Bringing a newborn home can be hard for anyone. Even the most experienced parents. We could all use some newborn tips and tricks. Below we came up with a list of beneficial newborn hacks for new parents.
You went from having a baby all snug and protected in your body to out in the open in a whole new world. So any tips that make that a little less stressful are a lifesaver.
Tips and Tricks for the First 30 Days with a Newborn
These top newborn hacks are super helpful for new moms to make everyday life with a newborn a little easier, especially during postpartum recovery.
When I first brought home my daughter, I was so overwhelmed. I felt like everything I was doing was through trial and error. I had no idea where to begin. If only I knew then as a new mom what I know now.
I turned to the internet anytime I had a question like you are doing now. And there were so many helpful tips to make each day a little easier, like these tips on surviving emotionally and physically during the first month. Eventually, I started to get the hang of things and found out what was incredibly helpful and not.
These are the tips that were super helpful for me as a new mom. So sit down and enjoy and then embrace your newfound knowledge as a first-time mom.
Super helpful newborn hacks for new moms.
1. Set up TWO diaper changing stations
This is especially important if you have two stories in your home. Who wants to be going up and down stairs every time you need to change the baby.
Which, let’s face it, can be almost every two hours with a newborn. Ideally, you want a station in the room they sleep in and then the common room like the living room where you spend a lot of your time.
In the baby’s room, I had a changing table stocked with everything I needed. Small baskets or bins are perfect for organizing baby clothes and keeping premade outfits in. Then, I had a Pack n’ Play with the attached newborn changing area and organizer in the living room. Check out the best pack ‘n plays here.
The organizer is great because you can keep everything in one spot: diapers, wipes, creams, changes of clothes, burp rags, etc. You can also buy an organizer separately and hang it on any playard.
2. Place a clean diaper under the current diaper BEFORE changing
Avoid the mess! I can’t tell you how many times I was peed on as a new mom. Or I had to change the sheets and clean the mattress because of a changing mishap.
You think I would have learned after the first time, but you don’t tend to think about it being sleep-deprived. So get in the habit at the beginning of putting a clean diaper under the one you will take off.
Once you open up the dirty diaper, fold it down, wipe baby, and secure dirty diaper and wipes inside with sticky tabs wrapped around. Work quickly; as soon as they feel the cold air on their bum, they tend to pee. Fold up a new diaper as you secure dirty ones to avoid being peed on.
Extra tip: Baby boy diaper hack.
Make sure you point the penis down in a diaper before securing a new diaper. If left pointing up, leaking will happen and wet their whole outfit.
3. Baby Wear
There are so many benefits to babywearing. It helps you bond with your baby, keeps your hands free to do other things, prevents uncomfortable gas in your baby, and it also prevents them from developing a flat head. There are even lightweight carriers so you can comfortably babywear in the summer.
It also makes grocery shopping a lot easier. Having to put an infant seat in the shopping cart does not leave much room for groceries. When you babywear, it leaves the cart available for more groceries.
4. Use a file for babies nails
Baby’s nails can be extremely sharp. So, they end up scratching their own face or body. This is why a lot of parents use baby mittens to prevent that. But, mittens can interfere with sensory development. So what to do?
Keep their nails trim. Cutting them, even with the baby nail cutters, can be difficult, not to mention scary. Their hands are so tiny! This is why I LOVED the glass baby nail file by Baby Blue Giraffe. It doesn’t take much to file them down, and you can do it easily while they sleep.
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5. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the ultimate helpful newborn hacks for new parents. I absolutely love coconut oil. It has so many different uses, especially for a newborn baby.
Unrefined (virgin) coconut oil is beneficial, readily available, and entirely natural. Some of the awesome properties it has are Anti-inflammatory, Anti-oxidant, Anti-microbial, and Anti-carcinogenic, plus it’s easily digestible.
Here are a few of the ways you can use coconut oil for your newborn:
- Cradle Cap
- Natural Sunscreen
- Diaper rash
- Dry skin or Eczema
- Insect bites
- Baby Acne
- Use with baby massage
- Bumps or Cuts
6. Pull Onesie down after a blowout
Ever wonder why the shoulders of onesies look the way they do? It is so you can pull the onesie down over the baby’s body instead of up over their head when they have a diaper blowout.
I seriously did not know this until my first was about 6 months old. This baby hack makes life so much easier! This makes it so much easier to clean them up. And saves babies from getting poop in their hair or on their face.
7. Gassy Baby Relief
Newborns are gassy. They have not yet figured out how to burp or relieve gas on their own. Therefore, they need assistance in doing so. There are many different burping techniques, even ones for when babies won’t burp.
Sometimes it may be too late to burp them. That is when you try to get the gas out using other ways. Two of the best natural techniques you can do are bicycle kicks and the I LOVE YOU baby massage. Both techniques get the air bubbles moving and out.
