|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!|
You can save up to 80 % if you buy a second hand stroller. Sometimes, you can be better of purchasing a second hand pushchair as there are many benefits. But to ensure that you do not purchase junk, there are some some things that you should consider.
Check the Used pram's Condition
If the pushchair has been used a lot, its condition will be worse. Check the pram exceptionally carefully and make sure that there are no missing parts. Take the pushchair for a test run. Are there any unusual noises or vibrations? Does the pram pull to 1 side whenever walking over a level surface. Does the stroller fold and unfold faultlessly? Check out the brakes. Check the safety harness and harness fastening points and buckles. Check for rough edges. Is the pram in bad condition. If so, it might not be what you are looking for and might be near the end of its life. Is the stroller worth the cost?
The rule of thumb is that wheels and other extremities are cheap to replace, however any damage to the frame is a definite warning to not purchase.
Check for stroller Recalls
Any brand of stroller might have a recall. Many popular pushchair manufacturers have had to issue recalls in the last few years. Check out the CPSC site to see if there are any outstanding recalls.
Make sure any outstanding recalls have been rectified before buying. Sometimes, manufacturers supply free repair kits to remedy stroller problems.
Make sure that you go online and glance at the reviews of the new models. This is a splendid way to find out the good and bad points of the pram. Look for strollers that have predominately positive reviews. Remember that there will always be a few bad reviews no matter how good the pram in point of fact is. To get a feeling for the pushchair, you should examine as many reviews as feasible.
|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.|
Make Sure the stroller Has all of the Features That You Were Looking For
Make a list of all of the features that you would like on your stroller. Look for a stroller that meets most of your requirements Look for the following:
How much does it cost?
- Ease of Folding
- Hand operated brake
- Size of wheels
- Height adjustable handle bar
- Tire condition
- Seat condition
This list is not conclusive and there are lots of other things that you can add to it. If the pushchair you are looking at does not meet most of your requirements then you will not be content with it for long and so you should walk away from it.
Check the New Stroller Cost
Just because a second hand pram is really cheap, is not a reason for buying it. Inexpensive ones do not last too long. Plan to spend as much as you can afford.
Where To Find Secondhand Strollers
Join forums and get advice on where to look. Check eBay and Craigslist. Check your local classified ads. Speak to the managers in the pushchair stores. They might know pushchair owners who are looking to trade in their old stroller and there may also be special offers coming up. Look on the net for specialist stroller sales sites. Keep an eye open for garage sales.
Speak to friends, work colleagues and family. Let them know you are looking for a second hand stroller.
Purchasing a second hand pushchair can be a challenge yet it can also be rewarding and excellent fun too. You will save yourself a lot of cash and if you do it right, you will have a fantastic pushchair that meets your needs. Do your homework and follow the tips above and you will be immensely delighted with the results. There is something unique about getting a bargain.
|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.|