Choosing The Right Baby Monitor For Your Home

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!

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If you are a new parent you may not have had time to give thought to what type of baby monitor will work best for you. Perhaps your newborn is the youngest of three and you would like to update your existing system. Choosing the right baby monitor can be confusing, so here are some top tips on what you should look out for. The radio frequency is the most important part of a baby monitor. If you live in a quiet location then a lower frequency model should not cause you any problems but in a town or city you may experience interference from other transmission devices such as police and emergency signals. Some manufacturers have combated this issue by using a higher frequency and scrambler functions to minimise interference.

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.

Although these models will cost a little more it is a worthwhile investment if you live in an area where this is likely to be a problem. Another frequency feature you may want to look out for is a two-way baby monitor that enables the parent to talk back to the child and help them get back to sleep. More advanced two-way models even incorporate video displays that can send images back to the receiver using a digital wireless signal. For extra peace of mind you could think about purchasing a monitor that includes motion sensors to warn the parent when the baby stops moving for more than twenty seconds. This clever technology works using high-speed microprocessors that detect movement when placed under a sleeping baby. At a more basic level it always pays to check for features such as battery life and noise control.

Some baby monitors will flash a warning signal when the battery power is running low while other models offer nothing at all meaning you will have to regularly check for power otherwise you could be left unaware that you are using a device that is not even working. Volume control is worth considering for those occasions when you have friends or other family members round to your home. There are certain models available that also allow you to switch from a sound warning to a flashing light. Whether you are looking for simple sound activated baby monitor or a state of the art motion sensitive warning system with high definition video it always pays to choose a high quality device. This way you can relax knowing that you will be alerted as soon as your child becomes distressed or upset.

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.
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