|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!|
Winnie the Pooh is one of the favorites as far as cartoon characters go. The golden bear holding a pot of honey as he bounds along his way has thrilled kids for generations and continues to do so. He is just so cuddly, huggable and lovable that not only kids but parents love him too. The Pooh theme is great for just about all kids and babies and baby showers too.
Most newborns tend to have Winnie the Pooh as one of their first stuffed animals. The difference between the golden bear and other cartoon characters is that you can either have a Pooh centric party or one with all of his friends, like Piglet the Pig, Eeyore the Donkey, Rabbit who is obviously a rabbit, Kanga and her baby Roo or even Tiger the lovable bouncing tiger, as the theme.
This theme, in fact, is really popular and has been around for decades. So, what this means is that, most of the party supplies that you will need would already be available. So you can get all types of decorations, desserts, beverage cups, napkins, table covers, plastic ware for the party etc. But if this is a kids' party then they have to be the ones who enjoy the party the most.
|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.|
So some sort of entertainment has to be there. You can set up a movie that the kids that can enjoy. You can also give small replicas of the characters as return gifts. Sometimes you may also be able to find small stuffed toys which are cheap and make good return presents.
You can also take it a step further by having Pooh themed clothes. I'm pretty sure kids will love these clothes even after the party is over. There are Winnie the Pooh shaped balloons, plates, wall hangings and invitations. You can also get the same for The Pooh and his friends. Balloons and crepe paper come in every color to match your theme exactly.
The cookies and cake can also be shaped in the form of the lovable bear. Snacks can also be customized in the shape of the lovable bear. However all this might take time and some planning in advance. Often, when you are invited to one of these parties, there might not be a clear idea on what you can bring. Moreover you can always find a Pooh themed gifts which will be appreciated by the hostess. These could be blankets, nursery lamps, mobiles, linens, books and audio books, sleeper toys etc.
Moreover there are a number of options when it comes to games. You can have games for you're the Pooh Bear theme which include pin the bee on the honey pot, pin the tail on Eeyore or give Pooh his nose etc. With small kids you can also play hide the honey pot like a treasure hunt! Of course you have to include a prize for the winner. Another fun game is musical chairs to Winnie the Pooh's theme song music. How is that for fun?
|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.|