How to encourage a good night sleep

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 | 0 comments

One thing you can be sure of as you enter into the world of parenthood is that sleep will never be the same again. But you can still hold out hope for a good night sleep if you follow a few rules with your little ones throughout their early days.

Early days

baby sleepFrom day one you should aim to keep day and night distinctive. Even though your baby will inevitably wake up for feeding in the early weeks/months you should still try to keep night time relaxed and mellow.

  • Keep lights dim
  • Not too much interaction.
  • A smooth and easy nappy change – the least disruptive you can be the better.
  • Noise should be minimal.
  • Make sure you put baby straight back to sleep.

Sticking to these simple rules will help you all to get the best night sleep possible for the time being. It will also set you up for better things to come as you gradually encourage longer periods of sleep and reach the stage when baby starts to miss a night feed.

Three months onwards

At first, your baby’s sleeping patterns will be all over the place. But as your little one reaches around three months you should be able to implement some kind of bed time and light routine. Not only will this give you back some of your evening but it is the start hopefully what will lead to a good night sleep for all.

Bedtime tips

  • Create a soothing environment. At least 15 to 30 mins before bedtime have a chill out period. This is where you make minimal excitement. Maybe you do baby massage, bathes your baby or just simple sit and have cuddles. Turn the lights low, play soothing music.
  • Find out how much sleep you should expect your baby to be getting day and night by checking out this guide: Baby sleeping schedule. Then you can get a rough guide to what bed time you should set to fit in with your lifestyle.
  • Don’t worry about your baby sleeping in the daytime. Let baby sleep. It doesn’t usually matter how much sleep baby gets in the day the night time shouldn’t be affected.
  • Listen to your baby. If you always try and put baby down straight after a feed and she always cries and gets upset then try feeding her and waiting for a while before putting her to bed.

Remember that sleep is very important for babies and children. Having a solid bedtime routine along with a sensible bed time which fits into your life will benefit you and your little one now and throughout their childhood. But be prepared for this to take time.

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What if baby used to sleep through but doesn’t anymore?

Once your baby starts sleeping for six to eight hours at a time it is easy to get used to the extra sleep. But you should always be prepared that baby could go back to having unsettled nights once more. This could be for a number of reasons but in most cases caused by illness and teething. At this time you can only do what you do best and tend to babies needs.

The important thing here is to make sure you don’t fall into a trap. Breaking the routine to tend to your baby’s needs can not be helped. Perhaps you pick baby up in the night to settle them when they are ill. This is fine but you might find that it starts to happen every night, even once baby is well again. Make you stop stop this as soon as you realise it is happening.

As hard as it can be to get woken up several times in the night just always keep the thought in your mind that you will get past this point and it will only be a matter of time before your baby will sleep through once more.

Six months onwards

By the time baby reaches six months old things should have really settled down by now. Baby will be needing around 11 hours of night time sleep. Being so busy exploring and discovering the world around them during the day will really wear them out.

Don’t forget, if you do have any worries or concerns you should always speak to your healthcare provider. They will be able to give you more tailored advice and tips on what you can do.

 

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How to have fun with your newborn and encourage development

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 | 0 comments

Your newborn will be growing at a rapid pace in the early weeks and is likely to be sleeping for the majority of the time. But as the weeks progress you might find yourself wondering what you can do other than the feeding, changing and sleeping routine to help encourage your baby to progress and to give you some relaxing and more enjoyable time together.

Mother Resting Head on Infant's ChestThe good news is there is plenty you can do. Whether it be in group sessions in your local area or techniques and ideas for activities you can learn online and do at home. So let the fun begin here.

 

Local group sessions to look out for:

The best classes I have come across aimed at babies below six months which are worth a look are:

  1. Baby massage
  2. Baby yoga
  3. Baby sensory
  4. Swimming

What to expect

Most sessions for babies usually involve an element of singing simple songs as a group. Usually as you carry out actions, or strokes and stretches (for massage and yoga). Babies love to hear you sing and this promotes the sense of fun and happiness throughout the sessions.

You don’t have to be the best singer in the world or even worry about knowing the words. Songs are generally easy to follow and repetitive. You can sing as quietly or loudly as you want. You will find that everyone is just having fun with their own baby just as you will be in your own little world with yours so you barely notice what others are or are not doing.

What are the benefits?

You will benefit from fun interaction with your baby in a new environment. A chance to bond with your baby while you stimulate their senses.You will learn new skills to take home with you and you will be making sure you manage to get out of the house on a regular basis. As well as all this you will be getting the chance to meet with other Moms of the same mindset as yourself. You may go on to make life-long friends.

