|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!|
There is always a question of which one is the best for your baby. How does he or she feel when you use a diaper or a nappy pad? Is there are difference between the two? And most of all the strongest question which will be the decision maker is will this fit my budget? How do these products affect the budget you have allocated for your baby? All these questions need answering and only then you will be able to decide on the best product there is for your baby. Before you decide regarding the nappy pads or diapers there are some things that you can consider about diapers for babies.
A newborn baby perhaps needs 10-12 nappy changes every day while an infant would need about 6-7 nappy changes. Typical baby care would involve changing the baby nappy often to prevent him or her from wetness, rashes and infections. There are different varieties of nappies available in the market such as the cloth nappy, nappy pads and disposable diapers for babies.
|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.|
Many parents often want to know if a cloth nappy is better than a disposable diaper. Doctors would answer in the affirmative, saying cloth nappies are definitely better for the child in comparison to disposable diapers. This is because in the cloth nappy the child's bottom gets more air in comparison to disposable nappies thereby making it comfortable for the baby. Chances of the baby suffering from diaper rash are reduced; also cloth nappies are quite economical. Yet a baby needs to be changed often which could become an issue if the baby is sleeping. The other alternative to disturbing the baby's sleep or letting the baby feel the wetness of urinating is to make use of baby nappy pads inside the cloth nappies.
There are many companies that sell pads especially the disposable ones such as Pampers, Huggies, and Johnson & Johnson etc. These disposable nappy pads work like women sanitary pads where a pad is placed inside the child's nappy that is either in cotton or plastic. This pad has to be changed every few hours. When you place a disposable pad inside the cloth diapers for babies it becomes similar to disposable diapers for the baby.
Not everything is as simple as just putting on the baby nappy pad and being done with it for a few hours. If the nappy pad is not changed in a few hours then the chances of diaper rash and other infections are increased. There are some benefits of using nappy pads as well. You do not have to wash a huge load of cloth diapers, nappy pad is more convenient as its holds more urine. You do now need to change the baby as often as cloth nappies. Nappy pads are cheaper than disposable diapers for babies.
|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.|