|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!|
Pregnancy can be time which is fraught with stress and tension for the parents, especially the first time around. Anything which can ease this worrying period is a good thing and this why there has been a rise in the number of people buying a baby Doppler, especially a Sonoline fetal Doppler. A fetal Doppler allows health care professionals and mothers to listen to the sound of the heartbeat and the fetal hiccups and know the fetal heart rate. It is suitable for use at home, clinic or at hospital for pregnant women to self-check for normal heart rate of their unborn baby.
These pocket-sized, battery-operated devices are easy to find for rent or sale online. They usually have a handset with controls, a built-in speaker, and a transducer probe that you cover with ultrasound gel and hold against your lower abdomen. The probe sends out high-frequency sound waves that pass through your skin and tissue and into your baby. When the waves encounter movement, such as your baby's heart beating, they bounce back to the device. The device then translates the movement into sound, which the machine amplifies so you can hear it.
|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 Sonoline fetal Doppler is a high performance device that comes already fitted with a FHR LCD digital display. This display also comes with three basic display modes, these display are averaged FHR display mode, a manual mode and a real-time FHR display mode. It not only gives the user comfort and a peace of mind, it gives very accurate results. This fetal Doppler is however suitable for use only after about 12 weeks of pregnancy. It has a built in speaker but it is also integrated with a headphone socket and a water resistant 3 MHz probe which ensures that the fetal heartbeat is heard as clearly as possible.
The only problem with using a baby Doppler at home is that you really do need to work hard at picking up the sound of the baby's heartbeat amongst the other sounds. It's easy to pick up the sound of blood flowing through the placenta or your own vessels, for example, and mistake this for a heartbeat. And even if you do find your baby's heartbeat, you're not likely to recognize changes in the rate or rhythm that may indicate a problem. This can sometimes lead to a problem being overlooked and not treated at the right time, leading to further complications for the mother and the baby.
There are other ways to keep tabs on how your baby is doing. Pay attention to your baby's movements, once you can feel them. If you notice a change in your baby's movements, call your doctor or midwife right away. This is often a good way to bond with the baby too. A fetal Doppler can be used as a bit of fun for parents and other children to enjoy listening to the baby, but never miss your regular visits for a proper check up with the doctor.
|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.|