|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!|
You can already tell it's going to be one of those days. Your baby is cranky; doesn't want to eat, doesn't want to sleep and most certainly doesn't want you to put them down. Yes, another tooth is working its way through your baby's gums leaving them in pain and wanting their mummy.
You hate that your baby is in pain but you also dislike the fact that you won't be able to get anything done today. You decide that you must find a way to soothe your baby's pain so you can somehow function and get through the day. So what's a mum to do? Well, you can break out your usualgo-to teething supplies such as frozen rings and wet washcloths but they just end up leaving your baby's hands wet and cold. Besides, when your baby is cranky and in pain, they just want to be held in your arms.
Luckily, there is a great solution: teething jewelry. No, this doesn't mean decking out your baby in their own teething bling (though the image that is popping up in my head right now is cute enough to make me chuckle!). There are actually teething necklaces that mum's can wear that offer safe and convenient ways for your baby to comfort their gums.
|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.|
Okay, so this teething bling is definitely different from the rest of your bling. There are no diamonds, silver or gold on these necklaces but they are stunning in their own right. The stone shaped beads are made of non-toxic materials and come in a variety of colors such as pink, purple, blue, green and black. Besides, there isn't anything more beautiful than a mummy comforting her baby.
Not only do teething jewelry serve a practical purpose but they also add a bit of flair to your outfit. I don't know about you, but I'd rather pull the attention from my drool and spit up covered shirt to my colorful necklace! The best part is you won't ever have to dig through your diaper bag or freezer looking for those darn teething rings because it will be conveniently around your neck.
Next time you wake up and you just know that it is going to be one of those days – put on your necklace and know that you have a plan to soothe your baby's gums. And, really, what is better than being able to comfort your baby instantly while holding them close to your heart?
|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.|