|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!|
Debating about what to call your baby? Well, that's the most challenging task parent's faces while anticipating the arrival of their newborn baby. Although, finding the same is not so easy but with a few simple tips, you can ease out the selection process. The very first tip that you must follow before naming your baby is stop pretending the name for yourself. Flirt with the representation made to the outer world by the name and then begun the selection.
From trendy to classic, you can choose right styled name for your baby. Get on the right track and if you are facing issues, then let's walk around some of the important points:
Be cautious of trendy names: Most parents focus on finding a distinctive name i.e. a name that nobody uses but everybody likes. For this, they often prefer trendy names like names of celebrities, nature names, etc. While looking for a distinctive baby name, try to think twice before you select any trendy name. As what in vogue one year might not be applicable to another one. So, while selecting the name for your lovely kid, don't forget to counter the influences made by the outer world.
|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.|
Grip over the naming options: As due date approaches, many parents start exploring naming books and websites. Once they begin the exploration, they become heaped with numerous options. Today's parents have become more conscious about the name power. They have become more cautious in selecting the name that maintains branding and image in the society. To choose something different, you need to apply a grip over the increasing options and define your research with claiming impressions.
Strike the inspirational ones: when inspiration strikes, some unusual things always happen. Even in the case of naming a baby. Most parents declared that they have chosen a particular name by looking at an inspirational persona. It's not necessary that the inspirational persona should be a celebrity or well-known person. An action or idea that creates a lasting impression can be shaped to form a name. Like a novelist named her son after her favorite restaurant in a particular location. So, defining the inspirations is in!
Avoid baby naming regrets: For most parents, choosing the baby name lead to frenzied conversations. It is always suggested to list out the selected names and then make your choice with mutual discussion. Stop over reacting and provide a thought to consider the influence of name before making the final choice. It's better to give a second thought before selection to avoid remorse in baby naming.
Aside from above tips, if you're still irresolute about picking a baby name, then keep in mind certain short but important tips. Try to share your crowned picks with a few of friends. It is the best way to get the warning sign before announcing the selection. Just imagine, what you will do if your family and friends hate the name chosen by you. Think like locals and choose the new born baby names that get spelled with ease.
|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.|