|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!|
Baby shower celebrations are really very exciting moment for the would-be parents and the celebration should also be memorable as it is all about welcoming the unborn baby. Although baby shower parties are usually planned only for the first born, but nowadays parents often organize a party to celebrate even the birth of their second child with close relatives and friends. People follow different cultures and rituals to bless the mom and the baby, but among everything they also search for good baby shower games, favors and cakes.
Here in this article we will share with you some great baby shower cake ideas that will simply help you to prepare for the occasion and also leave your guests amazed.
Choose the cake based on your theme: If you are aware of the gender of your baby and want to celebrate according to the baby boy or baby girl them making a baby shaped cake can be appropriate with the theme. You can easily do this by either baking some cupcakes using the appropriate shape. Or you can also place an order at the bakery and get it patterned after the baby.
Big or small size: Usually a traditional party cake is something that is a large one with fancy designs that are based on the theme and color. But recent trends are changing and you may love to display a wide variety of options, flavors and colors by serving specially prepared cupcakes for all your individual guests. You can top the cute desserts with pretty edible pacifiers or even top it with fondant babies tucked under blankets.
|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.|
Choose different shades of colors: It is very common to choose the baby pink color for girls and blue for the boys. But if you want to attract the guests, then this baby shower cake idea can surely help. Since your dessert forms the centerpiece of the celebration, it's got to be a showstopper. Choose colors like shades of green, orange, purple to decorate the cream and the rest of your dessert. You can also add colorful sprinklers as it will add a wide range of colors to the food items.
Haven't decided on the theme? Check online: Many people do not care for a specific theme for the baby shower celebration. But choosing a theme can make the party more attractive, special, and memorable for the guests. So, you can choose a specific theme for the celebration like baby toy themes, diaper theme or etc. If you are still unable to decide, then browse the internet and take a look at the different party theme ideas, which will guide you to make the party successful. You can also browse different dessert categories based on themes which will offer great ideas to plan your party. You can then choose some wonderful themes and make sure that your cake is based on the theme.
Your baby shower can be very interesting and memorable for all your close ones, but all you have to do is to sit down with a small piece of paper and pen and note down the things that you really want at the party.
|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.|