|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!|
There are so many things that first time moms need to know, from putting the baby to bed to taking care of the baby and even when buying things for the baby, including the baby travel system. It is very important that you are aware about the things that you need to watch out for when it comes to buying this equipment because it is the safety of your baby that is at stake. Here are the best tips when it comes to choosing the right kind of baby travel system to buy out of all the wide selection available.
Consider your Lifestyle
One of the most important things to consider when buying a baby travel system is the kind of lifestyle that you have. Are you someone who is always on the go, and would often get in and out of your car several times? If you are, then you must look for something that you could easily carry with you, and something that you can conveniently place at the back of your vehicle each time you get out of your car.
Consider your Budget
There may be a lot of high-quality baby travel system these days, but most of these brands are actually very costly. You must consider your budget before you look for a baby travel system so you will not end up spending more than what you have in your pocket. You do not really need to buy the most expensive travel system for your baby, what's important is that it is something that could serve you and your baby well.
|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.|
Think of your Baby's Safety and Comfort
The main purpose of a baby travel system is to make sure that your baby is safe and sound whenever you travel with your car. So make sure that you choose something that guarantees the safety of your little one, something that is loaded with the best safety features. The best thing to find out is to read reviews online, and ask other parents who have tried using the baby travel system that you plan on buying for your baby.
Determine the Added Features of the Equipment
There are a lot of baby travel system that have the best safety features which assures the safety as well as the comfort of your baby. There are those that have stroller seats that snaps out automatically, and some are heavyweight while others are lightweight. Always ask help from the attendant of the store and ask for more information about the baby system that you plan on buying.
There are so many other things that you should consider when buying travel equipments for your little ones, but what is important is their safety and comfort when using the travel system. The brand as well as the price is not that important and it does not always mean that the most expensive ones are the best. So make sure that you research well, in order to be sure that you are buying the best baby travel system.
|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.|