|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!|
Every stage in a child's life is remarkable and designates some special activity or movement. If you have a small kid at home, think when he will stand on his own or start to step slowly on the floor. It will certainly be a most astounding moment for you. Do you like to help your child in his first attempt to gain support on his leg? Then, you should buy a baby walker right away.
How does a baby walker look? This is a pretty simple device having only a small framework made of metal or plastic sitting on top of a platform. Walkers also have wheels and a cushioned seat to enable your child seat and move without falling down or hurting yourself. Place your baby inside the walker and watch how swiftly he moves around the room.
From an earlier stage, these walkers were quite popular but its popularity declined when a number of accidents were noticed. However, manufacturing companies have paid attention to this and designed the walkers to ensure complete safety and security.
Baby Walkers – Views For and Against:
Now, there is much controversy over the usability of walkers for a baby. For some, a baby walker is highly useful since it enables your baby to move about and make exploration on his own before developing motor coordination and skills. There is another group which believes that a walker for babies prevents the development of motor skills. There is still another group according to which children end up into troubles with walkers since they allow easy mobility. These troubles can be otherwise avoided, if they were not allowed to move.
|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.|
Some parents are of the opinion that baby walkers are superb time-saver devices since they can keep busy with their own work while their baby remains pre-occupied in their “mobile playpen”. This can be the cause of disaster. If a child is very small and is not capable of walking on his own, then it will not right to keep him on a walker. Researches have proved that most of baby injuries that take place are due to the usage of walker at a very early stage of a child. Most common accident that takes place is the walker topples in an uneven ground or near the staircase.
Precautionary Measures for Parents:
If you have decided to use baby walkers, then you must take some precautions.
- Never leave your child unattended.
- Do not use walkers on uneven grounds since it might make the walker topple over.
- Never let your child go near the stairs when he is in the walker.
- Make sure that the construction of the walker is pretty well.
- Ensure that the walker you purchase is equipped with safety measures.
Generally walkers are used to enable a child walk faster but studies say that children who use extensively learn walking later than the children who do not use the device all the time. Parents can allow their child to use the walker at times and not always so that he doesn't grow into the habit of it.
|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.|