|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!|
Sometime between 4 months old and 8 months old, your normally calm baby will become restless. They will not eat normally, they will not sleep normally and they may not even have the same temperament as normally. Their whole world will be turned upside down because of one little, budding tooth.
If this is your first baby, you may not realize that it is your baby's first tooth rearing its ugly head that is causing havoc on your lives because the pain starts long before it makes its first cut through the gums. However, once you see or feel the razor sharp edge of a tooth cutting through, it will all make sense. The restless nights. The bottle refusals. The shoving everything they can in their mouths.
This is where the truly hard part comes in; in an effort to sooth his achy gums, your baby can and will shove everything humanly possible into their mouths. Your shoe on the floor; the magazine on the table; the dog's chew toy; your fingers; and even your necklace.
|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.|
Yes, everything connected to your body and worn on your body is fair game for your baby's sore chompers. Either prepare yourself for lots of broken chains, cuts in your baby's mouth and even a choking risk (yikes!) or invest in some baby jewellery Australia. These necklaces are specifically made for mums with teething babies. Made from silicone and free of any and all harmful chemicals, these necklaces feature stones that make great teething toys for babies.
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When it comes to your baby, the selling point for baby jewellery Australia is simple: your baby will always have a teething toy at his beck and call! No more crawling on the floor looking for a dropped toy, listening to a cranky baby howl in pain or suffering the pain of your baby chewing on your hand for comfort.
Your baby's next favourite teething toy is around your neck and won't hurt him – or you, for that matter. So next time your baby is inconsolable and you can't figure out what is wrong, simply put on your silicone necklace and let your baby chew away. You can rest easy knowing that your baby will not only find some comfort for his gums but you will look good while he does.
|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.|