New Baby Guide

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:

After you bring home your newborn baby, you will quickly realize that it is important for you to have a safe place for him or her to sleep. Your baby will spend a lot of time in his or her crib, and it is essential for you to plan carefully for the right crib for your child. There are a number of different cribs that are available on the market today. Some of the cribs are better than others. However, if you take the time to take a few different factors into consideration, you can be sure that your baby will be safe and comfortable while they are sleeping in their new bed.

Safety

Of course, when it comes to finding a crib, you should think about your baby's safety. An essential part of being a parent is making sure that your child is safe at all times, this means that you should do whatever you can to ensure that your child will be safe in his or her crib. There are a number of different companies that make cribs; however, you should take the time to make sure that the crib that you have chosen to purchase has been tested. There are companies that specifically deal with ensuring that products are safe for babies to use. You can check with the companies on the Internet to make sure that the crib that you are thinking about purchasing has passed all of the safety tests.

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.

Slats

All of the cribs that you find will have slats on them. These slats have space in between them that allow the baby to look outside of the crib; however, they also keep your baby safe. In order for you to make sure that your child will not get hurt by putting their hands and feet through the slats, you should make sure that the slats are just over 2 inches apart. If your baby can put his or her body parts through the slats, then he or she can be seriously injured.

Adjustable

You will want to make sure that whichever crib you purchase allows you to be able to adjust the height of the mattress. When your baby is small, you can have the mattress raised up a bit, so it will be easier for you to be able to reach your child. However, as your baby grows, you will want to be able to lower the mattress. This will help to keep your baby from being able to stand up and fall over the side of the crib.

If you would like to save money in the end, then you may want to consider purchasing a convertible crib. These cribs can be turned into a child-sized bed as your little one gets older.

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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