|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!|
Parents who entrust their children to the care of babysitters in Los Angeles will most likely all agree that their children are precious and important to them. As it should be. A babysitter's primary objective is to keep their charges safe through supervision and guidance while their parents cannot be with them. With this in mind, both the parents and babysitter should always make sure certain information is readily at hand to make it possible.
Prior to the first shift for babysitters in Los Angeles, a detailed list should be drawn up to include various information that may be needed.
|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.|
- Phone numbers. While it is unlikely for babysitters in Los Angeles to need every last one of them, a list should include phone numbers for the workplace of a parent, schools the children attend, the number for local authorities, and two alternate emergency contact numbers; usually friends or family the parents and children trust.
- Safe areas. Babysitters in Los Angeles will sometimes want to bring the children on an outing. Giving a list of approved “safe” areas by the parent ensures that the babysitter will not stray with the children anywhere the parent would not feel comfortable with if they learned about it after the fact. This is also helpful for a parent who may get home early, wanting to surprise the children wherever they may be.
- Foods. Children are seemingly always hungry. They will ask for treats, sweets, and many other things to much on. Supplying babysitters in Los Angeles with a specific list of approved foods and snacks will make the babysitter's job much easier. When in doubt, all that is needed is for babysitters in Los Angeles to check the list and answer as the parent would.
- Allergies. No matter how minimal the reaction may be to an allergy, it is always good to inform a babysitter in LA of any and all allergies a child may have, and instructions on what to do if a reaction occurs. This list will also be useful in an emergency that requires a call for help, so that anyone who responds can take the allergies into consideration.
In most cases, most of this information would be left unused, however, for the safety of the children, it is best to have the information available and unused, than to be left in the dark when such information may be needed.
|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.|