Keeping Your Baby Warm And Safe All Winter

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!

Additional Information:

Winter storm continues to blanket north eastern USA under heavy snow. Winters are really harsh this time around and no sign of mercury rising. During these weather conditions it can be a challenge to keep your baby warm and comfortable at bed time. Most of the babies keep rolling and kicking a lot only to wake up cold multiple times. They might need their parent's assistance to comfort them and fall back asleep. Babies sleep better if we keep them at the right temperature throughout the night.

Pediatric sleep expert suggest 65 -70 degrees F is an ideal temperature for baby's room. It is a safe and comfortable temperature for your baby to sleep in. Overheating may have a negative effect on sleep quality. Keeping them at the moderate temperature will have a positive effect on the quality of their sleep. You can help your little bundle of joy snuggles down and stay safely warm in cozy winter sleep sack. Something warm and comforting like a cocoon bag to help them feel warm and secure. Sleeping sacks are like wearable blankets with zip/velcro. Perfect for little ones who kick off blankets or sometimes entangle themselves with that.

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.

Selecting right bedding has a close association with your baby's sleep habits. It is equally important and you should choose it with care according to ongoing season and temperature of baby's room. For the mattress, fitted crib sheets are ideal for saving time and upkeep. It is not advisable to use sheets and blankets to cover the baby, which can be kicked off. If you have a wriggly baby like mine loose covers come off easily waking up the child. They can go over baby's head resulting breathlessness, especially in winter as an infant may not be able to pull a heavy blanket off his head. Winter baby sleep sacks are safe and ideal alternative to sheets and blankets.

Sleep sacks come in different tog ratings, so you can keep your child covered and comfortable throughout the year. 2.5 tog is recommended for most year round use in US except peak summer month. Layering of sleepwear should be adjusted according to temperature of the room. Like a footed pajamas for colder temperature, warm quilted sleepsies or bodysuit for even chillier nights and just a vest underneath for warmer temperature.

Newborns and infants are not able to regulate their body temperature like others so make sure that they are kept at the right temperature. You might need to be sure whether your baby is too hot or too cold. The best way is to touch tummy or nape of back. It should feel warm and nice. Their hands and feet may feel cold and not in sync with their actual body temperature.

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.
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