|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!|
It makes sense to have your newborn baby sleep next to you, considering the frequency of diaper-changes and night-time feedings. However, it isn't safe to let your infant sleep in the same bed as yours due to the risks associated with SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. So, for your baby's safety as well as your comfort and responsibility as a parent, it is advised that your baby sleeps in a cradle. Cradles are known for their small size and the cozy comfort that they provide to the newborns. A heirloom cradle may sound like a good idea, but hold on. Your baby's safety is more important than anything else. So, if that heirloom bed is old, chances are, that it may have gotten worn out and weak, and may not be able to take your baby's weight any more. So, it makes sense to invest in a new one.
With so many options available in the market today, you might get confused while deciding on the best cradle that will fit in the available space, as well as be extremely safe for your little bundle of joy. Don't worry, here are few tips that will help you buy your baby's first bed:
|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.|
- Structure: While analysing the available options, check the structure thoroughly. A wise base, sturdy construction, and a good support at the bottom are a few must-haves to look for in any cradle.
- Size: Measure the size of the cradle before you decide to pay for it. It should be able to fit in your bedroom, else the purpose of buying it in the first place will be in vain.
- Lock: Many cradles come with a rocking motion feature so you can rock your baby to sleep. Make sure that you can lock this feature because you surely wouldn't want to accidentally bump into the cradle, rock it, and unknowingly hurt your baby.
- Foldable: Look for this feature if you have limited space at home. You can easily fold the cradle and keep it aside when it is not needed to make room for moving around conveniently.
- Portable: While a cradle has to be sturdy and tough, check if it is possible for you to easily carry it from one room to another. After all, you don't want to sit in the bedroom all day since your newborn will spend most of his time sleeping during the initial days.
5. Extra Features: It is always better to take extra precautions with the newborn's health. Check if the cradle comes with a mosquito net so your baby can sleep peacefully without waking up with mosquito/insect bites on his skin, and eventually falling sick with malaria or dengue.
Parenting is a tough job and it is difficult to take time out during the last trimester of pregnancy as well as during the initial days of parenthood. Online shopping portals have solved this problem for you. Buy a cradle online. Online portals provide you with all the specifications that help you make an informed buying decision. Pay for the chosen product online or offline, and get it delivered to your doorstep.
|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.|