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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!

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Learning about the way that kids grow up is very interesting. The complexity of how a child goes from being a zygote to a functioning adult in just a few years is fascinating. There is so much going on beneath the surface of infancy! Babies are far more complex than people think. Nurturing and helping a child grow up involves meeting a very specific set of needs. There is a lot more to infancy than meets the eye. Good parents learn everything they can about how their children are developing, even in the early stages of infancy.

Did you already know that there are three hundred bones in an infant's body? Fully grown adults only have two hundred and six bones in their bodies. This makes it sound like the bones disappear but the truth is that many of the bones that are separate at birth fuse together into larger bones as children grow up. It is a commonly held belief that the fusing of the bones is what causes adults to lose some of their flexibility-because the individual bones can no longer move independently of each other. If you stop to think about it, it does make some sense: when was the last time you could put your feet in your mouth?

Did you know that not all babies are born toothless? Other babies don't start getting their teeth in until well after their first birthdays.

Most parents dread the teething process. Don't spend a lot of energy worrying about how your child's teething schedule compares to other children. There is no guarantee when it comes to childhood development even in a family with lots of kids-your baby will grow at the pace that nature has intended for him and him alone.

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.

Everybody knows that babies use crying to communicate their need for service or attention but did you know that the baby does not cry real tears until he or she is almost a month old? Tears contain stress induced hormones. This is one of the reasons that stress makes people cry: the body forces the stress induced hormones out of the body to calm itself down. This hormone is not one that gets created while the baby is in the womb. Sometimes real tears take a few weeks to show up because it takes the baby a while to begin producing the stress hormone. Other babies can take a few months to begin producing tears when they cry. There are new discoveries being made constantly about babies and infant development. What we know to be true right now could be debunked tomorrow! Given how fast our knowledge expands, is it surprising that so many people think that a person's infancy is incredibly confusing? Thankfully, there are lots of ways to keep up with the research and discoveries. Babies are more complex than most people think. Babies are creatures with a decidedly intact set of needs. Learning how to communicate with your child is something every mother must do. It is important that you learn all you can about your child's development. You'll be a better parent if you take the time to learn all about your baby.

These suggestions can be useful for you as well as for your child during and after the pregnancy. Still, if you're not pregnant yet and you're simply looking for ways which will help you to choose your baby' gender before conception, then check out the website links down the page for some recommendations.

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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