|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!|
When you have a child that goes off to an in home sitting service or a daycare, usually you will be required to put name labels or baby bottle labels on the kid's things. All of us know the purpose of this requirement, of course. Health concern is the most important purpose – that is, we want to prevent the spread of some diseases. We want to avoid reactions to allergy, and to be certain that the child brings home with him the right things. When things are properly labeled, there will be no room for errors or mistakes of giving the wrong bottle to a wrong child.
Stick on name labels and baby bottle labels should be waterproof. They should be durable enough to stay put through rough wear and to survive the microwave and the dishwasher. Use them on your kid's sippy cups, baby bottles, snack bags, etc. They should also be machine washable and safe to use in dryers. Use them to identify your kid's pillows, bibs, towels, and even underwear's. If your child has allergic reaction to some foods, you can also possibly find name labels that provide space for allergy alerts. You could specifically mention the kind of allergy your little one has for individual attention.
|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.|
Name labels and baby bottle labels are practical substitutes to the traditional felt-tip markers and masking tapes methods. Some mothers use these methods in their desire to save money and time. However, it is more time consuming to use markers and masking or scotch tapes, because they come off when the bottles and other things are washed. There are pre printed labels that are both safe to use with dishwashing appliances and the microwave. These labels are designed to stick to baby bottles, drinking cups and sippy cups that you bring to the daycare with the child.
Baby bottle labels and name labels are fun and functional. Busy daycare staff can save time by easily identifying the things that belong to your child. Busy families can easily keep track of the kid's toys, bottles, and clothing. These labels are not only for use in daycares and at home, though. If your kid attends play dates or pre school, daycare labels can assure you that all your kid's things goes home with him/her at the end of the play or school. And you can forget about writing on the inside of your kid's winter coats and sippy cups. The bottle labels and daycare labels, besides being cute and durable, can help you know which thing belongs to your child.
The graphics and color on the labels help children remember and identify which items belong to them, even if they do not know yet how to read their names. So for parents who want their kids' things to be apart from the crowd and their kid to have their own style statement, the daycare labels available online is the best way to go. You can personalize these labels by putting your child's name, various colors and a nice icon on them.
|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.|