|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!|
Decorating a bedroom for our children can be a very easy task, but not always the market offers what is within our tastes. With respect to a baby, the hangers for babies are hard to get. Usually in most of the shops we will see plastic hangers that do not have any sense of aesthetics and therefore we do not like to decorate the room with them. In this case there are several options, we can decorate the hangers or we can find someone dedicated to decorate them. The truth is that they are as necessary as other accessories or furniture, because the garments of baby are so small that we can not replace them with any other element.
Although there are several manufacturers of hangers, the reality is that few people are dedicated to making the ones for babies. Sometimes we will find hangers decorated in fabric and padded for clothing doesn't get wrinkles. To find them more easily, the ideal is to go to stores that specialize in children's decor, both in accessories and furniture. Needless to clarify as that such they are completely handmade products, the costs thereof are usually considerably more expensive than either that we can find in a bazaar.
Our imagination and our creativity can help us a lot to solve this problem, and for that we only need to buy a magazine and put us to work.
|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.|
A hanger for each garment
In the same way that we are going to find different materials for home furnishings, with the hangers something similar happens. Each of these differences also corresponds to the function you will have it in the closet of the house. Of course that between these materials we find those that are more expensive, stronger and those that help us to overcome the problem. The most important thing is to find that they have good materials, and above all, that can meet the need that we are looking for.
Garments differ greatly in size, weight and shape; and therefore they need perhaps a hanger for each. Many of these items are not very easy to hang, such as skirts have no place where to hang. In that case, we can find hangers that work with pressure and that can be used both to hang pants or shirts with no sleeves or straps.
The hardest part is finding hangers that have the strength to hang all those heavy items such as coats and overcoats. The best way to hang these items are the wooden hangers, because the plastic or wire can be bent and drop the clothes on the floor.
So now we know, be should be smart in selecting this useful and necessary accessory for order and organization of our garments; and we should know that there are several manufacturers who know exactly what we're looking for.
|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.|