|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!|
Your baby is new to this world and we have to take care of all his needs carefully. There are so many things you have to take care of and bedding is one of them. No matter what baby bedding covers you get, make sure that your little lamb is comfortable while sleeping. You'll want to provide your baby with bedding that is both comfortable and perfectly safe. Here's why selecting the right cover is so important: your baby is going to spend a lot of time on it – experts estimate up to 18 hours a day. It is imperative to use the correct bedding with a baby safe mattress and baby safe covers or polyethylene-covered mattress. On top of the polyethylene place fleecy pure cotton under blanket and tuck this in securely.
For starters we strongly recommend you only use natural fibre bedding covers on your baby's bed. Babies are not able to regulate their own temperature, and in particular merino wool has been found to be the best option for baby's bedding covers. Newborn babies aren't really particular about where they sleep and if given the choice, would probably stay in their parent's arms all day. Many are pretty successful too! The most common and safest place for a new kid to sleep is in a bassinette, cradle or cot with comfortable and skin friendly covers.
|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.|
With newborns, choose cotton or wool covers, and 100% cotton sheets. Look for light layers so you can easily add additional layers, rather than a heavy single blanket. Choose covers of a suitable size. It's also a good idea to choose machine washable bedding and remember not to use harsh detergents because it can harm your baby's soft skin.
Another great material for your baby's bedding covers can be organic fabrics like linen. It will keep your child cool in summers and is one of the best fabrics nature has gifted us. At pitterpatterprams.ie Dublin we have a huge collection of kid bedding covers for your little wonder. We have lots of options to choose from, colorful characters to fun patchwork designs, and you'll find something for every special baby. From tiny sheets, to blankets and nursery accessories too, we've got everything you'll need to keep your little one snug.
|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.|