|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!|
Having a child is not easy because aside from providing their basic needs, you also have to ensure that they are safe all the time. This is the reason why a lot of parents include a monitor in their shopping list. However, some couples are not aware how this innovative equipment can benefit them. There is no doubt that having your own monitor is the most sensible thing to do. Here are the reasons why.
Most parents are hesitant to leave their child alone in a room unmonitored. With a sound or video monitor around, you don't have to worry about leaving your child for awhile especially when he/she is taking a nap. This will give you the assurance that your baby is safe even if you are not always there for a short time. This device will allow you to monitor your baby's condition even if you are not inside the room.
A baby monitor is quite easy to use. Just leave the transmitter at your baby's crib while your baby is sleeping, and you bring the receiver along with you. The transmitter will then alert your receiver when your child wakes for from her or his nap. With this, there's no longer a need for you to fret whenever you need to leave your child for a couple of minutes.
|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.|
The good thing about sound and video monitors nowadays is that they have better features than the older models. The analog versions will only allow you to listen to the sound that your baby is making. However, digital baby monitor models enable you to look at your baby at the same time. Choosing this type of monitor will keep you posted of the current condition about your child since there are times when babies wake up without making a sound. Another advantage of a digital monitor is that it has better sound quality than the analog type, which means that you can hear your baby clearly.
A baby monitor is also an effective way of ensuring you can feed your baby on time. There are some monitors that will also remind you when you need to feed your baby. Apart from that, baby monitors are also very convenient especially to moms who are multi-tasking. Having a monitor will also give you a chance to do all the household chores that you must do while your baby is still sleeping. All you have to do is to choose a monitor that has a portable receiver so you can simply clip it on you while you are vacuuming your living area.
Considering the peace of mind and convenience it provides, getting your own baby monitor now is definitely a practical decision. There are a lot of monitors that are sold nowadays with varied features. It is recommended that you compare their specs and features first before you purchase a monitor. Opt for the product that has the features that perfectly suit your needs. Reading some product reviews will also help you find an excellent monitoring device
|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.|