|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!|
International adoption has begun to plummet at an alarming pace. Because of the increasing popularity of strict new laws and more heavily enforced old ones, foster children in North Korea, Russia, Romania and some African countries have become victims of these new movements to halt US international adoptions. However, there are still many opportunities in the States, including inter family adoptions. Couples who have struggled with infertility or just want to give children in need a loving home and family still have plenty of options.
Across the US, there are bountiful resources for couples to take the responsibility of a new life; here in Texas are some of the leading adoption agencies in the nation. While the process and legal means to ascertain a child may take as long as two years, the ends surely justify and outweigh the means by which a family will welcome into their life and home a new child.
The first step, once a couple has decided to start learning about the process in which they will get the chance to have a baby, is to contact a center for higher adoption in your area. Finding such speedy and suitable services locally to start your voyage as a prospective family can also lead you to a multitude of other resources including seminars, affiliated programs, and literature focused on the process of adoption. Many agencies also host events and invite parents and families to share their personal adoption stories with prospective couples. There is no shortage of assistance and encouragement when the family begins this rewarding journey.
|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.|
An article in The New York Times, says that many agencies try to reunite long-term adoptees with lost relatives after a period of time. Though stories like this are wonderful, happy occasions when they work out, this is unfortunately not a reality for most children in foster care or living in higher center adoption homes. There are roughly 100,000 children in foster care facilities in the US awaiting adoptive families to meet and welcome them. New York, Texas, and California lead in choosing God's little angels but, as a nation, we still move slow in this process, especially when one considers the high number of children that are currently in foster care. The reality is that these children are still looking for the love and support that only a parent can provide.
Sadly, the rate of children in foster care continues to rise. The only way to cause noticeable change in this ever-increasing rate is to consider making adoption a part of your life. Find a foster or adoption home and research the process of choosing a baby. Methodist Mission Home in San Antonio, TX provides extensive adoption services for potential adoptive families to become educated and understand the incredibly enriching experience of bringing a new member into a family. No matter the reason or means by considering the process is the first major step towards enriching your life and the life of a child in need.
Adopting a child is an important decision that requires careful consideration.
Are you contemplating adoption or are you already planning to adopt a child?
Do you have any idea about how or where to start? Methodist Mission Home will guide you through the adoption process while making sure all your questions are answered. Methodist Mission Home offers adoption services for birth mothers, birth fathers, adoptive families for children, and adoptees. They also provide supportive services, post adoption services, and much more. Methodist Mission Home is a national leader in open adoptions.
|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.|