|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!|
Because our baby becomes the most important member of our family with its coming into our lives, parents find it rather difficult to gauge whether there is enough care being given or a shortage of it. Particularly for first-time parents, caring for the baby can be a task that comes with several questions in mind, almost not knowing whether they are on the right track or not all most of the time. However, when it comes to child monitoring it can be a relief that there are gadgets helping parents perform turn this particular task easier and more effective.
Baby monitors are a “must” for most parents whether they are new parents, parents who are with more than one child to attend to, parents who are with other tasks apart from keeping an eye on the baby 24/7. There is so much that a baby monitor can do for both the baby and the parents, the main being securing the safety of the baby hence the name “monitor”. With this particular gadget, any parent who wish to ensure that the baby is doing well when out of sight or during sleep time can be with the guarantee that they have the extra eyes and ears glued on the baby.
|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.|
In order to find the right child monitor amidst the numerous child monitors from several different brand names, parents should need to know what they or their baby ultimately needs in terms of monitoring. Take for instance a baby who sleeps in a separate room, the child monitor that his or her parent should use is one that comes with a video because a child monitor which offers movement or sound sensors only may fall short of the monitoring that the parents want. There are parents who may be more visual than others hence the need to really see the baby when far from them. There are other features which come with the child monitors out there and every responsible parent should learn about them in order to really apply what is needed by the baby, no more no less.
One can benefit from baby monitors to the maximum level of child monitoring but in order to enjoy this, you need to be sure that you get the right one and that you know what is also being required of you for the gadget to work. Parents are hardly supermen and superwomen as they too tire out some time and a good help could be had with these child monitors. It also allows parents to maximize their time with other responsibilities without having to shortchange their child monitoring.
Although we all know that the stage wherein intricate baby monitoring is required could not at all be that long, it is also important that we don't exhaust ourselves with parenting so that we will get to enjoy every stage all the way up to the toddling and all throughout the child's growing years. A little help from the likes of child monitors could definitely go a long way for parents and babies alike.
|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.|