|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 common to find someone with passion about children starting business which has some attachment to them. You would see shops which deal specifically with baby boutique. If your desire is to deal with children and all that are related to them, then it would be a good idea to engage in such activities because you would be handling what your heart desires most.
Going by the fact that your business would be dealing with children clothing, you would have the freedom to sell new or used clothes. You not only enjoy doing business on baby products but the parents would get the best deals from a person whose liking for the products come naturally. Such issues as the right color to match you baby skin texture would come naturally.
When similar combination of talent and professionalism are invested in an enterprise, you can only expect successful long term business growth. It would also translate to soaring profits for the owner as well as stress-free days for you because of dealing with what you love most. However, you may choose to trade in either used or new baby clothes depending on your taste.
Each category of clothes has related beneficial attributes. Some parents would opt for used clothes because they are of good quality and affordable. You can obtain slightly different sizes for the same prices. Besides, you can get good quality second hand child outfits that compare very well with new ones. With new baby clothes, however, you need not think about dirty spots and torn out parts.
|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.|
Because of faster rate at which small children grow up, they outgrow their clothes such that you may have to go back to the shop when the previous clothes are still intact. So you then wonder where to take the one you bought recently. When you look at them, you find they are as good as new. Some stores allow kind batter trade where you can surrender such clothes in return for credits. If you fail to secure such credit facility within your location then another alternative is to release them to charitable organization.
If the store where you purchased your child wear accepts them back in exchange for credits then that would a big relief. They may not give cash back but would allow you to pick other products in equivalent amounts agreed. Usually the shops would accept them back but at a lower price irrespective of whether they were worn or not. They would be treated as used clothes.
Putting up shop to sell baby clothes requires that you become strict in adhering to some basic standards. For instance, to accept to exchange used clothes with credits requires that the garment should have no torn parts or permanent stains. Otherwise they would constitute dead stock in your shop. The bigger advantage would be to buy them cheaply then sell at a little profit.
Once you choose to be a dealer in baby boutique ensure to put up some childcare amenities outside next to your shop. This would be a great way to let parents leave their babies there and concentrate in shopping for them. Prepare a small playing field with amble security to ensure their safety as well. Consider it like just another day care for babies.
|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.|