|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!|
Welcoming a new child into the family is such a heartwarming and blessed day both for the parents, their family, and friends. It's only fitting to celebrate such an occasion through a baby shower party. If you're a parent or a close family member or friend who would like to organize a nice baby shower party, you can easily come up with a simple or grand gathering depending on the budget provided. Here are some tips on how you can plan the party and achieve a fun, meaningful, and unforgettable event.
First thing you have to settle is the venue and date of the occasion. If you want to make it simple and intimate, your own home or outdoor space can be transformed and decorated to fit the occasion. A spacious living room or a nice garden would be lovely for a baby shower. Other couples and family members, however, prefer an event that they don't have to put too much of an effort to decorating and planning. In this case, you can choose a venue and service that can take care of the planning and decor. All you have to do is pay for it and appear on the date of the event with no hassle and trouble on your part.
Invites and Registry
Once you have finalized your date and venue, invites should be sent a month or at least 2 week before the event. Include your registry details to help your guests easily pick a baby gift for the occasion. If you sign up for a registry in baby stores or online, then you will provide more options to your guests. They can find more baby gifts online than in stores nearby. Pick items in your registry carefully and strategically. Include things that will be functional and essential, things that parents will find useful and helpful when the baby comes.
|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.|
Baby Shower Games and Program
Baby shower parties are memorable and fun when you include games and a brief program that can either be formal or casual, depending on the set up that you have. You can include a goofy game wherein baby bottle nipples are scattered on a tub or water or flour. You can ask the guys in the room to participate in the game and let them catch as many baby bottle nipples with their teeth for 30 seconds. The guy with the most bottle nipples wins. It could be a hilarious and silly game that everyone can enjoy and laugh about. You can check online for some goofy and fun games you can use for the event.
Depending on the time you have set your party, food can either be full meals or finger food snacks. It might be more practical to set it in the morning like brunch time or mid-afternoon so you can serve snacks instead of full meals. Finger foods are good for baby shower parties wherein everything is cute and fun size. You can include pastries, personalized baby cupcakes, bit-sized club sandwiches, baked potatoes, and other sweet treats. Setting up the food to match or complement the occasion would always be a nice touch to a baby shower party.
The best way to make the event a success is to put in some fun and creativity to it. Something heartwarming and meaningful can also make things more memorable. Guests are always encouraged to buy gifts that are not only useful but personal and moving. If you're attending a baby shower party soon, check this website for recommendations or consider buying baby gift baskets at Limetreekids.com.au.
|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.|