|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!|
Babies under 20 pounds can use two types of car seats: the infant seats and the convertible (infant-toddler) seats. Convertible car seats can face both forward and backwards and are suitable for babies of up to 70 pounds. In this article we will take a look at the five main features convertible car seats should have, to help parents decide on which car seat to buy.
Obviously, the safety features are the most important features of a convertible car seat and should be taken extremely seriously. Most vehicles are now equipped with the LATCH and tether system, making very easy to install a convertible seat. The LATCH system can be found on most cars manufactured after 2002.
Easy installation is the second feature to consider, which actually is strongly related to the first feature. The convertible car seat should be installed without major efforts and should provide safety. If it is not installed correctly, the seat can cause serious injury or death to the child if the car crashes.
|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.|
Convertible seats can include safety belts and straps for shoulders along with another strap that goes between the child's legs. These seats are said to be the safest ones. Buckles on the backside might also be available for adjustment. Still, the use of such seats is not recommended. It is preferable to use seats with automatic adjustment or with frontal adjustment systems.
The wash-ability of the seat is another important aspect to consider. The seats cover should be easily removable to be washed in the washing machine when it becomes dirty.
Parents often overlook the comfort of the convertible car seat. The car seat should allow the baby to move his arms and legs and to be able to look out on the window. Plus padding should also be there for the head and back of the baby.
The cost of the convertible car seat is the last but quite important factor. High-end models are widely available on the market, which include all available features. They also have uppe3r weight limits. Obviously, these models will last longer and you will be able to use them even after years. Cheaper models can also be found for those have a limited budget. A cheaper one will not be feature-rich and will not last for years. With these information at your hand, make sure you make a wise decision according to your needs and available budget.
|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.|