|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!|
Babies are gifts. They are some of the best presents to parents. Keeping this in mind, parents name them in a manner that not only it sounds good, but also has a good meaning. A name is the first thing by which a person gets his / her identity. This seems to be the first thing that a child learns to relate to. Speaking of names of various religions, these are indeed very unique. However, every religion has its specialty and it is evident that the same would reflect in the names of children. Being the first and the most important sign of identity, names play a very important role in the lives of children.
Children of different religions have different names. With the progress of time and culture, people are naming their children according to their choice. Every religion looks up to some kind of eternal and supernatural power. This is sometimes referred to as God. Speaking of names of babies, the first and the foremost things that come to the minds of people, is to names them in line with the names of Gods. This is a common practice in most of the religions. The psychology that works behind this is that, by calling out the name of the child, the name of God would be uttered. Most religions profess that uttering God's name at least once a day, brings peace and happiness in the family
|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.|
The next thing that comes to the minds of parents while naming their children is the names of objects from nature. In the majority of cases, it has been seen that babies are named against the names of flowers. This is common to all religions. The world is getting secular. Therefore, babies are also given names that have a meaning from a different religion. However, whatever be the name of the child, a slight hint of the religion, to which s/he belongs, remains there. In case of Christianity, the child has to have a christened name – one that is taken from the Bible. The same applies to babies from all sects and religions.
These days, the trend is to name a baby with a different religious name. not only this symbolizes secularism, but also brings together the sentiments and the virtues of various religions. Initially, people used to stick to the names of their particular religion. But, this is not the case today.
|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.|