|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!|
Once you have become a parent, there is nothing more important than preparing for the birth of your baby. From the hospital where you are planning to give birth, to the color of the clothes, the nursery and even to the car seat he will be using when you take him home are already been taken care of and thought about. Of course, these things should never be taken for granted since there is nothing more special than your baby.
A car seat is a necessity that should never be omitted as it provides the security and protection of your baby. It gives you an assurance that your baby will never be left unprotected in the back seat especially when you are driving; it is as if you are still cradling your baby securely.
The manufacturers of car seats are continuously finding ways in making innovations and improvements to better provide high quality products in the market. With its vastness, people are definitely having difficulties in getting the right one. Perhaps, you should consider getting the Britax Chaperone. This car seat is very affordable and versatile thus making it a great companion for you and your baby. Here are some of the features of this wonderful car seat.
|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.|
Baby's size. Knowing the right height and weight of your baby is important to ensure that the car seat is perfect for him. The weight requirement for the Britax Chaperone car seat is 4 to 30 pounds and your baby must be not more than 32 inches. When he is seated, his shoulder length should be at 6.9 to 11 inches to ensure that he is properly fastened. It is essential to follow these requirements so that you can be sure that the car seat will not be useless if your baby does not qualify any of these.
Side Impact Protection. During side collisions, this car seat provides the right support and protection to ensure that your baby does not have any injuries. It has the state-of-the-art Energy-Absorbing Foam or EPS that distributes and absorbs side collision impact. With this, your baby will not be hurt in any way. It also provides the support need for the proper alignment of neck, head and spine.
Lock-offs and anti-rebound bar. When it comes to front and rear collisions, the anti-rebound bar protects your baby from the sudden impact. The built-in lock offs also makes sure that the seat belt has minimized movement, keeping your baby in the right position at all times.
Safety standards. This car seat has been tested and passed the requirements of the authorized testing agencies.
Canopy and Harness. It has an oversized canopy that covers your child to protect him from the harmful rays of the sun, rain and strong winds. Its five-point harness fastens your child securely in such a way that he will be comfortable during bumpy rides.
Getting the Britax Chaperone is a great investment for your newborn baby. When you have this, you can guarantee your baby's safety all the time.
|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.|