|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!|
Very often when a baby is born, you can most likely be in a dilemma as to what is the best possible outfit for your baby that will make him or her feel comfortable and less cranky. Therefore, it is essential that while you shop for baby clothes, you keep certain important points in mind, so that your baby revels in comfort without feeling stuffy or confined. Check out some tips on how to improve shopping for baby clothes?
When it comes to selecting baby clothes, one thing is essential – the fit, the size, the comfort factor, the material and proper closure – such as a buttoned fastening. While you shop for baby dresses, it is important that you always select a fit that is one size above the current size. It is chiefly done because babies go through quick growth spurts and what may fit your baby today may no longer be comfortable in the next two or three weeks. Therefore, it is necessary that you invest the right amount on their clothing without overspending.
Secondly, it always helps to keep an eye on discounts and offers, as investing solid money on baby clothes is not a viable option. It's alright to spend on branded clothes for your little ones but one must ensure that they do not go for a waste since the clothes won't be fitting your baby in the coming months. Therefore, it is recommended that you select clothes based on the quality of material and fit instead of focussing solely on the brand alone.
|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.|
Plus, a baby's skin is soft and delicate and you must ensure that the clothes that you purchase for them is gentle against their skin without causing rashes or irritation. Opt for pure cotton or linen clothes so that your baby feels relaxed and snug. Snap-crotch T-shirts, onesies, and jumpsuits are the best options for little ones who have not yet started walking.
The things that one must steer away from are zipper fastenings that may injure your baby's skin. Instead opt for clothes with velcro closure or button closures that are safer. Also, it may be suggested to veer away from drawstrings and you may opt for elastic waists. If you're specifically inclined towards brands, you may choose baby dresses from top-notch brands such as Chicco, Cherokee, Giny & Jony, Disney and Hello Kitty.
It may also be interesting to note that while baby shopping for little ones, simplicity is the key and therefore, harsh chemicals, dyes and raised designs on the clothes could be more harmful than attractive. Get to know what kind of fabric suits your baby, the best and in the later stages, you can experiment with blended fabrics.
With online shopping having taken a giant leap in the recent years, purchasing clothes for your has become so much more easier. With easy payment options and immediate delivery of the product, E-commerce has truly bridged the gap between the time and the effort taken.
|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.|