|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!|
When we think of spending time with our kids, it's always in the outdoors or in parks. What we do not realize is that a baby's skin is delicate and sensitive as compared to ours. Baby skin is likely to react more severely to UV rays from the sun than our skin normally would. Baby hats, full arm length clothing and attention to the sun are very important to avoid sunburn from happening. Instead of trapping your child indoors, use a baby sun hat to avoid them from the cruelty of UV rays. Similarly, check the time when the sun is strongest. This is usually between 10 am and 4 pm. Avoid taking your child out during this time.
Sun hats for all ages If you think your toddler will not want to wear anything on her head, you are mistaken. There are a wide variety of baby sun hats available that are attractive and comfortable. After a while they will completely forget they are wearing a hat. Besides covering your baby in lightweight and light colored clothing, do not forget to cover her head. For new born babies discuss with your doctor before you try any sunscreen or sun protection gear as sometimes baby skin reacts to harsh fabrics. A baby hat must be made of a soft fabric that is washable. It should be absorbent 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.|
Online shopping The easiest way to pick up your baby sun hat is online. There you get to preview the best of colorful and vibrant baby hats as well as great prices. They are also reasonable as compared to other shopping malls. Most of the online stores ship your order right to your doorstep as well as provide the option of express delivery. Deliveries are assured to reach you within two weeks time from the date of order however it is always good to read up on frequently asked questions which are usually displayed on the websites.
Stylish hats The best thing about baby sun hats is that they are pretty stylish and can also be worn as an accessory to parties and family bar-b-ques. Finding a unique hat in the market is twice as difficult as finding one online. There are online boutiques that specialize only in baby hats. They may be slightly more expensive but guarantee your hat is one of a kind. Similarly they even create crochet, beanie and fashion hats for your baby. While choosing your hat refer to the size chart. This will give the standard measurements. Choose the size closest to your baby's size. They base their sizes on the circumference of the head or the age of the baby. The first is more reliable however.
|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.|