Not sure if you are ready to commit?

You might be thinking that you are not sure about joining a mom-club just yet but I must urge you to give it a try. Many places should offer a taster session before you commit to a full course (and full payment!) to give you a chance to go along, see what they do and see how your baby responds when trying new things.

What are the alternative options?

If you really can’t bring yourself to commit to regular sessions then there’s no need to worry. Many people either don’t feel it’s for them, don’t manage to get out or find themselves on a tight budget. You can still do your own thing at home. There are many useful tutorials available on youtube to choose from. Just search for baby massage techniques or newborn baby yoga tutorials to get you started.

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What Type Of Baby Is Yours….

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 | 0 comments

The magical thing about babies is their unique personalities. Finding their little bits of you and your partner within them as they grow and develop into their own personality is amazing. You never know what kind of baby you are going to get and the one thing I’ve leaned as a Mom of three is every one of them are very different.

what type of baby

Happy

You only have to look at the happy baby and he smiles. Mostly awake during the day and interested in everything. Every passer by just falls in love with him. The happy baby goes crazy for baby toys and gets the most out of every one. You get so many nice comments and baby loves being star of the show.

Sleepy

The sleepy baby mainly eats and sleeps. You have to race to get everything done in his waking hours before nap time again. He is usually content but when he’s hungry you know about it. He is lazy and enjoys sitting and watching the world go by. He is very cuddly, so cuddly you don’t ever want to put him down. Other people make him shy.

Nosey

The nosey baby has to know everything that is going on. He will turn to any noise and not take his eyes away. He doesn’t sleep too much – doesn’t want to miss out on anything. He will sit in his buggy for ages happily looking at the around. He will fight off sleep. He will be so busy staring at others that he often forgets what he’s doing and falls down. He will be the baby who is looking over your shoulder.

Cheeky

Cheeky baby is full of mischief. Always fooling around with that look in her eye likes she’s about to burst out laughing. She will hide under her own blanket to play peek-a-boo and make you laugh. She will smile often but mainly when you are playing games with her. She will never want the games to stop.

Clumsy

The clumsy baby will poke herself in the eye and cry about it. She will be determined to do everything at an early age but have lots of bumps and falls in the process. The clumsy baby will cause you to have regular ‘heart-attacks’ with all the near misses. You will discover how fast your reflexes are as you catch your little one to prevent countless injuries and bumps.You will start guarding her whenever she moves.

Crying

The cry baby will turn heads in supermarkets. Cause others to ‘judge’ you in public for having no control over your baby. They will love making assumptions that your baby must be hungry or tired. She will cause you to spend hours driving or walking around just to get some respite.

Angry

The angry baby is very vocal. He shouts for no reason, just to let you know he’s not happy. Most things annoy him. He has you wrapped around your little finger, anything for a quiet life but this one goes too far. He is a light sleeper and mostly wakes up screaming. He even looks grumpy when asleep.

Calm

Calm baby will just go with the flow. You can do anything with your baby and she just doesn’t mind. You will be the envy of all mothers as your perfectly behaved baby smiles sweetly – on cue.

Which combination best suits your baby.?

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53 Things You Go Through When You’re Pregnant…

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 | 0 comments

  Creating a life which is now growing inside you until the time he/she is ready for the outside world…amazing! Pregnancy can be hard work, strange things happen to your body that you just have no control of and emotions run crazy! Here are some of my thoughts on what being pregnant meant to me and my life at the time. What are yours?

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Being Pregnant Means…

First trimester

 

being pregnant means1, Finding out you’re growing a REAL baby in your tummy and sharing your special little secret between you and your partner from the rest of the world for a few weeks (or days).

2, Feeling extremely sick and going off your favourite foods and drink. Getting used to the look of the inside of a toilet. Eating food because it kind of makes you feel better but wondering whether you are going to see it again.

3, Making your first appointment with the midwife and it feeling forever away.

4, Needing a wee all the time.

5, Feeling so tired you find yourself barely making it to 8 o clock before crawling into bed.

6, Getting home from a rather tiring day at work desperate to throw off clothing in exchange for some particularly baggy pyjamas so you can finally let it all hang out.

7, Clinging on to every last bit of developmental knowledge that you can possibly find about your creation, going through them all, even though they all say the same thing but worded in a different way. Occasionally sneaking ahead because you can’t wait to find out what will happen next.

