|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!|
For many parents this may sound like an absurd question but, are you really using the right kind of nappy for your baby? Today the market is fully loaded with varieties of nappies – from traditional cotton nappies to disposable ones, and also reusable are available. It can be confusing if you are a first time mother to compare benefits of the different options available. This post has answered questions regarding pros and cons and cost versus conveniences to help mother select the right nappy for their babies.
Shopping for your baby is fun but while buying you would need to keep a few facts in mind such as
Convenience of use – Are these nappies easy to use, wash and dry? Do these allow stuffing in case you need to boost its absorption capacity? Is it easy to carry them while travelling?
Cost – Cloth nappies are cheaper than supermarket disposable, branded nappies. Cloth fit snuggly and softer against baby skin. You would need to calculate how many disposable your baby would need in a day to calculate the actual cost.
Convenience of washing – Would you prefer to throw the nappy away against washing? Cloth nappies become harsh with detergent over time. Using fabric with a mix of wool is a better option as these stay softer for long.
|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.|
Performance – What type of nappy would perform best, i.e. less leakage and fewer changes per day? Reusable nappies need to be changed more frequently than disposable nappies. This would also alter your costs.
Variants – Heavily padded nappies are preferred over normal during travelling or for overnight protection. You must select a type of nappy depending on your requirements.
Environmental cost – Reusable are environmentally friendly but these might cost more than disposable diapers.
Types of nappies
Cloth nappies – The Terry Square is the traditional style nappy but nowadays a variety of cloth nappies are also available in the market. Cloth would fit the baby snugly. Using softer cloths would also minimize complaints of nappy rash. These are made from a blend of hemp, bamboo and cotton for better absorption capacity.
Disposable – Disposable nappies contain layers of super-absorbent chemicals in the inner liner and a plastic outer cover to prevent leakage. These come in various size and shapes for babies at different age.
Bio-disposable nappies are manufactured using biodegradable products such as – bamboo, hemp, and cotton. These would break down completely over time and wouldn't affect environmental balance.
If you are not sure which the best choice is for your baby try out a few nappy samples before selecting the brand or type.
|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.|