|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!|
Having twins is a magical experience; two little people who depend on you for everything. Having twins is rare, and the down side is that you have to buy two of everything. Two cribs, two wardrobes, two high chairs, two car seats and even two strollers. When considering strollers, you should consider the BOB Revolution Duallie Stroller. You only need to buy one, because it's built to seat two.
Rather than having to shell out the money to purchase two entire strollers to connect together, or to have to worry about having a second person with you always in order to push the second stroller, you only have to purchase one. Of course, the cost of a Duallie stroller is higher than a single BOB stroller, but it is nowhere near the cost of two individual ones. If you wanted a BOB Revolution SE Duallie, it is going to cost you around $660. The Revolution CE actually does not have a Duallie version so if you are looking for something a little bit less expensive than that, the Sports Utility version of the BOB Duallie is just $520.
|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 to Use
The BOB Revolution Duallie Stroller is designed to be really easy to use. There are two back wheels and one front wheel, so although it is wider because of the two seats, it is just as maneuverable as the single seat option. The front wheel pivots and this means you can take really sharp turns with minimal effort. Compare that to most other double strollers where there are two wheels on the front.
It's Convenient and Portable
The BOB Revolution Duallie Stroller is very convenient to use. A foot brake allows you to lock the wheels so your precious twins won't roll away accidentally if you need to stop on an incline. The BOB Revolution Duallie Stroller is designed to go with you anywhere, even if that means you need to drive somewhere before using it. It folds down almost flat and the wheels come off to make it fold down even smaller. This allows you to put it in the trunk or strap it to the roof of a sports utility vehicle so that you can take it with you camping or on vacation quite easily.
The BOB Revolution strollers come with a one year warranty on the small parts and the fabric and a five year warranty on the frame. It is recommended that you don't start using it for your child until they are at least eight weeks of age and can hold their head up. However, it has been known that you can put a younger child in there as long as you have proper neck support for them. It can hold children up to 100 pounds combined between the two. You don't have to use it for twins and can use it for two children who are different ages as long as the weight restrictions are followed. Owning a BOB Revolution Duallie Stroller can be a lovely addition to your baby gear.
|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.|