8. Bring an outfit for yourself
Packing the perfect diaper bag is just as important as packing the perfect hospital bag. Always remember to bring an extra outfit for yourself. Newborns spit up, A LOT. And it usually is not the type you can just wipe away.
Spit-up smells like sour milk most of the time. Do you really want to smell like sour milk for the rest of your outing or errand? Nope.
Not to mention having a diaper blowout on you is also entirely possible. Yes, this has happened to me! Not pretty. So toss in an outfit or at least an extra shirt for you and your spouse (if it’s a family outing). You will be glad you did.
9. Learn Baby’s Cues
When you start paying attention to a baby’s movements, you can tell what they need before they start crying. Once you can start noticing what their cues mean, you can tend to them sooner and prevent meltdowns.
With newborns, sometimes a couple of minutes can be between slightly hungry or tired to full-blown hangry or exhausted. When they get really worked up, it becomes harder to feed them or put them to sleep.
For example, when a baby moves their hands near their mouth and start making sucking motions or smacks their lips, they are hungry. Or they will turn their head to the side and try to ‘root’ around for a breast.
10. Changing Pad Liners
We all love those adorable changing pad covers that match the nursery decor. But accidents happen, and you don’t want to take it off and wash it all the time.
Believe me; you will be doing enough laundry already.
Changing pad liners are amazing. They provide extra protection for the actual cover. They are water-resistant and can be just wiped down or thrown in the wash. Be sure to ask for some on your baby registry!
Additional Baby Hacks to Make Life Easier
Ready for baby to start sleeping in their own crib? Check out these 5 steps to transition your baby into their own room and crib. It can be done easily with no tears!
Feel like you never have time to shower? Try showering with your baby, it doesn’t have to be as scary as you think. Once your baby’s umbilical stump has fallen off, you can start bringing them in the shower with you.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Taking care of a newborn is time-consuming and exhausting. It can make you feel stressed out and overwhelmed. One way to take care of yourself and your spouse is to have a date night. It is a great way for you both to recharge! You, your spouse, and your baby will be happier for it.
FAQ’s on Newborn Tips and Facts
1. How can I make life easier with my newborn?
The first thing you can do to make life feel easier is to remember that you are recovering. Take care of yourself too. This is your fourth trimester and you are no doubt uncomfortable and in pain.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Take this time to bond with the baby, focus on your postpartum recovery, leave the house cleaning, and do other chores for someone else.
Other tips: Get plenty of rest (sleep when the baby sleeps), Stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet, and most importantly, give yourself Grace. No one is perfect; you will learn as you go, and you aren’t expected to know everything the day you bring your baby home.
2. How should I stimulate my newborn?
Newborn fact: During the first few weeks, newborns are only awake for about 30-45 minutes at a time. Newborns sleep anywhere from 16-19 hours a day. Most of their awake time is spent breastfeeding or having a bottle.
You can engage with your newborn a little bit after they eat before they take another nap. Sing to your baby, read a book, gently sway while you burp them. Cuddling with your baby and laying them on your chest is also stimulating and a great start to tummy time.
3. What do newborns really need?
Newborns need to eat, sleep, cuddle, poop, pee, diaper changed, and be adored; then repeat. While it may seem like a lot of work to have a baby, don’t get me wrong, it is! The hardest thing is getting into a routine and figuring out what your baby needs at any given time.
Come up with a list to go through when your baby is crying:
- Are they hungry?
- Do they need to be changed?
- Are they too hot/cold?
- Are they tired?
- No to all those- They may want to cuddle.
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4. What should newborns sleep in?
Newborns need to sleep on a flat surface, not in a swing or infant carrier. It should be an area that is enclosed so that they cannot roll off onto the floor. In the beginning, they can sleep in a bassinet or pack n’ play. They are easier to fit in next to your bed for easy access to middle of the night wakings and feedings.
Later they can transition to their own crib. In both instances, there should only be a fitted sheet on their mattress. Babies should not sleep with loose pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, etc., for around the first 9-12 months. Talk to your pediatrician about when you can add a blanket into their sleeping area.
Instead of blankets, use sleep sacks, swaddles, or warm pajamas. Newborns will be warm enough without extra blankets.
The first weeks with a new baby can be rough for any new parent. Baby hacks like these can make life a lot easier. Even with all these newborn tips, don’t forget to take care of yourself too. Many times postpartum recovery is overlooked when there is a new baby in the picture.
Self-care is crucial during the fourth trimester. Hopefully, these newborn hacks can help take some of the pressure off, and you can focus on yourself at times. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Including help with your emotions or mental status.
Talk to your doctor immediately if you think the baby blues are too much; it could be postpartum depression.