How Best To Wash Your New Born Baby39s Linen And Clothes

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!

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Perplexed by the challenges of being a new mom, many women focus entirely on their new bundle of joy, and don't spend much time sweating the small stuff. This can include anything and everything from a pile of dirty laundry to whether or not the bed has been made.

An important tip for new moms is to wash all of your baby's new linen, clothing and towels before using them for the first time. Not only will this ensure that everything smells delicate and fresh, it will also rid the materials of any chemical residue. Before baby clothes, accessories and linen are shipped off to their respective stores, they are sprayed with a protective spritz of formaldehyde that protects the fibres from the elements and pests during shipping. To ensure that your baby's skin is not irritated by harmful chemicals and rough fibres, run their new little wardrobe through a warm wash. Use a laundry detergent that focuses on stain removal as this will result in clean and delectably scented, soft fabrics.

We understand that getting into the rhythm of caring for a new baby can be challenging, which is why we've compiled a helpful guide on how best to wash your new born baby's linen and clothes. If you're feeling a little frazzled and need some reliable advice, take a peek at the following:

Getting Through the First Wash

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.

From the moment that you and your little one arrive home, your laundry hamper will begin to fill up. Although it can be overwhelming, getting through the first wash need not be an impossible task. It is important to be prepared for a number of stains that will find their way onto a variety of different items, blankets and linen. Before your little bundle of joy arrives, ensure that you arm yourself with a number of intelligent detergents (especially liquids) and pre-treatments. As the washing accumulates, separate the stained items from the rest of the bundle and let them soak. Once they've soaked for 30 minutes to an hour, pop the rest of the washing into the machine and complete the cycle.

Bid Farewell to Tough Stains

Proteins and residues from creams and oils will find their way onto all and any types of clothing, blankets and linen that you use for your little one. The trick to removing all types of new-born-baby stains is to treat the stain as soon as it happens. This rule even applies to new moms who happen to be out of the house and away from the washing machine. To beat tough stains when you're out of the house – mix a small amount of detergent with some water and place into a spray bottle. If and when the mess occurs, (ensure that you have a change of clothing or a spare blanket) treat the stain immediately with the detergent. Pop it in a plastic bag and soak it when you get home.

Be Cautious of Tips and Tricks

New moms are often told that the best way in which to get rid of stains is to mix up a concoction of bleach with vinegar or ammonia. This tip is, however, a disaster waiting to happen as the combination of chemicals can create toxic fumes that are dangerous. It is always important to do some research regarding various so-called 'tips and tricks' before putting them to the test, especially when a new born baby is part of the equation.

Although overwhelming, dealing with soiled clothing and linen does not have to be a dubious task. Focus on the wellbeing of your little bundle of joy and the rest will all fall into place.

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.
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