All posts filed under: Let’s Talk About Babies

Beyond Birth

An online birth workshop to provide effective preparation for those first hours, days and weeks after childbirth. Meeting your baby Preparing your home Early days & weeks Coping strategies Rest & recovery With resources to read and use at home. You will benefit from working with an experienced birth practitioner to provide you with essential information and options and the opportunity to ask questions as you prepare well for the birth of your baby. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to:*develop your own birth plan with questions and strategies*think about what you might need and what you can do*know what questions to ask*know more about potential challenges and how to manage them*have resources to reflect on the birth of your baby This is how the online birth workshops work… You can pay here with Paypal or you can contact me for online banking details I will email across the resources for your workshop The sessions run over Zoom We will talk through the information & images so you have a chance to ask …

Personal Consultations

My practice specialises in 1:1 sessions with parents – this focuses on your need for information, support and reassurance about pregnancy, birth, your baby, being a parent and looking after you. Pregnancy Giving you the opportunity to ask questions, gather information and talk through decisions as well as any worries. Birth Preparation Consultations Tailored to you, these sessions provide a foundation of robust knowledge, strategies and skills you can rely on. Baby Preparation Consultations To better prepare for life beyond the birth of your baby. Birth Debrief To talk through and make sense of the birth of your baby Postnatal Consultations To focus on your family throughout the first year with your baby. Consultations For Mums For you, the person behind the parent, to work through different issues while balancing being a parent. As an experienced practitioner, I am not here to tell you what to do – I am here to listen, to inform, to reassure and to provide an experienced perspective. To find out more – send a message here.Janine Smith | A specialist …

Baby Sleep

Every parent wants more sleep and the battle to get more can be all-consuming. As a practitioner who speaks to a lot of parents with babies, I know how varied and exhausting baby sleep – and the lack of it – can be. A huge issue with baby sleep is that our expectations can be set too high. While some babies can sleep for many hours, many cannot and that is totally normal. Expecting this and planning around it could make the biggest difference to stress levels and support. Baby sleep facts Newborns may only sleep for up to 2 hours at time By 3 months, some babies will sleep for longer periods. 47% will wake 3-4 times By 5 months, 50% babies will be able to sleep for 8 hours on some nights (but not necessarily in one block of sleep) At 6 months, 84% of babies will wake atleast once By 12 months, 73% babies can sleep for 8 hours on most nights (but not necessarily in one block of sleep) and 50% …

Baby Development

Every baby develops at their own rate and they can change quickly from one week to the next. This is a basic guide to what babies might be able to do and enjoy within their first year. Baby Development – what might your baby be doing? 0-3 monthsRecognises your face, smell and voiceResponding to your smile and touchUses subtle body movements and facial expressions to communicateGrips your finger At this age, babies often respond well to looking at your face, along with contrasting colours and light. 3-6 monthsPushes his body up and shows interest in people and things he likesSitting with helpReaching for toysExploring toysPlaying with you Babies start to become more physical with rolling and sitting and they take more of an interest in the world around them. They will like toys and items they can explore and play with, especially with different colours, sounds and textures. A baby’s world opens up from 3 months when their eyesight has developed so they can look, play and explore. 6-9 monthsStarting to copy youPicking up small …

4th trimester

4th Trimester

The 4th trimester is a very special time – it is a time of adjustment and of getting to know your new baby. Some babies are born ready for the world and others need another 3 months to adjust. Being a parent is very similar so it can be essential to give yourself another trimester to adjust to being a parent and to get to know your baby. You also need to give yourself some time to heal from pregnancy and birth. This can be a time to keep things simple and slow.