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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!

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One of the most important events in the life of a married couple is the birth of the child. It is something that they may have anticipated for years but as the day arrives, their nerves may become frayed. After all, there are many things that need to be done in order to care for the child and you want to make sure that you have many of them completed in advance. This will help to make for a more healthy environment for the child and a less stressful environment for the adults.

One of the things that you're going to want to consider is the pediatrician that you are going to use for the child. Although this is something that is usually recommended by other physicians that are taking care of you during your pregnancy, it is something that should be done in advance. One of the most important things about choosing a pediatrician is the fact that you are comfortable with them as a doctor and as an individual. You should make sure that they are available for you, should you have any questions and that they are going to provide the expert care that is necessary to keep your baby healthy.

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.

Preparing the home is also important, as you want to make sure that you are not doing everything at the last minute. Baby proofing the home is something that can be done according to a checklist that can be downloaded from the Internet. It is important to note, although the entire checklist is not necessarily needed to be done in advance, it would be much better if you get things ready before the arrival of the child. You do not want to have to take care of necessary matters after they have become a danger. In addition, make sure that you do any painting in the nursery several months before the arrival of the child so that the fumes have time to dissipate.

Are you prepared in the way of physical items for the child? It is a good idea for you to have plenty of diapers on hand for the first week or two of the child's homecoming. You should also make sure that you have other items available, including baby bibs, bath towels and comfortable clothing. It is likely that you will get many bibs and other necessary items during the baby shower but make sure that you are overstocked with these necessities, as you will likely use more of them than what you realize.

Finally, make sure that you have a quality baby monitor in place for the child. There are many different options that are available, with some of them offering video and audio that can be accessed through your smartphone. This is an invaluable device and is something that you are no doubt going to use on a regular basis when the child is in its room. It can help to alert you to any problems that may be occurring and can also provide you with peace of mind, when the baby is stirring.

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.
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