|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!|
A parent becomes familiar with the dreaded diapers all too soon. Sure, it is a great feeling to have a kid, but through all that those sleepless nights, screaming, crying, feeding and the overall exhaustion, you really begin to wonder how a tiny creature like that, can create so much mess! Though it would be great if one diaper could last through the day without having to worry about changing (ha! you wish!) but that is extremely unhygienic and would very likely cause a serious bout of painful rashes. So the short cut does not always work.
Some parents prefer to buy nappies made out of cloth so that the baby does not get rash. Diaper rash is something that is difficult to avoid, no matter what brand of diapers you use. The delicate baby skin breaks out when a braised with the artificial material. However, cloth nappies are a lot more hassle. A newborn needs to urine and defecate often several times a day, which amounts to a tonne of laundry to wash and dry. There are many mothers who do not mind it, as it is not only cost effective but also good for the environment, just imagine the load of used diapers you send to garbage every day, now think of a thousand such loads, now imagine millions! That is a lot of plastic and a lot of poo!
|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 use of nappies has actually become simpler these days if you really do wish to use them. You can now buy nappies liner that goes into the cotton nappies. This little strip of absorbent material soaks in the wastes while the cloth nappies keep your baby free from rashes. If you consider your waste output, these liners also reduce than significantly, as they are much smaller than the authentic diapers. Another great thing is that you do not always need to buy nappies; many use scraps of old discarded sheets, etc. to create makeshift nappies, which work just as well, and brings the cost down a great deal too.
However, the great debate between diaper versus nappies ultimately comes down to personal choice and of course individual situations. Excessively busy, working parents often cannot give the time and effort required to maintain cloth nappies. They prefer the more convenient disposal diapers and the rash trouble is nothing that a nice nappy rash cream cannot take care of. Besides, many parents do not buy nappies as they believe they leak more thereby causing discomfort to the babies. Many, on the other hand swear buy the cloth nappies and often use the ones saved up from their previous child. However, it is advisable to use the diaper at night times, as the babies will then get a good night's sleep.
|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.|