|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!|
Many parents will agree that when their children were toddlers, the most challenging part was to see them take their first steps. Repeated falls as they were not able to balance their weight was a common sight. Parents would walk behind them ready to catch them before they fall the next time to prevent them from getting hurt. At the same time, some parents also feel that falling is a part of growing up and learning to do it the right way. So there is no need to worry as there are no serious consequences. They may even say that, as toddlers they had fallen many times but never broke a bone or hurt themselves badly.
The fact is that broken bones of babies heal faster compared to adults. What should be our concern is the effect of a hard fall or bump on the babies' head which probably may not show even through a scan. But can we be certain that the impact or vibrations due to the fall has not affected their ability to learn or grasp things as normal children or any such long terms implications that can affect them for the rest of their lives?
|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.|
As concerned parents, we should ask ourselves what are we doing or what can we do to protect our babies giving them the freedom to learn and explore their new surroundings. Primarily we should never leave them unattended. But again that does not mean that we can guarantee that they will not fall or get hurt. The next thing as parents, we would baby proof our homes making sure all furniture with sharp edges are moved to the corners or better still put foam or rubber to cover the edges, use foam mats to reduce the impact of a fall and so on. After all this, babies still manage to hurt themselves. Do you agree?
So why not bring the protection to where it matters the most? The baby's head of course. Have you heard of Baby Helmets? It's the talk on the net not just the town these days. They are soft, light weight, comfortable and have a very cute appearance as well. Made of non-toxic and eco-friendly fabric and foam, tested to meet international standards and can probably be used for your next baby as well. So great value for money as well.
Check out the baby safety headgear available in the shops or online. These baby helmets provide good ventilation to the baby's head and come in attractive colours and designs as well. Get one for your baby and watch them grow up without the constant fear of your baby hurting itself or having to run behind them the whole time and have them turn back looking at you wondering if there was something wrong with you.
|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.|