|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!|
The christening ceremony is a very sacred and eventful occasion for any child. This is a day which not just officially makes the child a part of the family but also forges a deeper bond with God. The occasion certainly has a deep religious significance. Besides, the ceremony is an old custom and is tinged with deep-rooted traditional values. The moment is apt for giving some well-chosen christening gifts to the child. If you have received christening invites, then do not forget to buy a gift which can be adorable, religious as well as memorable.
There are different kinds of gifts that you can present to the child on this occasion. Here are some examples:
i. Religious or holy gifts: The occasions of christening and baptism are considered quite sacred. Hence, one can give a holy gift to help the child develop a powerful bond with the Almighty. Gifts like rosemary, birthstones, crosses and pewter necklaces are quite popular and traditional. Some stones and medals also have the baby's name carved on them. Another holy gift is the Bible which can be the purest gift one can think of!
ii. Memorable gifts: There are some christening gifts that help to create and preserve memories. Photo frames, photo shoots, personalized cards and personalized christening day albums are considered ideal for helping both the mother and the child conjure some spectacular memories that can be perused even after 20 years.
|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.|
iii. Gifts for babies: When you get christening invites, you can even plan to give a baby-based gift. You can give something that can be used by the child right from day one. You can present a baby set of bath, comb set, towel set, sleeping bags, buggy bags, blankets, baby massage oil, etc. These gifts are cute and useful. Even the parents of the child will deeply appreciate these gifts and will gladly use it for nurturing the child. You can take happiness from the fact that your gift shall be a part of the child's upbringing process.
iv. Games & toys: Babies love toys and they can never get bored of it. Now-a-days, toys & games are available for all ages. You can buy gifts which suit a 1-year old or you can even purchase games which can be played by the baby after it grows up a bit. Rocking cart or a rocking horse is one cute gift which you can purchase. You can also give a baby cycle or other christening gifts like blocks, puzzles, picture books, etc.
Thus, there are countless options before you when you pick up a gift for baby christening. And you have several factors to consider before choosing your desirable gift. You can look for a religious gift or for one which is secular; you can look for a traditional gift like a silver spoon or for some non-traditional ones; and you can even personalize the gifts by engraving the christened name of the child. So, when you get christening invites, do take these things into account and buy a wonderful, memorable gift which can be cherished by the child & the mom for years to come.
|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.|