|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!|
Choosing a car seat is very difficult considering that there are many types to choose from. With this, you need to be thorough just to make sure that you are getting the most appropriate for your child's needs. If your child is more than 40 pounds, you need to choose between a convertible and a booster seat. Here are some things you need to know.
Kids over 40 pounds can choose to have a convertible seat. For one, convertible seats can accommodate kids weighing between 5 to 70 pounds. So, this means that your child can use it from infancy and when he reaches a certain weight and age, say 40 pounds and 2 years old, he can then use it in a front facing position. Some convertibles can also be used as a booster seat and your child can use it until he weighs up to 70 to 120 pounds. The weight requirement would have to depend on the brand and model of the safety seat.
On the other hand, kids over 40 pounds, more than 40 inches tall and at least 4 years old can use a booster seat. This is ideal for bigger kids knowing that kids at this age are more mature and their bodies are more developed compared to smaller kids and babies. Boosters are primarily used to lift kids into a higher position so that they could reach a certain height where they can use the seatbelt of your car for proper restraining.
|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.|
While these two are the types of car seats for kids over 40 pounds, they can be distinguished based on their designs; convertibles are more like your usual car seat where there is a five point harness, bulkier and has more cushion. Booster seats may vary depending on its design as well as there are two types. First, there is a backless booster where all your child has to lay his back on is your car. This is great for bigger kids since they can sit comfortably particularly in resting their heads. This is because those with back support, its headrest would have to be adjusted once he grows taller.
Given that backless booster has an advantage in terms of adjusting it, the design with back support is as useful and helpful as well. The back support is great particularly for those who have just used a booster. This is more comfortable especially during long hours of driving.
Between the two, booster and convertible, the important thing you need to consider is its capacity to protect your child during a crash. You need to see whether it has passed the crash test to prove its worth. Checking its safety features is also very important, you can check out those with side impact protection, energy-absorbing foam, LATCH system, anti-rebound bar and many more. You need to make sure that it is user-friendly and easy to install, this way, you can guarantee that it will not be wasted and it will serve its purpose in saving your child's life in case of a car collision.
|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.|