|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!|
Having a baby is one of the momentous occasions in a couple's – and particularly a woman's – life. It signals the beginning of a whole new life for the new parents – one that is filled with the ultimate joy and happiness, but also one of responsibility of taking care of the newborn and raising him/her properly. But before your friends embark on their journey as parents, it is important to congratulate them with presents that celebrate their new lives. But choosing gifts for the baby can prove to be one of the most difficult tasks, with options galore. In such a situation, opting for preset newborn baby gift baskets can prove to be your savior.
Newborn baby gift baskets are unique baby gift baskets that have all the essential items needed for a newborn baby's nourishment. So, when you are looking to express your joy and happiness to your friend on welcoming their new baby into this world, nothing is better than the gift basket. When choosing a gift basket for a newborn, make sure that you aren't including a lot of paper fill, and are loading it up with practical items that will come of its use. Also ensure that you select items that will come into their use in the near future and not something that could be utilized a few years down the line. Remember, you will have plenty of gift giving opportunities. With these in mind, you are ready to pick a unique baby gift basket.
|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.|
So, what are the different themes that newborn baby gift baskets come in? To start with, is the most obvious one – clothes. From bathrobes to bibs to blankets to sweaters, there are plenty of options to choose from, and you can mix and match to create a basket full of apparels that will make the baby the apple of their parents' eyes. Next up are toys, with this being the most confusing of them all. With hundreds of options to choose from, your guess is as good as the next guy's, so take your time before coming to a final decision. Next is an interesting selection of gifts: the accessories. You can choose from hats and towels to rocking chair and rocking horse, there are no dearth of options here either.
When it comes to selecting gifts for babies there is no shortage of options whatsoever. So keep confusion at bay, to mix and match or create a unique baby gift basket on a theme to congratulate your friends on the birth of their child.
|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.|