|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!|
A baby sleeping bag is a new type of bedding that is used in place of regular bed sheets. Many of the parents have learned the advantages of these sleeping bags and have switched on to this modern style of bedding for their babies. These sleeping sacks are sleeve less, which resembles more like a baby suit and keep the infants safe while they sleep. The head and arms of the babies remain outside these sleeping bags so that they can comfortably move inside. Moreover, the sleeping bags ensure proper air circulation so that the baby enjoys a sound sleeps.
Earlier, when duvets, blankets and sheets were used, loose bedding was a major problem for the parents as the child was not able to sleep comfortably. Owing to continuous body movement, the child used to remove the blanket and not sleep at night due to cold. In some cases, it has been reported that the load of blanket or duvets over baby's body choked them to death. This phenomenon is known as SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. However, it can now be availed using baby sleep bags. These are a perfect gift for any newborn baby as most of the new parents are unaware of such an occurrence.
|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.|
According to studies, for the proper physical and mental development of the babies, it is important that they sleep for 16 hours. There are many reasons due to which the babies are not able to get uninterrupted sleep and one of the primary reasons of the same is cold. By using these sleeping bags for baby, both parents and the baby can sleep comfortably at night. Moreover, going on trips with a toddler is real pain if there is no proper arrangement for the baby. The most important thing is that the baby is able to sleep properly at night. With baby sleeping bag, parents can enjoy their trips with their small baby.
Individuals can avail these products in various TOG ratings, which indicate the warmth levels of the fabric. The sleeping bags with lower TOG rating are used in summers while sleeping bags with higher TOG figures are used for keeping the body of the child warm in winters. The warmth of the sleeping bags keeps the babies comfortable at night while they sleep, which has proven to be essential for their development. The sleeping bags can be used from the birth of the baby till they reach the age of 6 months, though bags for older kids are also available in the market. These sleeping bags are carefully stitched using finest quality fabric in order to avoid any kind of irritation to the body of the baby.
|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.|