|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 easy for a mum to get in a fashion rut. After all, if you even have the chance to change out of your pyjamas, your outfit will most likely be covered in spit up, drool, food or a derivative thereof. If you wear jewelry, there is no doubt that your earrings will be yanked down, your bracelet will be twisted until it pinches your skin and your necklace will be tightened around your neck. And after you are almost strangled with your own necklace, your baby will probably stuff it in his mouth leaving globs of saliva dripping from your chain right onto your skin. Classy.
This is the precise reason why mummies pack away their stylish outfits until their babies reach toddler age or whenever they stop ruining their outfits (do they ever?). But really, after having a baby all you want to do is dress the way you did before you were pregnant and this includes rocking your favorite fashion accessories. While I have no advice on what to do about hanging earrings (as my baby is yanking on mine as I type this), there is a solution for the necklace and bracelet situation: mum jewelry.
|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 fact, this solution really solves two problems: being strangled by your baby and baby teething. If this sounds too good to be true then you probably have been isolated at home for far too long with your baby. Joking aside, this has been the solution I have been waiting MONTHS for and I never imagined this kind of product existed.
Mum jewelry is free of any chains that can be tightened around your neck or wrist, or pinch your skin. The necklaces are composed of beading to keep you and your baby pinch free and come in a variety of different colors to match your outfits. The bangles have a square shape and make a great fashion statement on their own.
Made from silicone and free of lead, BPA, PVC and phthalate, they are completely safe for your baby to stuff in their mouths (and you know they will!). In fact, they are designed to help in baby teething. The shape of the necklace and bangle are great for babies to safely chew on and sooth their sore gums. Because they are made of silicone, it is easy and safe to wash your baby's saliva and germs off before you wear it again.
Perhaps the best part is that your baby will be so focused on chewing on your necklace that they may just leave your earrings alone (so I did have some advice on that after all!). While it's great to give your baby something safe to chew on and provide comfort, it's just as great to get your style back.
|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.|