|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!|
As a new mother are you feeling that you don't want to let your baby out of your sight due to be apprehensive about how your baby will cope without you holding them and keeping them close. This can be avoided by experiencing products that are designed for the new mother and those who still want to remain active and not tied to your baby's crib.
One of these products is the Ergo baby carrier; you will keep your baby close without the feeling of being constantly attached to your child. You can feel free to do the essential chores of your household and find yourself being able to relax and enjoy the experience of parenthood. The carrier is an innovative product which can be worn in different ways to suit all parents.
The first way is worn with the child snug as a bug on your front. The second way it is worn is for the older child, it can be worn on the back with the child free to experience all the joys of life. The third way is worn on your hip to take the burden off you from a toddler. You will find the ergo perfectly designed to take the weight of your back and shoulders, this is because the main weight bearing position is on the hips.
|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 ergo carrier has developed over time with different models and different fabrics now available to suit all parents and their lifestyles.
Another valuable product that some parents may find helpful to ease their stress of being with their child every minute of the day is an angel care monitor. The monitor is an asset in the home so that no matter where you are you will know that your baby is content and happy. They have invented products that cater for all needs for the parent.
A basic monitor will allow you to hear your child at all times so that you will know when your child is in distress. It will allow you check on your child without entering your baby's room and disturbing them with your presence. Some models will have video cameras attached to them so that you see your child and what they are up to.
They have advanced over time to provide assurance even on your baby's breathing , with its highly advanced technology the unit will be able assess the breathing rate of your child and if it picks up a irregular breathing rate which in turn will activate a alarm to warn you that your child is in distress.
If you are not sure which model suits you then simply ask a trained salesperson to explain the differences to you.
|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.|