|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!|
6 Tips to Potty Training Girls
When potty training girls, you need to set your expectations and don't be overconfident. It may bite you in the rear when something comes up and you don't know what to do. Expect that it will be a little hard and just try to follow the tips given below so that you may have a foundation that you can build upon.
Here are my 6 tips to potty training girls
|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.|
- Use a potty chair – Potty chairs are perfect for children learning how to go potty. They are not as small as training potties, they are not big like a regular toilet and kids can easily reach them and sit on them. Most of them also have a back support for kids that make it easier to be comfortable.
- Be patient – Patience is a virtue and potty training can really test your patience. If you are beginning to get frustrated or your child is not cooperating as smoothly as you want them to be, just remember, they are your children and you love them. You are a parent now and you should never get disappointed in your child.
- Set a schedule – Setting up a schedule is beneficial for both you and your daughter. It can make everything organized so that you know what you should be doing next. Also, kids are great with following daily routines. Let your kid get used to the schedule that you drew and everything can go smoothly.
- Be flexible – This might be going against tip number 3 but hear me out first. Yes, a firm schedule is a must but you should also leave room for unexpected events. You should be flexible enough to cater to your child's needs even if it means that you are breaking the scheduled activities. Just do your best to slowly get back into routine and you're golden.
- Create a rewards system – Rewards such as candies, toys or even simple praises can go a long way with your toilet training. It can motivate your daughter to do better and be more successful. A simple praise from mom will make the child happy and strive to do better, especially if she is not performing as good as you expect her to be.
- Be prepared when you need to go outside with your daughter – When you need to go outside unexpectedly and you must bring your daughter, be ready and be prepared for accidental wetting or pooping. Diapers can be an option here, as well as a travel or portable potty. You don't want your child to regress because of this.
These 6 tips can guide you and prepare you on how to potty train a girl. In fact, it can also be helpful if you have a son instead of a daughter.
|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.|