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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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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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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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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How To Plan A Baby Shower

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 | 0 comments

Planning a baby shower should be an enjoyable experience. Whether your budget is big or small you can make the shower very special. Here are some tips on how to plan a baby shower. Giving you ideas on all the things you need to think about.

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How To Swaddle A Baby

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 | 0 comments

Here we talk you through how to swaddle a baby.

 

Swaddling Your Newborn

Most newborn babies love to be swaddled. Swaddling gives babies a sense of security and comfort. It helps them to feel safe, and enclosed, just like when they were in the womb.

Swaddling can be a great,effective way to sooth and clam your baby.

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