|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!|
Halloween is a great time to host a baby shower! Your guests will already be in a festive mood because of the season. You can easily build on the excitement of the holiday to create a memorable Halloween themed baby shower.
A Halloween themed baby shower invitation is the perfect way to invite your guests to the baby shower. Send out a cute Lil' pumpkin themed invitation to get your guests attention. With the orange and green color theme and featuring a cute little baby sitting on a pumpkin, they're sure to be a hit with your guests, and treasured by mom-to-be for years to come. The invitations can even feature babies of different nationalities, so you can celebrate the heritage of the baby and the parents-to-be you're your Halloween themed baby shower invitation. With all the activities going on at this time of year, remember to send out the invitations to you baby shower at least one month in advance to be sure to get on your guests' calendars.
Once you've chosen a cute invitation, you need to be sure that you are including some basic information about the baby shower. You'll want to include the new mom's name and the baby's name or gender if the parents are sharing it, the date and time of the shower, the location, an RSVP number or email address along with a date to respond by, and the mom-to-be's registry information.
|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.|
You'll also want to include any special instructions you have for your guests. For example, are you planning a costume Halloween baby shower? Ask guests to come dressed up as their favorite nursery rhyme character. Or are you asking guests to bring a package of diapers or other baby items to be used as decorations for them to be entered in a prize drawing? Let guests know in the invitation what is going to be expected of them.
When you've gathered all of your information, you can begin to work out a creative way to word your invitation. For example, if you know the gender of the baby, you could start your invitation out with “Let's celebrate on this special day, Mommy's little pumpkin in on her (or his) way!” Or, if the mom-to-be is expecting a boy, begin your invitation with something like “Come join in the spooktacular joy, Jennifer is having a boy!” A lot of parents are choosing to wait to find out the gender of their baby until their due date. If you are looking for a gender neutral beginning to your invitation, try something like “Samantha's baby will be here in a flash, let's celebrate with a Halloween bash!”
A few finishing touches will add a lot of punch to your baby shower invitations. Purchase coordinating return address labels and thank you notes to make it easier for the mom-to-be to thank the guests for joining in the celebration. You could also include matching notes of advice, stickers and party favors for an even more cohesive Halloween baby shower theme.
Have fun with your Halloween themed baby shower and ensure that your guests will have a spooktacular time!
|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.|