Online Tips On How To Care For That New Bundle Of Joy
Online Tips On How To Care For That New Bundle Of Joy
(NAPSI)-Since babies don't come with a care manual, new parents often rely on the experience of others for answers. Advice and tips from knowledgeable sources can provide a lifeline for first time parents. If you're facing a new bundle of joy for the first time, don't be afraid to profit from the experience of others.
As a salute to these heroes and heroines of the nursery, there's now a new, free compilation of the best infant care tips showcasing their wisdom, humor and insights available online at a Web site for a laundry product created for infants.
This collection, available at www.dreft.com, contains tips submitted from across the nation as part of a recent search for baby care pearls of wisdom.
If you're facing a new bundle of joy for the first time without personal experience to draw upon, here are some recommended tips to make baby care a breeze:
Before Baby Arrives:
Prepare as many meals for your family in advance that your freezer can hold.
Take advantage of your baby-sitter-less status before the newborn arrives. It could be a while before you can catch the latest blockbuster or go to your favorite restaurant.
Before your baby even comes home for the first time, be sure to wash everything that might touch baby's skin. This includes baby clothes and undergarments (t-shirts, bodysuits, socks, pants, sleepwear); towels and washcloths; bibs; bedding (bumper pads, sheets, blankets, comforters-even your own, if you plan to co-sleep); receiving blankets, lap pads and burp cloths; car seat, stroller and playpen fabrics; and last, but certainly not least, your clothing that baby could come into contact with such as shirts, blouses, camisoles and nursing bras.
When Baby Comes Home:
Be sure to sleep whenever your baby naps, if at all possible. It might seem like a good time to catch up on dishes or to vacuum, but you need your rest in order to be a good parent.
Enlist the help of family and friends who offer, whether it is for housework, cooking or other things.
Inform family and friends when you don't want to be disturbed, and that you'll be in touch very soon to provide updates on your bundle of joy.
Prepare a place to feed the baby with a glass of water for yourself, pillow to support the baby whether breast- or bottle-feeding, and lots of burp cloths nearby.
Send your baby off to dreamland as safely as possible by putting baby down to sleep on his or her back, not tummy. Research indicates that the back-to-sleep position could reduce the risk of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Melissa Stark, a member of the national media with sideline reporting experience for ABC Sports' NFL "Monday Night Football" now finds herself calling the plays with a new baby. She has helped kick off a contest called "Dreft Moms' Wrap Your Baby in Generations of Trust" to provide new parents and parents-to-be with a free resource for baby care. Said Stark, "I'm depending on the experienced mothers I know for guidance. From tips on the best way to calm a cranky baby to learning how to manage my schedule, tried-and-true advice is invaluable to me."
"Dreft is proud to be one of the sources moms have turned to for 70 years for the answer to clean baby laundry that is gentle on tender baby skin," said Teresa Bello, Dreft brand manager. To learn more, visit www.dreft.com.
Your Baby Today: New Baby, New Mom: Your Life
New Mom Survival Tips
By S. Jhoanna Robledo for Your Baby Today
When you bring home a newborn, you not only receive a giant outpouring of love from well-meaning friends and family, you're also deluged with lots of advice on how to manage things. You've probably heard a few of them -- sleep when the baby sleeps, establish visiting hours -- dozens of times. And while this is good advice, we wanted to hear some more tips from moms about what really helped make the first weeks more manageable. Here's what they said:
Stock up on nutritious meals. These days, most grocery stores offer an assortment of wholesome frozen or prepared food items, like soups, baked chickens, and light gourmet meals. So load up before your due date or send someone out to pick up a last-minute meal once the baby is born. "We bought lots of finger foods like chicken nuggets and veggies that I could eat while nursing or holding the babies," says Stacy Lu, a mother of two in Allendale, New Jersey. If you love to cook, whip up larger-than-usual batches of food before your due date and freeze them. If you'd rather get take-out, start amassing menus from local restaurants that will deliver affordable, healthy fare before you give birth.
Send out an SOS. "I accepted any help offered and asked for it when I felt overwhelmed," says Marcia Smith, a New York City mother of two. To make things even easier, Smith suggests enlisting a friend to recruit your helpers if you need assistance; this way, you don't have to make loads of phone calls and deal with the logistics. If possible, schedule visitors ready to lend a hand -- ones who'll pick up groceries or fold a load of laundry -- before you give birth.
Stash bottled water around the house. Elizabeth Brice, a Pleasanton, California mother of two knew she'd need to drink lots of water while nursing, but wanted to minimize trips to the refrigerator. "I didn't want to get settled to breastfeed and then have to get up again when I got thirsty," she says. So she strategically placed bottles anywhere she expected to be feeding: next to the sofa, in the baby's room, on her nightstand. Every few days, she or her husband replenished the supply.
Be a groupie. The conjoined feelings of new-mom glee and misery
both love company, so seek out others in the same boat. Ask your doctor or midwife for suggestions on finding a mother's group, or set up a reunion among parents in your birthing class. "Support from other people in similar situations is really helpful when you're tired and new at the baby experience," says Olive Thaler, a San Francisco mother of one.
Channel your inner couch potato. "I was up all hours giving my son his bottle," says Dawn Ham-Kucharski, a Canton, Michigan mother of one. "I was always tired and after a while, being up when everyone else was asleep got boring, too." To make the night shift more bearable, she rented silly slapstick movies and popped them into the VCR while she fed the baby. Comedies were especially suited for the job, Ham-Kucharski says, because they required little concentration and made her laugh through the fatigue.
Indulge yourself. Therapists routinely advise clients to pamper themselves when they're going through a hard time. Caring for a new baby certainly qualifies as a challenge, so reward yourself periodically. You don't have to break the bank by going on a daily shopping spree, but splurging on something small -- a new tube of lipstick or a gossip magazine to flip through at feeding time -- can give you a boost when you need it. "I bought myself snakeskin boots to make myself feel better in those early postpartum days when all my clothes just didn't fit and I felt exhausted all the time," says
Linda Murray, a San Francisco mother of one.
Hire professionals. In the first month or two, your baby should be
your only major responsibility. It takes time, after all, to get the
hang of being a mom. That may mean taking your laundry to the cleaners, hiring a gardener to tend to your back yard, or depending on a cleaning service to scrub the toilets, even if it feels decadent. "We just put aside extra money to pay for housekeeping for at least a month or two," says Mollee Olenick, an Irvine, California mother of one. "It was worth it not having to worry about cleaning the house on top of everything else, too."
Give in to tears. If you're having a particularly difficult day and
you've tried everything else, cry it out. Ham-Kucharski, remembers being unable to pacify her son and says it helped to wail while he did, too. "It didn't quiet him down, but at least I felt better afterwards," she says.
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