What I Wish I Knew: Newborn Tips
April 20, 2015
I have 3 kids. I remember the first time I brought my first-born to his pediatrician check-up 2 days after we came home from the hospital. My husband and I hadn’t slept, hadn’t showered, and were exhausted. When we got to the appointment, we saw another mom and dad there with a newborn who looks freshly showered, rested, and confident. I remember thinking: someday, I will look like that with a newborn. It may have taken me, 3 newborns, to get there, but these tips have helped me tremendously with my babies:
1. Burp: Each baby is different, but to prevent gas and bubbles in baby’s tummy, don’t forget to burp baby! Some babies need to be burped periodically throughout a feeding, and some can wait until the end of a feeding. If you have a baby who doesn’t burp easily, be sure to switch positions. And, even walking up and down stairs can help! (Trust me. I’ve done it too many times to count!)
2. Sound: White noise, a fan, or running water. All of these sounds tend to help calm baby.
3. Gas drops: Newborns can have over-the-counter gas drops and can take them periodically throughout the day to help ease the uncomfortable pains gas can bring.
4. Preconceived notions: Throw any preconceived notions out the window. “Baby Wise?!” Nah. For the first few weeks while baby is tiny, let her sleep if she is hungry, and let her sleep if nothing is keeping her awake.
5. Schedule: With that said, it’s good to keep baby fed throughout the day, so she doesn’t want to eat all night. Don’t let baby sleep for longer than 4 hours during the day that way she can save that long stretch for night.
6. Massage: Massage baby. Massaging baby can help with gas pains and to even help relax baby. We like this video of an easy-to-follow massage.
7. Swaddle: Baby’s arms tend to have a mind of their own. So, we prefer swaddling to keep baby tight. You can find many tutorials on how to swaddle with blankets on YouTube. We love the Aiden and Anais blankets for that. We’re also big fans of the Swaddler blankets with velcro to keep baby’s arms from escaping.
8. Water: If you are breastfeeding, it is extremely important to drink water throughout the day and at night when you feed baby. Not only is this important for YOU, but it will help baby digest her milk easier too.
9. Mom circle: Reach-out to new moms for any questions, advice, or just to vent. There are many popular online forums where you can find other mom’s with your same baby’s birth age. It is reassuring to know that you are not alone in raising this little miracle.
10. Owlet Smart Sock: If you cannot sleep comfortably wondering how your baby is doing, our device will monitor baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels. It will notify you if anything seems to be wrong, so you don’t feel like you have to sleep with one eye open.
Anything else you would add to the list?
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