|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!|
Christenings are very important in many families and are considered one of the most special events in a child's life. They are also very special for the family as they mark the entry of the child in the family's religion. These are indeed occasions which are very dear to the heart and families like to share the christenings with their near and dear ones. Although christening ceremonies may vary from religion to religion, the emotional ethos is the same. Christening invites are very popular for the event and whether it's for a boy or a girl, there are plenty of options.
Christening cards can be bought off the rack from stores, ordered or printed online or customized for that personal touch. Printable invites are the easiest to source and they come in a huge variety of designs. Ordering your invites means that you can tweak them to your liking and customizing invites will let you totally personalize them. For printable girl christening invites online all you need to do is to choose the gender specific cards which come in many styles and designs. The ordered invites let you save time since they are pre-printed with all the requisite information and all that needs to be done is to put them in envelopes and mail them.
|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.|
When you customize your girl christening invites they become extra special and can be kept as memorabilia. You can make photo announcements by uploading the picture of your child onto your invites along with your religious/personal message or you can put up pictures of your baby's feet/hands onto the invite. These also look cute and very special.
There are many other ways of customizing the christening cards and they can be very easy on the pocket, too. You can incorporate the symbol of the cross into the invites. The cross symbolizes the individual's faith and mark the holiness of the event. Hearts are the symbols of love and are a wonderful way to show the love for your child in the christening cards. You can also have invites of floral designs as they look very fresh and pretty and symbolize the beginning of a new life.
Since the christening gown is traditionally white, incorporating that colour or some elements of that colour into the invites will lend continuity to the ceremony. White also symbolizes purity and what better way than to affirm the purity and solemnity of the occasion than by having it on the christening invites. Invites with magnets at the back are also a wonderful way of personalizing the invite. The magnet with the date or any other message can be put up on the fridge and will act as a constant reminder of your child's special day.
The christening of a child is a very special occasion and marks an important milestone in her life. Regardless of the hundreds of choices available, if you add your own personal touch to your girl christening invites, they will surely become a more cherished keepsake.
|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.|