|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!|
Many children have been forced to undergo various difficulties in their early lives because of the neglect of one or both of their parents. In most cases, the problems arise from parents who give birth and then dump the children at very tender ages when they are unable to support themselves. In such instances, the state through the Child support services bodies come in to ensure that those children are offered the kind of life that they deserve so that they can grow up to be responsible and productive people in the society.
To be able to see to it that Child support collection initiative is successful, the Child Support Services body undertakes several procedures to ensure that the parents take full responsibility for their child or children. Any legal guardian or parent of a minor who needs child support is always free to initiate a case to prompt the child support collection through the Child Support Services. Below is a summary of the process involved with child support collection.
|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.|
When the legal guardian or the parent of the minor has filed case with the Child Support services, the body will begin by conducting an interview with them to get the facts of the case. If the Child Support Services are convinced that the case meets the requirements of the child support collection, they will go ahead to locate the parent who has allegedly abandoned their responsibility. However, this will also be done with the help of the legal guardian. After the Child Support Services have located the parent, they will have to conduct tests, preferably DNA tests to find out if the man who is said to be the father of the minor is the real father. The establishment of paternity has to be conducted before the court can give orders for child and medical support. In fact, this is the basis of the case since in case the paternity test fails then there is no course for proceeding with the case.
The next step is checking if there is not an already existing court order for child support and once the parent has been located, the court will first determine the ability of the parents to support the minor. It will also decide on the amount of time each parent spends with the child and the financial needs of the minor. The Child Support Services may also request the court to order the non-custodial parent be involved. The Child Support Services will then take various steps in ensuring that the non-custodial parent takes responsibility of the minor based on his abilities.
The steps may involve wage assignments, levies on bank accounts, writs of attachment, liens recorded against real property, unemployment and state disability intercept among several others. On the conclusion of the process, the non-custodial parent will then have a right to make a request to the Child Support Services seeking a review of the support order should he feel that the order is unfair. However, the result of this will depend on the decision of the court and the Child Support Services.
|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.|