|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!|
Nowadays, wanting to purchase anything online means reading reviews about the product as an essential first step in your buying process . Reviews are often made by people who've already tested the product, used the product or have friends who've used the product. Either way, most people find reading product reviews very helpful as they give an immediate glimpse of what the product might actually be like and if they still want to go ahead and buy it.
Stroller reviews are no different. A baby stroller is one of the many important purchases new parents make. And with the multitude of styles, designs and types to choose from, depending on your budget, lifestyle and baby's needs, one can be hard pressed about what to choose and be assured that they have indeed chosen the perfect one. All strollers are not created equal and reading reviews on the best ones will tell you which ones are substandard and which ones actually live up to their hype.
Even if you are reading reviews on the top brands, reviews give you further insight and help make your decision-making easier. For example, you may be looking for jogging strollers that are made for rigorous running or training, but one that would be alright to use as well during short strolls or running shopping errands. Stroller reviews break down the strollers' features and informs you of any suitable alternatives or which brand would specifically meet your requirements.
|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.|
So, what should you look for to know you are reading a legitimate review and not just an article written to promote the product? For one, it should contain a healthy balance of a product's pros and cons, as well if it also reviews other products to help narrow down your choices. Reading online reviews in particular, will give you comprehensive information rather than skimming through manufacturer's sites which will certainly be a one-sided affair in favor of the product. Also, since you are recommended to do research before your purchase any kind of product or try out any kind of service online, reviews will also be able to provide a product or brand's advantages and disadvantages. This will surely save you from wasting too much time, effort and money.
Another great thing about reading reviews is that in addition to the opinions and feature run downs, it also gives suggestions on how to get the most out of the product being reviewed. For example, reviews on jogging strollers will almost always include tips on how to maximize your exercise time while caring for your baby or telling you why a particular style would be better than the other. These reviews also give you the retail prices of the products in the market which allows you to set a budget for your purchase. And because they were written by actual parents, the credibility factor is high.
So the next time you're in the market for a particular stroller, remember that reading stroller reviews will help you tremendously in making the right buying decisions, as well as selecting the perfect stroller for your perfect little bundle of joy. Rather than seeing them as a tedious waste of time, think of them as total time savers.
|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.|