|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!|
When a baby is born or when there is a baby shower occasion, there is this custom of spreading joy and love through exchange of gifts. Guests bring newborn baby gifts when they are invited for such pious occasions. One may argue the viability of such customs and the need for giving such gifts! Can't we do away with this custom? How does a gift hold any significance given that the baby is not even able to appreciate the same because of its young age?
A gift is not just a materialistic product which requires spending on your part. It contains that hidden emotion and sentiments which have timeless appeal. Even if the baby is unable to acknowledge your presents, one day he would be big enough to understand and would keep you in his memories whenever he uses the presents. Besides, baby shower gifts need not be anything expensive all the time. A wide array of gifts always awaits you in online gift stores. All you have to do is to browse through them and buy according to your capacity. In fact, as said above, such gifts are not meant for snobbish display of material wealth. A baby is too young and pure to understand the human complexities of materialism. A chaste little gift wrapped in love, rather than money, will be much more appreciated by the parents and also serve as a souvenir.
|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.|
A simple hand-made card or a personally sewn sweater or socks also serve as excellent baby gifts since they have this personal touch and go on to show that a lot of effort has gone into them. But the present day society is so busy with its hectic routine, that people do not have much time to spare for kitting or designing such hand-made Newborn Baby Gifts. Therefore, the gift shops give you wonderful opportunities to pick up items which are personalized and carry that touche. There are cards and note cards which are available in personalized shapes. Even the photo frames and guest books, which are the favorite gifts to present to the parents, have gone personalized. These gifts not just carry sentiments but are very reasonable in price and hence, affordable by everyone.
A gift is like a tangible form of a blessing which can be preserved for years and can be savored even after decades. A special toy, say a baby seat or a pram, gifted by you can be relished and cherished by the baby even after it has turned 5 and even after it has turned 50. Other Baby Shower Gifts which you can give include presents like baby shoes, baby booties, baby bath set, a cute little dress, picture books or color books, etc.
There are also some chaste holy gifts like rosary, beads, silver spoon, silver cross, etc which are still popular and carry an aesthetic value. You can always find an appealing gift within your budget! But do not give precedence to money over these simple, little joys of life. Remember, if love & memories are your weak points, then you are the strongest person in the world!
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|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.|