8, Wishing away the days so fast until your first ultra sound scan date comes through but the time seems to be standing still.

9, Sitting in the waiting room before the scan thinking what if I got it wrong and i’m not actually pregnant after all?

10, Noticing all the other pregnant ladies with their bigger bumps and wishing that could be you.

11, Filling your bladder with water as instructed until you are fit to burst, desperately waiting for your name to be called before you pee yourself.

12, Getting the most amazing feeling seeing that tiny little thing on the screen moving around and the relief when you hear confirmation.

13, You are mad for the scan picture of your little one which you can barely make out but are so proud you will show it to anyone that passes you by. You can’t stop staring at this picture and it take pride of place in your home for the coming months.

14, Its time to confirm to the whole world that you and your partner ‘do it’.

15, You take a picture of the scan picture and posting it on your social media pages.

16, Thinking about baby takes over everything else in your mind, you are even dreaming baby.

17, You realise how precious life really is.

 

Being Pregnant Means…

Second trimester

 

being pregnant means18, Starting to feel MUCH better and can finally begin to enjoy pregnancy.

19, Buying your new maternity wardrobe and realising pregnant people are apparently meant to have no fashion sense whatsoever.

20, You are not longer in control of what is going on with your body.

21, You eat things you never knew you liked, more often than you like.

22,  You feel your baby moving around for the very first time and it is amazing.

23, Everyone else around are loosing weight, and your getting bigger. Everyone loves to tell you how big you are getting.

24, Starting to look chubby but desperately wanting to look pregnant instead of just having some weight gain.

25, Finding out which friends are your real ones.

26, You suddenly need to guard your growing belly and hold on to it to make sure it’s ok. Anyone who comes near needs to stay behind the guard. You have an overwhelming need to protect your belly, especially in crowds. Anyone who gets too close receives ‘the look’.

27, Fancying all the foods you can’t have even though you don’t usually eat them anyway. ‘ummm I’ll have a medium-rare steak with dippy egg, brie and pate on toast please…’

28, People are always urging you to sit down, god forbid you are ever seen standing anywhere.

29, You plan your trips around toilets, to make sure you are never far from one.

30, You start claiming your partners clothes to wear in the eveningsto give you the extra space and comfort.

 

Being Pregnant Means…

Third Trimester

 

being pregnant means31, You can no longer judge how big you are and often bash your belly when closing doors and fitting through spaces.

32, People finally start mentioning your pregnancy now that it is obvious you are pregnant and not just packing a few extra pounds.

33, Needing to pee ALL the time and having a lot of CLOSE situations.

34, You value life and how precious it is more than ever. You see your mum in a different way and have a whole new level of understanding with her.

35, Beautiful hair and nails.

36, Afternoon naps are a must. You can no longer keep your eyes open all day long.

37, Your dignity has gone out of the window and your once private lady parts are now public property.

38, You have to empty your bladder regularly incase of a sneeze or laughing fit causes an accident. knowledge of lavatory where-a-bouts becomes essential before leaving the house.

39, Strangers suddenly start talking to you. The moms on the playground actually acknowledge you as if you were new to the school.

40, Some people have the weird urge to want to touch you.

41, You need to hold up a sign answering all questions before they arise, when’s it due? how’s the baby? do you know what your having? got any names?

42, You get to feel the magical moments of your baby moving around in you womb and getting kicked in the ribs, punched in the bladder and nipped in places you never knew existed.

43, Pregnancy means crying at adverts, sobbing at any program.

44, You find it hard to fall asleep at night now, too much on the mind now to switch off easily.

45, Going for a pee in the night at least twice!

46, Extremely strange dreams!

47, You know you need to start your pelvic floor exercises before it is too late, maybe tomorrow?

48, Leaving your job and your old life behind as you, you have counted down this date for so long but now that it’s here it does’t seem real.

49, Your are now so big you are genuinely worried how much more your body can stretch to house this baby.

50, Braxton hicks so strong your not sure if you are peeing. Now you really do need to sit down and often, but not when people tell you your should be sitting down, that is defiantly when you want to stand up.

51, Strangers start offering you advice on how to go into labour and telling you gruesome horror stories thinking they were being helpful, now you just wish you never knew.

52, You are about to move onto the next chapter in your life and you just can’t wait!

53, You are ready to take on whatever labor is going to throw at you. You just want to get this baby out and finally meet her/him. 

 

How many of these did you tick off?

Speaking of checking things off – are you totally prepared for your trip to the hospital when your special day comes?

