|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!|
Now that you have completed your nine months of pregnancy and have delivered a newborn baby, it is time to take care of the little one round the clock. This change in life can be really stressful and most first-time parents do not feel confident about caring for the infant. Since the new child can bring a lot of activities in your life and plenty of fatigue and stress, following essential tips to handle the child can keep the pressure under control and help you enjoy parenthood. Let's take a look at some important newborn baby care tips:
Tips for nursing:
Little babies eat and eat a lot and the new mother may find it very hard to deal with sore nipples or tough latch-ons, nursing may become an overwhelming task. Try to gain some knowledge much before you give birth to the child. Talk to your friends having good nursing experience or call the nurse while you are in the hospital to offer you advice.
At home, you will try to drop everything to feed her whenever she cries. But remember to get a glass of water before starting to breastfeed and visit the washroom as nursing your infant involves a lot of time. If in case your child is on the bottle, then keep things handy like sterilized bottles, powdered milk, warm water and a few other essentials so that you don't waste time running here and there to gather them. Remember to keep your infant awake during feedings.
|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.|
Tips for sleeping and soothing:
Newborns usually sleep for about 16 hours a day, but in short bursts. Help your newborn sleep comfortably for a longer period of time. Swinging, shushing or swaddling allows babies to trigger the calming reflex. You can play some light music to make her soothe. A diaper change or a cold environment may often trigger a meltdown, so try to warm up things like use a warm wipe to clean the child and maintain the room temperature to keep the air warm for your sensitive infant. These newborn baby care tips are really helpful to relax both the child and the mother.
Tips for bathing:
It is very important to follow the newborn baby bathing tips as first time parents often find it very difficult to handle a little slippery baby while giving them a bath. After the baby's umbilical cord has fallen off, it is time to give her a real bath. To keep the infant warm, make the surroundings comfortable and keep all the essentials handy like the wash cloth, towel, powder, soap and etc. Check the temperature of the water before bathing her as it makes a huge difference between a happy baby and a crying one. Never leave the child alone to bring your essentials and always have a firm grip on her as newborns tend to be very slippery. In case if you are unable to handle it by yourself, then it is best to take help from someone while giving a bath to your baby.
|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.|