Things New Parents Need

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!

Additional Information:

Babies when inside mother's womb are is a very safe environment away from any pollution or noise and it's because of this that after their birth one has to be very careful with them. They are vulnerable as their immunity is low and hence parents have to be extra careful with them. After their birth till around four to five months babies spend most of their time sleeping or lying down and they cannot sleep on ordinary beds like adults. They need to be tucked and should be made to sleep in special beds called cribs or bassinet.

These bassinets are ergonomically designed baby beds, to provide a comfortable cocoon like feel to the babies.The next most inevitable thing is the bedding for the crib or the bassinet. For a baby to have a sound sleep one needs to provide organic cribbing mattress. Babies are sensitive and highly vulnerable they can pick up dust allergies from substandard mattresses and may not be able to sleep well in poor quality mattresses. It's because of this that organic crib beddings are getting so popular in the market. These mattresses are comfortable and made from 100% non-toxic substances and cause no pollen infection or irritation. Buying an organic crib mattress can be a great choice for protecting your baby's health, and can give you peace of mind knowing your baby's crib is safe.

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.

Most if the organic crib beddings or good quality bassinet beddings are expensive as the materials required to manufacture these mattresses are expensive. But you cannot compromise on your baby's health and even if these things come with a high price tag, you still want to provide the best to your bundle of joy. Babies spend significant amount of time sleeping and in fact a good 15-18 hours of sleep is required for the baby's growth and these organic mattresses will only help in providing sound sleep to the baby. Overall it's totally worth to spend a few extra dollars on an organic crib mattress, to help ensure that your baby doesn't come in contact with potentially toxic materials.

At the same time for the sake of convenience most of the modern parents have portable cribs in order to multitask. These portable cribs are easy to assemble and are less expensive than full size cribs. Most of the p0rtable cribs come with bedding but these portable crib bedding are not sufficiently thick to protect and comfort your little one and hence patents have to invest separately in an organic portable crib mattress.

There has been a lot of debate on organic crib mattresses and people unanimously agree that organic crib mattresses have additional health benefits. Pollen and fibres can cause a lot of allergies and this can be prevented by using these mattresses. When it's your child health at stake spending on expensive mattress will be wiser than spending on allergy medicines which can cause addition harassment and pain for you and for your little one. As they say prevention is better that cure similarly investing in organic mattresses or high quality bassinet bedding will prevent your child from allergies and provide safe and sound sleep.

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.
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