|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!|
Babies are the little angels of the house, they have the power to melt any person with their innocence. Having a baby is a gift to parents and no words can describe the happiness of parents. But taking care of your baby especially when they are below 3 years old is not a walk on cake, it's a ride which is challenging yet enjoyable. Once you enter the parenthood your are loaded with responsibilities and you try to keep no stone unturned to take care of your baby's health. The most important step you need to take is choosing the right baby products since there are so many ads you see claiming their products to be the best, this definitely increase your confusion about what to buy. Here are some precautions you must take before buying necessary things for your baby:
1. Precautions before buying Grooming products: Well, anything you buy for your baby requires enormous care and the most sensitive part of your baby is their skin, so before buying any grooming baby product please see to it that it is appropriate for your baby's age. Also, see to it that there are no harmful chemicals, babies sometimes get irritated with perfumed or fragrances so see to it that your product doesn't have too much fragrance but sometimes the manufacturer puts more chemicals in order to mask the fragrances so kindly check all the components of the product carefully. Make sure to check the review of the product online or you are also take suggestion of doctor or even your friends who have babies. Make sure you buy products which are chemical free, harmless and of good quality.
|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.|
2. Precautions before choosing baby food: Nothing can be better then preparing your baby food at home but its absolutely ok to buy baby food from shop. You will find variety of baby food in supermarket but choosing the right one is a big task. Most of all baby food jars will have the age mentioned so choose the right one according to your baby age. Most important check the expiration ate on the jar label and make sure the vacuum seal is intact. Avoid foods with added sugar and starch as it contains only calories, if your baby is too young then buy product which doesn't have too many ingredients, start with a single ingredient food and as you know your baby can tolerate more components you can buy food accordingly.
3. Precautions before buying toys: Though your baby seems uncomplicated and small, there's nothing small or simple about their accessories. Your feeling of excitement before buying a toy for your baby is obvious but see to it that the toy you buy should meet all the safety standards. Every toy is comes with a age recommendation by the manufacturer, so see to it that you follow it. Don't buy toys which can cause choking. It is best to buy a simple and a toy which is big enough. Never buy any toy which has sharp ends or the one which has eyes, buttons, beads or the one which is too heavy. Toys are supposed to be fun and are an important part of any child's development but buying a right one is must.
4. Precautions before buying baby cloths: We all love buying cloths for ourselves but buying cloths for your baby is not as simple as adults. You have to buy the right fabric, colour and texture. See to it that clothes you buy should not be tight at all; fabric should be stretchable so it is easy to put on baby's head and waist. Buy light colour clothes as dark ones aborts heat, you can choose dark cloths in winters. Avoid baby clothing which have cord, especially, caps should not have cord which goes around baby's neck.
Taking these precautions is a must, as babies need more attention and care. Your baby is a little bundle of joy and apart from all the precautions and care you have to nourish them with your love and affection.
|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.|