|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!|
When you become a parent, your new child suddenly becomes your whole world. It's the most wonderful feeling in the whole world. It's an unreal feeling and you watch your priorities change. Parents suddenly realize the huge responsibility and they want the best of everything for their baby. When most parents are expecting, they start preparing for the new arrival in the family. The house is made safer by child-proofing every corner. A special place is prepared for the newcomer in the house. Closets and closets get filled with kid's toys and you suddenly start stocking up on baby accessories-all that your baby needs!
There is an ocean of accessories available in the market to help you take care of your child. But what does your child need? That is a simple question for those who have done their research.
These are some pointers for new-parents to keep in mind while preparing their baby-care Inventory-
|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.|
- Among other things, your kid needs clothes that are comfortable but not too loose, and for that it is important that you buy clothes that are good for his skin to avoid any rashes or skin irritation. You can compare different clothing materials and it's a good idea to keep clothes of different sizes in advance. Bathing accessories like bath-sponge, shampoos, oils, creams etc. are some items that you're definitely going to need.
- Teach your child how to take care of his business with a potty-training kit. Buy quality diapers and get a good fit, otherwise they can cause discomfort.
- The diet of a newborn is usually mother's milk. For your growing child, you can ask your pediatrician to provide you with a diet-chart. There is no telling when the baby will get hungry, so always keep a bottle of milk on you, just in case.
- Bathing a kid can be hard! An Infant tub for the baby with appropriately warm water is the way to go. You can clean him with bath-sponge and then dry him off with a soft washcloth.
- Your little one needs a good and cozy bed to sleep in. After all, the rolling around and playing all day will make him very, very tired. Buy your child, a good, comfortable crib from the market. You should also get other cozy bedding accessories to go with that as well.
- When you're going out, you need transportation for you little one as well. You can buy a travel-system or a pram that you think is the best. There are also car-seats that you can install in your car for the ease of your young one. Babies have very sensitive skin so when you're out in the sun, you can equip your baby-stroller with light-shade accessories to have protection from heat and sunburn.
- You cannot always keep your child in your arms, but you can equip the room with monitors to watch over him even when you're busy with other household work. Also, keep a separate thermometer to check on his temperature and other medical supplies as ordered by your pediatrician, when required.
|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.|