|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!|
Many families avoid visiting a local nanny agency in New York City and prefer to find someone through advertisements in the New York City newspapers or through contacts.
What Are These Myths?
Nannies cost more – This is not true. Agencies do not charge extra as it would be against their morals. They have a placement fee only if the family decides to go ahead with their choice. Agencies usually provide well qualified nannies who have at least a 3 year contract. The nannies come with a guarantee so the placement fee is worth it.
Salaries are decided by the agency – Nannies that apply to the agency already come with a previous salary history and salary expectation. The agency has nothing to do with what the nanny charges. Therefore it is no point blaming the agency if a nanny charges really high. She has probably worked with the wealthy in NYC and is well qualified for the job. Or she just has good contacts with other nannies in your area and knows how much an average nanny in your area charges.
|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.|
Agencies will try to work out a higher salary with you just so they can get a higher placement fee – The placement fee does depend on the nannies annual salary but trusted agencies will always try to find you a nanny who is well within your budget. Nanny agencies in New York City usually provide full confession on how much percentage is the placement fee and how much the nanny would charge. Ultimately it is left for the nanny to decide if she agrees to the family's offer.
Agencies are a waste of time – Most people believe that they can find a good nanny themselves without having to go through the hassle of an agency. This may be true in certain cases where nannies have been used throughout the family and they can probably hire the same one. But usually this is not possible, even through advertisements, to look up the resumes, interviewing every single potential candidate is a bigger hassle.
Why Should You Choose To Go Through A Nanny Agency In New York City?
They are faster. They work well if you work well with them. Let them know your exact thoughts and requirements. Agencies provide trustworthy, well qualified nannies who would fulfill your child's needs. The only problem you might go through is to choose out of the many skillful nannies.
|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.|