|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!|
Nappies are best friends of babies and mummy's. A nappy has all the goodness of soaking up the wetness that makes a baby uncomfortable. There are fitted nappies available out there that absorb all the wetness and provide your baby the comfort. Some nappy come with elastic legs, there are nappy made of velcro material and some nappy are fastened with a thread that ensures your baby get the right fit. You also get waterproof nappies. Then there are nappy made of cloth. You also get reusable nappy specially designed for the kids who go to swimming. Such nappy are also environment friendly. The material that functions in soaking up the wetness could be made of bamboo. You also get cotton, or microfiber as absorbent material. There are materials tucked in a nappy that are waterproof and laminated. These nappy help breathe properly and allow free flow of air providing immense comfort to your baby. You could choose from beautiful colors and smart designs that match up to your kid's style.
|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.|
Baby bottles come in different shape, size, color, brand to suit your requirements. You get large sized bottles that measure about 270 ml and the smaller one hold up to 150 ml approximately. There are different types of bottles available in the market with more or less similar function. Vented bottles help in free flow of air in baby's bottles. Research is on with new technology implemented in areas of baby bottle. With different type of spouts for kids who are slightly older you get bottles that you could convert to sippy cups. As the kid grow older there has to be a change in the feeding system and things such as sippy cups or straw cups would be introduced. You could also go for accessories with bottles such as brush to clean the bottle and drying racks. Brushes are uniquely designed according to the style of the bottles. These days you get designer bottles that double up as wonderful gifts for parents and something interesting to hold on to for the kids. You could keep your bottles clean by sterilizing the bottles with warm water. You must be wondering with so many opportunities whether you should opt for glass, plastic, disposable bottles or BPA-free bottles? Whether you would need a bottle warmer or a sterilizer? There are other accessories attached to bottles and as you grew up as parents you would come across materials that you would follow your intuition whether to go with them or not.
Babies and toys are synonymous. You get a variety of baby toys these days from different brands. It's always advisable to go for toys that stimulate your baby's creativity. There are toys that easily help in developing a kid's mind. Then you could go for kids toys that are educational in nature. Toys such as scrabble, bugle, puzzle games and mind games are highly popular as mind stimulator.
|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.|