|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!|
Nanny is a professional babysitter who provides customized child care at family's home. She has good understanding of children's growth and their behavior. Nannies have specialized training and experience in child care. Today, parents don't have much time for proper care of their children, especially mothers of a newly born baby. They have to deal with various day-to-day tasks and professional challenges therefore nannies become the best option for them.
Most of the people expect that nannies will perform some housekeeping work like laundry work, preparing breakfast or meal for children, dishwashing, dusting, shopping etc. Nanny is a role model for children and has great impact on their mental and social development. She should be disciplined and positive. If hired nanny use to spend hours on phone talking about personal matters or always switch-on the TV and keep changing the channels may have bad impact on children. Parents need to discuss about all terms and conditions that won't be tolerable from her side including naps, TV time, snacks etc.
She shouldn't be allowed to entertain guests and invite her friends to the home without approval of parents. It is parents' duty to keep a check on her activities and ensure that her main concern is kid's care. It is very important that she should be punctual or dedicated to her work as you are. Most of the working parents hire nannies as they don't have much time to spend for caring their children, helping them in homework and delighting them all the time.
|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 indiscipline of nanny may cause various troubles to parents and affect their professional life. Before hiring a nanny, parents should have a common idea of how many hours a day or week they required from nanny to work. The working schedule of some parents keeps changing, then make sure to mention the frequently occurring changes to nanny. This makes her to accommodate or make arrangements accordingly. Parents need to discuss about some important aspects while hiring a new nanny like:
- How she will get to work and get from work?
- Make sure she won't have any health problem or habit of smoking.
- Discuss about her qualification, nanny training and experiences.
- Ask where she previously worked and her experiences.
- What ages of children she used to take care of?
- Ask why she left her last job.
- How she will deal with odd circumstances or if you ask to plan a day for children and home?
- How she will discipline the children and make them learn good manners?
- If things don't work, then how she will reorganize them?
- If suddenly children get ill or unconscious or fell, how she will deal?
- Ask about her family background.
- What if she gets sick, how she will manage her work?
- What if she needs to stay for long hours, will she be able to do so?
- Ask about her long and short-term, dreams and desires.
Trust is one of the most valuable assets that cannot be earned; it is hard to win. When it comes to nannies, then it becomes important for parents to share happy and healthy relations with them. Most of the nannies make long-term relationship with the family where they are employed. Even, the children develop loving relationship with their nannies. There are various agencies providing professionally trained and qualified nannies for hire. Agencies do proper investigation of nannies family background, qualifications and cross check their databases. If you are too busy with your work schedule and don't get enough to take care of children, then the best advice is to find a nanny.
|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.|