|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!|
Of all the toys a girl can have, doll houses stand out as among their brightest thoughts. They can devote a lot of time lost in their own little world of make believe. And nobody is aware of doll houses like Melissa and Doug, who?ve developed a variety of hand-crafted homes that are sure to please the eye and bring a smile to your children?s faces.
Melissa and Doug doll houses are crafted from the finest materials and made with a lot of care and awareness of the information. Here are four categories of doll houses, designed for ages 4 and above but will meet the needs of any age and whim.
Preschool Doll Houses
Exclusively developed for children aged 3 and older, these homes include plump, hand-painted fixtures, portable doorways, and finally, a couple of wooden figurines with flexible arms and legs, ready for your kid to play with. One home showcases three stories with huge, easy to access rooms along with removable stairways. This set is a common choice among schools, plus the fold-and-go version enables you to tote your tot?s toy everywhere you want.
|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.|
Are you ready to discover the land of Happiness? The Castles series was developed exactly for girls who love magical stories and even amazing adventures, and they'll formulate countless stories about the royal family dolls that you can purchase with these doll houses. Take your pick between Castles, Princess or queen Castles and even Ancient Castles for hours of romance and wonder. Also available in fold-and-go models.
Horses and Stables
If your little one prefers to play horses over houses, then the Melissa and Doug Horses and Stables set will surely catch their attention. You'll find several type of horse breeds to select from, each with lavishly developed plastic bodies covered with fine, soft fur. Your son or daughter can house them in stables or barns with removable doorways. Take it together on outings using the fold-and-go model.
Victorian Doll Houses
Does your child's flavor veer toward the exceptional? The Melissa and Doug Victorian doll houses would be suitable for her. Using their oval windows, interesting floor tile, and wonderful wall paper, these traditional 1:12 scale homes bring to mind in rich detail the refined British lifestyle. Add in a couple of classy vinyl dolls and you're back in jolly old England, just in time for afternoon tea. Truly an interesting set item in a beautiful doll house.
Obviously, it is possible to combine these sets in what way you desire – the choices are countless. The Melissa and Doug doll houses can lead to endless hours of pleasure, whimsy, and satisfaction.
|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.|