Smart Parenting Tips For Firsttime Parents

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!

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Becoming parents for the first time is the most exciting moment in life. But with a new kid comes responsibility. Parenting can be very trying. You'd need to care, nurse and feed her on time for innumerable times in a day. Smart parenting tips are therefore absolutely necessary for first-time parents who want to enjoy these precious moments of life without losing their cool.

Share responsibilities: No matter where you live or what society you belong to, mothers need to take more responsibility in raising the kid. Becoming mother for the first time can be quite intimidating, especially, if you don't have a clue about what you're doing. Consider asking elderly ladies in the family, friends or professional kids nurses to help you with child care – feeding, changing diapers, putting to sleep etc.

You may also consider delegating some responsibilities to your partner. This will also help the father bond better with the child.

Sorting budget: Not many will give you advice of budgeting when you have your first child. But it is very important. The baby is going to increase your expenses and therefore, you must sort your finances out beforehand. Since there is going to be a lot of demand for baby food, diapers etc. So, it's prudent to stock these up in plentitude. Buying Baby Nappies online in bulk can also help you in saving on price.

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.

Make a routine: With a new kid at home everything is in chaos. To put an order to that try to figure out when your kid needs you. Accordingly, you may try to manage the other things.

Understand your baby: To become successful parents you'd need to understand your baby. kid crying is the way of expression for babies. They cry differently for different reasons – when hungry, when wet, cold feet, tired etc. Try to understand and differentiate between her cries.

Don't forget to rest: Caring for the kid may require you to work on odd hours. So, it's very important that you don't neglect your own health. Many new moms practices the policy of sleeping when the kid is asleep or happily bonding with father.

Child handling

The first year is very crucial for the kid and you must know the right way to handle your child. Always remember to wash your hands before handling the baby. They have lower immunity at this stage and may easily catch infection.

You mustn't shake or jiggle your baby either during play or frustration. This can cause hemorrhage, which can even cause death. Be careful since your child's safety is your prime concern.

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.
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