|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!|
Since the two or three weeks after the babies are born, they have the significant hearing sense and are able to hear the music around them. With the development of infants' hearing function, it is wise to allow them to hear some music appropriately, which can not only enrich the enjoyment of their life, but also promote the development of the hearing function.
|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.|
In daily life, parents would find such situation if you are playing the elegant and fair-sounding music, the crying babies would suddenly stop crying and become quiet. It is the evidence that music has the charming for baby. According to the children development experts, elegant and fair-sounding music always draw babies' attention to hear and finally they would find that the music is better than their crying. When sleeping, babies are more likely to hear the lullaby, which can make them sleep in the quiet and comfortable atmosphere. When sucking the milk, a lots of gastrointestinal liquid would be secreted to stimulate the appetite if they are hearing the elegant songs at the same time. At the same time, when hearing the slow pace music, the baby breathing would be stable and the mood would be peaceful. In addition, when hearing the simple music with good rhythm, some babies would dance at the same time, they can learn to clap their hands and begin to walk, all of which can promote the development of the baby's movements. Therefore, it is better to make baby hear the elegant music in the early age. However, parents should know that not all the musics are beneficial for babies. In order to protect the baby's hearing function, useful suggestion from the baby development experts is that it is not right to hear the too loud and too excited music such as the rock and disco music.
All in all, in order to create the good atmosphere and mood for children development well, smart parents should make the good arrangements that fair-sounding music is always appear all the time in the daily life. By this way, babies would eat well, sleep comfortably and get the hearing function development well.
|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.|