|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!|
In the growth process of your child, you need to make every day count. As he develops, his brain is like a sponge that absorbs all sorts of information revolving around him and catches on really fast. You could also buy a DVD for baby education that will teach your kid how to say the simplest things like “mommy”, “daddy”, “doggy” and so forth. As you child grows, you will need to buy more advanced DVDs, which will teach him more complicated words. But always keep in mind not to stress your baby too much with educational DVDs.Ever considered buying a Baby Einstein DVD for education or relaxation purposes? In the era of modern technology, even people who are against innovation could at least give these new methods a try.
Technology is amazing because it has helped us evolve and we are now capable of doing things we could have never imagined doing a couple of decades ago. And since technology is such a vital component in the evolving process of our planet, why not integrate it in the learning process of our children? Just as manufacturers have already produced special tablets for children, a DVD for baby needs is not only entertaining, but also educational and very useful.
|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.|
A Baby Einstein DVD can be of several types: they can show funny cartoons and shows for kids, they can teach your children what letters and numbers look like and how to spell them, how animals look and how they sound and many other such basic pieces of information that parents always try to teach their children. Other DVDs for babies simply contain relaxing sounds. For instance, a mother will almost always know which sounds are sure to relax and soothe her baby, be those musical compositions or sounds that can be heard in nature, and will thus be able to search for the proper DVDs.
This is why it is important to maintain a balance, so if you see him getting tired of learning about flowers and colors, switch to a baby DVD that contains soothing music or maybe some animal sounds and pictures. We all know how kids are prone to become attached to furry little friends. Prices on each Baby Einstein products for education and entertainment vary quite a lot. You can buy one for as little as $5, but the prices are usually higher for educational DVDs (in the vicinity of $25). As you baby starts to grow and the information on these DVDs becomes more complex, expect to pay a little bit more for them.
But they will turn out to be a great investment, mainly because they were made by professionals in the field of infant psychology and education: people who have studied how a baby's brain develops and know exactly what can calm down a child or make him become really excited. It is very important that you read the cover of the baby DVDs you are buying because they are each designated to a specific age group and you may want to avoid buying your baby who is 3 months of age a DVD for babies who are over 1 year old.
|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.|