|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!|
Every parent wants the best for his/her children. They want to buy the best toys and clothes, give the best care and education to their kids. Sometimes, while trying to get the best for your kids you forget to consider some important things. You forget to check whether the product is ideal or if it meets safety standards.
It is especially important to know if the products are safe for babies, while buying items that they come in contact with almost every day. There are some tips that you can follow while shopping for common baby items to help you buy the safest ones.
Babies are in touch with their furniture almost every day, and it is necessary that you are careful while buying them. Some of the more common baby furniture are cribs, changing tables, walkers and high chairs. While buying them you should ensure that these products are manufactured according to safety standards and guidelines issued by regulatory bodies.
Safe furniture are those that have no sharp edges or any complex mechanism, which can harm babies. Make sure the furniture are strong enough to sustain the baby's weight not just at the moment but even after it grows up a little more.
If your budget is conflicting with the quality of the product, and which happens quite often, you can try finding them in factory outlets. These places will provide you affordable products of the same quality as found at costlier prices in the market. You can also find them on online shopping sites that have some really good offers and deals at times.
|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 travelling it is necessary to make sure the baby is seated comfortably. It is necessary to give proper care and attention in this department as parents these days travel a lot, trying to manage a balance between professional, personal and social lives. Ensure that the car seat you are selecting for your baby is appropriate. If it is not of the suitable size for the baby, then it might be fatal if something untoward were to happen while driving. Check that the harness on the seat is fitting your baby properly and the baby is comfortable while it still maintains that essential amount of firmness.
Now, baby toys are another important baby item that must be carefully chosen before buying. Some of the ways in which you can choose the right toys for your babies are to make sure they are age appropriate and not hazardous to health. In case of toys it is better to go for reputed brands because they will manufacture their products keeping in mind important factors and guidelines. Do a proper research on the type of safety standards that are there before buying toys.
Go for online baby products in order to reduce the stress and troubles of finding ideal baby products like designer & stylish diaper bags, diapers, cribs, cradles, toys etc. Online shopping saves your time as well as ensures that the products you buy are genuine. You can find popular kids brands like MeeMee, Mothertouch, Funskool, Disney and others.
|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.|