|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!|
The joy of becoming Parents comes along with so many responsibilities to protect, care, and comfort your child with every possible thing. When your child is an infant, you need to put every possible special effort for comforting your child. For buying the lightweight, convenient and inexpensive baby stroller, an umbrella stroller is perfectly recommended meeting the needs of an occasional stroller. The comfort that comes with the umbrella stroller can be determined by its name only as it can be folded easily for storage and are easily portable. Most of the models weigh even less than 5 kg can make a big difference when you have to carry it for long period of time.
Things to keep in mind:
While you are moving ahead to buy an umbrella stroller, ensure the following things before purchasing.
|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.|
- Checking out the features wouldn't hurt even if you are buying a basic model than regretting the decision for buying one later on.
- The size of the umbrella stroller can be the primary concern for every parent and thus, can affect the further decision of buying the stroller and can influence the experience later.
- Make sure the stroller has an overhead cover for protecting your baby from the harsh UV rays.
- Another thing to check out is to look for a pocket or storage area so that when you are out with the baby, you can keep some items in the pocket rather than carrying them in hands. Such as carrying milk bottle in the stroller pocket can be helpful to fill the empty stomach of the baby anytime when the baby feels the need.
- Look for the adjustable handles which can be adjusted later according to your height to avoid back pain after a prolonged use.
- Prefer the strollers featured with five point harness strap as opposed to only waist straps just for additional safety. This way you can keep your baby more secured in place even if due to any uncertain reasons, the stroller were to tip over.
- Look at the design of the wheels as these are the one on which the stroller will be moving. Thus, poor wheel design can be a tiring thing for you to travel on the bumping roads, or getting stuck in the deep grass of the park.
- You might need to stop the stroller immediately in the traffic or to protect the stroller from getting collapse with some wall or something. So, it is always better to check for the brake feature available in the stroller. The strollers which have one pedal to engage and one to disengage, coming with different color code or illustration to differentiate one from the other, are easier and simpler to use.
|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.|