|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!|
A stroller can be a parent's best friend. But if the wrong stroller is selected it can be a parent's worst enemy! There are several strollers available on online and virtual stores to meet your many needs. Think about how you want to use your baby stroller and select the best one that fits your lifestyle.
The first thing you need to look at is the baby's safety needs. This is the biggest concern. Hence you should check strollers for how stable they are before you buy and remember to check if the stroller will stay standing even if a little weight of a diaper bag is added to it. Furthermore a five point harness is the best option for newborns or those babies who are in the stroller a lot. For short mall trips and such, a three point harness is sufficient. When checking the harness look out for sharp edges and pinching points.
|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.|
Before you buy a stroller, first take it for a walk in the store. Tall parents would want handles with adjustable heights so that they don't have to bend over to push the stroller. Handles with a foamed cover are better for comfort. See how smooth the wheels are. Try walking really fast and make sure that your legs don't hit the wheels. Check out other features in the prams pushchairs that you are looking at. Does it have a basket underneath to keep your diaper bags? Do you need organization trays, snack and drink holders, toy bars and so on? If so, are those features available? Remember that most of these accessories are also available separately. So, just because a stroller you really like does not have a food tray, don't let that move you away from your choice.
For those parents that are involved in sports or like being outdoors a lot, there are jogging strollers available with big tires and hand grip brakes? Jogging strollers will do well on any possible surface but may not be very easily foldable like other strollers. For parents who don't go out a lot, a simple chicco highchair with wheels to move around in the house is more than enough when deciding on your baby's nursery furniture.
|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.|