|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 comes a time in everyone's life when deciding what we want and what we need becomes difficult. Similarly, it becomes even more difficult when we have to make these choices for our parents or grandparents. But keeping our negative thoughts aside and moving forward, many new and improved assisted living facilities have been constructed to give seniors a new lease on life.
Giving a feeling of independence to seniors in an assisted or independent living environment can provide them with a fresh outlook on life. In the last decade, a number of new facilities have opened up as more people are beginning to follow this approach of holistic living for seniors. The independent senior living facilities not only provide residents with comfortable living accommodations, but also keep them involved through fun events and activities. The facilities provide many services and activities such as arts and crafts, cooking classes, movie nights, exercise classes, daily nutritious meals, and housekeeping services, among others.
The foundation of assisted living was to provide assistance to those who have any disability or trouble completing everyday tasks. But that view has changed, and many seniors are now enrolling in these facilities as a means to get a new lease on life. It is a place where the residents are in control of their lives and most of their daily needs are met. With the growth of assisted living facility, older adults are getting traditional care while maintaining much of their independence and dignity. A good facility provides choices and does not force anything on its residents. Instead, they encourage them to try new activities and socialize with their peers so that they can live an active and healthier life.
|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.|
However, before making any final decisions on a particular assisted living facility, it is best to look for the following things:
- Safety: one of the primary reasons why any senior moves to an independent facility from home is to ensure safety and security. The facility must be thoroughly checked that the residents should face no harm and can lead a happy and comfortable life independently.
- Active lifestyle: in order to make sure your loved one can live a happy life at their facility, one must know what programs and activities they can offer to keep their residents engaged.
- Less worry: since the residents living in the assisted homes are generally senior citizens, the facility members must ensure that they can be cared for. Seniors should not worry about many of the petty issues that might arise while living at home alone. Here they will get proper food and get to interact with other members of their unit. Friends and family should also have the ability to visit and spend time with their loved ones at the facility so that they do not feel abandoned.
- Engagement: one of the main goals of any facility is to engage its residents to socialize and interact with other residents. Socializing will not only help them avoid feeling depressed, but will also help make their experience at the facility homes happier and friendlier.
- Comfort and independence: living at an assisted living facility, a senior should feel more independent and at ease. The facility should give its residents respect and must help maintain their independence and dignity at all levels, thus making their life at the facility more comfortable.
The independent senior living may seem like a major life change, but with the facilities and services provided here, it has evolved to be a good option for seniors who wish to maintain their respective lifestyle and not compromise or worry about anything.
|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.|