|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!|
The arrival of a newborn is the most exciting news for a couple, and they can just not keep their hands off all the cute baby clothes. New-moms can't wait to dress up their little bundle of joy, which sometimes makes them buy unnecessary or oversized outfits, just because they look cute. The option of purchasing children clothing online has made it even simpler to order any outfit from the comfort of your home. It is hard to resist the temptation of buying baby clothes, but parents need to keep in mind that babies grow rapidly and that they have very sensitive skin and low tolerance level.
Buy the Right Size
It is of prime importance to buy clothes that fit your baby's current age and size. Most countries have a standard size for every age group, like 0-6 months, 6-12 months, and so on. However, in some cases, the standard size might not be appropriate for the baby, depending on their height and weight.
One-Piece Outfits are Best
|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.|
It's easy for moms to go a little overboard to make their baby look irresistibly cute and adorable. They buy bright, colorful, funky, and expensive clothes to add to the baby charm. In this quest, they often overlook fact that the lace around the neck or the tight elastic of the pajama can be very uncomfortable for the baby. When choosing baby clothes, their comfort should be the top priority. One-piece clothes like baby rompers are best, to avoid tight elastics around the waist.
Soft Collars and Necklines
Too much frill and lace around the neck is a big no-no for baby clothes. As much as embroidery and embellishment around the neck looks appealing, it can be a real pain for the baby. It might be alright to dress up the baby for a few hours for a photo shoot or a party so they can hog the limelight, but otherwise, they should be made to wear clothes with an envelope neck, especially while they sleep.
Too Much is Not Good
As mentioned earlier, the growth curve for babies is very steep, so moms should not stock up the baby's wardrobe with too many clothes as the baby will outgrow them very soon. Just buy the basic clothes and a few fancy ones – if need arises, you can make a quick purchase.
Slightly Used Clothes is Good Idea
If you have a nephew/niece whose mom has saved some of his/her newborn clothes, you should consider borrowing them for their baby. This not only cuts down the clothing expenditure, but used clothes are softer which is good for the baby's delicate skin.
|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.|