|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!|
1. Baby Booties:
Nothing can be as special as your care for the soon to be born baby. So, gift a beautiful pair of baby booties that can help in providing the much needed protection and support to the tender feet of the new born. You can even gift a set that has baby booties for different months.
2. Baby Carrier:
There is no denying the fact that a baby carrier has become one of the most sought after items for the modern age parents. It not only makes it convenient to carry the child, but also helps in nurturing the parent-child bond. So, get a strong and sturdy baby carrier from a renowned brand and gift them to the mum-to-be at her special day.
3. Tummy Time Mat:
A soft and padded play mat that comes with a pillow can prove to be a great gift to help the new born have some playful tummy time. Make it fun and comfortable for the little one to have a good time on their own with this interesting gift idea.
4. Feeding Pillow:
A maternity feeding pillow is a good gift for a nursing mother who requires comfort and convenience while feeding her child. With a firm support, such a pillow will also help in lessening strain on the back, neck and shoulders. You can even go for a nursing pillow that comes with a wrap around design with arm and elbow rests, to help the baby and the mum in maintaining the ideal position while feeding.
5. Baby Cradle:
|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.|
A compact and robust baby cradle helps in putting a baby to sleep with greatest ease. So, get a baby cradle that is well-built and truly attractive to please the little one as well as their parents. Go for a cradle that comes with soft cotton cushion to provide the much needed support to the new born. If you can get a product that comes with a mosquito net attached to the tong, helping in shielding the baby from the insects, then it will undeniably be a great item to gift to the new parents.
6. Diaper Bag:
A diaper bag is one of those things that are highly needed by the new parents. It not only makes travelling with infants much easier, but also helps in properly organising the stuff required for a new born. If you want to go a step further, then you can even gift the bag with the essentials in it to make it as a great and one of the unique baby shower gift ideas which shall be cherished by the couple forever.
7. Baby Bath Time Accessories:
Gifting bath time accessories is a wonderful option as these are something that the new parents will definitely have to use in the future for long, so the more they have it the better it is. Thus, if you are looking for a fool proof option that will surely come into use after the birth of the baby, then gift bath time accessories such as soaps, shampoos, creams, oils, lotions, and the rest.
8. Baby Clothes:
The market is flooded with cute adorable dresses for the little ones. You can surely pick some clothes for the baby, as these will certainly come handy for the parents while dressing their angel.
9. Diaper Changing Mat:
Gift a soft and comfortable diaper changing mat, which can also work as a mattress protector. This is one of the most practical baby shower gifts ideas as it also helps in protecting the baby from allergens, dust mites, fungus, bacteria, etc.
10. Baby Sleeping Bag:
Another practical baby shower gift item can be a soft and nurturing sleeping bag for the baby which makes sleeping safe and comfortable for the little one.
|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.|