- 1 Parenting Life Hacks for Bonding
- 2 Diaper Tips and Tricks
- 3 Best Baby Hygiene Tricks
- 4 Swaddle Bathing
- 5 Breast and Bottle Feeding
- 6 Be a Proud Parent
No doubt you’ve seen them.
Sleepy eyed, new parents, struggling to make it through the day.
The birth of a child is a miraculous event. Nevertheless, many parents find it surprising how deeply exhausted they feel during the first few weeks of parenting.
Even after making it through the first few months, studies show parents can expect to continuously lose sleep for up to 6 years after their child’s born.
For those who want to master diaper time, bond more, or just catch some z’s, our parenting life hacks can help.
So take a look.
You’re sure to find at least one way to make your life easier!
Parenting Life Hacks for Bonding
First, let’s talk about sleeping.
To get the right amount of sleep as a new parent, you’ll want to try sleeping when your baby sleeps.
It also helps if you say yes to help, and allow others to watch your baby while you catch some z’s.
When you’re awake, you can use bonding tips to make the most of every second you spend with your newborn.
Here are a few parenting life hacks for bonding with your baby:
Look into your baby’s eyes
Give your baby a massage
Look in the mirror together
Spend quality time with your partner
Skin to skin
Make poop time a happy time
Whether you’re bottle-feeding, or breastfeeding, use feeding time as an opportunity to look into your baby’s eyes.
Establishing eye contact with your newborn, while they’re eating, helps them remember how important you are to them.
You can also try looking in the mirror together.
Your newborn baby won’t have a concept of what reflections are yet.
However, they’ll enjoy recognizing human faces, even if it’s their own!
Diaper Tips and Tricks
To have the best diaper changing experience, preparation is key.
That’s why, before you start changing your baby’s diaper, you should make sure you have all of your supplies ahead of time.
Next, make poop time a happy time. Instead of sighing, or making exclamations when you go to change their diaper, try getting musical.
While you’re wiping your baby’s bottom, sing a happy song, letting your baby know that diaper time is a happy time.
However, even the most musical, and prepared parents find themselves dealing with diaper dilemmas.
After all, it can be tricky having a happy diaper experience, when you’re dealing with a squirming, restless baby.
Luckily, with a few simple diaper hacks, you can make your life easier.
Here are some of the best ways to diaper like a pro:
Play the face pants game
Diaper distraction tricks
Use backward clothing
Try using red lights for night time
If your baby doesn’t want to lay still, you can try playing in the face pants game.
After taking off your baby’s pants, gently place them on your baby’s face and begin a game of peek-a-boo.
Your baby will be so distracted with the game, they won’t even notice you’re changing their diaper.
You can also try using backward clothing to prevent any diaper escapes.
If you have a baby who loves to take off their diaper, get a pair of footie pajamas and cut off the feet.
Next, put the pajamas on your baby backward.
No more disappearing diapers.
Lastly, when it comes to night time diaper changes we suggest using a red light bulb.
Instead of turning on a disruptive bright light, a red light will allow you to discreetly change your baby’s diaper.
Best Baby Hygiene Tricks
As a new parent, it can be overwhelming trying to learn all of the different things you have to do to keep your baby clean and healthy.
Luckily, with a few hygiene tips and tricks, your life can become extremely easier.
Here’s a shortlist of the best parenting life hacks for bath time:
Use the kitchen sink as a baby bathtub
Moisturize cradle cap with coconut oil
Trim your baby’s nails with nose hair scissors
Swaddle bathing for fussy babies
Use newborn nightgowns
Use a makeup brush for diaper cream
Use coconut oil on your baby’s bottom
If you’re just recovering from childbirth, the kitchen sink can be the perfect height to bathe your baby.
If your baby is particularly fussy at bath time, you can try swaddle bathing.
For swaddle bathing, you’ll wrap your baby up in a light blanket, and carefully uncover one limb at a time.
After washing the uncovered limb, wrap it back up, and repeat with another part of their body.
Once you dry your baby off, moisturize their cradle cap with a little bit of coconut oil.
Using a baby comb, gently come their hair to remove any flaking skin.
You can also use Stevie J’s newborn headwraps, to help comfort your baby.
Next, we suggest using a little bit of coconut oil on your baby’s tushie after bath time.
The coconut oil will help when you’re cleaning up your baby’s sticky meconium poops.
Breast and Bottle Feeding
Keeping your newborn baby fed is an around-the-clock job.
Here are a few tips to make feedings easier:
Pump at least once a day
Keep a thermos with hot water
Protect your bed from milk spills
First, if you’re breastfeeding, try to pump at least once a day.
Pumping once a day is a great way to allow your partner some quality one-on-one feeding time.
It’ll also give you a chance to have a moment to yourself.
If you’re a single parent, invite a trusted friend or family member to help with feeding time.
Oftentimes, the biggest mistakes new parents make is not asking for help.
Warm Bottle Trick
If you’re already exclusively pumping, then you know how difficult it can be to keep your bottles warm.
Instead of buying an expensive bottle warmer for your car, we suggest keeping a thermos filled with hot water.
Whether you’re at the park, at the mall, or shopping at the store, you can always warm your bottles.
Finally, if your night nursing, try putting a mattress pad down on top of your sheets.
Now, you won’t have to worry about any milk dribbles keeping you up at night.
Be a Proud Parent
Now you know some of the best parenting life hacks around!
What new tip or trick do you see yourself using with your child?
Whatever hack you choose to use, we’re sure you’ll love the results.
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