|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!|
Christenings are religious ceremonies whereby an infant is baptised and welcomed into the church. At such a ceremony, the infant is not only given a name but also gets many christening presents. Close family and friends are invited to the Christening, by way of formal invitation. Christenings are generally formal affairs and parents tend to arrange a party after the ceremony for a more informal celebration of the child. Information about date, venue, time, etc. needs to be included on the christening invitations.
Normally christenings are relatively small affairs, but numbers are not limited. Some families choose to hold the christening amongst the normal Sunday church congregation, however others organise the complete use of the church, to invite a larger number of guests. In this case, christening invitations are especially important to ensure guests know the key details of the event.
Some parents wish to include bible verses on their christening invitations, and some include details of the child's godparents. These details are generally subject to personal preference. A good idea however, would be to include a contact number/e-mail address for guests to RSVP. It is also a good idea to give a date for guests to RSVP by. This aids organisation, as parents will then have a better idea of definite numbers of those attending and can provide more exact numbers to the church, for the venue afterwards and for catering purposes.
|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.|
Being a formal occasion, parents normally opt for classically styled christening invitations, simple, elegant. With so many different options, they can choose different card types, colours and designs. Christening invitations can also either be flat, postcard like cards or folded, which generally allow for more text to be included. With regard to text, this can either be hand-written or some can be pre-printed. Pre-printed christening invitations, save time for new parents trying to arrange the occasion.
As well as pre-printed text, it is a nice idea to include a picture of the new baby for guests to see and cherish. Most include an area where parents can provide a photograph of their child and in the landscape cards, there is even room for up to three photographs.
Prior to ordering christening invitations, it is a good idea to order a sample if the company provides this service. Many companies out up to 4 card samples, free of charge to customers in the mainland UK, at their request. Ordering a sample is a sensible idea, as it allows you to see the card quality and print quality that the company provides.
Generally christening invitations should come with envelopes provided and companies send out good quality white envelopes as standard with every card order.
If you are considering arranging a christening for your child, why don't you make life easy by ordering one of the beautifully designed christening invitations? With their vast selection of cards, easy ordering process and helpful staff, you could have your cards within a week. After placing the order, companies ask you to e-mail over your selected pictures and text to create your card. Once created, you will receive an e-mail with a preview. At this stage you can make changes to your card and receive further previews or approve your card to print. After approval, your card will be sent out within 3-5 days.
|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.|