|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!|
Having a baby is one of the most wonderful feelings in this world. Parents have immense emotional attachments with their babies, and always try to provide the best care to them. One of the important needs for a baby is adequate sleep, which can be achieved with a baby wearable blanket.
These blankets are made of a comfortable, cotton material, and can be used throughout the year for tiding over different weather conditions. Not only do these blankets keep the babies warm in winter, but they also allow them to breathe freely. These wearable blankets are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
As compared to these special blankets, regular blankets are often kicked off by babies during sleep. When the toddlers feel uncomfortable they are bound to wake their parents up, in turn. Parents would surely be able to sleep better, knowing that their baby is comfortable and secure inside this special protective blanket.
In the initial years, infants and toddlers feel the need to sleep for almost 16 hours a day. This is usually true for babies up to the age of 1 year. Toddlers are bound to feel restless and kick around during sleep, and baby slumber sacks provide enough room to do this. Even if the baby happens to kick its feet into the bars of the crib, the sack will ensure that there is no injury.
|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.|
For these infants to sleep peacefully throughout the night, it is important that these baby slumber sacks are made of a comfortable material. This is the reason why the slumber sacks are made of cotton, just like cotton clothing. Apart from the material, the sacks are in the shape of cocoons, to make sure the babies fit in with ease.
The Baby sleep sack can easily be worn over regular sleep wear. Zips are provided over these sacks, for cozily enclosing the babies. Even if babies want to be taken on outdoor trips, they can easily manage to sleep inside these slumber sacks.
Well designed sleep sacks can also be given as baby shower gifts. These sleep sacks are available in a variety of different colors, to suit different tastes. What could be a better baby shower gift for parents than peaceful sleep?
Sleep sacks are also known as sleep nests, and are available in two versions- standard and lite. The standard version is more heavier and warmer than the lite version. As compared to the standard version, the lite version is made of a very light cotton jersey.
There are also some safety reasons which should keep parents free from worry, while choosing a baby sleep sack. The material is completely non toxic in nature and not treated by any harmful chemicals. It can also be easily washed and tumble dried in washing machines, but should not be ironed.
|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.|