|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 history of Children's Day began back in June, 1856, when on the second Sunday of the month a certain Reverand Dr. Charles Leonard in America held a special service dedicated to children at his church. Though christened Rose Day, it later came to be known as Flower Sunday. Much later, the second Sunday of the month of July came to be named Children's Day.
Coming on to the 20th century, the Indian statesman & diplomat, V K Krishna Menon proposed at the UN General Assembly to celebrate Universal Children's Day in October. Hence it became so until in 1959, 20th November was selected as the date for such a celebration. Most countries in the world follow this date only. However, India does not. That story began with the death of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964. It was then that the decision was made to celebrate the birth anniversary of Chacha Nehru or Uncle Nehru i.e. 14th November as the Baal Divas or Children's Day in India. The reason being Nehru is remembered for his fondness for children. In fact the story goes that a child once gave him a rose & from that day onwards he always kept a rose in his pocket. That's the reason why on every photo & painting of Nehru we see a rose peeking out of his shirt pocket.
|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.|
On this day, throughout India functions & celebrations are organised across schools, offices & other places. The government makes it a point to showcase children's films on this particular day. This day is basically seen in India to get the kids engaged in fun & joy. So why don't you get involved in this to? A great way to do that would be to get your kid a surprise gift. It would be like a second birthday in a year for your children. This is even easier now with all the online gift delivering sites, where you can get all kinds of gifts like- flowers, cakes, dry fruits, chocolate bouquet, fresh fruits, greeting cards, soft toys, combos, sweets, etc. Such a site can even offer customised products like designer cakes, photo cakes & so on. All you have to do is to send the message & photo which you would like them to display & their experts will take care of the rest. You can also avail for same day delivery at a fixed time of your choice. So let your kids enjoy this one day of the year dedicated to them with these surprise gifts, which are available to you within the reach of a few clicks of the mouse.
|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.|