|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!|
Everyone is looking for ways to make their budget stretch further. One way that new parents can do this is by being on the lookout for good baby deals. These are value buys that allow customers the ability to save money on quality products. Here, we provide a list of tips you can use to help ensure you find good value for your money.
Read reviews from websites.
In the quest to find the best products out there, you should first be looking at online reviews. The internet provides a great benefit to customers in that you can find out what products truly offer a bargain to customers in terms of price, quality and many other services. People have no trouble pointing out all the problems or benefits they are getting from products so customers should be able to see patterns with any potential product out there. These reviews should be used as a good starting point for finding out which products offer the best bargains for customers.
Take the shipping cost into account.
When comparing different merchants and their prices on a baby product, you need to make sure that you are comparing apples to apples. In this case, you want to see if the shipping will be free or have a cost. The goal here is to make sure that you really are comparing the accurate total price from each merchant with another. You should also look for information on the shipping performance of the merchant. This is important because you need to take this into account as shipping may be a more dicey option with some merchants over others. This is why their previous track record in the shipping area matters. We prefer merchants that offer free shipping up front as we are leery of merchants who offer a lower listing price but then sneak in a cost for shipping especially when most of the other merchants also offer free shipping.
|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.|
Look for bundled offerings.
Bundled offerings can be a great way to save money and get better baby deals. These offerings can take many forms. One example could be with baby travel systems where they offer products together that most people will end up getting separately. In this case, this would be a stroller with a car seat. These bundles can help provide more benefit to customers because they are cheaper went bought together. Another example of a bundle could be the addition of some other items with a purchase. These extra items could be a whole range of different things but should be taken into account when considering different options.
Coupon codes can be a great benefit.
Coupon codes have become a popular way for some companies to provide discounts to customers. These should not be overlooked as they can often be found with a simple internet search and can help customers save anywhere from 10 to 25% off on certain products. The search for these coupon codes will not always result in finding reduced prices but when they do provide these type of savings, the search will be worth the little extra time spent looking for them.
By using these different tips, you should be better able to locate good baby deals for you and your family. A little extra time spent on the front end can help you save money and get better products on the back end.
|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.|