|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!|
The Mountain Buggy Duet 2011 is definitely an very versatile, twin travel system, which permits newborns to be carried side by side. It measures 63cm in width and is presently the smallest pushchair of this type on the market, a crucial requirement when space is at a premium with two infants! The buggy can accommodate two carrycots or car seats beside each other. It's extremely adaptable because it can let a combination of two babies, baby and toddler or two toddlers, with an approximate age limit of four years. Buying a travel system such as this could be an initial expense but in the long run, it removes the need to make extra purchases for buggies and strollers for older toddlers/kids.
The buggy includes seats, carrycots and car seats and these can all be interchanged on a narrow frame which fits easily though a normal door. There is certainly nothing more frustrating that a double buggy which cannot be brought into the home or flat and needs to be left inside the porch or garden forcing you to carry your two kids in from the rain! Having said that when two car seats are positioned side by side the width will increase by roughly 15cm which then does make it too wide to fit through a door. This would suggest that the best seating combination is for only one car seat to be used in a baby and toddler option. The design of wheels make the buggy efficient when pushing off road on country trails and paths. Smiliarly it's excellent to push around stores and malls on smooth surfaces.
|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.|
The Mountain Buggy would seem not to scrimp on extra, yet essential characteristics. There are two large hoods for each seating area instead of a single large (and often too heavy) hood covering both seat compartments. This then permits raincovers and suncovers to be fitted which you'd assume could be provided with the travel system. However seperate raincovers and suncovers are not available when the travel system is being used for an older combination of children, ie: little one and toddler or two toddlers. Raincovers only seem to be available with the carrycot option, otherwise extra raincovers are an additional expense.
There's an adaptor on the buggy which needs to be removed to alter the system from using a car seat to just the seat. This can be a lengthy procedure as several aspects of the buggy need to be adjusted and refastened such as zips and buckles. Therefore the buggy would be best to be kept as it is for one age of child until necessary to change it for an older toddler. There is a large shopping and storage basket underneath the frame which you'd expect with a double buggy but this makes it possible for space for additional extras for example raincovers, suncovers and changing baggage.
Child safety is paramount to any travel system. The Mountain Buggy Duet incorporates a safety bumper bar which is very important for any age of child. You will discover excellent safety buckles and there's also an further safety buckle at shoulder height to ensure that the infant or little one can be removed quickly.
One feature which can be usually overlooked when a travel system is considered will be the handle height. It really is easy to consider inside the store that the handle height is sufficient but it can be not until the buggy is test driven (or even purchased) that it's realised that the handle height might not quite suit you. One more aspect which will not manifest until following purchase would be the carrying weight. A double travel system still needs to be lifted and the Mountain Buggy Duet is quite heavy both for lifting and therefore even heavier for pushing older young children around.
|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.|