|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!|
Most parents, especially the mother to be, eagerly anticipate the arrival of their new bundle of joy. This is truly a treasured and adored experience. They generally spend a lot of their time counting down the days that remain ahead of the big arrival.
A usual way to prepare for the forthcoming event is to throw the newest parents-to-be a baby shower. It is a viable strategy to help the mom prepare, reduce anxiety, and just enjoy the moment and the attention. A baby shower is an event which allows the mom to-be's closest friends and relatives to shower her with gifts and joy in anticipation of the baby's birth. And generally the closest friend or possibly a relative is the one who holds the celebration.
One benefit of giving a shower is to help the mom and father collect the items that are usually necessary for the baby's arrival. It's also a great way to have a good time the excitement of the new addition and lavish attention on the mother amidst what is certainly a challenging period.
A key to a great shower is to have a good theme, that ties the event together. The theme used ought to reflect the joy and happiness of everybody. It's common to choose a motif such as monkeys, jungle animals, safari animals, cars or other “baby-like” themes, and to integrate it into the invitations, decorations, supplies and cake.
|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.|
Selecting a good theme or motif for the baby shower can be tricky for the parent or planner. There are a lot of concerns to take into account before selecting the theme. For one you want the theme to reflect the mother and baby. That can be tough because the sex of the baby is not always revealed, or because the party itself may be a surprise to the mom-to-be. Some women may also want a more classy theme than a baby-motif. Everyone is different.
The good news, is that a theme won't “make or break” the event. what is important are the people that come to celebrate, and what you do during the event.
Plan to serve some delicious food and drinks, create a fun environment, and prepare a few games and things to do to keep everyone entertained. This is what really matters most to the success of the event.
Whether you are trying to put together the invitations, decorations, theme, games, menu , or location, a good place to research is the internet. There's a lot of advice out there, as well as lots of blogs and communities on the subject. You can also check out magazines, or ask friends and relatives for advice.
Then again, you might know what you want already!
Many people have an easy time coming up with ideas for a shower, or they've already planned one in the past. Either way, treasure the experience. Don't stress. This is the most exciting of occasions, and an event that should be filled with joy.
So long as you have a good location to hold the gathering, some food and drinks, and a couple of things to do for fun, the whole thing will work out just great. After all, the most vital aspect of the event is the people who attend – and that's pretty much out of your control anyway!
|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.|