|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!|
Baptism is one of the most significant occasions in a one's life. Actually, after a baby is born, baptism is the next major occasion for him or her. For many people, it even precedes the kid's first birthday while for other parents, christening happens after the kid's first birthday. Even though many people celebrate the baptism formalities differently, there are some things which have remained important over many decades and those are: Baby, God and of course, christening gowns.
There is always some excitement whenever parents are planning for their kid's baptism at their church. Many parents go to great lengths in order to look for the right type of christening gowns for their precious ones. Below are some types of gowns to consider.
Christening gowns for baby boys and girls
Normally when one mentions a dress, people tend to think that it is more for baby girls to wear. However, one may be surprised that some of the Christian baby stores normally carry baptism dresses for baby boys too that are known as christening gowns. If you are looking for a good baptism dress for you baby for his or her baptism, you can consider selecting one which comes with a bonnet or without a bonnet. Many parents normally prefer gowns which come with a bonnet as they make their kids to look cuter. Most baptism gowns normally come with a comfortable length which cover the kid's legs or even longer. A parent also has the option of purchasing hand-made dresses or gowns if they want something more exquisite and unique for their kid to wear.
|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.|
Anyone who does not like any christening dresses for their baby boys will most likely want their boys to wear smart christening suit. This suit will can consist of a nice shirt, a pair of pants and can even come with a cute bow tie and a beautiful jacket. This is bound to make the little angel to look more like a ladies' man because he will capture a lot of attention when wearing the suit to church. Have in mind that the baby boy should be old enough in order to stand on his own so that he can proudly walk around showing off his pretty little christening suit.
Having Proper Accessories
You will also want your baby girl or baby boy to look great in their gowns, dresses or suits. So it is advisable to ensure that you buy a pair of shoes and white socks to nicely go with the christening attire you have chosen. Whether you use a bonnet or not is up to you to decide. What is important is that the baby fits comfortably into the baptism outfit and looks great in it!
So do not forget to bring along your cameras to take pictures of your little angel in his or her special baptism outfit. There are a lot of options to choose from and nothing feels as great as carrying your baby boy or girl and showing him or her off to everybody on this special day.
|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.|