|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!|
If you are expecting a new baby in your family, preparing for his things would really be very exciting. Just think about how much time you would have to spend just to ensure that you are getting the right items to ensure that those items can be of great help to him as he grows up.
One of the things that you will have to get is an infant car seat. This is something that a parent should not neglect knowing that it is a mandate by the law that every parent should provide for his child.
There are a lot of infant car seats in the market today. Because of its vastness, getting the right for your baby may be a little difficult to do. The question is, how do you get the right one among the best infant car seats in the market today. Here are some things that you can do.
Brand. When getting the perfect infant car seat for your baby, it would be best to choose a more famous brand. This is because more often than not, the known brands have a reputation to protect; thus, they would really make sure that their products are of high quality. However, there are not so known products that are better off than those famous brands, which mean that you really have to read reviews well so that you get the best infant car seat for your baby.
|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.|
Safety. The main purpose of the car seat is to ensure that your baby is protected when you are travelling. So as not to defeat its purpose, it is essential that you get something that passed the safety standards. Check out the harness well so that you can be sure that would be safely fastened so that your baby will not slide or throw off the car seat should there be any car crash.
Some car seats are so versatile that they are allowed to be brought inside the airplane. This is an economical choice since you never have to buy a new one for a different purpose.
Price. Choose wisely. Do not base your purchase on the price of the car seats. The best infant car seats do not need to be expensive. There are those that are very affordable yet are of great quality. Make sure to compare all the time so that you are never compromising your baby's safety.
Size. Always ensure to pick the right size. This way, you can be sure that your baby is always comfortable especially during long hours of travel. If you want to get a bigger car seat or those that are convertible, make sure that it has great cushions so that you can remove it when your baby is a little bit bigger.
Now if you want to get the best infant car seats, always remember all of these things so that you will never have to worry about travelling with your child and most of all, you will have peace of mind.
|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.|