|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!|
Planning to have a baby is always a big decision. As it turns out, planning what baby safety products to get for the baby is an even bigger decision!
One of the 'must-have' items on your list is your baby's travel system inclusive of car seat &stroller. Buying that perfect stroller which scores high on safety, convenience and budget together is indeed a tall order.
The safest way to buy a baby stroller that works for your family is by marrying the type of stroller with the kind of use you are going to put it to. Buying a stroller online is quite helpful with various brands clearly talking about the pros and cons of each type and helping a buyer arrive at a well-informed decision.
Here's a low-down on the different types of strollers:
All-in-One travel systems
These are complete travel systems that come with car seat adjustments, reclining seats, foot support, sun-protection canopy, one-hand folding mechanism, five-point safety harness, anti-skid wheels, travel tray and an underneath storage.
They can be used a long way alongwith the car seat during infancy, and then as a standard stroller once the baby acquires neck control, right until toddlerhood. They are easy to manoeuvre in crowds and can usually hold more than a single type of car seat.
The best brands are pricey bet, but inexpensive options are available too, which you can figure out while buying baby strollers and prams online.
These are functional strollers that come with padded reclining seat, sun-shade and a storage tray. Available in various colours and designs, they are equipped with adequate safety features like the five-point harness and anti-skid wheels. They are easily manoeuvrable and decently priced to fit into almost all budgets, though the costs rise with every convenience feature you might want to add in the basic package.
Car seat stroller frames:
|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.|
These strollers are designed to carry specific car seats and are popular mainly because of their mechanism to snap the car seat in and out of them. They come in light-weight material and appear compact when folded. Limited in terms of safety and comfort features, they are not the best bet for longer trips and suit only specific makes of car seats.
These are “picnic strollers”, ideal for older babies and offer basic convenience features like sun-shade, padded seats and good leg-space. They are mostly meant for babies who can walk but also need to be ferried around during outings. Designed for ease in manoeuvring, easily portable and lighter on the pockets, they serve really well as outdoor baby strollers.
These are tandem models for two/three babies who can be comfortably and securely seated adjacent or one behind the other. They come well-equipped with standard safety and comfort features for all its occupants, but need more space and are bulky for obvious reasons.
A few practical things to consider while stroller-shopping:
Maximum utility: Work out an option that gives your money's worth through maximum utility. Ability to hold multiple types of car seats, adjustable seat and foot recline, safety features, all-terrain suitability and operational ease are factors that will prolong the usage of your stroller right until toddlerhood.
Stroller weight & height: Get a reality check on the handle adjustments, fold-unfold mechanism and the actual effort in shifting the stroller in and out of your vehicle singlehandedly!
Stroller Accessories: Look at the basic stroller features rather than the accessories, since they can be added along the way to match your needs.
Cleanliness: Strollers will get messy, and a key consideration is the ease of washing the seat cover or the padding.
Online shopping for baby products is the preferred way for parents today, since it offers a wide array of product listings, relevant information and unlimited time to make your selection. Buying a baby stroller online too can help you find that perfect stroller and make travelling with your child, a matter of sheer comfort and pleasure!
|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.|