|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!|
Jewelry possesses a variety of meaning to various cultures, and to the individuals within those cultures. For many modern families living in Australia, the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom, it is often a fashion statement, a business investment, or a social class distinction. Additionally, for various individuals, jewelry is worn for superstitious reasons – such as good health, blessing, or protection. Others use it to convey their life story, to mark significant events in their lives – Pandora jewelry, anyone? Today, we even use silicone jewelry as a teething bling to accommodate our teething babies!
In fact, the use of Jewelry dates back many centuries, traced to the area of Africa – even dating back to the days of the Cro-Magnons. Granted, that the design quality of their Jewelry differs significantly from today's metal-based designs. Shells, animal teeth, and plant bearings were the ideal beads of the day. In 2006, three discovered shell beads – termed Nassarius – were dated as being 90,000 to 100,000 years old. Previous discoveries of shell beads confirmed that our ancestors have exercised creativity, and adorned themselves with a form of jewelry as far back as 50,000 years ago. However, researchers did not realize that the practice of Jewelry making went as far back as 100,000 years ago. It makes one wonder, what social factors caused our ancestors to adorn themselves with it? Did they use it for the same reasons we do today? They may not have had silicone jewelry, but perhaps they did use necklaces as teething bling the way we currently use it for the purposes of soothing teething babies. Perhaps.
|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.|
Indeed, jewelry has played a bigger role in history. It is not simply a fashion statement, but was used a form of political and cultural statement as well. Historically Native Americans and Pacific Islanders made political statements through their jewelry. They created a profound visual presence that stated pride in their identity. Additionally, they used colorful jewelry to communicate with another – since they did not practice written communication at the time. Furthermore, in other parts of the world – such as Ancient India – jewelry-making contributed to the region's economic prosperity. The jewelries' craftsmanship was of the highest quality that it attracted merchants from all over the world into the Indian region. Today, Indian remains as a source for quality jewelry designs.
For many, the significance of the jewelry is nothing more than superficial. Who can blame them? It is difficult to stray from that thought as the modern world has basically debauched the value of it. We sometimes forget that they are often the source of religious, political and cultural significance; it has a confounding presence in some cultures – both positive and negative. We sometimes forget that jewelry has traveled a long way, having evolved alongside our ancestors.
|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.|