|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!|
Those first steps that your little one takes will always remain a fond memory. If you're considering buying a memory for your child, shop for baby walkers. Baby walkers have always remained popular among baby furniture and travel gear. Walkers have been considered a necessity amongst most parents. It's best to look out for a baby walker when your little one is just beginning to sit up. If you want your child to be safely occupied, then a baby walker might just be the next best thing to buy. Baby walkers allow your child to move freely within the house.
|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.|
Since your little angel is going spend a lot of time in his/her walker, it is important that you pick the right one. Watch out for firm wheels that are sturdy enough for your baby to move about safely at home. Keep in mind the flooring that your child will stroll on when he/she is in the walker. Ensure that the baby walker comes with safety straps that are of good quality. This is essential so that there are fewer chances of injuries and so that your baby is kept safe in the seat. Make sure that the seat padding is thick, adjustable and of good quality. The seats must be removable so that you can wipe the fabric clean. Also, look out for a walker that is portable so that you can store it and travel conveniently with it. It is important that you choose a walker, which helps your baby grow and trains your little one.
A walker helps your baby to stand up and take his/her first few steps in total safety. All you need to do is strap your baby in the walker and make him/her hold on to it. As your baby starts walking, lights and music immediately start playing so that your child is encouraged to take a few steps more. Baby walkers help sharpen your baby's imagination and coordination skills with exciting sound effects, lights, music and amusing melodies. Your baby walker can transform into an entertainment centre or rocking station that suit your child's needs. Prior to walking, your little one will enjoy playing with the front of the walker. Make sure the apple of your eye has a fun, joyful and healthy ride in his/her walker!
|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.|