|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!|
Vehicle crashes can be the most terrible worry for every parent or care giver. They can result in serious injury for toddlers and children. Being sure that your son or daughter is correctly anchored in a safe and sound carseat will help lessen the potential risks considerably.
There are lots of different types of child car seats to select from and it may feel somewhat overwhelming trying to navigate through all the available information.
The paramount thing with regards to vehicle safety is to select a car seat which fits the youngster with regards to their weight, height and age. A carseat is not really reliable when the little one doesn't fit it properly. To begin with, you will require a newborn car seat, when leaving the hospital for taking your baby home. Then you'll have to modify the carseat as the little one gets bigger.
The Newborn or Baby Seat
The seat for the very young baby is easy to install and simply to secure in a vehicle. It doubles as a baby carry basket as they all come with handles for use when out of the vehicle. The big benefit of the infant car seat is the child is undisturbed when either placing them in the vehicle or taking the carry basket out.
The most widespread and safest is a backwards-facing seat. this type is very reliable and offers the most protection and security to your baby in the event of a collision.
It should be noted that to ensure maximum protection, be sure that it's installed according to the manufacturers recommendations. Do not install a back facing seat on the front seat of the vehicle if the vehicle is equipped with an airbag. Airbags can be a danger for young children of an age and size suited to a reward facing seat.
The newborn car seat is suitable for kids up to about one year old. This is a guide only as the weight restrictions will override the age limits. Be sure to double check the height and weight limits for the particular seat.
|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.|
Front Facing Seats
As soon as the child is about one year old or weighs twenty pounds it's time to switch to a front facing carseat. Children of this age will also want to look around and sit up rather than lie down. Proper installation is critical to the performance of these seats. Again, consult the manufacturers guide and read all the instructions thoroughly.
Most well know car seat brands provide video instructions online, which can be a great help in a step by step installation guide. In addition there are usually several ways to contact the manufacturers through their websites if you need additional help in installing the car seat.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides several inspection stations across the USA, where certified officers will inspect your car seat and advise about its suitability and installation. To find an inspection station in your area, you can visit the NHTSA website.
The Convertible Car Seat
This kind of car seat is designed to be altered when your toddler gets bigger. These types of seats include a five safety harness which is secured around the torso and also beneath with straps that are adjustable. They are designed to be used in a backwards facing configuration as soon as your child has outgrown its newborn car seat yet still not really big enough to take a seat in the front facing configuration.
As soon as they are old enough, the seat then converts to a front facing style. Commonly, these types of car seats can be utilized for youngsters up to around forty pounds, but be sure to check the user guide.
A Booster Car Seat
Once your son or daughter reaches 40 pounds in weight, it is time to switch to a booster seat. When your child is above 40 pounds it is time to change to a booster seat. A booster seat is essentially a base which elevates the child making it possible to use the regular vehicle seat belt. Most booster seats are suitable for children until they reach 80 pounds in weight.
|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.|