|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!|
Being a parent and seeing the little one doing childish activities is fun for both parents and the family. But parenting is not as smooth as we think.
In this article we are trying to provide some parenting tips that will help you to raise the kids to the best of your abilities.
Avoid controlling your child on each and every act. They obviously need to follow certain rules and boundary, do not restrict each and every moment. Give the freedom in wearing clothes, arranging their books and study room etc. Otherwise they will get frustrated with your act.
There is a slogan “Instant Happy Baby: Just Add Breast milk!” which signifies how important is breast milk for your baby. At least till the age of one year breast feed your baby. This gives the emotional security to the baby and increases the bonding between you and the baby. Try to get practice to breastfeed the baby in public place. As mentioned earlier, it is quite important you should breastfeed at least till the age of one year. Mothers, who do not practice this habit, may tend to give bottle milk to the baby, which is not recommended for 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.|
It may be stressful, if you are always spending time with your little. Everyone needs some timeout; Make sure you take time out for you. Go for a dinner with your close friend; go for a long walk or to go to the theater for a movie by yourself. This much of outdoor activities are good enough for you to recharge yourself and bring in the good parent within from you.
Never argue with your partner in front of the child about the discipline and bringing up the child. This might have a negative impact on your kid, assuming the one of the parent is not favoring his attitude or actions.
Another question most of the parents have is about potty training for the baby. To start potty training the child should know how to remove his clothes and should be able to communicate if there is any problem. If he is capable of doing this, you can start with the potty training for your kid.
To summarize, being a parent is definitely enjoyable experience that many parents share. It gives the parents immense pleasure in watching their children grow up and progress before their very eyes. Though parenting has its own advantages, you should be ready to face some difficulties. Using the parenting tips from this article, you can make parenting a little less difficult.
|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.|