|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!|
Purchasing clothes and accessories for your baby is exciting; one of the important items that should be purchased after much consideration is the perambulator. Baby prams from Australia are of good quality European-designed but meant for the Australian market. They can be bought online from Australian suppliers without having to go from shop to shop.
How to Purchase Good Strollers
Before buying the best stroller for your toddler, check out several websites in order to compare the various types available. If you plan to use the pram only for walks in your neighborhood, then you can buy either a medium or full-sized pram which has shock absorbers. All of them have comfort and safety features. Alternatively, if the stroller has to be transported in your vehicle, then a collapsible pram that is lightweight is the best. This type can be folded and kept in your trunk; however, they are not as strong as the full-sized ones. It's possible to contact your supplier and get a personalized pram with a parasol, insect netting, attachable baskets, additional padding etc. Rear-facing and fully-reclining seats are advisable for infants. Seat belts and wheel brakes are additional benefits. Ensure that your pram or stroller has all these fittings before inquiring about the price.
Popular Brands of Strollers
|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.|
There are several popular brands available online; make a careful selected decision after a test drive. Some of the common brands include Bugaboo, Steelcraft strollers, Phil & Teds, Love n Care, Mountain Buggy, Mother's Choice, Maclaren and others. It's advisable to buy prams online in Australia because you can easily get them cheaper than at a physical store. Some manufacturers create a pram or stroller with features of both combined. Steelcraft is a very popular Australian brand and they became successful after listening to the suggestions of numerous parents in Australia. All companies producing baby products have to strictly follow safety standards set by the country. Producers ensure that the child is not only safe but also comfortable in the pram.
Check Safety Gears and Follow Instructions
When you buy baby prams from Australia, there are safety instructions provided with the product. Parents have to read them carefully and follow the instructions without compromising. Manufacturers do not want to inconvenience buyers; however, your child's safety is more important than anything else. The instructions are given to help buyers be aware and inform users about it. There are several safety gears according to the mandatory standards. Before purchasing ensure that the safety gears are actually in working condition. This is a precautionary measure to avoid any unfortunate incident. The brakes, tether and waist straps, head barrier and harness are all safety gear. The brakes have to be away from the toddler's reach. The harness, waist straps, head barriers and crotch have to be secured properly before taking your baby or toddler for a stroll.
|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.|