|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!|
Share and celebrate your exciting news that you are about to become a family. After the excitement, the realisation of preparing for your new bundle of joy. Your immediate thought is Oh my god where do I start. The importance of finding a store that can make you feel comfortable and at ease is crucial. This is a store that you will not visit just once. This will be a relationship for at least 9 months if not more.
The store needs to be many things; firstly you must feel comfortable entering the store. You must not feel any pressure at all. Browse and feel the stores ambience, it should be happy, casual and inviting. A good store will approach and ask if you need assistance, but there will be no pressure. The salesperson should be trained enough to recognise if you are ready to express what you need or if you need more time.
|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.|
After a time you will be seeking advice on many items that you need to purchase for your up and coming birth this could be from breast pads to a cot. Your initial contact with the salesperson should be friendly and you should feel at ease. The store should be appealing and organised. You should be able to find items without too much bother.
One item you will want to purchase will be a cot. There is a brand that is well known in the nursery industry. This name is proven to be strong, durable and eye pleasing. Boori has developed products that will suit all budgets. Their products will range from birth to child. Cradles are there starting point designed to suit newborns to 6mths.
There cot range is quite extensive and you will be sure to find what you need. Boori furniture comes in an array of colours and stains to blend with your existing furniture or to create a nursery fit for your new baby. You will be able to purchase your basic cot to buying a cot which converts to sofa bed and some cots will even provide you with a single bed which can be achieved by adding extra pieces.
Most of the furniture is flat packed for ease of transporting. The instructions are clear making your experience enjoyable.
|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.|