|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!|
Expectant moms are typically told to avoid caffeinated beverages. One cup of java per day is okay, several studies have discovered, but generally it's in the same classification as beverages and soft dairy products — bad for child's development. However, scientists in Amsterdamrecently determined that there is no link between level of caffeinated beverages during maternity and a kid's actions later in life; they say a cup of Joe might cable mom for the day, but it will not cause her child to become overactive.
Participants in the study (3,400 mothers) were requested how much java they absorbed during maternity. When their kids turned 5 or 6, the same females loaded out surveys about their childrens' behavior health — instructors finished an identical study.The writers determined that moms who absorbed caffeinated beverages during maternity did not put their kids at risk for “hyperactivity/inattention issues, psychological symptoms, perform issues, fellow relationship issues, overall problem actions, or suboptimal prosocial actions.”
|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.|
Studies have been conducted and have been shown that coffee can reduce the risk of being affected by Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is a common form of dementia and there is no cure for this disease. Coffee has also show to decrease the chances of Parkinson's disease as well. Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the central nervous system. Signs of this disease include: shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty walking.
While the studies have shown that level of caffeinated beverages doesn't cause actions issues in kids, it didn't analyze any other developing issues. In Apr, when studies discovered that java intake during maternity doesn't impact a child's sleep styles, professionals still managed that it is not completely safe — huge amounts of caffeinated beverages have been connected to miscarriages and lower birth loads. Currently, the ACOG upholds that up to 200 mg (an 8-ounce cup of coffee) a day is okay to drink during maternity. Anything greater improves chance of problems during your maternity.
Caffeine is not the only maternity no-no that is been called into question lately. In May, scientists discovered that average intake of alcohol (up to eight beverages per week) does not impact kids 5 and under. Long-term effects were not examined, however, so physicians and professionals still motivate an abstinence policy.
|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.|