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Formulas for Success for Babies
Sleep when the baby's sleeping. You need rest just as much as your baby does.
Take a bath with your infant. Make sure your husband is around for the handoff, so you can relax until the last minute. (Don't forget to smell your baby right afterward!)
Babies up to 4 months old love being swaddled; it recreates the warm, cozy feeling of being in utero. Here's how to do it.
Run water, a noise machine or the overhead stove fan to calm a colicky baby.
- Andrew McCaul
Pre-fill newborn dipes with ointment before bed to save time during middle-of-the-night changes.
- Valerie Fischel
Keep glasses or bottles of water handy if you're nursing; breastfeeding makes you naturally thirsty.
- Julie Toy
Your baby needs tons of attention, care and love, but so do you! Hand off the baby to your hubby, family member or friend, even if it's just for an hour, to decompress, get a pedicure or even sleep.
- Shinichi Maruyama
Don't worry about buying everything new for baby. Browse second-hand shops for gently-used gear.
Unless you're worried about the quality of your water, washing baby bottles and parts with soap and hot water is fine.
Put your baby in a carrier while you do things around the house; the motion is soothing for babies and reminds them of being the womb.
Pop a cold, peeled cucumber in a mesh teether, or use a frozen washcloth, to soothe sore gums.
Lay your baby on your chest; skin-to-skin contact is comforting and encourages bonding, plus it strengthens your baby's neck muscles.
Not near your baby's jumper? Hold your baby under the arms so her feet are just brushing the floor; she'll love the bouncing motion.
- Julie Toy
Keep extra diapers, wipes, ointment, a changing pad and a clean outfit in several places around the house; if you need to do a quick diaper change everything you need will be on hand.
- Raphaël Büchler
Put your baby to sleep in his crib while he's drowsy and let him fall fully asleep on his own. This will teach your baby to fall asleep without you rocking or feeding him every night.