|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!|
Showering each other with gifts is a way of showing your love and appreciation for each other. Children and especially small babies are showered with gifts from all. Everyone from their parents, grandparents, relatives, friends of the parents to the neighbors shower them with gifts. Birthday party of the child or a baby shower party is such occasion where all bring baby gifts.
But the problem arises when one has to decide what to gift the child. There are many options available in the market but you have to be careful about the selection of the gift. You should not gift the baby a gift which is not suited for him her. Baby gift should not be above the physical capacity or the mental age of the child. Gift the baby something that will be useful or with which the baby can play or learn.
In a party for guests it is a very difficult job to choose a gift for the child. When you enter a toy shop you will see it is full of games and toys and you will surely get confused with what to buy for the baby. It is always better to decide in advance what kind of gift you want to give.
|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 toy shop is full of games for the children and you can pick learning games or board gamer or art and craft games for children. Learning games would be a nice choice as these games provide stimulus aiding to the overall development of the child. The kid will not only enjoying playing with them but will also learn something new. You can give the baby a recognize shapes and sounds game or even a blocks games. The options are huge to choose from. These games can be played individually or in groups and are fun for the kids. Also available at the toy shop are party games for kids. Besides bringing joy these party games for kids promote group building and also teach the kid a good social behavior. Party games for kids can be games like twister or taboo. These games can be played in a big group and everyone enjoys such games. Further, art and craft games for kids are also a very good option as these games promote creativity and imagination. Options like make your own jeweler or castle with mud are available. The options are huge and the price range is also good. You just need to decide what you want for the kid.
|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.|