|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!|
Family feels blessed and complete while embracing a newborn. The charm and charisma of a newly born overpowers everything else. That is why the arrival of a baby is marked with enormous festivity and celebrations. These festivities begin even before the baby shows its pout and innocent eyes to charm everyone in the household. The first occasion that marks its arrival is a baby shower. A baby shower loads the mother-to-be with presents and utility items that she might need while bringing up the baby. Thus nappy cakes, baby's clothes, soft organic toys, baby cosmetics and fine jewel trinkets are common gifts for a baby shower.
A few months ago, our group of five friends planned another friend's baby shower. We jostled together in a club nearby and vacated one floor to prepare the mother-to-be's palatial chair. We then used a lot many bedspreads to create a drape effect around the chairs. We organized for the cake-cutting ceremony and other festivities that had to follow, but kept it all a secret for the couple. Most of the close family members, friends and relatives we invited but they were asked to keep it a close guarded secret from the mom-to-be. The list of newborn gifts included nappy cakes, trinkets, oyster eggs, silver plates, pearl beaded rosary, silver ware, memory nameplates, clothes; a heart shaped gold pendant, picture stands, baby record book and three photo albums.
|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.|
These gifts were wrapped nicely in silver and red packaging that went very well with the rest of the color scheme. These baby shower gifts were then decorated in a semi-circle around the chair where the blessed couple were to be seated. It created a perfect ambience for the ceremony. In the evening, our friends were not only pleasantly surprised but also highly touched by our thoughtful gesture. This also strengthened the bond of friendship in our group. We were tied in an intangible affinity for the unborn kid. That is the magic of baby showers; they welcome the babies into the world with grandeur and opulence. Other festivities that ensure after the baby enters this world are christening day and naming day ceremonies.
A baby shower is celebrated in an exclusive taste and style in different parts of the world and different cultures. People follow several traditional practices to welcome a baby in a particular community. Some families celebrate baby showers in temples or places of worship, rest of them throw lavish parties in clubs. In a few communities, family and relatives gather around the mother-to-be and sing grace, a lot of other communities relatives whisper good-luck and blessings in the mother's ears. But all communities prepare for the newborns to arrive in grace and anticipation. Such is the beauty of process of birth. The recent trends also see addition of a lot of games, interesting activities, guessing the gender activity etc. followed by a high-tea of a fabulous dinner. There should be a baby shower for each kid; every baby shower is different & unique.
|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.|