|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!|
Before the ultrasound technology was invented, our folks only depended on two things in determining the gender of their babies: wait for the baby to come out and consult traditional methods. Thanks to modern technology, mothers-to-be can now determine the gender of their baby as early as the six or seventh month of pregnancy. Despite this, there are still a lot of women today who turn to conventional methods and just for the fun of it more often than not.
One of the most popular methods used to predict the gender of the baby is by looking at physical signs such as the size and shape of the mother's bump or by observing physiological changes the mother is going through like vomiting in the morning or craving for certain types of food.
According to tradition, it's going to be a boy if:
- The mother does not experience morning sickness
- She doesn't look pregnant from behind
- The baby's position is high
- The mother's breasts have not grown much
- The mother is beautiful as ever
- The shape of the mother's nose has changed (usually grows bigger)
- The mother's stomach is as round as a basketball
It's going to be a girl if:
|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 baby is carried low
- The mother's breasts have grown bigger dramatically
- The mother experiences morning sickness
- The mother doesn't suffer from headaches
- The mother obviously looks pregnant even from behind
- It seems the baby is stealing the beauty of the mother
- The mother's urine is pale in color
Another very popular method of predicting baby's gender is using a pendulum. There are different versions to this method, but the principle is the same. The mother gets a thread and ties the other end to the end of a pencil or to a ring. The pendulum is then placed at least two inches above the stomach or the wrist of the mother. If the pendulum swings in circle, the baby is a boy. The baby is a girl if the pendulum swings back and forth or sideways.
Perhaps the most popular method in predicting a baby's gender is using the astrologically-based Chinese Birth Gender Chart. According to this method, the gender of the baby can be determined by using the mother's age at the time of conception and the month the baby will be conceived. A lot of mothers claim that the chart is 100% accurate, while others say it's only around 55% accurate. Perhaps the best way mothers can get an accurate result using this method is by finding the right chart.
People love superstitions so whether you like it or not, they will continue to use traditional methods. There is no harm in trying out these traditional methods after all. If you want to be a hundred percent accurate about the gender of your baby, however, you should go and have an ultrasound test at around the seventh month of your pregnancy.
|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.|