|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!|
Parents all over the world know the wonderful lassitude, joy and completeness that overcome them as they carry a child in their arms. Nothing says picture perfect more than a mother cradling a baby in her protective embrace and nothing can be rewarding for a father than to hoist up a child and see his eyes light in comfort and trust. There is however a double-sided consequence to everything. Reluctant as you might to relinquish the little bundle of joy, there are always moments when you get tired of carrying them around. Joyful as it is to physically feel the weight of an infant in your hands, there are moments when the Strider Plus Infant Carrier will provide welcome respite or rest.
This simple yet useful product is designed to take the weight of your hands literally although not completely. You will still have manually move them around, of course but the comfort and ease of use they provide will mean more quality time for you and the child. Touted as a complete Baby Travel System, Strider Plus provides you the option of moving your baby in a carrier secured to a base car seat or to lift the thing up and attach it to a stroller.
|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.|
The first few months of child care are also the most trying. During these months, you will find so many situations that will challenge both your patience and your ingenuity to constantly provide safety and comfort to your child. The good news is, similar-minded people are making products like the Strider Plus Infant Carrier to make your life so much easier.
Moving on from that and expanding the scenario, imagine yourself having another baby while the first one is still not quite out of infancy and you will be presented with a mighty challenge of trying to carry them both at the same time. If you have another person that can help you, well and good but in the event that you do not, turn to the Steelcraft Strider Plus. This baby travel system can accommodate two seats in one stroller. This is a flexible system that allows you to configure the sitting position of your children according to what is most comfortable for all of you. Options include second seat option with canopy, reclining back support, rear facing configuration and a sturdy base that can stand even without a counterweight.
The newborn child and the bigger one can enjoy the safety and comfort of the Steelcraft Strider Plus together in a fully configurable setup. You don't need to worry about durability because the Steelcraft Strider Plus and the Smaller Strider Plus Infant Carrier can carry a weight up to 9-15 kilograms. By the time that any child is big enough that they go past the weight capacity, they would no doubt be walking and won't need either one. So get these wonderful products and enjoy your time with your kids strolling down the road in your neighborhood or the mall. Quality time brought about by quality product.
|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.|