|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!|
Dribble bibs are a tremendous help to parents who can just change them instead of an entire outfit, when they get messed up with food or any other substance. For this reason, many parents consider them an integral part of a baby's wardrobe and some babies always have them on. They should therefore be comfortable enough for your baby to wear them all day. Use the tips below to help you find the most comfortable and best bibs on the market.
When buying an item of this nature, there are a few things you may want to consider including: materials, fit, how easy they are to clean, durability and style. The materials should always be soft and the fit should be comfortable. The rest of the items on the list will either depend on your personal style and the materials that made the piece of clothing.
Always opt for soft cotton materials. These will most likely not cause irritation to the baby's skin especially around the neck area and they are easy to wash and dry. Items made of this type of material, also tend to last a long time.
If you want a softer material, you could always choose those items made of soft cotton fleece. This material is very plush but may also cause allergies in some people. Do an allergy test on the baby's skin before making large purchases.
|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.|
Another important aspect is the fit. Some of these items are square shaped with neck ties. While these are usually large in the front, they will most likely only cover the chest area. Instead, you can try bandana bibs. These are shaped like a folded bandana and have Velcro instead of strings secure them around the neck.
Many parents opt for the bandana styles because they give coverage around the entire neck and most of the design are quite stylish. If however you are not into flashy designs, there are also solid colors or conventional patterns that you can choose from. These seem to be a favorite of parents who can access them easily and get a good amount of protection for their baby's clothing.
Whatever style in these items you choose, ensure to get your money's worth. This will depend on the type of material and how you treat this essential item of clothing. Remember soft cotton and fleece are durable so items made with these materials should last a longer time than those made with many others. You should also practice hand washing rather than machine washing, this could help to prolong the life of such an item.
Buying dribble bibs may seem like one of those tasks you should not put much effort into but the truth is you should. These items of clothing touch your baby's skin and they wear them everyday for most of the day. Try to make them as comfortable as possible without buying materials that may cause allergies. Also, try to make them stylish, your baby is precious and should definitely have the best.
|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.|