|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!|
Before we enter the primary topic of this article let us first explain to the readers what a baby pram actually is. Baby prams are devices used for transporting babies or infants from one place to another. In the United Kingdom, this mode of transportation for babies is normally referred to only as prams; however, in the United States, people often refer to them as strollers or buggies.
The market currently houses baby prams of a wide range of designs; you will get pieces meant for infants of different ages, genders etc. There are prams that will need you to place your baby facing the pusher and there are also prams where you will have to place the infant away from the pusher. However, most other aspects of the design of a pram remain constant. The section below will tell you about those.
Wheels: Every pram you will come across in a store will have wheels. The number of wheels however might differ from one pram model to another. How many wheels the pram you have bought contains decides how the transport will move when pushed. There are prams designed particularly keeping in mind the needs of parents who take their babies with them when going for a jog. These prams usually possess three wheels and are known for their high speed and stability. Make sure the pram you are purchasing for your little one is of high quality; wheels made from cheap material might make the ride uncomfortable for your baby.
|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.|
Seats: It's obvious that the seat of the pram is the area where your baby will sit or lie. Mostly parents of infants look for prams that have just one seat. However, the market also has prams that have enough space for accommodating two babies. These special prams are meant for parents of twins or for people who need to look after two babies. Two-seater baby prams can be of two types; devices where you will need to place the little ones side-by-side and devices where one baby will sit in another's front.
Straps: They are meant for keeping your baby in place so that he or she doesn't suffer any injury. You must purchase a pram with adjustable straps; this will ensure that you will not need to buy a new pram when your baby grows bigger. Having straps in the pram is also important if your baby has become a toddler; they will stop your little one from coming out of the pram when you are away.
Storage: You should always purchase a pram with storage space; this will allow you to carry items like your baby food and clothes with you when travelling with your little one. Some manufacturers are even making prams with detachable storage areas; if you purchase one such pram, you will be allowed to carry the storage areas with you even when you are not with the pram. The storage space usually includes a tray which is positioned at the pram's base.
|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.|