|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!|
Parents love their children unconditionally and always want the best for their children. The purchase of baby bedding shows that the child's safety and comfort is the main priority. If you have just had a little bundle of joy, are on the way or are planning to have one soon, be sure to plan it out well. Here are some tips to help you out:
Consider a Theme
While children will most likely not appreciate a theme in their early years, they will definitely appreciate it in the future. Be sure you take pictures of the entire room or show it off to your friends and relatives.
Another reason why a theme could be beneficial is that you introduce a wide range of colors to the room. With this, a child's visual skills would be enhanced as their eyes will be stimulated by different shapes, sizes and colors. This could greatly help them in this crucial development period.
Choose a Neutral Color
If you haven't conducted an ultrasound yet or are just planning to have a baby, you might be planning to buy baby bedding ahead of time for budget reasons. If you are unsure of the gender of your child, neutral colors will do. Gray, white, beige and ivory also look great in a nursery. Also, having neutral colored items make it easy to donate or hand down the bedding.
|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.|
There are cases when you are provided brochures by a store instead of being shown the actual product. In some cases, the product will need to be shipped from the manufacturer and this could take time especially for those with off-shore factories. As such, you should canvass early so that you can factor in the delivery period. This is mostly a problem with stores and will not likely happen when shopping online.
Measurements are vital when purchasing baby bedding. Be sure you have these on hand when browsing the mall or online. It's sometimes frustrating to have to return merchandise just because you did not expect it to be too small or too large. While there is usually no charge incurred for returning a product, you are still wasting your time and effort just to accomplish this.
Get Some Accessories
There are a whole lot of accessories available for interested parents. These range from lighting to audio to safety accessories. When shopping, be sure to ask for accessories as the store may offer you some at a package price.
Stay Away from Pillows
Baby bedding does not usually need a pillow to accompany it. If you have noticed, babies have no problems lying flat. Based on research made before, it is said that babies don't need pillows until they are around a year old.
Baby bedding is important in keeping your baby safe and comfortable. There are many things you need to consider before making the purchase so make it a point to plan ahead of time.
|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.|