|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!|
If there is a newborn at home or you are expecting one very soon, the most interesting thing that parents look forward to shop is new born baby clothes. It is an irresistible necessity for a baby and one of the most exciting things for the babies. Shopping gets even more exciting when you are aware of the genre of the baby. So, now the question arises is, how can you choose suitable new born baby clothes?
You can choose clothes based on designs, colors, comfort, brands, good materials or cost. Whatever may be your criteria for selecting new born baby clothes, you must remember that three kinds of clothing will be necessary for outdoor wear, night and day. Other important considerations that you must keep in mind are discussed below:
Different Varieties and Designs:
Design has become an important criterion for choosing many things these days. We concentrate on designs for distinguishing our appearance. The same approach is applied for choosing new born baby clothes as well. None of us will choose unattractive dresses for our little bundle of joy.
There are wide ranges of options from blankets, sleepwear, tees, tops, skirts, dresses, shorts, pants and outerwear to choose from. Look for attires that go well with a particular occasion. Take into consideration the temperature as well. Avoid black colors, if it is very hot. Look for whites and other light colors to help your child feel comfortable.
|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.|
Colors and Materials:
Pink is meant for girls and blue for boys. This is one of the most common color codes that have been followed for years together. Moreover, colors have a direct influence on temperature.
Materials used in new born baby clothes must be soft, so that you won't have to worry about the child suffering from skin rashes and diseases. Synthetic fibers are not very suitable for newborns, as it interferes with normal evaporation of sweat from body. If the skin is unable to breathe properly, the child may develop problems of itchy skin and rashes.
It is better to choose new born baby clothes based on weight rather than age. Look for sizeable clothes that ensure trouble-free movement for the baby and proper physical movements as well. New born baby clothes must be neither too lose nor too tight.
If it is the warm season, look for clothing that keeps the baby cool and if it is winter, make sure your baby is getting adequate warmth. Tropical regions require an altogether different range of clothes. Thickness and colors play important role in choosing appropriate clothing for children. Risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) among children increase particularly during the cold winter months.
So, now that you are aware of the pointers while looking for new born baby clothes, keeping in mind these aspects will help you to pick the right selection of baby clothes. You must not forget about another important aspect of affordability while looking for the kids clothesline.
|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.|