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3 Ways to get your toddlers to brush their teeth

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 | 0 comments

Teeth brushing can become a constant battle with your toddler. Its not uncommon for them to suddenly start clamping their mouth shut at brush times and refuse to let you come anywhere near them. They might run, scream and hide at the mention of a brush and it can become a very stressful time for you and upsetting for them.

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When Do Babies Roll Over?

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 | 0 comments

Is your baby becoming ever wriggly? He might not be far away from rolling over. Once baby has built up strength in his neck and has really good head control, he may soon reach this next milestone.

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5 Essential Baby-Proofing Tips for Parents

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 | 0 comments

Being a mother is unbelievably rewarding, but it’s not without its challenges either. Motherhood can be particularly demanding during your child’s formative years, especially in terms of safety. For infants, every turn offers new things to touch, smell, and sometimes, even new things to eat. In fact, the home can be a minefield of potential dangers, so it’s important for all mothers to do some baby-proofing to help protect their little bundle of joy. Here are a few things you can do:

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Your 1 Month Old Baby And You

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Here we are looking at what to expect in the first month of life with your newborn.

Congratulations

Firstly I would like to say a big congratulations on the birth of your baby. Did everything go to plan? Please share your birth stories by using the comments box at the end of this post.

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Going Back To Work

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 | 0 comments

Going back to work after a long period of time off can be difficult. For some, it is a welcomed step back into reality again but for others the thought of leaving baby can be very upsetting. It is a big change, but something you will quickly get used to.

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The REAL Secret To Sleeping

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Getting baby into a good sleep routine is always quite high on the priority list, after all, we all need a decent nights sleep to function properly. Some families are incredibly lucky and have super sleepers where as others feel they hardly get any sleep at all. What is the real secret to sleeping?

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Preparing Babys Nursery – The Furniture

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 | 0 comments

Your baby won’t be aware of his surroundings in the early months, but for you, sorting out baby’s nursery can be just the start to all the fun and excitement that comes with having a baby. Providing a warm, safe environment for baby is the number one aim. Here are some tips for preparing babys nursery.

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Preparing Babys Nursery – Decorating

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 | 0 comments

One of the exciting parts of pregnancy is preparing your baby’s nursery. Once you start getting this important room ready, everything will seem that little bit more real. Here are a few tips to help you along the way when it comes to preparing babys nursery.

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Baby Proofing – For Crawlers

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 | 0 comments

Crawling is an amazing acheivement for your little one and often a milestone that is longed for. However once your baby learns to crawl things completely change. Now is the time to take a new look on baby proofing your living space.

Once your baby learns to crawl she will soon be pulling herself up on furniture if she is not already. This stage of babyhood brings plenty of falls and bumps so be sure to re-access the safety of your home.

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When Do Babies Start Crawling?

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 | 0 comments

When Do Babies Start Crawling? There is always a new milestone around the corner with babies, especially in their first year. Learning to become mobile is one of the big ones. This amazing achievement will open up a whole new world to baby and put your baby on a fast track to walking. Theres no stopping her now!

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Baby Carriers, Do I need one?

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 | 0 comments

Baby carriers are that piece of baby equipment that you will either swear by or swear at. Many people love them but for some they just don’t feel right.

There are a few types of baby carrier available. Some baby carriers allow you to carry your baby in front of you when they are younger, they then adjust so you baby can be carried on you back as they get bigger.

Baby slings are great for younger babies who love to be cuddled. They are usually comfy enough to use around the house as well as out and about.

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How To Change A Diaper

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 | 0 comments

Life with a newborn will bring plenty of love cuddles and diaper changes! If you’ve never changed a diaper before here are a few tips for you. Don’t worry, you will be a pro in no time.

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Comforting Your Newborn

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 | 0 comments

Life with a newborn baby will certainly be filled with many ups and downs. Especially if you are a first time parent and everything is all new. Learning how to comfort your baby and being confident in doing so will come over time. will ease you through those difficult moments.

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When Do Babies Start Teething?

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 | 0 comments

When do babies start teething? Babies first teeth, commonly known as milk teeth, emerge through the gums at around six months of age. This process is called teething. The teething process can be a terrible time for your little one and for you . Some babies will get their milk teeth with no trouble at all where as others may suffer for weeks while the teeth are coming through.

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Baby Sleep Schedule

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 | 0 comments

Check here for our baby sleep schedule. It is hugely important to know how much sleep you new baby may need to be getting through both the day and night. This way you can ensure that you allow your baby to have the correct amount of down time that she needs to be happy and content.

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