|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!|
What is a baby shower without the pin game? If you have attended many showers already, you will find that this game completes the fun of a baby shower. However, you do not need to stick to the use of simple clothespins when doing this game. You can start your very own project to create colorful, unique, and cute pins for the baby shower. Check out these tips to help you in doing this project:
Start by painting the clothespins to be used for the baby shower. More often than not, a lot of baby showers simply use a simple clothespin for the games. However, for this project, you will create something that is a lot different and more personalized. To start with your project, paint the clothespins depending on the baby's gender. If the gender is still unknown, take note to choose a neutral paint color such as yellow. When painting the pins, be sure that you work on both the outside and inside parts of the pins.Create triangles with a white cloth. Find a white cotton fabric where you can draw a triangle on it. The ideal size of the triangle is three inches long on all sides. Cut the same number of cloth triangles as that of the number of the clothespins for the baby shower.Work on creating little diapers out of the triangle-shaped fabrics. Lay the triangle on a flat surface with one edge pointing to you. Fold the edge of this bottom point and bring it upwards. Glue it at the center of the triangle.
|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.|
Once done, bring the other two points of the triangle at the center of the cloth just the same way as you did for the bottom point of the triangle. At this point, the cloth will resemble a diaper.Print out names or phrases in thin strips of plain white or colored paper. If you have a computer with a printer, type the name of the baby or the phrase baby shower. Print it out and cut these printouts in thin slices. If you don't have an access to a printer, you can simply write down the names or phrases in a sheet of paper.Pin the strip of paper to the diaper. Get a very small safety pin and use it to pin the strip of paper to the diaper. Do this process for all diapers for the baby shower pins.Glue the diaper to the clothespin. When the paint on the clothespins is dry and the diapers are made to perfection already, you can start to glue the diaper to the pin. Hold the diaper firmly to the clothespin after applying glue so that it will stick nicely and firmly to the pin. Repeat this process until all the baby shower pins are created.
Entertain your guests even more by adding a more personal touch and look o the baby shower pins. Since this project is just easy to do, there is no point to still use the usual clothespins for the baby shower games. Also, keep in mind to work on extra pins for the baby shower so you have them ready in cases of some pins being damaged or extra guests coming in.
|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.|