|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!|
Kids rooms can be hard to decorate, since each child's taste changes with age. However, there are some simple ways to ensure that room decorations last. Decorating a child's room can be frustrating. Kids grow up quickly, and their tastes can change from one day to the next. With a few simple tips and tricks, however, parents and kids can both be satisfied with their room for many years. Although kids' desires change as they age, there are ways to make a room design work for almost any child. Pick out a theme for the room. Kids often have a specific movie, subject or animal that interests them. Using this as a basic theme for the room can provide a wealth of ideas for bedding, lamps, posters, curtains and rugs.
|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.|
Common themes for kids' rooms include jungle animals, Star Wars, horses, pirates and princesses. Using wall decalls in kids room make it more attractive and funny. Decals and vinyl art are much less expensive than painting, fun to decorate with, and easy to apply or remove. wall decals looks like paint! Thinness of material and opaque, matte finish allows decals to blend in with any decor and don't look “stickery”. Removable wall decals are ideal on the walls of your baby's or child's room. As the children's interests change, so can their rooms. Your baby's walls can be decorated with baby blocks, unique shapes, and other baby wall mural designs. Their expensive coats of paint are safe from chips and smudges underneath our water-based decal adhesive. No tools required, so no holes in the surfaces they consider dear. No pretreatments, no messes, no repainting later.
With a wide range of themes, colors and pack Room Makeover decal kit with enough wall decals to bring an ENTIRE room to life. stylish stickers to decorate one or two walls wall art decals to create a border or splash of color on furniture, and a range of removable scrap booking, stationery stickers for even more 'stickering' fun! Wall decals offer a quick, easy and changeable way to bring rooms to life and stay in your child's memory forever. Room decorating is a fun process for many parents and children. Starting the decorating with a basic paint color and building on a theme is an easy way to keep kids involved in their rooms, and encourage them to keep the room clean and picked up.
|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.|