|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!|
Once your baby has gotten big enough to start sitting on his own and eating solid food, you should make sure that you purchase a high chair for your baby. This is an important piece for furniture for your child because it will allow your baby to not only be able to sit at the table with the rest of the family, but it will keep him safe while he is eating. You will have to make sure that the high chair that you choose for your child has all of the features that you are looking for.
You should know that purchasing a high chair for your baby would not be inexpensive. This is because the items that are made specifically for babies have to meet certain safety standards. These items are made from the best and most durable materials. There are many different materials that are used to make high chairs. It is up to you to choose the one that is made out of the material that you believe will work best for you and your child.
|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 may want to consider purchasing a wooden high chair for your baby. There are many reasons for this. For example, you will not have to worry about your baby being uncomfortable in his high chair if you choose one that has been made out of wood and is padded. You will not have to worry about the safety features if you choose to purchase a wooden high chair because these ones are specifically made so they will not tip over if your child should lean to one side or the other while he is sitting in it.
You should take into consideration the age of your child when you are choosing a high chair. There are some high chairs that your child will be able to use even when they are too big to use a chair like these. There are chairs that are available that transform to suit the age and size of your child. Eventually these chairs can be changed to allow even adults to sit on them just as they would a regular chair. This means that this kind of high chair will last for many years to come.
You will have to take the time to decide on which features that you will want your high chair to have. You should choose something that is easy for you to use. The tray should be easily removable as well as cleaned. You will not want to choose a high chair that has been made out of a material that you will not be able to clean.
|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.|