|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!|
You have to prepare for the small fortune you'll pay for in clothing as your child grows up. The toddler years offer plenty of room for growth, and you'll find clothes which comfortably fit last month aren't as snug as they used to be. It's fortunate clothing brands are aplenty, though. You'll find a huge selection of Little Horn clothing (and alternatives from various other brands as well) at online shops, and you don't have to settle for the usual prints and styles offered at the mall. Whether you're picking outfits for your first child or choosing gifts for an expecting couple, you have to anticipate the child's growth and choose sizes that'll match. The styles should also accommodate phases in the child's growth; some pieces compromise mobility with comfort, so it pays to choose pairs your child can wear according to the need and occasion.
The early years of six to twelve months require clothing designed for mobility. You may think that skirts and shorts look cute on toddlers, but the knees are always caught on the hem if your child prefers to crawl instead of stumble. Adult clothing styles only frustrate free movement. There's a reason why toddlers wear overalls instead of two-piece outfits, since one-piece snap-on suits are easier to put on and change. You'll understand this soon enough, whenever your child is in need of fresh diapers. Choose overalls with flaps and snaps on the crotch area, and invest in shirts and tops for frequent changing. You can get Little Horn Kids clothing in a variety of styles, and you'll need it to mix and match pieces for sleep and daywear.
|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.|
A toddler's daywear should be roomy enough for comfort. Gartered underpants are too constricting on the body, and drawstrings are out of the question (as choking hazards). Overalls are usually made out of denim for durability, but the frequent scuffing will wear down the knee and bum areas. You can look for pieces with padded parts, or you can sew the pads on yourself. Your child will use the pairs for a couple of years, and there's more room to fill in once he or she loses the diapers and starts the potty training. You can add shorts and skirts into the ensembles after a year, once your child figures out how to walk.
Sweaters and jackets should be easy to slip on, with layers you can add as needed. Choose styles with back zippers so you don't have to wrestle with the child as you try to slip the neck and sleeve holes over the head. One-piece nightgowns are recommended for toddlers, but you should keep pairs of two-piece pajamas as soon as the child learns how to dress up. Remember your child's potty training and choose clothes that are easy to remove. You don't have to fuss with soiled or stained clothes while you're teaching your child the value of independence. You can check out Little Horn here if you're shopping for clothes for tykes and toddlers; the catalogs should offer varieties perfect for daily use and for both genders. Note that the sizes vary with the cut and the brand, so don't take out the tags until you're sure the pieces fit.
|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.|