|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!|
Young men should learn sewing skills for numerous reasons. The enjoyable projects are not just for young girls. A boy from the age of nine and twelve normally has the fine motor skills necessary to cut fabric, thread a needle and stitch 2 pieces of fabric together. Practice makes perfect, as they say. Sewing gets straighter and simpler in time.
When one starts at the beginning, a brief safety lesson is an important idea. Needles and scissors are sharp tools. They need to be protected from damage, too. Thus, a lesson concerning putting away the implements in the appropriate place is a good idea. If there are little children in the home, the older boy might need to be reminded to place items out of their reach.
An easy boys sewing projects to sew is the treasure stick sack. Your child might like going out and searching for a little stick that is fitting for the project. Or the 2 of you could look for the stick while taking a walk together.
|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.|
The stick will be used to carry a satchel which can be hung on the wall. The satchel can be used to hold badges, stones, trinkets or all types of small articles.
The bag is normally sewn from felt, at least 4 by 11 inches in size. If your son would like to make a bigger pouch, he might want a bigger stick. Fold the felt to create a pouch with a flap.
Use a hand stitch to sew the sides and make the pouch. The stick is stitched on, above the bag where the flap folds over again using the whip stitch, stitch around the fold and stick. A piece of yarn can be fastened on the end of the sticks to permit it to hang on the wall. You could decorate the yarn with beads. Also the the front of the satchel could be decorated if your son would like.
Sewing pillow slips is yet another of the beginning boys sewing projects. Your son can go with you to the fabric store to choose a material which he likes. It should be easy enough for you to teach him how to stitch the seams to sew together the side seams which will become the pillow slip.
Children also like to make pencil cases, lap desks, and other projects when they learn sewing. These are helpful skills that may develop into a hobby that will last a lifetime.
|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.|