|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!|
It used to be that most toddler shoes had hard flat and rigid soles and even though protective to babies and toddlers feet they were really not good at all for the childs feet. This way of thinking was that the hard flat sole on the toddler shoes would correct any problems with the child's feet. We now know that these sorts of shoes would do more harm than good to their development and actually make the baby take longer to confidently take those first steps. In actual fact that the best kids shoes for your toddler are bare feet! The world over Podiatrists agree that babies should learn to walk in bare feet, however, this is fine if they stay indoors and never walk outside the house where their feet need protection. Little feet consist of 35 joints and 26 bones all pulled together by ligaments. Toddlers feet are highly flexible and are cushioned with fat. Most babies are flat footed when they begin to walk or turn their toes inward, because they have not yet developed the muscle tone or strength in their ligaments to support them. This improves as they grow.
|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.|
The only real reason to put your babies feet into shoes is for protection. Unless you are outside there is no need for your baby or toddler to be wearing shoes. In a perfect world we really would not need to wear shoes at all, however being that we need protection for our feet, podiatrists recommend baby shoes that are supple, soft and flexible. The good news is there are many of these exact shoes available in the market today, and what's more is that there are highly fashionable ones too.
Podiarists advise that wearing rigid soled toddler shoes will retard the development and retard your toddlers first steps, as they have to adjust each step and trip up much more often than if wearing the correct type of shoes. Kids wearing appropriate shoes are able to walk in a much more natural manner than with infexible soles. In conclusion, when you go to get your baby or toddler his or her first pair of shoes, it is highly recommended that your find some that are flexible, soft and recommended by podiatrists. Baby shoes should not alter the way your baby walks. Jessia Rohan has worked in the baby products industry for many years and has specialized in baby shoes and toddler shoes.
|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.|