|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!|
When babies are under two months old, their visual sense and auditory sense should be developed well. Do you know that even the newborns have the very strong ability to learn new things around them. When babies are one month old, they are able to actively absorb the information in the surrounding environment after eating and sleeping. During this time, the right babies toys can practice children's visual and auditory ability.
When babies are between three and four months old, they are able to distinguish all kinds of colors initially. What's more, they always pay more attention on the bright colors such as the yellow and red. As parents, you should give children the babies toys with bright colors which can promote the development of distinguishing colors.
|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.|
Many parents always wonder that is it necessary to buy toys for babies under one year old, according to the children development experts, toys are the best teachers and friends during the children development process and it is even the indispensable spiritual nourishment for them. For babies under one year old, most parents think that they don't know how to play with toys with right ways so that it is not necessary to buy toys for them. Do you believe that once the babies are born, they would use their own unique way to understand the world so that parent should purchase appropriate toys for them according to their psychological characteristics. When babies are between five and six months old, their hand-eye coordination ability should be developed. They can use their hands to grab toys and do some simple but effective actions. For example, they are more likely to tear paper into piece and shake or beat the toys. What's more, they know the different playing ways and different functions of different toys.
When babies are between seven and nine months old, their five fingers have the clear division of labour. For example, they can use thumb, along with index finger, to lift some small things. At the same time, they can pass the toy from one hand to other hand. If you give them the building blocks, they would hold two building blocks at hands and beat each other.
When babies are between ten and twelve months old, their fingers become more and more flexible and hand-eye coordination ability also has been greatly improved. They like to play with toys bought for them and observe their interesting things for a long time.
|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.|