|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!|
One of the most fun things about parenting is the part where you get to decorate your baby's nursery and pick out all the adorable little baby products you can get your hands on. While the whole process is all fun and games for you, your child is most likely to be sitting on the sidelines wondering what is going on. You are all flustered and excited but there are high chances of her not reciprocating the same feelings, not because she doesn't care but rather because she is a little too young to appreciate certain things. She may not clap her hands in glee when you get her room painted in bright yellow or bring home a framed picture of the two of you. But you know what she will appreciate? A proper bedding set.
Babies love their sleep. Try and mess up a baby's sleep time and you will have to deal with a cranky baby that is hell-bent on letting you know that she is not pleased. Doing up your baby's crib with a firm yet comfortable mattress, cosy blankets, and baby pillows with firm sides will work in both your baby's and your favors. Not just sleeping pillows, you can also get your hands on travel and feeding pillows that have both been designed for different purposes.
A couple of baby pillows that your baby will appreciate and that will make your job as a parent easier include:
|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.|
Bed/sleeping – Normally, many child specialists do not recommend sleeping pillows for infants that are under four months. This because of the high risk of suffocation they raise. So to be on the safer side, it is advisable to let your baby lie flat on her back, without any pillows or support for the first few months. However, on days when your child is suffering from a cold or has nasal-related problems, placing a firm sleeping pillow under her head might help.
Body – Body pillows are larger in size than the other styles of baby pillows and are a must-have. You can lay these pillows on the bed or leave them on the floor, their semi-hard surface will ensure that your baby has a sturdy yet comfortable cushioning beneath her. Body pillows also come with back support so your child can practice sitting on her own. In case your child decides to suddenly fall asleep, these pillows are large enough to allow her to comfortably stretch her tired limbs out and enjoy a nice nap.
Decorative – A monkey with a mischievous grin on his face, a smiling lady bug, a friendly looking lion, your child will have more than a few friends with these cheerful characters adorning her. Just be careful to not crowd her crib with these though as they might end up suffocating her.
Feeding/nursing – Place these baby pillows under your baby's head as you breastfeed her. This way, she doesn't have to struggle to keep her head steady and you can relax your arms and back as well.
Travel – Tuck these under your baby's head while travelling and she will sleep like a dream even as you go over bumpy roads or put up with flight turbulences.
Winnie Care, Wonderkids, or Tiny Tots, you can access goods from these and a lot more brands in the most convenient manner if you buy baby pillows online.
|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.|