|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!|
When you travel with kids, the responsibility gets a whole lot bigger and becomes more urgent for adults who drive by themselves. In such a situation, safety tips for babies and kids should always be in mind and should be accompanied by the most qualified equipment out there. Graco My Ride 65 Convertible Car Seat certainly fits the role as it becomes your trusted partner for this very important task.
If you were to ask professionals on the best position for your baby, they'd say that rear facing should be the preferred position. The prescribed age is actually up to 2 years old with the weight anywhere from 5 to 40 lbs. A key tip is for the head of your baby to be at the very least, an inch just below the top of your car seat. As soon as our baby reaches the right time, you should switch the position in the forward-face. This is one of the benefits of this car seat because it simply adapts to the new found size of your baby and can expertly handle any kid who's up to 65 lbs and 46 inches tall.
Standard have been set for your toddlers and they have been met by this car seat. Some of them include the following:
|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.|
- U.S. Compliance Standard FMVSS 213
- Side impact tests for the occupant retention of the harness system
- New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) showed it can withstand twice the peak car crash force
- Tested and passed extreme care interior temperatures that proves the quality of its material
Because your car seat belongs to your baby, its regular maintenance is also a concern. But with this car seat, the material used is machine-washable for your convenience. This goes for all the parts because the plastic and metal ones can be cleaned with just soap and water. Buckles and the harness are also practically wiped and dry.
For some, unbuckling the harness has proven to be a challenge but the trick is to lift the lever first and the pull the harness straps. That would loosen the harness. After that, you just tilt the top of the buckle towards your child's abdomen, press in at the top of the red button, then just pull the tongues out of the buckle.
Cleaning of the harness buckle is actually very easy. First thing you have to do is turn the restraint before you push the retainer with the help of the harness strap slot. This releases the buckle with should be positioned upside down in a cup of warm water. You then just agitate the buckle while still under water by pressing the red button a couple of times.
Safety can be practical also with the Graco My Ride 65 Convertible Car Seat. And with its features that allow for extended and guaranteed use, you can be sure to have a really safe trip with your baby enjoying his ride while safely strapped on the Graco My Ride 65 Convertible Car Seat.
|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.|