|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!|
Taking care of your child is surely a big responsibility yet a rewarding one. Just think about how your child would react when he sees that you have done something great for him. The feeling of being loved by your child is something that a parent can treasure. Among the things the important things that you choose to provide for your child to protect him especially when he is on the road is a car seat. This is where you put your child to rest while you drive. But as your child grows older, he may need something more appropriate for him such as a booster car seat.
What's a booster car seat? It is seat that is forward-facing and is designed for toddlers weighing 40 pounds and above. Apart from that, the minimum age requirement for a kid to be able to use it is 4 years old. This seat can only be used facing forward thus; it cannot be used as an infant car seat, if others would want to try to use it that way. Most booster seats do not have their own harnesses; thus, it uses the car's seatbelts to secure your kid.
If your goal is to protect your child, it is advised that you get one of the best booster car seats in the market today. If you do not know how, here are some important things you may want to consider.
|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.|
- Child's age and weight. Like mentioned above, the minimum weight requirement of your child must be at least 40 pounds. Given this weight requirement, you can be sure that your child's body can fit well into the car seat so he can safely sit down. The age of 4 is also required because your kid can somehow understand that he needs to be seated properly. If your child is more than 40 pounds yet he is not yet 4 years old, you can opt for standard car seats for better security since he may move so much.
- Design and type. There are two standard types of booster seats, the backless and the high-back. The backless type means that your child would have to lean back on your car's seat and the booster would raise your child into a comfortable level where the seatbelt can properly be used. The high-back is the type with side impact and back cushions that provides neck and head support.
- Product reviews. Product reviews are a great guide in order for you to decide on what brand, model and type of booster car seat to choose for your child. It gives you a clearer view on the product specifications, the safety rating and even the price. This way, you can be sure that you are getting the right protection for your toddler.
Choosing among the best booster car seats in the market today may be a little difficult. However, when you know what to look for, you could simply get something for your precious child.
|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.|