|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!|
Convertible car seats are an option that many families should be considering. They offer customers a whole range of benefits that they can get with their purchase. Here, we take a look at a number of these benefits so you can better decide if these car seats are right for you and your family.
Cost savings is a benefit to many family budgets.
One of the most obvious benefits to convertible car seats is that they can save you money. In the past, people would have to buy a number of different car seats as their baby grew. This could add up quickly to a big sum of money. Now, customers no longer have to fork over this amount of money as they can instead opt for convertible car seats which only require one upfront cost that is very reasonable. The end result is a lot of money can be saved in the process.
Easy to get child buckled up or adjusted over time.
A second benefit to these car seats is that they are made perfectly for providing a snug fit with the seat belts and for easy adjustments. This is particularly important because you always want to have a snug fit to best protect your baby. However, you also want it to be easy for you to make adjustments to the straps and harness as your baby grows. These convertible car seats do a great job of providing both benefits as the design is such that only simply adjustments have to be made to get a snug fit or the height of the device adjusted. This provides a great convenience to customers who won't have to pinch fingers and have to waste time rethreading the harness like with a regular car seat.
|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.|
Able to take car seat in and out with ease.
This is an important benefit that new parents may not be aware but should be. The amount of time and extra aggravation that can take place simply taking a car seat in and out and getting the child buckled in properly can be very time consuming. The ability to reduce the time needed to do these tasks is invaluable especially when these tasks will be done on almost a daily basis. Any tools that can help make this easier like these products will be welcomed.
Improved design for greater safety.
As with any car seat, a great deal of importance has to be placed with the safety of the device. Car accidents are serious business and it is important that babies are well protected. Convertible car seats offer a high level of safety with the better products in the industry. These products have been through rigorous safety testing where they have performed well against side and front impact collisions. The best options will actually have made design changes to limit the impact of these collisions.
When you take all these different benefits into account, you should have a better understanding of the value of these convertible car seats. If you are like most customers, you will find the value is too much to resist.
|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.|