|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!|
There's nothing like a good swim. If your baby loves the water, you want to make sure that they are safe and protected when in the water. Parents who use pocket diapers worry that their kid's diapers won't hold up in the water and instead choose traditional swim diapers that are bad for the environment and bad for baby's skin. However, few parents realize that there is a more natural solution to this problem – cloth swimming diapers!
Why Swimming Pocket Diapers?
When taking baby for a swim, some parents may put them in a pocket diaper without the insert. While this may work in the short term, diapers worn this way will be scratched on hard surfaces or be damaged by any number of harsh chemicals. Unlike regular pocket diapers, cloth swimming ones do not need a traditional cover. And are designed specifically to protect public pools and from unwanted accidents. Their outside shell is waterproof while the inside is lined with a very thin liner. Note that swimming type are not exactly like regular pocket type. Although they protect the outside environment from contamination their purpose is to keep messes in, not to absorb messes. This means that parents should remove them carefully once baby is out of the water.
Pocket Swimming Diapers are Fun
Pocket swimming diapers are one of the best kept secrets for families looking for a safe and alternative way for their child to enjoy the water. They come in a variety of fun and colorful patterns, are waterproof, and still provide the same amount of comfort and protection of a traditional pocket type. They can be matched with an outfit, hat, or other accessory, in fact many pocket swimming diapers come with matching hats and accessories from manufacturers. They can be comfortably worn underneath a bathing suit or swimming trunks, or they can be worn as standalone swimming attire.
|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.|
Pocket Swimming Diapers are Economical
These cloth diapers are also a more economical choice for families. The average cost of disposable swim diapers is $9 to $15. While the average cost of one pocket diaper for swimming is only about $16. Although the cost of the pocket is initially higher, parents will only have to invest in purchasing a few for the entire time that their child is in diapers. That's a great long term savings!
Alternatives to Cloth Swimming Diapers
If you cannot or do not want to acquire swim diapers, or do not go to the beach or pool enough to justify purchasing them, you can use traditional ones for swimming purposes. As previously mentioned, some parents remove the inserts and use the covers for swimming purposes. This is perfect because the cloth covers generally have vinyl on the inside. If there is a mess, simply wipe it away. If this is your preferred method, make sure to designate a few of your cloth diapers for swimming only. Avoid interchanging them for daily wear as the chemicals from pool and beach areas can compromise their integrity. The chlorine commonly found in pools will begin to break down the waterproof barrier, which means it will lose its ability to absorb urine and other messes during daily wear.
Ensure that the covers are the kind that come with leg gussets. This feature is designed to keep in messes, but not all covers are designed this way. Also choose ones with the snap closures, as opposed to aplix (Velcro). Overtime the water will weaken the Velcro and will not allow it to stick. Once cloth diapers have been used for swimming, they can be washed in the laundry with the other swimsuits, and should not require the same care that cloth diapers not used for swimming do. No matter which method you use, your family can still enjoy the water.
|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.|