|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!|
If you are a new parent, there are some things that you'll need some help with, especially when it comes to the proper hygienic care of the baby. Somethings are going to be obvious, but others, such as how to bathe a baby, may leave some questions in your mind. In this article, we are going to discuss the proper method of bathing the child so that they will benefit without any harm coming to them.
The first thing that's important for you to understand is how frequently you should give the baby a bath. Although this is something that is going to vary according to personal preference, it's important to understand, it's not really necessary to give the baby a bath every day. In fact, washing them too frequently may actually have some negative effects on their skin. Of course, you would want to ensure that you clean them thoroughly when changing their diapers, but other than that, a full bath may not be necessary on a daily basis.
You should also find a suitable location where you can place the baby. Some people use the kitchen sink, but it may also be a good idea for you to have a plastic baby tub. Giving a newborn a bath in a standard tub is also a fine idea, although it may be a little bit uncomfortable for you as you bend over and stoop down to do the washing. Regardless of where you give the baby a bath, make sure you don't take your eye off of them, even for a second.
|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.|
Before giving the baby a bath, get all of the items that are necessary into one place, including the diaper, a clean towel and any clothes that are going to be used after the bath. Fill the top a few inches deep with warm water and test the temperature of the water with your wrist. It should be body temperature or perhaps a little bit warmer.
You should undress the baby near the bathtub, as that is when accidents may take place. If the baby should have an accident in the tub, it's a simple matter to replace the water. Do not plunge the baby into the water quickly but rather, allow them to slip into the water, feet first slowly. You should also pour water over the back of the child on a regular basis to keep them from getting chilly.
Use a mild soap, as you don't want to dry out the child's skin and wash them, starting with their head and working your way down. Use a soft cloth to soap the baby and to clean their eyes, nose and mouth. Afterward, you can rinse the baby with clean water and wipe them again with a new, clean washcloth. When the bath is finished, wrap them in a warm towel, allow them to dry and then get them dressed as usual.
|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.|