|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!|
Fashioning a friendly and comfortable environment at your kid's room will help your child build his personality as well as in the development of sober behavior. One ought to think of various ways in which a child's room can be decorated or created in an innovative way. Decorating your kid's room in an appealing way will make your child's imagination come alive. One can decorate their child's room through various attractive accessories ranging from pillows to screens, chairs, paintings and so on. Here are a few steps as to how one can change the avatar of their child's room.
SIT WITH YOUR CHILD: plan a day prior and sit with your child to discuss about the room designing. Sitting with your child will help you from getting accustomed to what your child actually wants. They can express about the kind of theme, what kind of room depicts their personality and how to go about it.
EXPENSES: plan all the accessories and commodities needed for your child's room once you have consulted your child. This will save you a lot of money. At the end of the day what matters is the satisfaction of your child.
WORKSPACE AREA: while designing your child's room considering the workspace area is very important. If your child has hobbies like craft making, painting, or even a personal computer. Workspace is needed. Children these days have their own music systems and gaming consoles which should be placed in a selected comfortable place.
THEMES: one can easily come up with various themes from cartoons or movies. the themes can vary from flower fairy's ideas to princess ideas, doll ideas, animal ideas, cartoon themes andso on. If you believe that painting a room all over with themes is a complicated task. You can as well buy readymade theme papers for walls.
|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.|
COLOURING: painting a room and choosing the appropriate colour plays an important role in decorating a room. Prior to painting your child's room, you can consult your child and opt for his or her favorite colour. Also rather than just painting the walls with colourful paints one can also select a theme and paint or paste your child's cartoon character.
FLOORING: While the walls and the ceiling are taken care of, next comes the flooring of the room. Often carpeted floor is preferred in most of the places. But since it is a room decoration for a child hard surface flooring would be apt for this. This would make it easy for maintenance and cleaning.
FURNITURE: do not go in for heavy or expensive furniture as children tend to damage it. You can make use of old worn out furniture by re designing it in a colourful way. Furniture can include a crib, cradle, play house, rocking chair, benches, rocking toys, dressers, beds, desks, stools, vanities and so on.
BED AND MATTRESS: one can design a bed according to the child's likes and dislikes. Also you can opt for the matching bed sheets and pillows or go for theme based beds. One cn also buy these commodities and many other accessories based on the theme in your child's room. Carefully choose all these according to the age and personality of the child as this may lead to a confusion. A child may like or dislike funky or simple things.
ROOM CLOSETS: if you are trying to make the room look spacious and neat, having a closet for all the things is a perfect idea. There are closets like the plastic ones and the modular ones available in the market. This will also help you to align and arrange books, clothes, toys and other accessories or possessions.
OTHER ACCESSORIES: in the process of decorating children can also contribute their artwork and many other paintings. This would lead to an attachment between the child and his room and cleanliness and care towards his or her room will be assured.
|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.|