|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!|
Is your baby getting ready for its baptism? Babies enter your world with bundles of joy. Thus, it is your responsibility to give them everything special. It is the comfort that you need to consider the most for your baby. It is your responsibility to make them feel comfortable and special all the time. Baptism is a very special function for you and for your baby as well. On this day, your baby needs to be dressed up like an angel. Christening gown plays a great role in making your baby look like an angel.
Most people use the christening gown which has been passed down for several years. On the other hand, few people get new gown for their baby to dress up on the day of baptism. Baptism is a great day in the life of the baby. Your baby would be the centre of attention. So, on this day your baby needs to look and feel great. Few people consider purchasing christening gown for the baptism as a tough task as they need to consider few points while purchasing it. It is important to consider few factors while purchasing christening gown for your baby for baptism.
Babies naturally look like angels. So, you don't need to look for a gown that enhances their looks. While purchasing gown, just look for the one that looks simple and awesome. Be it a boy or a girl, white should be the colour of their dress for baptism. White being a common colour, you can easily get one that looks great.
|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.|
More than the looks it is your baby's comfort that you need to look at. Your baby will have to wear the dress for the complete baptism ceremony. So, the dress that you choose for your baby needs to be made out of comfortable material. Make sure that your baby gets proper air circulation without any suffocation. Few people give importance to the look of the dress and purchase one with heavy work. Such dresses would be causing great discomfort to your baby throughout the ceremony. So, give importance to the comfort of your baby rather than the looks of the christening gown.
Christening gown can be made out of different materials. There are few materials which turn out to cause allergies to few babies. Babies' skin is being very sensitive, any small change in the quality of the material can pave way for rashes and other irritation. Apart from making your baby restless on Baptism ceremony, it may sometimes lead to further infection. So, make sure to purchase gown of top quality.
Suitable for the season
When you purchase the christening gown, purchase one which would be suitable for the season. If it is winter season, purchase a gown that gives warmth to your baby. On the other hand, in case of summer season prefer purchasing lighter cotton gowns.
|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.|