|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!|
The tradition and social etiquette demand that you shower a new born with gifts during the baby shower ceremony! Besides, if you are a close relative or a close friend of the parents, then you would like to show your love for the newborn by buying some baby gifts for the child. Choosing a gift for someone of such a small age is not an easy task. You may be tempted to buy something which may not be of any immediate use for the child. But if it can serve as a happy keepsake, then you can purchase it. Plus, you should also give some consideration to the lifestyle and profession of the parents and what sort of gift would they prefer.
Nappy cakes are one of the most popular gifts that you can present to a just-born. These can be extremely useful as well and make for ideal presents. Now-a-days, nappy cakes of all sizes and colors are available easily at the right price. And you don't even have to search far and wide or run from pillar to post to buy them. Online websites stock the most alluring nappy cakes and other latest baby shower gifts. Soft toys and teddy bears or dolls (especially for girls) are also ideal gifts to present during the ceremony. A teddy toy not just makes for a playful mate for the child but is stuffed with cute features which can win the heart of even the grown-up parents. Besides, you can also give those baby gifts that the mother can use while rearing up the child. You can pick up colorful bathing sets or attractive muslin clothes or baby hair brush or toothbrush and even massage oil. These gifts may not have any sentimental value (since they cannot be preserved as mementos but they will help in the growing-up process of the baby). Some other popular gifts that you can pick up are baby hats, baby vests and scratch mitts.
|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.|
While buying the baby shower gifts, keep in mind the following things:
i. Give a thought to the gender of the child: It will be prudent to give a thought to the gender of the child before rushing for a gift. Presenting dolls to a boy baby is not recommended. Similarly, it is better to avoid giving car toys or sports toys to baby girls.
ii. Quality: Always buy from a website that is reliable and enjoys expertise in stocking baby gifts. These specialized websites will not just present you with top-quality gift items but will also appeal to your individual taste or preference. Besides, depending on the gender of the child, they can also proffer you with different gifts.
iii. Cost effective gifts: If you have a budget constraint, then these special websites can help you find the right gift at your desirable price. The wide range of baby shower gifts will definitely allure you and easily fit into your budget. And yes, these high quality products enjoy longevity and durability and are non-toxic and non-breakable. Hence, they are completely safe for the babies and most of them have sentimental values.
|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.|