|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!|
Hiring a nanny for the first time may require an adjustment period not only for you but also your child. When you hire a nanny, it means that you should be ready in putting your child into another person's care. There are different ways to find the right person to provide childcare. It is understandable that parents try their best to ensure that they get only the best person for their child. Moreover, it is important to know if your child is ready for this kind of set-up. It is also equally important to review your financial obligations, since nanny services usually do not come cheap.
Is Your Household Ready?
Since you will be introducing a stranger into your home, you want to make sure that the whole house is ready to accept the nanny. Preparing your child is the most crucial thing to consider since they are the ones who is left in the care of the new adult. Some children can become confused, scared, and worried that they are left all alone with someone that they are not familiar with.
Hiring a nanny is best when your child can already communicate. This will help you, the child, as well as the childcare provider, make the whole process easier. In addition, you may also want to know how the day went with the child and the babysitter. This allows you to contribute to improving the situation between them.
|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.|
If you have a spouse or a partner, you may want to consider the adjustment of a having another person in your home. In short you want to make sure that hiring a babysitter will provide positive experience for every person in your household.
Is Your Hiring a Nanny Within Your Budget?
In most cases, getting a nanny to care for your child or children can happen when you need to be away for work. Hiring nanny services does not come cheap; you have to ensure that you follow labor standards and rules when doing so. Budget when hiring nanny services will eventually determine the kind of care that you have to expect.
Nannies that have an extensive background in childcare, average education attainment, and good work history may be requiring higher service fees. Moreover, if you will be away for long hours you may want to make sure that this is arranged properly with your nanny.
If the two considerations are met, then you can go on and get the services of a nanny. You can ask your friends or family if they can recommend a trusted nanny. You can also use the Internet to get recommendations on the most reliable babysitter around.
When you opt to hire a nanny, it means you are putting your trust on another person to care for your child. You want to make sure that they are kept safe, physically and emotionally. It is important that you know if your child is ready for this kind of changes. Your budget will also play a huge role in choosing the perfect babysitter.
|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.|