|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!|
Have you finally decided to get your child both a pacifier and pacifier holders? You may be wondering how something as tiny as a pacifier could cause so much fuss in the parenting world. Many moms and dads are passionate about whether or not a pacifier really is good for their baby, not to mention the accessories that come with them, such as a pacifier holder. Therapists, parents and paediatricians have been weighing the possible benefits of pacifiers.
|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.|
As a matter of fact, there are a few great reasons for using pacifiers and their holders. If you have ever seen parents who have acquired a few minutes of quiet time with the use of a pacifier, you will understand that one of the greatest benefits is just that. What most people don't realize is that pacifiers actually have more benefits that just that. For one thing they help infants get themselves pacified. Infants need to find ways to self-sooth. Pacifiers can be one source of soothing for a colicky or a crying child. It has also been recommended to parents just recently that perhaps they may want to consider letting their child sleep with pacifiers in the first year since this protects against the dreaded SIDS. Doing this has a protective effect against the dreaded syndrome of sudden infant death. When you put baby down to sleep, use a pacifier but do not put it back in his mouth once he is already in dreamland. Naturally, you won't have to pick up your baby's pacifier if it falls off time and time again if you happen to have a few pacifier holders along with the pacifier. You can even buy holders that match your child's outfits of baby gear, such as a pink holder that you can attach to a pink stroller.
The suck reflex is also satisfied with a pacifier among smaller children. Some babies have a necessity to suck that exceeds the period they get on the breast or the bottle. For infants such as these, pacifiers can meet this actual necessity. Other parents can tell you that it is easier to wean a baby from a pacifier than his or her own thumb, when weaning time comes around. Keep in mind that when you purchase a pacifier, there is an age you need to watch out for that is on the label. For instance, when you buy an older child a pacifier meant for newly born babies this could pose as choking hazards.
|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.|