|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!|
We all want our children to be safe, healthy and happy and this is the best reason to use a nappy. Nappies are available in all sizes, shapes and in different materials for children these days. It spares the trouble of cleaning a child everytime he/she has wet himself or pooped. You cannot keep your toddlers on your lap all the time. They will roam around and pee and poop while on the move. The best way to let your kid enjoy his freedom of movement is by using a nappy. With all the different varieties of nappies being available these days you can actually ensure the happiness of your kid. Moreover, nappies absorb their toilet and helps in keeping the child's skin dry.
The pull ups nappies have been invented for kids who are extremely active and are always on the go round the clock. The pull ups nappies resemble adult underwear but function as a diaper. The process of wearing pull ups nappies is also the same as wearing underwear and they snugly fit on the kids. Wearing these nappies is less time consuming because these can be pulled up and down easily enabling you to change the nappies easily so that your kid can go back to enjoy his activity. Moms often bother about when to use pull ups. Well, there is no universal answer to this. However, the size of the baby must be taken into account while buying one.
|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.|
Some of the babies are born healthy while others are not. Now, the ones that are born healthy are expected to become bigger quickly than the other ones. Pull ups nappies are for these big babies. Usually nappies have stickers on them indicating the age of the child for which it is suitable. Overdeveloped babies are comfortable in pull ups. Pull ups are generally for older babies but sometimes parents are tempted to use them early because of the user-friendliness. However, if you really wish to buy pull ups for your baby then you are advised to check the weight tag otherwise it won't fit your baby well and leakage can cause a trouble.
Pull ups can be a little less absorbent compared to the others ones. The only reason being pull ups are generally meant for older babies who can indicate when they have to go to toilet or even defecate. A pull ups nappy is primarily for the travel purpose and hence is little less absorbent. These nappies help a lot while toilet training because they can be pulled up and down easily. This is the best option also for hyperactive kids because the waistbands generally stay in their place. However, it is best to use them throughout the day and not during night.
|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.|