|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 ability to wear your baby in a sling or other soft transport device allows for many conveniences, but there are always things to remember where safety is concerned, which is why referring to a baby carrier guide is crucial. Most of these devices are completely safe and comfortable for your infant, but just like anything you're going to have around your little one checking quality and instructions can go a long way toward making it even safer. Read on below for 4 dos and don'ts of carrying your baby on your body.
Be Careful of Baby's Breathing
When it comes to a soft sling type of travel tool it's easy for your infant to turn their face into the fabric, and although most times it's still safe and practical because little ones often have no trouble turning back or breathing in small spaces, it's a good idea to check on them from time to time. Be certain that their faces have enough space especially around the nose and mouth area that they can breathe right. If you move a lot or feel your little one turning, readjust to suit the comfort of both of you.
Never Bend without a Hand
|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.|
Any baby carrier guide can warn you that bending over or leaning forward with your child in a travel sling is a bad idea unless you've got a good grip. Even if you feel like they're in pretty securely, all it takes is one slip and they could tumble out, so always be sure to brace them with at least one hand while you dip. Once you're back upright it's a good time to double check the security of the hold and tightness of the fabric, as well as revisit the above rule and check on their breathing as things tend to move about as you do.
Double Check Knots
You don't need a baby carrier guide to tell you to double check your knots, but some people still forget this simple concept. Most products designed for wearing your child come with fairly simple instructions defining what kind of knots to use, but even a nice tight knot can loosen over time, so double check them every time you and your infant use it.
Always Look At Weight Restrictions
Finally weight and height restrictions are there for a reason, not just because of the comfort of your child, but also for your own comfort as well. You don't want to throw out your back or strain your shoulders by having the straps or ties in the wrong area. Although you should be able to wear your little one for a long time, as they grow you have to adjust the fit for safety and comfort.
|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.|