|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!|
If you are about to have the happiness of your life and want everything best ready before you bring your new born home, there are many things that need attention to avoid any future inconveniences. The biggest headache for new parents is what to buy and what not. Every offer and every product seems the perfect one for the baby. But there are certain items that should never be the part of your new baby's shopping plan. 10 such items are discussed as follows:
Wipes are needed for the gentle care of the baby's sensitive skin. You can pick any kind of safe and eco-friendly wipes from the market but wipe warmers are definitely not the stuff you need to think about buying. Their specified function can be performed by a simple warm towel by wrapping it around your baby or just hold the wipe between your palms for sometime to warm it up a bit.
This one might be used as an additional space for garbage but it's not a necessity. Usually these pails are so unkempt that they only turn into places giving rise to germs and odor. So firstly don't have such pails in your house at all, otherwise keep them properly clean and disinfected to avoid the unwanted diseases entering into your house.
Although many beautiful and brightly colored changing tables with playful fixtures and accents are available all around the market nowadays, they simply don't need a serious buying consideration. You can save a lot of money by avoiding these tables and giving your baby a safe change on any dresser under your supervision.
These detergents make high-sounding claims of giving something special to your baby's clothes. There is no truth in these claims. All the detergents work the same way for all the clothes. So don't waste your money on these surplus kinds of commodities. Use the regular detergent you use for all the other clothes and use a separate softener if necessary.
|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.|
Although this one might not sound like an unwanted item, yet deliberate carefully before purchasing a crib. New born should find a sleeping place with the parents until a specific age arrives for having a separate bed. Don't just get a corner of your room occupied for no use. Instead, you can buy a co-sleeper if you really want to buy something worthwhile for your baby.
Toys and Animated Videos
These are completely useless for the growing years of your baby. You can entertain your baby on your own by playing with him or her during your free time and interacting with them in a manner that they learn something new and useful from you each time. Avoid bringing cartoon and animated videos home and spend more time singing and playing with your little one yourself.
Blankets are undoubtedly a must-buy for the new born but there are varieties of blankets that you need to choose wisely from. Avoid buying fluffy blankets and go for thin blankets as the soft ones can cause suffocation by over-heating.
Never buy shoes for the newborn and allow his feet be free and grow normally. Only buy a pair of socks for keeping your baby's feet clean and warm. For special occasions, you can make your baby wear shoes with soft soles as well.
Expensive Designer Kids' wear
Do buy unique and cute-looking dresses for your little one but don't spend extravagantly for buying highly expensive designer clothes for your baby. They will look very trendy for sometime but once your kid grows up, these pieces of clothe will be of no use. Therefore, only buy decent looking reasonable clothes that will be of great value to your kid.
A whole new home
You really don't need to buy him or her a new and bigger house to live in. Your baby will enjoy more in a small or medium-level residence where he can feel cozy with the surrounding and can play around the house safely. Don't shift your house only for arranging space for your baby.
What your kid actually needs is your love and affection that you can give him through your gestures and care.
|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.|