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Most days I see mums and babies and the range of sleep – or lack of it – varies so much. Some babies sleep most of the night, others sleep in chunks of a few hours and the rest are up every hour. No two babies are the same and this is why books can be frustrating because your baby might not match their sleep descriptions. The reasons why babies wake frequently can be down to hunger and thirst, needing reassurance, discomfort from wind, reflux or teething or just not knowing how to get themselves back to sleep when they wake up. Sleep can be affected with growth spurts and developmental leaps – which despite apps such as Wonder Weeks – can be unique to your baby. The 2 biggest developmental leaps for your baby are around 4 months and at about 8-10 months (when brain/physical development is happening) when sleep could be at its worst but I have been around enough babies to know that it does vary a great deal. Frequent night-wakings and …

Early Days With A Newborn

The early days with a newborn means you are probably learning fast that your beautiful baby doesn’t come with any instructions. You may be feeling more than a little lost and there are no easy solutions but this could be helpful for you… Early days with a newborn: the first 5 days In these early few days, you need to rest, be comfortable and be looked after as you feed, look after and get to know your baby.Focus on having 5 days in bed to properly rest and recharge. Early days with a newborn: 6-10 days This is still a time to rest, recharge and to be looked after. Focus on being on your bed/sofa for these 5 days so you are still resting, snoozing and being with your baby but you may be pottering about a bit more. Early days with a newborn: 11-15 days Depending on how you feel, you could be doing a bit more, getting outside now and seeing more visitors. Even if you feel well, it is still beneficial to …

Newborn Facts

Newborn facts – your new baby is an amazing little creature with a strong survival instinct and a strong need for food, safety and comfort. Here are a selection of interesting newborn facts. The average weight of a newborn baby7.7lb (3.5kg) Changes to your baby’s heart & lungs… As soon as your baby is born, there are some major changes taking place in his body as he needs to breathe for himself and pump blood around his body. Immediately after birth, his lungs inflate and blood travels from the right side of the heart to the lungs for oxygen, back to the left side of the heart and into the aorta, the main artery of the body. The Ductus Arteriosus (which forces blood to bypass the lungs in pregnancy), the Ductus Venosus (which forces fetal blood to bypass the liver in pregnancy) and the umbilical vessels close. Your baby’s skull… Your new baby’s skull has bony plates with two soft spots (fontanelles) to allow the plates to overlap, to change shape for the birth canal. …

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Can I Cuddle My Baby?

The question Can I Cuddle My Baby? comes up a lot especially from new mums with a baby who just wants to cling. My aim with this post is to provide good information about baby development, our parenting instincts, what’s normal and why cuddling our babies and children is not just lovely it’s crucial. In our society babies can be seen as creatures to control and to train, and parents are encouraged to make their babies independent and self soothing. Any parent who cuddles and carries and soothes their babies can be seen as giving in, as failing, as making a rod for their own back. So, if you are asking Can I Cuddle My Baby? Here’s what the research tell us… When your baby is born  he has approximately 200 billion brain cells but there are very few connections in his higher brain – these connections are mainly responsible for  emotional and social intelligence. 90% of brain growth takes place in the first five years of life Early stress (prolonged crying) can create negative changes in  baby’s …