|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!|
Having a baby is big responsibility. Most couples now plan in advance and take no chances when it comes to their new born baby products. Parents want only the best for their children and will not hesitate to spend to fulfill their child's needs.
The internet has revolutionized the way people shop. Every manner of product is now available online. Organized retail has taken off in a big way in India and people are now no longer afraid of shopping online. The online space has been led by electronics and books and air tickets but now baby products are one of the hottest and fastest growing sectors in online retail. Many online baby stores have sprung up that offer a whole range of products for newborns.
The main advantage of shopping online for baby products is the convenience it offers. Going with an infant to a mall or to a shop is not easy and the mother will have to manage the baby and shop at the same time. Online shopping ensures that you can buy the best products from your home and have them delivered to your doorstep.
Some tips that mothers should keep in mind while shopping for baby products online are:
|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.|
1) Check the materials used for the items – Since you will be shopping for your baby it's very important to thoroughly research any product before buying it online. In case of items like baby diapers, clothes or toys make it a point to check the manufacturer and ensure that the product meets your requirements. For baby clothes, stick to 100 % cotton as babies have very sensitive skin and will develop rashes if you make them wear other materials. When buying toys for the baby ensure that you buy toys that meet the standards, as some toys have high content of mercury and lead in the paint.
2) When buying clothes for your baby online ensure that you the exact size of the baby clothes that you purchase. The biggest problem with buying clothes online is that you cannot try-on the clothes.
3) Buy from a reliable online baby product store – Most online stores will offer discounts and deals but the good will also offer 24/7 customer service and will not have any hidden charges. Also a reliable store will have a return policy which will let you return goods if they are not up to standard.
4) Compare prices online- It is a good practice to compare prices of baby products available on various portals so as to get the best deal. Many a times, the same item will be available for a lower price on a competing portal. It's also recommended that before you buy from any portal you check the reviews and feedback that the portal has received. It will help you get an idea of how they operate.
Baby products are a growing segment in the online retail space and with a huge part of the population being online this segment is poised for growth. Coupons for such stores are also ideal baby gifts.
|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.|