|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!|
I have a secret. Okay, actually I have many of them but this secret is between me and my baby, and he's not going to tell anyone. This necklace that I'm wearing that everyone always comments on how stylish it is…it has been in my baby's mouth. That's right, and not only has it been in my baby's mouth but it is also (gasp!) silicone jewelry.
I know that people would be shocked to learn that my favorite accessory is also a teething necklace but it's true and I'm not ashamed to say it. The way I see it, I am killing two birds with one stone: I am accessorizing my outfit and giving my baby something to chew on. Since this is silicone jewelry that is BPA free and chemical free, it is a completely safe and effective way for my baby to soothe his gums.
This necklace is one of my favorite pieces to make my outfit pop and with all the color options available, I can get one to match every outfit. They also come in different styles: larger, oval stones; smaller, round stones; or even a mix of oval and round stones. To make a real statement, you can wear a few different necklaces and either mix the colors or the styles. This accessory looks like it came straight from the pages of a fashion page but it is better suited for the pages of a baby magazine but nobody knows that…until now.
|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.|
Sure my necklace gets covered in saliva but it is fully washable so you don't have to worry about it getting dirty. That's more than I can say about my baby's toys. Those things get dropped on the floor, sniffed by the dog and probably stepped on. Of course I clean his toy when I see him drop it, but I don't always see it happen before he stuffs it back into his mouth.
As a mum, I'm sure you can relate with how convenient it is to have a teether hanging around your neck. There have been so many times that we have been out and about when I realize I left his teething toy at home. A cranky baby with nothing to chew on will ruin your plans and send you on your way home, so this invention really is a godsend. Even worse, sometimes he drops it in public places where I can't wash it and there is no way I'm letting him put that back in his mouth (yuck!).
There really is no better baby item than my teething necklace. I let me husband think it's for the baby and my friends think it's for me, but really it's just another way for my baby and I to bond together.
|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.|