|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!|
Taking your little kid out is not a matter of joke. You will have the tension of how your newborn will react to the great world outside and then there is an added worry of keeping your child dry. In order to keep the child clean and comfortable you have to carry some diapers. However, most of the parents come up with the query whether it is healthy diapering baby on the go.
The paediatricians are of the opinion that diapers are must have whether you are taking your baby out for a walk or going out to spend the entire weekend. The number of diapers that you will require will depend on the length of the trip. If you are going out for an afternoon you will require 2 to 3 diapers but the count can be 12 if you are planning to stay overnight. Most of the diapers available today have super absorbing capacity. You can let the baby pee twice in the same diaper. However, check whether the diaper is completely dry after the baby pee once. If the baby's skin is exposed to moisture it may lead to diaper rashes.
Most of the people buy nappies, a small towel or a baby blanket to keep in their bag while they are taking their babies out. However, some other care essentials in the bag and the knowledge of improvising can make the diapering on the go really easy for the parents.
|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.|
Some of the diapering essentials that you will require while travelling with the baby includes:
Wipes: A travel pack size of baby wipes is essential that you must have in your diaper bag. It will let you easily handle filthy diapers and clean off sticky hands. If you got a big box of wipes at home, do not run to purchase a travel pack when you are planning to take your baby out. Take few wipes from the big box into a zip lock pouch and stack it in your diaper bag.
Changing pads: You may have to change the diapers of your kid anywhere. In order to keep your baby safe, clean and healthy you must carry a portable changing pad. Many diapers bag come with built-in changing pads. Disposable changing pads are also available. If you completely forget to bring changing pads from your home it is best to manage with newspapers or lavatory paper towels.
Plastic bags: Once you done with diapering, where you will throw away the dirty baby nappies, changing pads or wipes? Lots of parents therefore keep few grocery plastic bags with the diapers and the wipes. These bags are light and practically take no room in your travel bag, yet are a great way to control odour and mess when out in public.
Apart from these items, in the diaper bag the parents must carry hand sanitizer and diaper rash cream.
|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.|