|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!|
Traveling with a newborn or even a toddler can be really stressful. From maneuvering them through crowds, making sure their comfortable for long days walking around sightseeing and of course, the dreaded eight-hour plane ride to your destination it can be a lot for you, and your baby. So here are the top three travel gear essentials
Chair harness : Chair harness and baby carrier. Instead of high chairs, chair harness is really useful in restaurants and cafes that don't have a spare high chair available. They are also a lot easier to cart around than portable high chairs. Baby carriers are adjustable with good padding and support for the kidComfortable baby carrier : This is definitely the most important piece of gear, make sure you try on plenty in store, even pop your young one in there to see how they like it Get one with adjustable straps that have plenty of padding and support.Collapsable pram : Collapsable prams are really important if it's too hot or humid to have the baby strapped to your body. One that has the ability to collapse down to the size of a small box is great so you don't have to pay extra on flights or carry something awkwardly heavy around. that's called the best travel stroller.Play mats : Play mats are perfect for hotel rooms or bungalows that have wooden floors. While ensuring hygiene for the kid's play environment, play mats are also useful to the kid and the mother for relaxation, especially after long-haul flights. These mats can be available in various fabrics and shapes depending on client's taste. Get one that is large enough for you and your baby to guarantee you the good relaxing moment with the kid. It is also ideal for parents who practice yoga.
|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.|
The most important feature of all of these items is whether or not you and your baby personally find them comfortable and easy to use Remember when you're thinking of buying any new baby products to try them out, ask lots of questions and always go for one that suits your needs. Happy shopping!
|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.|