|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 pull-ups nappies is a special invention created for the extra active kids who will not take the 'torture' of diaper changes lying down! These nappies closely resemble normal underwear in the way they are worn and the way they fit but look and work just as a diaper should. The easy pull up and pull down action helps to get the diaper changing task quickly done and over with so that your kid can quickly go back to doing what he does best-being a kid!
People are often confused when to use but there is no single answer. The size of the baby is one of the factors at work. Some babies are born healthy, weighing a substantial amount while others might be underweight. The reason it matters is that, all nappies have a weight sticker stuck on them indicating the age at which they can be used. Now, pull-ups nappies is primarily for the older babies, the ones that can run, however, since they are so much easier to operate, many parents are tempted to use them earlier. If you do so, make sure the weight mentioned in the pack of diapers and your baby's weight is same or else they would not really fit your baby well, and leakage will only double your troubles.
|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 thing about pull-up nappies is that, they are found to be not as absorbent as the regular nappies. The reason in simple, they are meant for the older kids, kids who probably already know how to indicate that they need to do some form of excretion! The pull-ups are primarily supposed to be served as precautionary measure rather than the complete dependency of infanthood and used more for travel purposes.
While toilet-training these nappies come handy as they can be pulled up and down like regular pants, while at other times keeping your kid dry. However, many suggest that the use of pull-up nappies at the time of potty training as the kids are confused-are they or are they not supposed to poo in their pants?
Another reason to use pull-ups is the activity of the child. If you have a hyperactive kid, the pull-up nappies will not only be easy to change, the elastic like waistbands are likely to stay in their place. There are however, some words of caution.
Kids are over curious about everything so you might find them trying to or succeeding to open their nappies themselves, thereby creating a mess.Many have observed the nappies become heavy with the weight of the waste and tend to slide, so watch out for that.These types of nappies are not suitable for night as they do not absorb as much as regular diapers.
|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.|