|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!|
Parents would agree that toilet training their children is important and yet many are unsure what the right age is for staring the training. To begin with there is no specific right age for the same. Not all kids are same and therefore, the right age for toilet training will also vary.
The training process should be gradual – keeping pace with your child's development. Knowing when your child is ready for the training is very important. Some kids learn sooner but others may take longer to develop the understanding. Girls tend to learn faster than boys, respectively 29 months and 31 months. But at the end readiness of your child is the most important factor.
Some signs that your child is ready to be potty trained are:
- Ability to walk to the bathroom or pull down pants all by herself when needed
- Developing understanding of toilet related words and ability to communicate when to go
- Ability to express through facial expression/ gestures when to urinate
- Showing interest on toilet and how others are using it
Encourage your child but never push him until he is ready to be trained. Patience is the key. Forcing your child will end in their resisting your effort making it wholesome a bad business. Often it comes naturally to kids and sometimes it may take several weeks and many accidents before the task is finally accomplished.
|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.|
Growing a habit is very important. It will also set their body clock. Another thing to remember is that even when a child is potty trained and doesn't require diaper during day time they may still need it during night to avoid accidental cases of bedwetting.
You can now shop for cute training potties, these are colorful and bright and sometime come in the shape of your child's favorite cartoon character, for your child. These are often the best and the safest ways to get your child comfortable in using it. Start by putting the potty in convenient location such as living room. This way it will look less intimidating.
Put your child on training pants. These are specially manufactured to help kids learn wet from dry and when it is the time to go.
Toilet training is a parental milestone. Many parents get worried if their children don't learn to go to the toilet when they have to go before reaching their second birthday. But don't panic if your child doesn't learn it faster. Try to take things easy and help your child learn through encouragement and support.
|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.|