|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 birth of a baby is one of the more important life events that we are going to experience. If you or someone you care for is expecting a child, not only are you going to be able to look forward to the birth of the child, you should be able to look forward to the baby shower that is going to take place. During a baby shower, people gather together to celebrate the birth of the child and to provide gifts which will help the new parents to be better prepared for the arrival. If you are involved in the planning process, what are some of the things that you should consider?
One important thing for you to consider about a baby shower is the theme. Most people that are expecting a child are going to learn the sex of the child before it is born. That will give you the opportunity to at least theme the event according to gender. There may also be other ways that you can theme the party so that it will be better received by the person who is expecting and by everyone else that is involved. Try to keep the expectant mother in mind when you are choosing the theme but also try to keep others who are are going to be attending the event in mind as well.
|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.|
You are likely going to want to have some type of games available for those that are going to be at the baby shower. Although it is going to be nice to sit and chat with other individuals, the games can help pass the time and make it more memorable. You can look up a variety of baby shower games on the Internet and it is likely that you have played some at other baby showers at some time in the past. Try to avoid choosing any games that are going to cause embarrassment to the mother, especially if you are having a diverse group attend the party.
Inviting people to the baby shower is also an important part, as it will not only help to fill the seats, it can get people excited about the event. There are plenty of unique baby shower invitations that are available, both for purchase separately and so that you can print them out at your home. Try to add a little bit of personal flair to the invitations. It will make it more likely that they will end up on the refrigerator and remind people about the upcoming shower.
Finally, don't overlook the fact that you are going to need to provide a gift for the expectant mother. There are plenty of gifts that are going to be available and more than likely, they are going to be registered in at least one location. You can also purchase other items, such as embroidered bids and trumpette baby socks which will be appreciated by the new parents. You can also use those items as various party favors and in other ways during the party and then they can be used for the child once it is over.
|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.|