|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!|
Babies stand the greatest risk of getting sun burnt, developing skin irritations or getting heat strokes. The UV rays do more damage than good to your child's delicate and sensitive skin. If your child plays in the sun for long hours, chances are that your child will get heat rash, itches, sun burns or other skin irritations. Exposure to sun for a long duration can even lead to skin cancer. And so, it's vital that you shield your child from sun and use proper natural skincare products as safeguard.
From the time of birth to their growing years, a child's skin is very thin and tends to get burnt, bruised or irritated at the slightest exposure to heat or cold. From sunburn, your child can have fever, dehydration and pain. Severe sunburn during childhood can later escalate to melanoma or skin cancer and wrinkles. Before 6 months, exposing your child in the sun is a strict no-no. In beach areas, parks or places where sun rays are harshest, protect your child with natural baby products like sunscreen lotions, creams and baby body lotions. Choose one with SPF of at least 15 or more. Apply sunscreen on your baby's tips of ears, hands, feet, neck, back, besides face. Also, carry umbrellas and wide hats and cover your child with them. Choose shade instead of a sunny spot.
|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.|
When you are going out with your baby or if they choose to play outside, keep them away from the cruel rays of the midday sun, i.e. between 10a.m. to 4p.m. Cloudy days are no exception either. UV rays can pass through clouds and smog and damage your child's skin in the same way. Not only summertime, winter sun and oblique sun rays can damage your child's skin in the same way.
Taking babies out for a morning or afternoon stroll in prams is common. However, pull the sunshade over your baby's stroller or carriage if you are taking them outside. There are many strollers with special UV-protected shade which perfectly safeguards and protects your baby from UV rays and skin damage. Don't assume that just by keeping your baby in the shade will solve all problems; using protective creams and lotions are equally necessary. Keep your baby cool by dressing them in lightweight cotton clothes in light colors. This will allow for your child to breathe. Natural fabrics keep off heat while synthetic fibers do reverse action. Also, dark colors absorb more heat than light ones. Use UV-protected baby sunglasses for your little one when you venture outside.
Pediatricians of recent times never prescribes nothing other than absolutely pure natural baby lotion to provide a protection shield around the tender skins against intolerable sun rays during the afternoons and to ensure 100% baby skin care.
|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.|