|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!|
I have seen my brother's daughter grow up in front of my eyes. Among all different activities in which my sister-in-law has been engaged, the most time consuming was feeding my niece. My niece has always been fussy about food. She not only takes time to finish her plate but also sets herself in a full mess by dirtying her clothes. This was the case until I brought her some extremely cute bibs online.
Here are some bibs which you can find for your baby. There are bibs which are perfect for different ages and occasions. To get the correct bibs read on.
When you baby is newborn, and you are breastfeeding it, the milk may dribble, soiling the clothes and wetting the collars and necklines of the dresses. To prevent dribbling, try towel bibs. There are soft and comfortable. Since it is a bib in the form a towel, it can easily absorb the liquid.
|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.|
When you baby is three years old, it might have teeth. At this phase too, you require a bib. Like my sister-in-law, you too might not like the idea of the bib around your baby. For such cases, you can go for the ever stylish bandana style bibs. Bandana bibs are a bit pricey. However, if you are a tailoring expert, then all you need is a sewing machines and fabric scrap.
Most babies like their mothers too do not like to have a bib around their neck. If you have those tie around bibs which your baby is pulling on and throwing them all around the house, then a pullover bib is exactly what you and your baby requires. It's impossible to remove, and you won't have to be looking around for them here and there.
Plastic bibs are the cheapest of the category of bibs. It is for those who do not like to wash the bibs every now and then. They just require one swipe of a wet cloth and all the dirt vanishes.
Long sleeved bibs are for those babies who are trying to eat on their own. They are also for those babies who like to play with their food. In order to protect the clothes from being soiled, full sleeved bibs are very important.
|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.|