|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!|
Adults usually love the comfort of plush and warm bath robes after a bath; then why deny kids of this worldly pleasure? Instead of using difficult to wrap towels, one can easily make children wear plush bathrobes. These are useful not only after a bath but at beaches and pools as well. Kids' bathrobes are available in attractive colours and sizes, and soft comfortable fabrics can certainly make bath time cosy and fun for the little ones.
Things to consider when buying a kid's bathrobe:
When buying bathrobes for kids online, one should consider a few important facts to avail the best bathrobes each time:
Cotton: Good quality bathrobes are generally available in Egyptian, Pima or Turkish cotton. All these materials are high-quality, plush and durable, varying just slightly in softness, absorbency and weight. Turkish cotton bathrobes will have a slight natural sheen, although Egyptian cotton bathrobes are softer and warmer.
One can choose terry cotton and micro fibre bathrobes for kids for quick drying; however, these bathrobes will not have the same softness and level of comfort as a cotton bathrobe for kids.
|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.|
Size: Choosing bathrobes by age may sometimes be deceptive, especially when buying bathrobes online since one cannot try the product as against retail outlets. To ease this process, check the dimensions of the robes, like length, breadth and so on, specified in the description section on the chosen website. Kids outgrow their robes just like clothes; hence, buy a comfortable fit to ensure longer use.
Usability: Before buying a bathrobe, always consider the use of the same. If the bathrobe is needed for beaches, swimming, a lighter quick drying bathrobe can be efficient. For cooler climates, a plush and warm cotton bathrobe can save the child from the bitter cold. A very plush bathrobe in a hot climate can also make one uncomfortable. Consider the need and usability to buy the perfect bathrobe for kids.
Choice: Last but not the least, from a huge variety of styles, design and colours, let kids choose their own favourite bathrobes to make bath time fun. They can choose from a variety of cartoon characters and colours to feel special and comfortable at the same time.
Kids bathrobes provide one the functionality of a towel for young ones, with easy to wear practical usability. Bathrobes do the hard work of drying off the child and bring them comfort and warmth at the same time.
|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.|