|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!|
While earlier it was pointed out that bedwetting in teenagers or adults was engendered by deep psychological issues, poor bladder control and deep sleep, today studies have proved that this problem can directly be linked to hormonal imbalance in the child.
Bladder control in a person follows the same course as that bowel control. From birth to infancy, the baby generally urinates in a reflexive fashion when his bladder gets stretched to a certain extent. The bladder holds greater amount of liquid as the child grows older and by the time he is around 3 years he develops the muscular ability to hold urine in his bladder. He develops the awareness that he is urinating by the time he is around one and a half years old. Around 95 per cent of the children achieve daytime bladder control by the time they are 4 years old or more, whereas around 85 per cent of them achieve this control by the time they are 3 years old. It's the nighttime bladder control that is more difficult. Around 10 percent of 6 year old children and 20 percent of 5 year old children have nighttime bed wetting problems.
|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.|
Now, there are some people who take recourse of medicines for their children, subject to nighttime bedwetting. However, experts suggest that there are many children who don't respond to drugs like desmopressin at all- especially who have more salt or urea in their nighttime excretion. As per a study conducted by the University of Aarhus, Denmark, this might as well be triggered by prostaglandin hormone imbalance. However, if your child is not yet 5 or above, you should give it some time before jumping in to medicines.
It's also very important that the children are offered due mental support. It turns out to be an embarrassing situation for the grown-up child to wake up and realize that he has wetted his bed. So under these circumstances, it's important for parents to offer constant emotional support to their children making them realize that it's not their fault. Bringing about some minor changes in the nighttime activities might yield results here. Make it a point that the kid does not forget to go to the toilet the last thing before going to bed- try not to feed him too much water or other liquids before going to bed as well.
It is also suggested that you don't try overnight diapers if they're not completely dry. It is also believed that these diapers hinder your child's bladder control efforts. Work on his toilet training on a consistent basis instead. If everything fails, then consult a physician.
It's important to realize that bedwetting is no fault of your child. While it might be a genuine effect of hormonal imbalance, there are times when parents themselves act callous about their children's toilet training.
|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.|