Bringing your newborn home for the first time can be nerve-wracking. A new part of your life is just beginning! You might feel nervous that you won’t get the hang of taking care of a baby, but believe us when we say you will. It’s a learning process for everyone involved, parents and baby included.
The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. Not only can you ask other parents what advice they have for taking care of a little one, but you can also turn to the internet. There, you’ll find hundreds of tips on how to soothe fussy babies and get them to sleep (as well as about 1,000 other things).
Just take the video of a mother using a tissue to get her baby to sleep as a perfect example. All she does is gently stroke the tissue over his face. For the first few minutes, the baby is still awake and playful. But in mere seconds, he starts to doze, and then he’s out like a light — all in less than a minute.
And that’s only the beginning. Here are 21 tips for promoting sleep, helping babies take medicine, removing cradle cap, and more.
1. Improve sleep with a Velcro swaddle.
2. Buy a nursery projector.
3. Put the new diaper under the old one.
4. Embrace the one-size-up rule.
5. Use those ugly onesies as backups.
6. Don’t get peed on.
7. Use open sleepers.
8. Avoid middle-of-the-night interaction.
9. Keep the baby’s room cold.
10. Do zips, not snaps.
11. Buy gender neutral.
12. Wash socks in a mesh bag.
13. Use those onesie shoulder flaps.
14. Pack an extra outfit…for yourself.
15. Use lotion during bath time for cradle cap.
16. Wait 20 minutes to cut their fingernails.
17. Fight newborn congestion.
18. Put the medicine on a pacifier.
19. Do bicycle legs.
20. Nurse like this.