|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!|
For to-be parents, the word nappy itself evokes an ocean of overwhelming emotions because it triggers an image of a little one flashing its toothless smile and they start realizing the joys of parenthood. But as days pass and to-be parents become functional ones, more practical things dawn on them regarding this same word. There are two sets of schools of thought- one promotes diapering while another one, naturally, dissuades. This dichotomy of experts leave the new parents confused because logics given by both of them concern well-being of the little angels who have just arrived on this earth.
It is true that there is a debate regarding nappy usage, but it is highly recommended by doctors if you chose the right type. Cloth made nappies are beyond and above any restrictions, but you can also use disposable baby nappies provided you change it on time, pick the right one and follow instructions properly. Only disposable nappies can ensure a good night sleep to your child which is essential for both physical and mental development. It is a medical fact that infants and toddlers who do not get proper sleep suffer from various disorders like sleep apnea, irritability, inattentiveness, and so on. Babies wetting bed multiple times at night would not get uninterrupted sleep if they are not put into disposable nappies or diapers.
|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.|
When choosing diapers for your baby, your primary criteria should be its absorbency because the wetness in skin contact for a prolonged period results in skin rashes and infection. It is due to this issue, today leading and reputable brands are manufacturing diapers that are breathable, have less chlorine and other chemicals, and are easy on delicate skin of babies. However, one pertinent problem with using nappy is its cost. No matter, how much convenient and comfortable it is, its supply for a month claims a good part of your total expense. To solve this problem, you can wait for right time when several brands offer deals. Also, you can go online where these deals are offered more frequently as marketing strategy of those websites. Value of money will be when you buy in bulk but refrain from doing so when using a brand or type for the first time, because you never know how your baby will react to this new product.
So, the bottom line is you can use cloth-made nappies as well as disposable ones, but you have to be responsible from your end too. Instead of picking up any brand off the counter, read the packet carefully, choose the right size and of course, change it immediately it is soiled. Remember, these diapers have come into being for the comfort of babies and that comes first. If they are not comfortable in them and get unwell due to these, the whole concept of diapering fails.
|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.|