|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!|
Being a parent is one of the most wonderful feelings. However, welcoming the little one in the world also means added responsibilities. Extra care has to be taken to ensure that your little one is comfortable at all times. Among all other things, did you know that diapers are one of the most important items and are absolutely important to ensure that your child is at ease?
There are various types of nappies available in the market. And to get the one that is well-suited for your baby, it's important that you have an idea about the different options available in the market. The most common ones being used are the 'all in ones'. These are the easiest to use as can be cleaned, dried and put on in one piece. Some also have a pocket in them that let these enlarge easily. The only drawback with these is that sometimes these might take very long to dry!
The next type is the pocket nappies. These are very comfortable ones with a water-resistant outer with either a suede cloth or fleece liner attached to the cover to keep baby dry. These have a “pocket” opening where you can stuff the absorbent layers. These are very adaptable as you can add more stuffing for a heavy wetter, long journey or overnight. These are available in various sizes and you can opt for the one that best meets the requirements.
|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 next in line are the two part ones. These are absorbent and are shaped like a disposable. These are made from various materials including terry, bamboo, hemp, microfiber and velour. These are tied either with aplix, snaps or nippa nappa. These also come in various sizes. If you are planning to use these, then, remember to use a paper or fleece liner to keep baby dry and as these are not waterproof.
Along with these, there are also flat nappies, which come in two types; prefolds and terry squares. The former ones are those, which are used by many nappy laundering companies. These are basically flat and have three sections to it. The centre part has more layers of cotton for absorbency. These are preferred as these can be folded in different ways depending whether the baby is a newborn or a boy or girl. A fleece or paper liner is advisable to keep baby dry.
The other type is the Terry Squares. These are available in various variations. They can be made of organic cotton or bamboo that stays nice and soft and is it is flat dries quite quickly. These are available for babies and kids of various ages. These are few of the nappies available in the market. There are many more and if you are planning to buy one for your little one, make sure you buy the one that best meets his needs and keeps him at ease and relaxed all through the day.
|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.|