|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!|
Keeping your baby happy is very important for her growth during the first years of her life. But managing an infant is heck of a job. You have to feed her on time, change baby diapers, put it to sleep; and repeat the same steps round the clock. Between all these you also have to deal with her tantrums and wailings. Young parents struggle to keep their babies happy and hence, we offer this parental guide to make the life easier for them. This post discusses about ways to keep during the first months of her life.
As a parent it is very important to connect to your baby. It is the emotional and physical bonding that lay the foundation for good parenting. Breast feeding, along with the health benefits that it bestows on both mother and the baby also helps them to bond better. Holding your baby close to you helps building the emotional attachment.
Managing the first few months all by yourself can be quite a challenge. Surround yourself with elderly ladies of the family – mother, mother-in-law, aunts, who can help you in caring for the baby – changing baby diapers, mollifying her, feeding etc. This will give you some free time to catch up with your daily chores and help you keep your cool.
|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.|
Taking your baby for shopping will be quite a fun. Shopping is relaxing for moms and this will also give you time to bond with your child outside the known homely environment. Go down the supermarket aisle shopping for nappies, baby food etc.
Get yourself some time together to play and interact. In order to accelerate your baby's growth it's very important that she receives personal attention from her parents. You can also start teaching her a few things while spending time together.
Don't ignore your baby's cry. It is her language to express her discomfort. If she is throwing tantrum then may be something is bothering her. Some parents commit the mistake of yelling or slapping the child. Just try to put yourself once in her place and analyse the situation. It will help you avoid many undesirable instances.
Lastly, take care of your kid well. It's very important for you to stay healthy to raise your kid well. Child care can be taxing and you'd need to stay fit to respond to your child's demands at the odd hours. It is very important that your child has a happy childhood and therefore, you need to bond with her well. Happy child's grow healthy and often are more successful than her peers. If you're living in Australia, you can search online for Nappy Australia and find out companies dealing with baby nappies and diapers. With a range of options to choose from, you must take your time to compare and make the purchase.
|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.|