|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!|
Living in the city comes with a lot of benefits but also a lot of challenges once you have a baby. Pushing a stroller around in a crowded downtown area can be inconvenient at best and a nightmare at worst. Big, bulky strollers can be hard to maneuver but small and featureless strollers are simply not practical. The BOB Revolution CE is one of the more expensive and high end stroller models available for your child. Let's look at some of the features that make it a good choice for living in the city.
Features of the Revolution CE
The BOB Revolution CE has plenty of features on it that make it a good choice for living in the city. It has three wheels, and the single wheel in the front actually swivels completely around. Its swiveling ability allows you to make hairpin turns in even the most cramped areas without having to lift up the stroller like other models make you do.
A storage basket underneath makes it possible to carry home things you have purchased while out shopping without having to carry a bag on your arm or load up your purse with too much weight. Storage space is a wonderful addition for living in the city as you will have plenty of opportunities to use it for things like diapers, bottles, toys and so on.
|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.|
Safety features are something else that make the BOB Revolution CE an excellent choice for living in the city. A parking brake that is activated with your foot will lock the wheels, making it impossible for it to roll away from you if you are standing in line and want to safely take your hands off the stroller. Without the fear of your baby rolling into traffic, you will no longer have to worry about those dangers.
The large wheels allow you to roll on and off curbs with ease. Your baby will enjoy a smooth ride no matter what you decide to tackle with the Revolution CE because of the size of the wheels and the fact that they are filled with air instead of being solid. A shock system makes the comfort level even higher for both you and your child.
The suggested retail price for the BOB Revolution CE is just under five hundred dollars. It is a high end stroller that is made out of materials that are built to last, such as a light-weight aluminum alloy frame and water resistant fabric in the canopy and seat. The CE model comes in two colors which are plum purple and black so you can choose the color that is most attractive to you and fits your style.
After reviewing the features, it's easy to see why people are genuinely satisfied with their purchase of a BOB Revolution CE. It is a stroller that is likely to last may years and is built with families in mind. With features that provide comfort and safety to your baby, it is certainly an excellent 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.|