|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!|
For some people in their busy lives it can be hard to spend time with their kids among all of the other stuff that they are busy with on a day to day basis. People lead very busy lives these days but that can't be used as an excuse to not find time for our own children. The best solution for this is to try to include your kids with the things that you are going to be doing anyways. The waterless car wash is something that you are going to be doing anyways and something that you can definitely include your kids in.
Lots of kids enjoy helping their parents wash the car because it is a fun activity for them. Lots of times the parents will have the kids get out the hose, the bucket and the soap and sponge. Since none of that is necessary anymore with the waterless car wash a lot of kids end up getting left out of the process when it is time to wash the car. The thing is though, you kids can still help you wash your car waterlessly just as easily. Even more easily in fact in most cases.
|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.|
All you need to do is get them a micro fiber towel and their own bottle of waterless car solution. They probably won't be able to wash as fast as you so you might want to have them focus on just one side as you focus on the other side as well as the back and front. They will have a good time helping you to wash the car and a real feeling of accomplishment after the job is finished. If the only experience they have is with washing with water, even at such a young age they will still notice how huge the difference is.
The added benefits is that your little ones will be learning about the benefits of the waterless car wash and helping the environment at a very young age. Those sorts of lessons carry on until later in life and you will be able to raise more environmentally conscious children. The best part is that they won't even feel like you are teaching them anything because they will be having so much fun washing the car with you. In the end that is the best kind of learning that children can get.
So if you have never thought about inviting your kids out to come help you wash your car then maybe it is time that you started. They will have a great time and it is an awesome way to spend some family time together too. Whether your kids helped you wash when you used to use water, they will definitely love being able to wash your car waterlessly. They may not understand the entire concept of the waterless car wash, but it will definitely be a good time for them.
|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.|