|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!|
Are you purchasing a baby shower gift or are you assisting with choosing essential items for the baby registry? Keep in mind you need to select items that really make life for mum-to-be a whole lot easier. I dons tedious and nine out of ten times mum-to-be felt pressured to choose items she really didns interests at heart. The gift needs to have some semblance to her own style or way of living. Remember that some homes may only have a shower and no bath tub. So in these circumstances the CharliChair is without a doubt the most thoughtful baby shower gift idea. Insert cheeky smiley face heret have the insight that comes along with the experience of having a baby. Hence, generally speaking mums-to-be cannot cipher between an essential product and a gimmick. Making the process of choosing a baby shower gift, time consuming, exhausting and taxing, to say the least.
With my baby registry I thought I knew exactly what products I thought I needed. Each item I chose was recommended to me by someone. I chose the pram that was advocated by a friend. I chose a car seat that was favoured by a mum and the baby bottle I chose was endorsed by the shop assistant who was serving me at the time. She was clearly getting some kind of kick back, since I heard the product was recalled for some unknown reason. Non of these items would receive any type of favourable mention now.
|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.|
After having three kids, and many years of experience, I can now with staunch certainty list only a hand full of baby shower gift products that are really worthwhile.
But what does all this have to do with the CharliChair? Well, they say that . Couldnt created to generate income for a full time house wife. It was created off the back of my own struggles at bath time.
When I had my third child I was overwhelmed. Other than the obvious, being that I had three kids to look after. I was also tackling some excruciating back pain. I absolutely dreaded bath time. This is how the CharliChair came about. Ideally, I needed a chair to place Bub in whilst I showered her. It didn't exist.
The CharliChair is a shower chair for babies. It is placed in the shower and the baby is locked in securely using a five point harness. Parents can wash the baby, without bending over, without the juggling act of holding the soapy slippery baby in one hand and washing the baby down with the other. Parents have both hands free with the CharliChair. It's the answer to bath time struggles.
So when purchasing a gift or recommending a baby shower gift for the baby registry, put some thought into what essential items would make life for mum-to-be a whole lot easier. Keep in mind that some homes come under equipped with only a shower. The CharliChair is without a doubt the best baby shower gift idea. Even if mums do not know of it yet.
|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.|