|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!|
Coping with the bedwetting habit of the infant is a nightmare for most new moms. You need to stay awake to change the cloths, so that your child will not incur any infection. You can save you time and energy by using nappies for your baby.
You can get a variety of nappies in the stores. You can get the disposable diapers in a wide range of sizes and shapes. You can also get gender specific or gender neutral ones. You can get colored diapers or the diapers in neutral colors. Some diapers come with imprinted cartoon figures across them. If your baby is more than four or five months, he / she would love to see the eye catching cartoons. However, these diapers sometimes put stress on the wallet with their costs. Disposable diapers also need to be trashed in such a way that those will not cause any environmental hazards. The disposable diapers generally contain silica gel, an absorbent material, which can prove to be toxic to the ground and water bodies. So, you need to take care that the used diapers are disposed of properly.
|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.|
You can also opt for cloth diapers. These nappies come with plastic covers to prevent any kind of leakage or stains. These diapers were the most popular items till disposable ones were introduced in the market. A major benefit of cloth diapers is they are more economical than the disposable ones. You can also wash these and re-use. As these are made of clothes, they do not impose any harm to the environment. However, the only hassle with cloth diapers is the cleaning procedure. It would involve extra work from your side.
Nowadays, it is hard to find a cloth diaper. However, you can try out the online retailers, where many categories of nappies are available. Some online vendors specialize in baby nappies. You can buy from them at an affordable price. You can do some online hunting to get bargains on the items. Some online companies offer different contests where you can win free nappies as well. You can join groups of moms on social networking sites as well. If you participate in online contests like puzzling solving, conducting surveys, researching to know right answers, and so on. As winner, you can get discount coupons for different items.
However, if you are ordering some nappies online, make sure that the retailers are reliable ones. You can take references of such online retailers from your friends or family members. You can also do some online research and go through the feedback and reviews of previous customers. Once you are sure of the authenticity of the dealers, you can make payment online and but the nappies at affordable prices.
|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.|