|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!|
Everything is great when your baby is a newborn: he eats, sleeps and fills his nappy like clockwork. That is the extent of his day. You don't have to worry about putting small objects away, locking cabinets and putting up baby gates around the house. Well, not until your kid becomes mobile, that is.
Sometime around 8 months (later if you are lucky or earlier for you unlucky mums), everything will change. Your once immobile angel will begin crawling, or if he is like my baby, dragging himself around by only using his arms (think army crawl). At this time, it is usually a mad dash to baby proof the house from covering electrical sockets to removing breakable items from tables.
Babies are like little trash cans; they can, and will, pick up everything they can grasp, and put it directly into their mouth. Why, you ask? Well, there are a couple of reasons. One, this is how they explore things. Just how you use your fingers to feel something, your kid will use their mouth to explore something. Two, they are probably teething, and chewing on something relieves some of the pressure on their gums.
|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.|
Because of this, it is doubly important that you make sure that there is nothing within your baby's reach that they can choke on or hurt their mouths by chewing. Don't just look at the obvious places like the living room, kitchen and kid's room; you need to baby proof your personal belongings, too.
Babies love exploring new things – especially shiny things that catch their eyes. This means you must make all of your jewellery safe so child cannot get hurt. Any small or sharp pieces should be stored and kept far from your babies reach. However, even the jewellery you are wearing can pose a risk for your curious baby.
Your necklace can be twisted by baby which can pinch their fingers; a pendant can cut their mouth if chewed on; and it could even break in your baby's mouth causing them to choke. You may think the solution is foregoing necklaces altogether but I have a better solution: wear a teething necklace instead.
To make jewellery safe, it is composed of chemical free silicone stones that are completely safe for child to chew on. In fact, they are designed to be a teething necklace and can provide relief to your baby's gums. No more worrying about your baby hurting their fingers or mouth by playing with your necklace and no more wondering what happened to your kid's teething toy.
By baby proofing your outfit, you can ensure that you are taking every precaution possible to keep your baby safe while offering them a great way to comfort their budding teeth. When you have a happy kid, you'll be a happy mummy.
|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.|