|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!|
Most of us are feeling the financial pinch lately and we are all trying hard to cut our costs, whether it is on our fuel bills or just our everyday shopping, cutting cost is a reality for most of us.
In these hard times car boot sales and markets do well not to mention the likes of eBay. But we look at some of the dangers when we attempt to purchase safety equipment that is used or offered cheaply and in particular safety seats or Child Car Seats.
If you do go and shop in the car boot sales then you are sure to pick up a bargain, you can probably pick up a used child car seat for about 10 to 15. When you buy it, it will, more than likely look nice, be nice and clean and well presented. The fabric will look like new as it will have been cleaned recently. But what about the quality of the product you have just bought for 15, how safe is it. The truthful answer to that is you just do not know.
|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 main problem with buying safety equipment is that you just do not know the history. Has it been in an accident in the past, clearly you will not always get an honest answer in a car boot sale were the vendor will not be in attendance next week. If the child car seat has been in an accident most of the time it should be thrown away as the safety straps may not function as they were designed. Another question to ask yourself as you purchase your bargain, is has the product been subject to a manufacturers recall due to faulty parts or parts missing. The fact of the matter is you just do not know unless you check the model number and the serial number of the child car seat. Another thing missing from most of the sales from car boot sales and in this case one of the most important items in the purchase is the instruction book.
If you are missing the instruction book how on earth do you know when you fit the child car seat to the car whether it's fitted correctly or not. It has been reported that up to 70% of all child car seats fitted have been fitted incorrectly, and that is when the purchaser has in possession an instruction manual.
If you are going to purchase a second had child car seat we recommend making sure that you know the history of the product, where it came from for example. Most of the time purchasing this type of item from family is the best option if buying pre-owned.
|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.|