|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!|
Washable nappies have changed a lot since the time they made their first appearance. Until very recently, washable nappies signified playing with large stretches of cloth that was more of a hindrance to the baby than comfort. Parents had to fiddle with big safety pins that added to the baby's danger and boil soiled nappies on a stove daily to get them all clean and ready for reuse.
It is understandable that many mothers still shy away from using washable nappy pants because of the memories of their own mom using them with their younger brothers or sisters. In the fast-paced world of today, we seek convenience in everything that we do or settle for. So there is also no exception when it comes to buying nappies for our newborns. Who would want to take care of all the extra work that comes with using washable nappies when the disposable ones are so easy to use?
However, the truth is that washable nappies, much like their disposable counterparts, have made incredible technical leaps and bounds over the last few years. The washable nappies available in today's market are hygienic, fully adjustable, convenient and much cheaper than disposable nappies. Unlike disposable nappies, washable nappies are not hazardous to the environment and thus are a practical choice for people who are keen on leaving a greener earth for future generations.
|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 latest technical innovations in this field have produced a unique type of washable nappy that perfectly blends the properties of a disposable nappy with that of a washable one. This new, 'insert' nappy comes at the same price as that of a common branded disposable diaper, and can be used conveniently whether you are at home or you are out travelling. The washable/disposable combination are quite environment friendly and comes with adjustable poppers that can fit a baby perfectly until he or she is potty trained, thus taking care of all bedwetting problems. The outer part of the nappy is fully washable. You can even kit the nappy out with easily washable inserts while you are at home or disposable inserts when you are not.
Using disposable nappy pants on a regular basis can also be tough on your pockets. If you use them on your baby from birth till potty training, it can cost you anywhere between $800 and $1000 if the average number of nappies used per day is kept at seven. On the other hand, using washable nappies can allow you save a lot of money, considering the fact that you can get complete nappy kits with $100 and $300. Even if you count the washing machine expenses, they are still a cost-convenient option.
|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.|