|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 is an exciting time for the mother-to-be, as well as for her friends and family. Handmade gifts, decorations and favors help add a unique and personal touch to this special event, and can easily be customized to suit an arriving baby girl. With a few simple and creative ideas, you can make handmade crafts that all the guests will treasure and that honor the mother-to-be.
Tins or Baby Bottles Filled with Pink Candy
Tins or baby bottles filled with candy can make cute and charming baby shower favors, as well as decoration to celebrate the birth of a baby girl.
Purchase tins or baby bottles from a craft store and fill them with pink colored candy. Decorate the tins or baby bottles with ribbons or small baby charms. Place the filled baby bottles or tins onto every place at each table so that every guest can take one home. Personalize them by adding custom labels to each favor.
Pink Candle Favors
Handmade pink candles make pretty favors idea for a baby shower. These feminine candles can be used as decoration during the party before being presented as baby shower favors for the guests after the fun.
Purchase pink pillar candles and paper or silk flowers from a craft store. Measure around the candles and the flowers and decide how much space you want between each flower. Mark out lightly on the candle where you want the flowers to be, before securing the flowers around the candle using jeweled pins or brads.
Baby Shower Gift Baskets
|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.|
A baby shower gift basket designed for a girl can be made for decoration or as a gift for the mother and father.
Find a suitable container, such as a wicker basket, storage box, gift box or tote bag. Line the container with a blanket, soft towel or tissue paper and fill either with baby necessities, including a soft toy and keepsake, or things just for the mother-to-be, such as gourmet food or a pampering kit. Decorate by tying pink ribbon around the handles of the container and adding a pink helium balloon for a finishing touch. Alternatively, wrap your filled container up in cellophane, twist it to close and tie with a pink ribbon and bow.
Handmade Centerpiece Ideas
Adorning each table at the baby shower with handmade centerpieces adds a unique and personal touch to the party. If the baby shower has a theme, try to incorporate it into the centerpiece decorations.
Make lollipops from pink washcloths, sticks and cellophane and place in a small container filled with pink candy. The lollipops and candy container can be put in the center of the table and offered as cute favors if desired. Fresh flowers placed in clear vases that are filled with sliced fruit are unique and simple baby shower centerpiece ideas to make by hand. You could even create edible centerpieces with containers filled with pink candy, pink cupcakes displayed in a tower or a fruit bouquet made with fresh fruit on skewers in a vase.
Throw a baby shower can be costly, when prices begin to accumulate. However, almost all commonly purchased for a baby shower favors to invitations to decorations, can also be handmade. Call your girlfriends over to help work on your crafts baby shower, and save your money for diapers and formula, you will need later.
|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.|