|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!|
Sharon Lizcano Tellez, an Au Pair from Colombia, bravely saved 8-month old twins from a distracted driver during a routine walk in her neighborhood. Sharon, who has been living with her Host Family in Philadelphia and caring for the twin babies for the past five months, was crossing a street at a cross walk with a fellow Au Pair when she realized the van coming on their direction would not stop in time. Reacting quickly, she protected one of the babies by shifting her body and absorbing the brunt of the impact on her left side, away from the baby. Luckily the second baby was not hit. Sharon was sent to the nearby CVS minute clinic and later to the ER for scans and x-rays and is now doing better; fortunately, aside from some cuts and bruises, no one else was injured.
An Au Pair is a foreign young adult who leaves their native country, for up to two years, to come live in the United States as a live-in care provider for a Host Family. In exchange for their work, the Au Pair receives a small stipend, room and board. Sharon has worked as an Au Pair in Holland and is now an Au Pair in the United States through Go Au Pair, a Department of State designated agency.
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|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.|
The heroism displayed by Sharon is extraordinary, but those who know Sharon were not surprised, “Sharon is a very loving and caring Au Pair with a lot of experience. I am not surprised that she saved my child's life because [that's] the type of the person Sharon is. We are extremely lucky to have her as a nanny for our kids and as a family member as well,” shared Sharon's host mom Mrs. Walker.
The family is very thankful and said Sharon deserved to be honored and rewarded. They are looking forward to spending both years of Sharon's J-1 Au Pair visa with her. In her short time as an Au Pair for the Walker Family, Sharon has developed a special connection with her family and the children she cares for. She says that the babies were so little and vulnerable that she didn't hesitate to offer herself as a shield, “A protective feeling grew inside me. In the time I've spent with these babies I have learned to understand them and love them as my own. They arouse, in my heart, this special motherly feeling [and all I want is to] take care of them as my own sons. I feel like I am part of this family, they are concerned about my feelings. I am very happy with my decision and thank God that [He] has guided me through my steps”
The whole purpose of the Au Pair program is to build long lasting relationships that go beyond child care responsibilities. Go Au Pair is extremely impressed and value Sharon's great courage.
|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.|