|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!|
SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a phenomenon that causes the instant death of the infants. There are various reasons for this syndrome, such as bacterial infection, bed sharing, brain disorder, cervical or spinal injuries, maternal smoking and wrong sleeping position, among others. However, the most recurring and common cause of this syndrome is death by suffocation due to heavy bedding. Pillows, stuffed toys and heavy blankets and sheets can easily cause a baby to suffocate to death. A baby sleep sack provides the perfect solution to this problem and acts as an excellent bedding for babies, which keeps them comfortable without constricting their air passage.
A baby sleep sack is a rectangular, loose bag or bedding which is made of cotton; the soft cotton fabric of the sac is gentle on the sensitive skin of the babies. The sacks are designed with a large opening for the arms, a well-proportioned neck opening and a vertical zipper across the front. Nowadays, baby sacks can be availed in three sizes, namely small, medium and large. Choosing the correct sack size is vital as the baby can slip inside an oversized baby sack and be at the risk of suffocating to death. These baby sleeping sacks can also be availed with or without sleeves and zippers as well.
|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.|
Baby sacks are instrumental in providing adequate warmth that is required by the babies while resting. Therefore, the sacks can keep babies safe and ensure their uninterrupted sleep even when the family is camping outdoors or going for a picnic. Sacks with high TOG ratings are also available in the market for use during the winter season or when going out for picnic in open areas. These sacks are considered as an excellent bedding option for babies since other conventional, loose beddings can be kicked away by the infants, whereas they find it impossible to kick off the sleeping sacks.
These sleepsacks also prevent babies from getting hurt by restricting their movements to a large extent and preventing them from hurting themselves. On the other hand, these are loose enough that the infants can frolic and play even while lying down. Baby sleeping sacks can be used for new born infants as well as for babies between the age group of 6 months to 3 years old. These sacks can be availed in several sizes in a variety of pleasing and delightful colors that appeal to the toddlers.
|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.|