|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!|
Being a mother is an exciting time and all you want to do is spend all the time in the world with your newborn; however those of us who are already parents know that this is not possible. There are times when things still need to get done; this is where inventive products come in handy. Rockers are an essential item in every household as they allow you to pacify your baby while you can actively do other necessary chores. There are many different designs in rockers, from basic to deluxe models.
Selecting the suitable model is a must. Some rockers are just mesh fabric on a special frame. The frame is designed so that any movement made by your child will in turn move the rocker, these are usually called bouncers. You will find that by placing your child in this it will keep them occupied simply by the casual movement it makes.
For a more advanced model these are called rockers they usually consist of other movements such as vibration. The vibration unit was added to recreate the feeling that a child feels when a car is in movement. These can also have music, lights etc. The older child will experience flashing lights and musical notes or some sort of tunes to amuse them. These products will consist of three point harnesses to meet safety standards and some models will have five point harnesses. The models which have five point harnesses have the ability to change from lie down position to sitting up position to allow parents to feed their child while being secured.
|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.|
For the older child who is ready to move on to the next level you might consider a walker. A walker is a frame that is surrounded by toys that enhance Children's co ordination skills. These walkers have wheels attached to them to aid children when they start learning how to walk. There are some researches that have been done that say these items are bad for your child's development in walking. They are concerned that because the children's feet do not touch the floor that the child will walk on their tippy toes, however walkers are now designed with height adjustment so that it can be set at appropriate height.
Once your child has learnt to walk you will find it hard to be several places at once. Keeping up with your toddlers new found freedom can be difficult and at times sheer impossible. If you find this applies to you then you can assist yourself by obtaining a playpen. This product has been around for many years and over time has changed quite significantly. They now come in different materials such as wood, plastic and mesh fabrics. They can come with mats, toys etc. Most of them can be pulled apart and packed away when not in use. Sometimes you may use this item to block something off from young children example: a Christmas tree. They are especially good for times when there are more than a couple of children.
|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.|