|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!|
It is necessary for any parent to provide a safe and sound environment to their children even when inside a moving vehicle. Child Safety Laws in most countries include vehicular safety standards for kids to ensure the safety of travelling infants, children, and big kids. It is legally required to put children in an appropriate car seat according to their age and dimensions to provide them with optimal protection in an event of a car crash. Good news is that the creators of Britax has come up with Britax Frontier 85, a specialized child passenger seat which can protect your kids from the risk of serious injuries or even death in case of a vehicle collision.
Britax has the legacy of providing comfortable and safe children's products for travel. They have engineered various strollers, baby carriers, and car seats that are high-quality, practical, functional, and very safe for travelling young children. Their 40 years of stellar performance built a reputation of being the best in creating children's safety products for all ages.
Britax Frontier 85 is a Combination-2-Booster car seat. It is a front-facing 5-point harness seat which can be turned into a booster seat later on. Children who are at least 2 years old, have a weight of 25-85 pounds, and who are in between 30-57 inches in height must use the forward-facing mode. Children who are in between 40-120 pounds heavy and are about 42-65 inches in length must use it as a booster seat.
|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 booster seat mode is free of the 5-point harness of the Britax Frontier 85. The booster seat will utilize the vehicle's seat belt system and will act as a restraint for the kids. Booster seats raise the child up to make it possible for the car's shoulder and lap seat belts to fit perfectly across the child's chest and hips.
Britax Frontier 85 is one of the best specialized child passenger seats ever created. Britax has integrated various improvements to enhance the design and functionality of their car seats. They are the masters in specializing child safety travel products. Below are some of the key features of Britax Frontier 85:
1.True Side Impact Protection – This seat is engineered to have a head restraint that will keep the head, neck, and spine in true alignment. The headrest has specialized paddings which adds comfort and has energy-absorbing features. The side foams not only keep the child comfortable but also provide energy-absorption that can act as a shield during a crash.
2. Highest 5-Point Harness Seat Capacity – Britax Frontier 85's maximum weight capacity for children is 85 pounds unlike other car seats. Your child can remain in his forward-facing 5-point harness even he is 85 pounds heavy.
3. Quick Adjust Technology – There is no need to disassemble the harness straps to adjust the harness shoulder height. It has a 5-point harness that is easy to use to strap across your child.
It is imperative for any parent to provide protection to their kids at all places and at all times. The Britax Frontier 85 will be any parent's partner in providing the best possible protection for their little ones while on travel.
|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.|