|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!|
Play pen is an optional for new parent to buy. It should not be on your first list but if you have extra cash, it is very helpful because it can be a mobile nursery for baby. Play pen or play yard is most the same, but baby play gate or fence is different thing.
Good playpen will provide a space for baby and their toys. Usually playpen need to be assembled before can be used. Some of it has 6 panels or 8 panels. I would like to recommend you to buy 8 panel playpen, so you would have an option. Use 8 panels when the room is big and 6 panels when the room is small.
Gates or without gates
Not all playpens has a gate or door. The cheap will not provide a door as their entrance. When you setup the play pens without gate, that's it, just put your baby in the surrounding space. However playpen without door also a good especially when the panel clip mechanism can be taken on and off easily.
Consumer has an option to choose, it made from wood, steel or plastic (polyethylene). Traditionally it is made from wood, but nowadays you can find it made from steel and plastic. Today parent will choose play pen made by plastic or steel, because of durability and elegance.
|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.|
Playpen made from steel has pro and contra. Usually steel playpen not only can be used as play yard but also very useful as room divider. This features is a favourite especially when the baby start to crawl. Somehow before buying steel playpen please check assembly clip, it should clip tight and strong. It will ensure safety and not falling over the baby.
Wooden playpens although is a traditional type but it is expensive compared to steel and plastic. People bought wooden style playpen because they want the color blend with other furniture. Wooden playpen not easy to put on and off, it used screw, usually parent will not bring it as mobile nursery.
Most playpen comes with music control panel. Not only plays music but it is also can used as a vibrator to make baby sleep. Nowadays you can play your ipod by plug in into the music control panel. Apart from playing baby song, you can play music from ipod and not only that, it also can record your voice.
Top brand in the market are Graco, 4 Mom Breeze, Baby Trends. Buy it according to your need. Good playpen price range from $70 – 150. But if you want wooden made the price is higher.
The safety of playpen is govern by agency such as cpsc (United States). Read manufacturer's recommendation on weight, age, assembly instruction. Comparing used playpen and new one, I prefer the new one, because the recent one will meet the new safety requirement.
Avoid playpen with protruding bolt, sharp edges or pinch that can cut finger. Make sure the net is mosquito type netting and it will not make any strangulation, can harm baby. The joint and end of metal tubes should cover with plastic cap.
|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.|