|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!|
Home is an exceptionally special place when you are growing up. It is a place where you learn how to walk, explore, play and have adventures. Home is also a place for toddlers to get injured and small incidents can leave a lifetime affect or scars, which can be disturbing for you and your child. Every year 2 year olds are hurt or killed in their homes. In fact, injuries are the leading cause of death in kids older than 12 months. Two year olds are among those most at risk because they are mobile and eager to explore their environment, but they cannot anticipate the consequences of their actions. You must always make sure the inside of your home is safe. You must also consider hazards found in outdoor areas, particularly the driveway, front and rear gardens, pool and barbeque areas.
One of the best ways to get rid of the risk of injury is to make some physical changes to the home. Observe your home and think about what the obvious risks and hazards are. Remove the risk or hazard, if possible, or add safety catches to minimise the chance of injury. For example, if you have a low table with sharp corners, you can attach corner covers. Before considering what safety products you need, remember you can always change the layout of a room to help create a safer environment. The time to start making some changes or additions is well before your baby begins to crawl.
|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.|
One of the best ways to prevent your child from getting hurt is to use toddler safety catches. Most of these safety devices are easy to find and are relatively inexpensive. You can buy them at online baby stores with just a click. These toddler safety catches are sturdy enough to hinder access and yet easy for you to use. Here are some child safety devices that can help reduce injuries to young children.
- Safety tap caps: are designed to prevent children from turning on a hot tap (which results in household hot water burns) and can be easily installed without the assistance of a plumber or handyman.
- Finger protection strips: are an innovative yet simple design to prevent children from trapping their fingers between the door and door hinge.
- Power point covers: prevent electrocution from open power sockets by covering the point and preventing objects being poked into them.
- Doorknob covers: make it difficult for children to open a door and prevent them from entering a room.
- Blind cord windups: can help prevent strangulation by ensuring long cords are not left dangling.
- Foam doorstoppers: help protect little fingers from being jammed in doors
- Corner and Edge Bumpers: to help prevent injuries from falls against sharp edges of furniture and fireplaces.
- Safety Gates: to help prevent falls down stairs and to keep children from entering rooms and other areas with possible dangers.
Sure, accidents happen, especially when you have kids. But being prepared can prevent many or stop them becoming more serious.
|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.|