Really, there will come a time when you will need to forget about all the advice about your newborn and go with your gut- your intuition. Your baby is unique, and his or her sleeping, eating patterns or how they act are different than any other baby. It would have been helpful for me though to have something like “tips newborn baby care” given to me. For example, trying to get your baby on a schedule in the first 6 weeks is near to impossible.
Unfortunately no one told me to that in the blur of being a new Mother, I might not even remember the basics of what I was doing — like when my baby last slept. I started writing things down on a notepad beside the changing table. In hind sight I wish I had learned basic newborn care at the time I had my first baby.
Time really does go by so fast and I really wish I had known how fast the newborn stage goes by. Spend all the quality time you can with your sweet baby, and take lots of pictures and videos of this special time.
Here’s a bit of newborn care advice for you.
I bought a sling to carry my baby with me when I was walking around and doing everyday stuff. Unfortunately, my daughter did not like the sling but she did like the next carrier I put her in and this arrangement was wonderful for both of us. She loved it and and so did I. It allowed me the freedom to do things I needed to get done while having my baby close.
I also involved my older daughter in some of her sister’s care. Helping with changing, dressing, and bathing, the baby helps them feel like they are not pushed out. Ask a friend to spend time with an older child for a few hours so you can bond with your baby and have time just with your newborn. Then, ask your friend to watch the baby so you can play with your older child the next time.
Family or friends who want to hang out need to come over when the timing is good for you and don’t feel afraid or bad if you need to ask them to come back at another time. You need the time to rest or play with your baby around your own schedule.
Your house does not need to be perfect if people drop in. Friends and family will understand and most often will help you clean up.
I did read information on newborn sleep habits and it saved me a lot of time and frustration. I do wish someone had told me to swaddle my first daughter but I did finally figure this out and it saved us all from getting no sleep.
Put some slipcovers or even blankets on your couch as there is a lot of spit up and urine from this little person.
Sometimes your baby will act like they are hungry however she won’t feed and this may be because their nose is stuffed up. Try some saline drops as their nose may be plugged.
Having gripe water and a nasal aspirator are two important essentials you’ll want to have on hand.
Having some time without your children either by yourself, with your spouse or friends is very important. It helps you feel like you are ” human” again.
Swaddling my baby girl with muslin swaddle blankets was something I did not do right away and again in hind sight and after learning how it helped her and me, and everyone in the house, to get their sleep I would have started in the hospital before she came home. I could not find a large swaddle blanket, or organic swaddle blankets or a muslin swaddle blanket – well there were none. So I eventually decided to make my own and my girls, both of them loved them. I have since designed my own and made them for others. I feel I have somehow helped others by making them and knowing they are exactly what I wanted for my daughters-100% organic cotton muslin swaddle blankets makes me happy.
Finding a new moms group or breastfeeding support group can be very helpful for you.
Not only can you get a lot of ideas and tips, including baby sleep tips for your little one, you can discover that you’re not the only one who relies on the swing for your baby’s nap (even though you said you would never do it) or whose 4 month old still wakes up every two to three hours during the night.
Whatever you find works for you and your baby to help you all get sleep, it is perfect for you both. Whether it is swaddling, a swing, a vibrating chair or using a co-sleeper, find your own methods to help your baby and you get the needed sleep you need.
Hope you find this of interest.