|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!|
The poor teething baby has so much to contend with. Fortunately, her parents have solutions to her woes. Bur, every parent approaches the solution differently. The solution may be the latest product, or it could be a home remedy.
Teething jewellery for babies come in the form of necklaces, and bracelets. Their versatile design and multiple colours make them a unique and fashionable solution for parent and baby. In the past, when jewellery for babies were mostly made of gold, silver, or plastic, these were intended for just wearing and not chewing. Nowadays, the concept for jewellery takes the parent's lifestyle into consideration as well. The parent can run out the door adorned with a fashionable necklace and bracelet and not have to worry if the baby pulls or teethes on it. Which is why jewellery for babies are becoming a popular trend and solution to teething
Infant Teething Rings and Hanging Toys
It's only natural that the toy industry get their hands in the baby teething category. And there are so many teething toys available. They all come in fun different colours, various shapes and sizes. Some rattle, some bounce, some squeak, some hang from the baby's car seat handle. Every possible way to entertain baby is incorporated into the teething toys. Here are some fun ones currently available:
The Winkel – are made with bendable, plastic tubes that baby chews on. It can be popped into the refrigerator.
|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.|
ZoLi Gummy Stick – Looks like a toothbrush. They have rubbery, but soft, nubs that massage baby's gums. It has an anti-choke shield to prevent the stick from going down baby's throat.
Raz-Berry Teether – Looks like a pacifier, but the nipples have a bumpy texture.
Teething Nipples and Pacifiers
Teething nipples are basically the same silicone nipples used on a baby's bottle. The added feature is the tiny bumps on the nipple which can rub against baby's gums.
Every family has inherited a home remedy which claims to cure something. When it comes to soothing a teething baby the options are just as wide. Not necessarily are those options effective, in fact, some of them are looked down upon by doctors and most of society.
A study by three U.S. doctors, Lynn C. Smitherman, James Janisse, and Ambika Mathur looked into folk remedies. Their studies uncovered that certain home remedies, are still in use by some parents and caregivers in North America.
Over-the-counter benzocaine gel – used to reduce discomfort
Whiskey – was rubbed on baby's gum to numb it. The whiskey also made the infant sleepy which helped her rest.
Penny – The copper had properties that soothed baby.
Ice cubes/Popsicles, eggs, variety of spices
Experts advise against these particular home remedies. Preferrably, use a clean cloth to massage baby's gums, use teething toys, teething jewellery, or teething biscuits. If you have to give an over-the-counter remedy, use acetaminophen or ibuprofen only if absolutely necessary.
|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.|