|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!|
Child safety seats are usually designed specifically to protect children from harm or loss of life in case there is a collision. Studies present the necessity of such car seats. In numerous countries, injuries arising from motor vehicular accidents are the primary cause of death amongst children. In the USA during 2009 alone, 180,000 children were hurt in vehicular accidents and yet another 1,000 lost their lives. Such restraint systems reduce the risk of death by 71% for newborns and infants, and 54% for toddlers. In many countries throughout the world, use of child safety seats is mandatory for motorists who are driving along with newborns and young children. But even when it is not mandatory in your state, it is an important responsibility for you as a parent to keep your child safe when he or she is riding with you.
A number of vehicle makers have built in child restraint systems to their cars' design, but most of the time, these car seats are bought and set up by the car owner. There are numerous brands and designs readily available, which makes buying a car seat intimidating, if not puzzling. If you're going to purchase a child seat, here are a few points to remember.
|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.|
Don't use pre-owned car safety seats
Every child car seat has some expiration date. Most car seats last approximately 5-9 years from when they were created (not after they were picked up). Paying for second-hand car safety seats may well place your kid in harm's way because these seats may be already worn-out. Moreover, safety standards improve over time as safer innovations are produced, so it is usually wise to get the latest model that is made lately. Furthermore, do not reuse seats that were in a mild or extreme crash.
Look for a seat with a 5-point harness
This kind of restraint system gives the very best safety because it goes over both shoulders, both hips, and the crotch. Furthermore try to find seats with straps that are broad and don't twist easily.
Don't decide on merely on cost
A higher price does not mean that the seat is better or even simpler to use. The best seat is actually the one which suits your child's size and weight, and suits nicely in your car.
Set it up correctly
Even if you get the perfect child seat, but you did not install it the proper way, it may injure or kill your son or daughter in the event of a collision. For example, if you bought a rear-facing car seat, remember not to put your kid at the front seat given that the air bag can be deployed, hit the baby seat, and cause injury to the brain or loss of life.
|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.|