|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!|
Parenting can take a whole new twist when your child reaches two years old. Running after your child can surely tire you out anytime. For this particular age, expect that your child would want to explore everything around him. He's more likely to discover new places and explore new things, and it's up to you parents to keep up with his pace at all times.
One important factor to consider in toddlers' rooms is a plentiful floor space. This will be necessary to give him enough space to run or walk freely, as well as avoid colliding into any room obstructions that may cause him serious injuries. Child-proofing the floor is crucial once your child enters the terrible twos.
While it's ideal to have adult-sized drawers and cabinets to keep your kids educational toys, clothes, and other kids products, it's also recommended to stay low when decorating the room. Make sure to invest in installing low cabinets or shelves that your child can easily access to fetch and store his things. This is also important since their line of sight is typically much lower than us adults, hence their different perspective in the space around them. Keep his stuff within reach so he can always reach them even without your help. You can also decorate the table tops with photos of your child and the whole family. Make sure to place them in a low level that is within your child's line of sight so he can easily see them when scampering around the room.
|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.|
Apart from storage, you can also view personalized kids products online or in your local stores to shop for some small-scale furniture and other stuff you'd like to put in your child's room. While some would likely invest in items with grown-up structure and design, it's still best to look for kids products that are ergonomic to use. Make sure that you take time inspecting the appropriateness of the height and width of the items to your child so he can use them more comfortably.
As for the bed, it's not ideal to spend too much money on kiddie-sized bed once your child no longer needs his crib. Besides, a child-sized bed is not recommended because your child will only outgrow it in no time. It's better to go for adult-sized beds that your child can use for a longer time. However, also remember to install safety rails around it. Also ensure that the bed is easily accessible to your child (don't make the bed frame too high so your child can easily reach it). If you're too busy to shop for your kids toys and other stuff, you can always view kids products online to save time. Don't forget to look for shops that offer quality yet affordable kids items so you can also save on your budget. And of course, check out the shop's credibility online so you'll be sure to make the most of your investment for your child's needs.
Children grow fast, and it's up to parents to keep up with their pace. Children of 2 years old and above can already form their own opinions, no matter how simple or unique their own ideas are. When planning their room, make it a point to ask for one or two of his ideas and think of ways on how you'll be able to incorporate these in your plans. With their colorful thinking and simple judgment, you'd surely be surprised to realize how amazing and fantastic some of their ideas are.
|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.|