|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!|
Child car seat covers create a wonderful features for your baby's car seat, this makes it more beautiful and pleasing. There are car seat covers that provide much more safety for your baby as they include accessories which make both you and your little one comfortable.
Using car seats covers, one can make their baby's car seat look attractive and appealing and also make it extra comfortable. Why put up with the boring and common colors and styles of car seats, when you can use these covers? Most manufacturers of seats use the same dull colors in them; by adding a cover, parents can impart an aesthetic appeal to the seats. Hand me down car seats and used seats can also be made to look brand new by using colorful covers. For some parents, cover purchase is not something they give much thought to. However, there are some moms and dads who will invest a great deal of thought, energy and money in buying the seat covers. By using this guide, you too can purchase an attractive cover which can enhance the safety and comfort of your seat and also make it look attractive and unique.
Comfort of the baby is the first thing you should consider while purchasing the cover. You should note that a baby is going to rub its face and hands against the fabric of the cover. So it should be soft, easy to clean and hypoallergenic. Thankfully, many seat covers come with an extra padding for this feature. Double stitching on the seams can also ensure that the cover withstands wear and tear. Some manufacturers have used this wonderful idea of using covers which also fold up as blankets; so parents can wrap up the baby while on the go. The cover should thus be comfortable and also easy to clean as babies invariably get messy. The covers should be durable enough to be tossed in the washing machine, without your having to worry about the seams getting undone.
|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.|
Safety is the second important feature to be considered. There should be adequate slots in the covers for weaving the seat's belts through them. These slots should be located so as to easily strap the baby in the seat. Some covers may give you difficulty in strapping the seat straps, so do check for ones that are easy. Some seats have the 'easy-on/off' functionality. Others come in single layers that can easily cover the existing car seat cover. Thus there are various options available today for parents to choose from.
Walk in the aisle of a shop selling car seats and you will notice how similar the seats look to each other. By using unique and colorful covers, you can ensure that yours stands out in the crowd. Today the car seat covers come in a variety of colors, patterns and designs. Depending on whether you are willing to spend thirty bucks or hundred; you can get prints like floral prints, animal prints and several other prints and designs on designer fabrics. The price you are willing to invest in the covers will also probably determine the comfort of the seat cover. Depending on the price you are willing to pay, you can get covers that are beautiful, stylish and also practical. Some covers also include additional features like pockets so you can easily store important baby items like pacifiers etc.
With these features in mind, you can shop for sturdy, comfortable and functional covers for your baby's car seat.
|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.|