|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!|
How To Wash Babywear Without Loosing The Fabric Sleekness
Baby's skin is much more fragile & sensitive than a grown up, crawling toddlers can get rashes on their skin too easily. So it is mandatory that you take care of everything that comes into direct contact with their skin, their shampoo, bathing soaps, oil and even clothes. Using chemicals or harsh detergents in washing Babywear can leave effect on your precious child skin. This article will cover appropriate way of toddler wear washing and stain removing techniques.
First of all keep in mind that a baby cannot differentiate in between dirty and clean places, in fact, they love to play in dirty places more than clean places, this is one reason that you will find your baby clothes dirty too, often another main reason is babies do love to spill food they have eaten too this might sound gross but yes these little charmers do love keeping their wearables full of stains. So you might end up washing their clothes regularly, for new parents it might be a headache, but I will try to make it as simple as possible. Following is the way to wash toddler wearable right way.
Put small wearables like socks, hats into a bag and make a separate bag of clothes that has extra buttons or hooks, velcro tabs because they can damage other clothes and need to be washed separately.
Reading the labels of Babywear will always put on positive side these labels will give you information about the fabric's nature some of the clothes like baby night wears must be flame resistant so don't use bleach or other harsh chemicals to wash them because they might make the fabric irritable.
Choosing The Right Detergent
You will be surprised to read that there is no special detergent you need to buy specially for washing your toddler's clothes. According to baby health experts you can wash your infant's clothes in same washing detergent in which you wash your own clothes. But if you ask me, I would suggest you use liquid detergent on your infant as well as on your clothes too, because liquid detergent gets mixed properly in the water and according to my experience it does not leave any effect on clothes fabric. According to an experiment clothes washed in liquid detergent are much smoother and soft that clothes washed in powder detergents. Power based detergents do suck life out of wearables.
I won't be surprised if you are still worried about using normal detergent on your child's clothes in that case I would suggest washing 3-4 clothes of your toddler in normal detergent and see if baby feels any irritation while wearing them or he/she acts uncomfortably if yes then use a detergent without without dyes and fragrances. If still the problem occurs, your baby has extra sensitive skin then using special Babywear detergent would be appropriate until baby gets 1 year old.
Stain Removing Techniques
Try to wipe fresh stains with a wet cloth before laundry it will help in cleaning the cloth more effectively don't let stain to be dry and stick with the cloth.
|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.|
Proteins Stains Removing
All you need to do is soak cloth in cool water with a product, including enzymes as an ingredient for a few minutes before laundering. If that doesn't work, try all purpose stain remover on clothes and then laundry. This technique will work on all kinds of protein stains, for example, breast milk, mashed banana, food stains, spit ups and feces. This is the best approach for removing protein stains.
Following are the steps to treat the urine stains off of Babywear:-
- Make a solution of two cups cold water, one tablespoon of vinegar and one tablespoon of liquid detergent or dishwashing liquid.
- Mix the solution well and rinse the stain with sponge dipped in the solution you made.
- Keep rubbing the stain until it gets light or wiped off.
- If the stain still remains directly put few drops of ammonia and a few drops of hydrogen peroxide on the stain, you can use an eye dropper for this. Use an eye dropper to apply a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide to the spot, followed by a few drops of ammonia leave it for a few minutes and then laundry. This will definitely remove urine stain.
For Baby Oil
Baby oil stains can be removed normally washing in hot water, it might also require a few minutes of soaking in liquid detergent before laundry for 100% stain removal.
Fruits and Vegetables Stains
Soak the cloth in the mixture of 1 part waster 1 part vinegar and 1 part liquid detergent and then laundry this approach will also remove stubborn stains without harming the fabric. A little bit of rubbing may require.
Washing Cloth Diapers
Cloth diapers are the most extra washing care demanding Babywear. Following are the tips you should keep in your mind while laundering cloth diapers.
- Laundering Cloth Diapers
- Cloth diapers should be kept and washed separately from other laundry.
- You should give extra attention to the cloth diaper's laundry.
- Cloth diaper requires separate washing from other clothes because they have more germs in them than other wearable.
- Buy a good diaper sprayer to spray off diapers, especially one which hooks in the toilet.
- Always store diapers in a plastic bucket with a tight lid until its laundry time.
- Wash diapers every second day.
- Soaking diapers overnight in liquid detergent will remove stubborn stains
- Never use detergents with dyes or perfumes.
- Wash in hot water
- Using chemicals like fabric softener might irritate child's soft skin, so avoid using them
- Line-dry the diapers, directly putting them in dryers is not a good idea.
Warning:- Never try to mix bleach with vinegar or ammonia. Yes, it will form a powerful stain removal material, but it will release toxic chemicals that could be dangerous for you as well as for your family.
Baby cloths can take a bit more effort in the cleaning process, but buying good quality ones will always decrease your hard working. Hope this article has served its purpose and will help one in need.
|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.|