|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!|
Breast pumps are one of the most convenient solutions for lactating mothers. Their lactating breasts often do not follow the appetite schedule of their infants. Sometimes, their breasts are full of milk but their infant is still not hungry to suckle from their breasts. When this happens, it can lead to painfully swollen mammary glands as well as wet clothing. However, thanks to a breast pump, mothers can now empty their breasts of milk and store this milk until the time comes when their infants are hungry for their milk. This is the main reason why all lactating mothers buy these devices outright. If you are in the market for one of these gadgets here are reviews for two of the most popular models in the market. These are the Ameda Purely Yours Breast Pump and the Avent Isis IQ Duo.
|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.|
Ameda Purely Yours – if you want a fast and easy pumping experience, this breast model is perfect for you. It is designed exclusively for the use of mothers who are working full time. If you are back in the office as soon as you gave birth, your first dilemma would be dealing with wet clothes due to your milk production. Thanks to the very compactly designed Ameda Purely Yours, you can be able to carry it around in your bag. This means every time you feel like you have too much milk on your breasts, you can always take out the device and be done with it after a few minutes. The custom controls and the custom fit system will ensure that it is compatible with all kinds of body types. You can use the controls to make the pumping action as comfortable as possible. If you are looking for a great breast pump that you can take anywhere, the Ameda Purely Yours is perfect.
Avent's Isis IQ Duo – another innovative product under the famous Philips line of baby essentials is the Isis IQ Duo. Worldwide, Avent is very famous for its quality BPA-free products, and this attribute is just of the many other things that you could expect from this particular pump model. The Isis IQ Duo is a twin electronic breast pump that could pump milk twice as fast as any other model in the market. Apart from its speed in collecting milk, it also is equipped with the Avent-patented massage cushions which mimic a baby's natural sucking action, and an electronic memory that saves your preferences.
|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.|