|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 is one of the rarest of moments and one that doesn't come very often in your life that you would experience when you have a new born home. The thrill that you would get out of being with your baby and taking care of his or her needs is something to be experienced, as every parent would vouch for as being extraordinary. When you have the joy and the opportunity to relish such a moment, it only makes sense to store the moment, freeze it in time forever and keep looking back at that point in time when you felt out of the world. And what adds to this joy and lets you keep wondering about the jewel that nature is, would be when you watch your baby grow, month by month. While being a parent in itself is an extraordinary feat, cherishing the moments that follow your parenthood, when you become responsible for one more life, when a new soul has been bestowed to your attention and care, is what would make you see the new facets of life and make you realise the depths of your emotions. With this new relationship, it is now time to record time, month by month.
|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.|
And the simplest, and yet the most effective, way to record life as it happens and save the way your child grew month by month, taking one step at a time, moving one inch in a frame, is to go for onesie stickers. If that name doesn't sound familiar, you may recall the way you would have seen someone record their child's early days by taking lovely pictures of the growing years and placing awkward placards or cardboards next to the baby to record which month of the baby's growing years they were taken in.
If you thought that was not the best way to do it, onesie stickers would show you the way to go about recording every expression, every movement and every sign of sparkling growth your child has been through, month by month. Children grow fast and it takes a few simple and beautiful onesie stickers to see where exactly they stand and how they have fared in the growth metre, every month. This way, you would have made sure that your photographs carried meanings and your child, the exact month, when he or she stroke that terrific pose or took that little stride – the best way to record memories of your growing child is Month By Month.
|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.|