|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!|
Christening ceremony marks an important day in a baby's life. It is an event which celebrates the birth of the child who is formally welcomed into the family. This is the day when everyone from the Godmother to the next-door neighbor walks in to bless the little baby. It is customary to give gifts to the baby on this special occasion. Christening gifts have been spawned by a deep-rooted tradition and are symbols of blessings wrapped in packages. The significance of these presents, therefore, cannot be undermined because they are more of a blessing and less of just a present.
These presents have to be chosen carefully. It is a not a birthday gift which can be anything flashy or out-of-the-box. Even though, people do give trendy items quite often, tradition demands that you try to present something less swanky and chaster. Simple and practical gifts are preferred over extravagant and useless showpieces! If you wish to give a practical item, then you can choose from bath set, beddings, picture books, toys and dresses. These presents will be used in taking care of the child when its mom is nurturing it. So, these products are loved both by the mother and her little one.
|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.|
Alternatively, you can also present something which evokes a sense of spiritualism. Silver items like silver cross, silver beads, rosary and other products go hand in hand with the ceremony. Christening Gifts given by the godparents are almost always something deeply religious and highly sentimental. Godparents often select silver items, though such gifts can also be given by others. One need not buy very exorbitant silver present. There are affordable items also available. After all, a baby does not understand the value of money and appreciates only the sentiments. So, do not make the mistake of picking up a gift from the monetary context. Even if you are the baby's godmother, you can pick up something really cheap and it may still be savored the most by the family.
If you are the parent, then you will also have to make arrangements for Christening Cards. These invites are warmly sent out to all your friends and loved ones so that they can grace your doorstep on this pious occasion and cast their blessings on the child. These invites are available on gift shops and online websites. Buying them readymade is certainly a better idea as it helps you to save on time and money. Plus, you do not have to go through any hassle since the designers put their best foot forward in ensuring selection of poignant words.
Christening cards are meant to look simple with simple yet heart-touching words. If you want something specific to be printed on these cards, you can ask the designers to do so. On the other hand, you can also request them to come up with something soulful and meaningful in keeping with the tradition. These cards are designed elegantly and chastely yet they can win the heart of your friends and compel them emotionally to come to the occasion.
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|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.|