|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're a parent, you know doubt know what it's like to be faced with a lot of important decisions that will have an effect on your child's happiness as well as his health. You'll have to choose the right methods of child care, from feeding to dressing and bathing. You'll even need to pick the right consumer products, including a crib mattress. Choosing your child's mattress is not something you want to do in a hurry, since he will be spending a significant amount of time sleeping on it and playing on it as well. If your baby is still a newborn, then you'll also want to put safety into the equation. Picking the best crib mattress can be tricky, but you should find the following guide to the various types of crib mattress according to their construction very helpful indeed.
1. Foam. Foam is one of the most widely-used materials for mattresses. It has a foam core and a couple of other layers, including a water-resistant or waterproof one on the surface. A foam mattress is relatively cheap, with prices starting at $50. Foam also makes for a very lightweight mattress that's easy to move and transport.
|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.|
For a newborn, make sure that the mattress you get is nice and firm. Choose one that's made with dense, top-quality foam that's resilient enough to keep down the SIDS risk. After all, experts say that a hard mattress is preferable as it is less likely to cause suffocation. Get one made of eco-friendly foam too, so your baby won't be exposed to harmful chemicals found in ordinary polyurethane foam.
2. Coil. A coil mattress consists of a number of steel innersprings or coils and border supports, plus several more layers for added comfort. Coil mattresses can cost twice as much as a foam mattress, and it's also up to three times heavier, thanks to its metal parts.
If you're getting a coil mattress for a newborn, then be sure and get one that's well-made and hold its shape. Look for a mattress that won't sag in the spots where your baby lies. In general, a getting a mattress with a high coil count and heavy gauge coils assures you of good quality.
3. Organic. Of course, the best crib mattress for your baby could very well be one that's made with organic material like plant fiber, wool, or natural latex. At prices that range from $200 to $500, organic mattresses are more expensive than the other types of crib mattress.
The organic is no doubt best for your child's health since it is free of harmful chemicals. It may also be cooler and more comfortable for your child to lie on. To make sure that you get value for your money, get only a mattress that's certified organic by the relevant agencies.
This guide should help you buy the best crib mattress for your baby – a mattress that's comfortable, safe, and within your budget as well.
|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.|