|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 difficult gifts to choose is a gift for a new born baby. You too may have faced this dilemma at some point of your life. In such a situation, it is helpful to know that it is best to gift things that are practically useful. This is because most of the parents do need things that they can use. As such some of the best ideas of baby shower gifts are practical things.
The new born child will not be concerned one bit about what you are gifting him. Therefore, you should choose gifts that will make the parents happy. And most parent really like receiving gifts that can be out to practical use.
One of the best ideas of gift to be given at a Baby Shower is baby gift baskets. Such a gift basket will seldom fail to please the parents of the new born baby. Usually a baby gift basket consists of very ordinary things like baby soap, baby shampoo, baby powder, diapers and other such things. These things may seem too ordinary to gift but parents usually like these types of gifts because they are really quite useful for them. Of course you cannot gift such things individually because then they would seem very mundane. But when you combine them they tend to form a really nice gift. You can also add things like toys and other such things which will further enhance the gift.
|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.|
Another good idea for gifts to take to a Baby Shower is baby books. Of course, they would not be needed immediately, but the parents will want to have them around because babies take interest in pictures and stuff very quickly. You can also gift colouring books and crayons and such items. They too will not be needed immediately, but like baby books, the parents will want to have them handy. Gift certificates are also a very good idea. They are not the traditional gifts. Gift certificates are an innovative way of giving gifts at a baby shower.
Therefore, if you have been invited to a baby shower then gifting items of practical use is the best idea. You can find such gifts at a variety of baby stores. You will have a large selection of items to choose from. You can also shop from online stores. Shopping online is a very good idea because you will get better bargains 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.|