|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!|
Nappies are an indispensable part of baby care. They are not only a great answer to defecating and urinating issues that crop up before a baby is properly toilet trained, but also serve as valuable tools in case the parents are in the need of travelling. There are different types of nappies available in today's market, such as the traditional cotton, disposable as well as reusable nappies. First time parents often wonder as to what kind of nappy pants would be ideal for their babies, as all of the different varieties stand ground with their own beneficial aspects. In this article, we will discuss certain facts that should be kept in mind while shopping for your baby which will in turn help you to make the right choice.
|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.|
Firstly, keep in mind the convenience factor. Check whether a particular type of nappy is easy to use or not. Can they be washed and dried easily? Do they have stuffing facility in case you want to increase their absorption capacity? Are they easy to carry while travelling?Secondly, consider the cost. Cloth nappies are much cheaper in price than the branded, disposable ones. This means that with the increasing number of disposable required by your baby in a given day, your nappy-expenses will become much higher. On the other hand, cloth nappies fit perfectly and they feel much softer against the tender baby skin. Next, ask yourself whether you would prefer using washable nappies instead of disposable ones. If you go for the washable ones, remember that repeated detergent washes make cloth harsh over time. Using a fabric that has wool in it is a much better option as they stay softer for longer periods.Do you want to go for nappies that require fewer changes per day and offer less leakage? Or are you comfortable with nappies that require frequent changes without which they might leak? Reusable nappies are required to be changed frequently compared to the disposable ones. They are also very environment-friendly and usually cost more than the disposable ones. Heavier padded nappies work better than the normal nappies in case your baby needs overnight protection or you are up for travelling. So based on different circumstances, you might need to use varying types of nappy pants.
Types of nappies
Cloth nappies: Cloth fit babies perfectly and they also reduce the chances of developing rashes. They are made by blending a mix of cotton, hemp and bamboo for greater absorption capacity.
Disposable nappies: They contain layers made of super-absorbent chemicals present in inner liner and have a plastic outer covering for preventing leakage.
Bio-disposable nappies: These contain biodegradable products like hemp, bamboo and cotton which disintegrate completely over time, thus not affecting the environment negatively.
|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.|