|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!|
After your baby is born, you may have to prepare for a christening ceremony depending on your religious background. The christening ceremony is a baptism event and a special gown is usually worn commonly called christening rompers. Your preparations should start early and include choosing a perfect christening romper for your baby boy's big event. The ceremony may involve taking pictures and building lifelong family memories. Here are some of the ways of choosing a good outfit.
You will need to do a thorough research over the internet to get ideas on the kind of christening rompers for the special event. While online, you get to choose from a wide range of online stores. You will also be able to compare the different prices charged for christening gowns. Shops which specialize in such gowns may be more expensive but you will be able to find the right outfit easily. You can easily order an outfit for your little one from a reputed online store.
There are many different styles of outfits and choosing one that suits your baby is important. One of the traditional styles is the vintage christening outfit. Vintage gowns are usually hand-made and they date back to the 1800s. However, these vintage gowns tend to be more expensive compared to other outfits such as sailor suits, convertible outfits and even tuxedos. The christening outfit which you choose can be an investment as it can be worn by any other baby boy who will come later.
|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.|
When you choose a christening outfit for your baby boy, you will need to consider its size. You will be required to take his arm measurements as well as his chest area and neck. These measurements will come in handy especially if you want to purchase the gown online. Most purchases which are made online do not have a return policy and since you will not get the opportunity for the baby to try on the gown beforehand, make efforts to follow all the correct details for your order. Your baby will look more presentable in a fitting outfit and also enjoy more comfort on it.
Before you choose any christening outfit for your baby, it is advisable that you consider the time of the year when the ceremony will take place. This way, you will know whether to go with a warmer outfit if the season will be snowy or rainy. A lighter fabric is suitable for hot weather and would come in handy during summer. The material of the outfit is equally important since babies have delicate skin and might itch. Cotton is used in making most christening rompers because it absorbs sweat hence preventing itching.
The color of the outfit is also an important factor to consider. You can never go wrong with white. White symbolizes purity and is ideal for the christening ceremony. However, you can get christening outfits of different colors or ones which are white but have designs in other colors. Whichever outfit you choose, picking a comfortable and valuable gown is important. These tips will make the search easier for you.
|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.|