|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!|
Jogging strollers have been with us since the 1980s. However, the improvements to their design and functionality have really made them into a viable option for many people. In the past, these strollers could be a burden because of the large wheels and bulky design. This made them very difficult to use as anything but for exercise and could not be used as an everyday stroller. Customers complained about this limitation and how they could be “sidewalk hogs” because of the width of the base of the strollers. Fortunately, for customers, manufacturers were listening and have made a number of changes to make these a very attractive option. Here, we take a look at some of the changes that have been made to make these strollers a now popular option.
One of the biggest changes has been the change in wheel size. The original jogging strollers were known for their giant wheels that tended to rival bicycle tires in size. This made them a lot more difficult to travel with as the sheer size would make it harder to put in your car for travel. The newer versions have much smaller tires which are closer to what would be on traditional strollers. Also, the front tires can normally be taken off making it much easier to fit them in your car for travel. The result is far more aesthetically pleasing look and also one that is easier to travel with.
|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.|
A second impressive change has been in the tweaking of the design for storage needs. In the past, the storage options were limited on the stroller and they also did not lend themselves to helping making it easier for you to jog or run. Now, the stroller is made so that many of the storage areas are within easy reach and are setup to not negatively interfere with ones' regular jogging motion. This makes it easier for one to run or jog with the stroller and still have access to storage. The result is more convenience to the customer.
A third change that has helped the running and jogging is that the handle to the stroller has been adjusted to be easier to grab and also to adjust its height. This helps make it easier to guide the stroller without unduly limiting your running gait but also allows multiple people of different heights to use the stroller properly. In the past, a husband and wife of different heights would be hindered by a handle that could not adjust its height.
A fourth benefit is that the front wheel can be locked or unlocked. This is important because a locked wheel is a benefit while jogging, but an unlocked front wheel makes it easier to make turns in sharp areas. This feature allows a jogging stroller to be used effectively in regular settings like the grocery store or the bank. Also, it has the benefits of shock absorption to its tires so it will work far better than a regular stroller at jumping a curb or median.
All these benefits add up to show why jogging strollers have come a long way in a short time. If you have not considered them in the past, now is a really good time to reconsider.
|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.|