it. You have to opt for a harness system that is strong and complicated enough for the baby.
The stroller must be strong to be able to carry big babies, because you are not going to buy a stroller for your toddler every year. Good investment for once is wise and suitable. Checking the capacity of the stroller is quite mandatory for this purpose.
|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.|
You also have to be sure that the stroller you are buying is stable. It should be stable enough both for smooth footpath and little bumps and potholes in the way.
Most importantly you have to be sure when you are going to use the stroller. If you are a jogger and want your baby to accompany you for jogging, a lightweight jogging stroller is best. For other purposes, a regular one will do.
The stroller must not be heavy. It should be comfortable enough both for the baby and you. It should have height adjusting facility suiting people of various heights.
It must have handy pockets and storage area to carry things the baby may need. If the baby gets thirsty or bored or needs a changing, it can be done without any hassle.
Most importantly it should be easy to fold and store. So when you are not using it or your baby outgrows the stroller, you can store it conveniently.
Various types of baby strollers are available in the market. You can opt for any one of them depending on your affordability. You should remember to do a thorough research and opt for the best stroller.
|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.|