Newborn Development

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!

Additional Information:

As parents, do you know that, according to the scientific research, children's imitation behaviour have four steps.

The first step, when babies are three and four months old, babies are able to do some actions such as babbling voice by themselves.

The second step, when babies are five and seven months old, babies have strong interest in people's actions and feel novel and interesting. Gradually, they would make some gesture or some sounds so as to see the new and interesting action again. During this time, babies would repeat some parts of the action, but they are unable to imitate. For example, when they saw their parents hold two building blocks at hands and hit each other, they would imitate and hit the table by something.

The third step, babies are able to imitate adult actions, but these actions imitated by them are not accurate. For example, if parents rotate toys but babies would push toys by hands so as to move them. Finally, they use their two hands to make the rotation.

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.

The fourth step, when children are between 19 and 23 months, they can accurately imitate adults' sound or gesture.

When kids are two years old, they often have strong curiosity and always want to imitate things around them. For example, they would follow their mother behind at home and then imitate what their mother do. If their mother sweep the floor, they also do the same behaviour. What's more, they are so positive and earnest to do these actions. During this time, they always learn things or actions quickly.

At three years old, boys would admire their fathers or other big boys, therefore they always carefully observe their every behaviour and try their best to imitate their appearance and behaviour. As for toys, they are more likely to play with small truck toys, train toys and toys airplane. Sometimes, they consider their small tricycles as the cars and dressed them up the policemen to direct the traffic. Sometimes, they use the building blocks to build bridge or house. As for girls, they like to imitate the behaviour of their mothers. They already know they are the female so it is necessary to learn the behaviour of other women. For example, they try to take good care of their cloth dolls as their children or learn to do meals or housework with toys. What's more, they imitate their mothers' manners and words to take care of their own dolls.

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.
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