|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!|
Shopping for a baby can be an extremely fun as well as an arduous task. The sheer amount of things to buy goes hand in hand with the delightful patters, colours and accessories that the parents have access to. And cinching the whole nursery together with just the right kind of bedding, one that compliments the wall paint and the furniture, is indeed a most rewarding process.
Nursery bedding or specifically crib bedding comes in many different colours and patterns. Though many parents buy it in keeping with the theme or colour scheme of the nursery the most important aspect to keep in mind before buying the bedding is the material it is made of. As the baby's skin is sensitive, synthetic materials can irritate its skin causing it discomfort. Thus it is preferable to buy as close to 100% Cotton, which is light and soft against the baby's skin.
|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.|
Nursery Bedding includes the crib sheets, which should fit firmly into the crib, be sure to have at least three crib sheets and machine washable ones as they are likely to get dirty nearly everyday due to leakages, spit-up etc. and laundry might not be a daily option. Most baby bedding sets include bumper pads, but it is highly advised by the American Academy of Pediatrics amongst others to not use them due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), a phenomenon said to be linked with the use of bumpers. It is also advisable to not use the blankets that come with the bedding, or any blankets or lose sheets around the baby, in the early months, all to prevent the risk of SIDS.
Now a days nursery bedding in its co-ordinated form includes curtains and drapes as well and once ago enhance the chosen theme of the nursery. It is important while choosing such accents that they are not only pleasing to the eye but also in shades that are soothing for the baby. It is advisable to stay away from harsh bold colours and stick to calming shades such as blue or in warmer tones light yellow and light orange. The price of the bedding varies depending on both the number of accessories as well as the brand you choose. The bedding can be bought off the shelves or even custom made according to your own specifications and details. It is also worth a shot to check out online baby bedding stores as they often have designs not found in stores.
Planning for the baby is indeed a joy and can even help relieve stress in expecting mothers and is a chance for parents to start cultivating their baby's personality by filling its environment with certain stimuli. But it is essential to remember that safety is most important and all bedding should be bought with this in mind.
|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.|