|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!|
Babies need to sleep for a long duration every day- almost 16 hours. During sleep, these toddlers need to feel cozy and secure, so that they can sleep peacefully and also not disturb their parents from time to time. For a comfortable sleep, companies have come up with Baby sleepsacks, suited for infants up to the age of 3 years.
A baby sleeping bag can be considered as an ideal baby shower gift. Parents are sure to feel thankful to the person gifting this bag, when they see their baby sleeping soundly. The sleeping bags are available in different colors such as dream blue, khaki, white, cookies and cream and dream pink, which are sure to excite the babies. Three different sizes, namely small, medium and large are also available.
These bags are cocoon shaped, making it convenient for the babies to get in. Babies can wear these bags over regular sleep wear, and do not need to change into any special clothes. Sleeping sacks are lined with quilt from the inside, to keep the infants warm, especially during winter. The material used for making these bags is cotton, which makes it easy for the infants to breathe comfortably.
|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.|
The baby sacks can be washed inside out in the machines, with similarly colored clothes. Care must be taken not to bleach or iron these. The recommended room temperature is 20-23 degrees C, and the sleeve length of the bag can be adjusted accordingly. Shoulder snaps help the baby to easily wear the bag. Even if infants fall asleep early, they can easily be slipped into the sacks, with the convenient shoulder snap design.
In the past, parents would cover their infants with heavy blankets, to protect them from cold. However, one would often come across stories of babies being suffocated by these blankets, and this problem is known as SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Parents would often not realize the reason for their baby's death, until they found out about this problem. With the advent of light weight sleeping bags, this problem has now been solved, with no blankets to kick off.
By kicking off lightweight blankets, babies may also injure themselves by hitting their limbs into the bars of the crib. Sleeping bags also protect infants from these injuries. It is natural for babies to feel restless at this age, and so adequate room has been provided inside these sacks for moving feet.
Baby sleepsacks, or wearable blankets, are neither too heavy nor too light, so that the infants feel comfortable while wearing these.
|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.|