|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!|
Being a mother to a baby is a wonderful feeling. For mothers, there is no limit to their love and care, especially when it comes to dressing up their babies for the chilly winters. It goes without saying that dressing up for the winters is far trickier than for the summers.
Here are some useful tips that can help you dress up your baby just right for the unpleasantly cold winters:
Layer Them Up
Don't go for more than a couple of layers for a baby that's going to stay indoors all day. Begin with a bodysuit or a single-piece dress and then add another layer to it, probably a fleece. However, if you are going for a top and pants, then don't forget to pair the booties with the socks to keep the baby's feet warm and toasty.
The 'Add One More' Rule
One of the most common ways of dressing up babies during the winters is dressing them just as you're dressed and then adding another layer. For instance, if you are wearing a shirt, a thin sweater and jeans, then dress your baby additionally with a hoodie or sweater. Moreover, if you are wearing a heavy winter coat for outdoors, tuck your baby into a bunting or a snowsuit.
|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.|
Dressing your baby sensibly is extremely important for a good sleep. One important thing to keep in mind is that it's better to sleep in a lighter suit than to overdo it. Babies tend to have a good night's sleep when they are comfortable and not overheated. Moreover, there is a greater risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) when a child is sleeping in a hotter surrounding than usual, resulting from excessive bedding, multiple layering or a generally hot environment.
Touch the Toes
The best way to determine whether your child is too cold is by touching its toes and belly once you come back home. Make sure that the baby's toes are cool, but not too cold and the belly is warm. Warm toes and a warm belly is an indication that the baby is overdressed. Likewise, if the baby's belly is cold, then it needs to be layered right away.
Hats and Mittens
A baby's head and hands are the most vulnerable parts of the body that can catch cold instantly during winters. In order to keep them protected, opt for a hat that adequately covers the baby's head, ears and the chin with a chin strap. Moreover, you can also cover the baby's hands with mittens to keep them warm.
|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.|