|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!|
What's in a name? There may be more to a name than many people may think. In most societies around the world and throughout the centuries, the meanings of names have been very important. The modern approach of basically selecting baby names based solely on aesthetic tastes or on the sound of the names is relatively new. Some people do take into consideration the familial connections when choosing names, and it can bring additional significance to a child's name when it is based on respected ancestors. In many cases, the meanings of names have been lost in time, leaving most people ignorant of their own name meanings, as well as the meanings of the names of others. Now it is easier than ever to research name meanings online, which opens up new possibilities in name selection.
Baby names are serious business. It really is a big decision to assign a name for the rest of a human being's life. Online name databases are a great resource for learning about the origins, histories, and meanings of names from around the world. In some cases, parents might be caught between choices of baby names in terms of familial significance and aesthetics. To factor in the actual name meaning could clear these debates right up. Knowing name meanings also simply gives parents more options to choose a significant, appropriate name that reflects their values, hopes, and personalities.
|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.|
The origin of names is also potentially important. Some parents may want to find baby names that reflect their family's ethnic background, country of origins, or religion. Online name databases can be extremely helpful with this because the good ones list hundreds of names from countries throughout Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. This gives families options that they never had before. They can select the perfect name that reflects their history, faith, and / or allegiances.
In addition to the selection of names for children, online name databases can be very helpful for anyone who needs to select a name for any reason. Pet owners can get great name ideas for their critters, names that have significant meanings, or perhaps even ironic names, like a tiny toy poodle named after a famous mythological warrior. Dog and cat breeds from certain regions of the world can be given names from those places.
Authors really have a lot to gain from these websites. Writers have to come up with names all the time, and many of them fall into the trap of using the same names over and over, or names that have become cliches or stereotypes. Writers who are writing Russian characters, for instance, are going to have to do better than “Vladimir.” There is nothing wrong with that name, of course, but you have to mix it up sometimes. With an online name database, novelists, playwrights, and other writers can find authentic names for characters of practically any background, adding a new level of depth and texture to their work. Merely looking through such a website can be very entertaining and enlightening, and there may be other applications for this information as well.
|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.|