|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!|
A pram is a small carriage designed for newborns. This is pushed by parents and allows your baby to sleep in comfort. Many units that are manufactured these days are equipped with state of the art shock absorbers and suspension. Use of these baby carriages are preferred by parents over strollers because of the following reasons.
- The baby is protected, because prams cover your little one in a bassinet.
- You are facing your baby as you push him or her while in the carriage, so your kid can see you
- The baby can sleep very well, as he or she can lie down flat; the ride is smooth, because it is designed specifically for newborns. Put simply, apram is a baby's portable bed.
Baby carriages of today are very much different from those manufactured many years ago. He newly produced units can last and be used from the baby's infancy up to when a child reaches the end of his or her stroller years. This is because of the modern design and technology that has allowed the producers of this carriage to re-model, re-work and re-design the baby carriages.
If you are thinking of buying a pram for your new addition to the family, there are things that should be considered before you finalize your purchase decision.
1. Determine your needs – there are so many options (triple, double, single, side by side, travel pram, full travel system, etc).
|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.|
2. Determine your lifestyle requirements – do you like always going to the beach and walking along the beaten track? Do you hop daily on and off public transportation? Do you travel a lot? Do you need to carry your pram up the stairs? These questions need to be answered first before you make the purchase.
3. Check the weight and size – when you are in the store, practice collapsing the pram and lifting it to make sure the weight and size will not break your back when you bring it up stairs or placing it in your car boot. Some carriages have removable seat that you can detach from the frame, so it becomes more compact and lighter. But it has to be put back together again when you reach the other end.
4. Determine your budget and stick to it. You may find good deals online, but you may also miss out negotiating with sellers to throw in some extra accessories like shopping basket, tyre pump, sun cover, cup holder, nappy bag, and more. Also, don't forget that some cheaper carriages can do what the expensive brands can.
5. Determine how many seating you would require. Is it multiple seating? You can consider the carriage that is capable to add a toddler seat. This starts off as a single pram. A conversion kit can transform it into a double.
6. Determine if what you want is a travel system, that is, a pram and car seat all in one. This can be called an all in one carriage that can be used from your baby's birth. You can take it straight from the car and straight into the pram chassis without much effort, therefore not disturbing the baby.
|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.|