|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!|
A baby shower party is indeed a joyous event, this being a perfect opportunity, for the mother-to-be to express her excitement about the upcoming arrival of her little one. A favorite cartoon character would be a great theme to have for such an event. Not only does this set the tone for the event but it makes for the creation of some great memories.
How can you not miss the “cuddly, stuffed with fluff” Winnie-the-Pooh with a never ending need for honey? Winnie the Pooh is a cute and lovable character in 100 Acres that has made his way into the hearts of countless kids the world over. He also makes for a wonderful theme for baby showers since Pooh is someone that everyone can relate to.
First off, there are quite literally endless party supplies which have been made with the Winnie the Pooh shower theme in mind. So you can get all types of decorations, desserts, beverage cups, napkins, table covers, plastic ware for the party etc. So getting the stuff that you want can be quite easy. Even snacks can be in the shape of the lovable bear. You can also have balloons that have the theme colors and which can mark the theme to the shower location.
|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.|
Even selecting the colors and color coordinating the party can also be a fun thing to do. Moreover, invitations, thank you notes, party games etc. can be a fun to plan and easy to customize too. Cakes can also be easy to find and make as per a Winnie the Pooh theme. The diaper cake has come to be expected in a Winnie the Pooh themed party.
The innocence of the theme can provide for some good, clean fun which can make the party successful. If you want to plan further then not only the party supplies but you can also keep Pooh themed clothes mandatory. That will allow everyone to have an exciting time by emulating some of these delightful characters from the beloved series.
Even if you don't know the gender of the baby then the Pooh theme works best for either scenario. He is so lovable that everyone loves him. However, beside the wonderful bear that everyone loves, you can take up the other characters like Piglet the Pig, Eeyore the Donkey, Rabbit who is obviously a rabbit, Kanga and her baby Roo or even Tiger the lovable bouncing tiger.
Often, when you are invited to one of these parties, there might not be a clear idea on what you can bring. Moreover you can always find a Pooh themed gifts which will be appreciated by the hostess. These could be blankets, nursery lamps, mobiles, linens, books and audio books, sleeper toys etc.
Since Pooh loves honey, you may have homemade honey in a jar as your party give-away. I also hope you get to play the “Pin Eeyore's Tail” which can be similar to the popular “Pin the Donkey's Tail”. How is that for fun?
|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.|