|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!|
For a newborn child, mother's milk is the prime source of food and also the most nutrient contributor in its efficient growth. Doctors around the world strictly advise mothers to breastfeed their newborn as any other kind of feeding may be unsafe for the infants. Mother's milk is beneficial for babies for a multiple reasons. It is not only full of nutrients and antibodies that help in the continuous growth of your baby, but it also helps in fighting diseases. Breastfeeding also lessens the risk of many type of disease risks in mothers.Breast milk is also easier to digest for babies.
Breastfeeding also develops a bond between the mother and her baby that nothing in this world can replace. There is really no substitute for mother's milk as most people commonly believe there to be. Now that you have known the significance of breastfeeding and might have sworn to breastfeed your baby, feeding efficiently to the baby so that he/she gets the maximum benefits of it is imperative. Moreover it is inexpensive then formula or bottle feeding. To make this process easier nursing pads should be used by mothers.
|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.|
Not all mothers have leakage problem with a healthy supply of milk. Some tend to have these problems and loose subsequent amount of milk in leakage. Nonetheless using nursing pads is the correct approach as it does not hurt to be wise, does it? The nursing pads will effectively prevent leakage and loss of the nutritional milk. The most important feature to look for while buying them is that they have maximum airflow to prevent blockage of the milk supply. Newborns are weak and therefore there should be no problem in the breastfeeding.
You can choose washable or disposable nursing pads according to your needs, suitability and comfort. Washable pads are of course less expensive then the disposable ones. You need to wash and clean the washable breast pads after every feed regularly. Using washable or reusable pads should be stopped as soon as it becomes damp from continuous washing. It is not advisable to use pads with plastic lining as it prevents airflow. The washable breast pads should be 100% made of cotton to avoid any kind of breast infection.
Disposable nursing pads are great for working mothers. They are a little expensive but it saves you time as there is no fuss about washing it after every feed. They are also very useful for breastfeeding while traveling. Disposable breast pads should be either made of 100% cotton or all paper. It all really depends on your level of comfort and convenience what type you choose.
|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.|