|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!|
If you are a working parent or have to travel a lot, carrying your little ones along is a big task, as you have to ensure their safety as well as comfort while you drive. There are thousands of brands, models, colours and sizes of baby car seats that are a must-have accessory in cars with baby on board. While each company claims to provide 100% safety and comfort to your child with their car seats, Safe n Sound car seats are accepted world-wide as the best baby car seats.
As the name suggests, Safe n Sound car seats are absolutely safe for your infant and can be adjusted for growing children. In Australia, it is mandatory to have a baby car seat if you are travelling with a baby on board. The name and reliability of Safe n Sound has made it a household name in the country, with a large number of cars having installed Safe n Sound car seats for their babies.
There are large number of models and types available to purchase or hire baby products from Safe n Sound. Some of these models include Safe n Sound Meridian AHR 0-4, Safe n Sound Compaq 0-4, Safe n Sound SafeKeeper 0-4, Safe n Sound Sleep n Recline Convertible Car Seat and Safe n Sound Maxi Rider.
Meridian AHR 0-4 : This car seat is suitable for babies aged 0-4 years and come with cushioned baby insert for additional comfort. The deep side wings and EPS foam liner in the car seat provides additional protection in case of side impact accident. Manual harness adjustment, large canopy, storage pocket, heardrest cover, rearward and forward facing seat belt lock, messy mat, shoulder harness pads and sliding retracting stabilising bar are some of the other features of this model.
|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.|
Compaq 0-4 : This is another baby car seat designed for babies aged 0-4 years. The slim-line design of the car seat is perfect for compact cars and its narrow width allows for better access to seat belt buckle. Deep side wings for side impact protection, hassle free harness, EPS layer, sliding retractable stabilising bar, 3 reclining positions and adjustable harness with push button are other key features of this model. Safekeeper 0-4 : Some useful features of this Safe n Sound car seat include rearward facing mode (for children up to 12 months old) and forward facing mode for children older than 12 months to 4 years. It also comes with deep contoured side wings for added protection and can be converted from baby car seat to toddler car seat as your baby grows.
Sleep n Recline Convertible Car Seat : For babies up to 12 months old, rearward facing mode can be used in the Sleep n Recline seat and forward facing mode can be utilised for babies as old as 12 months to 4 years old. Additional features of this car seat include head pillow, shoulder pads, messy mat, and deep contoured side wings.
Maxi Rider : This is another popular Safe n Sound car seat that can be converted from forward facing seat to booster seat with the help of an in-built harness. Deep side wings and EPS foam liner are provided for additional protection in a side impact accident. Shoulder harness pads, high back seat, luxurious fabrics, additional cushioning and padding, manual harness adjustment and arm rest are some of the additional features of this seat.
There are a number of online portals, such as Baby Savings CO, that allow you to hire baby products for short term as well as long term basis, so that you can use the products for as long as your baby is an infant.
|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.|