|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!|
When it comes to the best car seats for 20 lbs. and up babies, there are two types. The first is the infant car seat; however, it can only be used for a limited because infant seats can only accommodate babies weighing not more than 35 pounds. However, this is considered to be the safest of all because it is used in a rear facing position. The rear facing position is required for babies not more than 35 pounds and less than 2 years old.
On the other hand, most parents use the convertible seats for 20 lbs. and up. This can be used rear facing and when your child reaches more than 35 to 40 pounds or until he turns 2 years old, as per recommendation by the safety board; he can now be switched to a forward facing position. There are other convertible seats that can accommodate more than 70 pounds, and by this time, the seat can now be converted into a booster.
The best car seats for 20 lbs. and up should have the qualities that can protect your child. It can either give him the lesser chances of getting injuries or better yet, none at all. Here are some of the things you need to consider on how to spot the best car seats for 20 lbs. and up.
|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.|
- Easy installation – you need to ensure that it is easy to install. This is because if the process is too complex, instead of protecting your child, it might end up hurting him.
- Harness – you can choose to have a seat that has a five-point harness. Perhaps, this is the safest type of harness. Besides that, there are harnesses which have light or sound indicators so you can be sure that it is properly fastened. You may also want to consider a harness that does not need any re-threading, at least this way, you can use it as it is without having to remove and put it all back again. Of course, one of the best things that you can choose is a harness that is color coded. This type will let you attach the belt and lock according to its color thus; you will never have to worry about not putting the buckle or lock in its right position.
- Belts – choose those that can be adjusted in front. This way, you never have to take so much time in adjusting them just to make sure that they are properly fastened.
- LATCH system – you need to make sure that the LATCH system can be easily attached to the base of your car. Perhaps this is one of the most critical parts in a car seat considering that if it is not properly installed, the seat will be deemed useless.
- Cleanliness – this matters a lot since you do not want your child to get sick because of a dirty seat. Make sure to buy something that can be easily cleaned, perhaps, washable for a better way of maintaining it.
|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.|