STOP telling me my baby should be napping for at least an hour...

STOP telling me my baby should be napping for at least an hour. STOP telling me that "cat naps" are a problem that needs fixing. STOP telling me my baby needs to learn to link sleep cycles. My baby is nearly 6 months old and he naps for 30 minutes at a time during the day, even when he's safe and snug in my arms. He has had predictably short naps ever since he hit 3 months of age. It is NORMAL for some babies to recharge after only a short nap (sometimes called a "cat nap"). Naps will often naturally lengthen with age, as babies start to link sleep cycles more efficiently. If your baby wakes after a short period then you can try to help him back to sleep. However, you can't force it. Spendin

Growing Pains

My baby is 5.5 months old and I think he might be ready for solids… Unfortunately (for him) I’m not. It’s not that I’m dreading the mess, the nappies, the food preparation (though in all honestly, I am dreading all those things). No, it’s something way deeper. Something that makes my heart ache. It’s that my baby is suddenly approaching 6 months of age and it has just hit me like a freight train that half of his baby-stage is over. The newborn period disappeared in the blink of an eye. I remember it being so long with my daughter. In fact, when she was around 8 weeks old it felt a bit like Groundhog Day. Same thing, day in, day out. But not so with my son. Maybe it's because he's my second a

Skin To Skin

There have been numerous studies done that show the importance and benefits of skin to skin contact for both premature and term babies. Some of the benefits to baby include - regulation of body temperature, reduced crying, stabilising heart rate and blood glucose levels, and stimulating self-latching and coordinated sucking at the breast! Ideally babies should have at least an hour of uninterrupted skin to skin contact with their mother after birth, assuming that they are both well enough to do so. After this time, and after baby has had a good breastfeed, I am a huge advocate for encouraging dad to have some skin to skin cuddles too. This picture is of my husband and our daughter having a l

Sleep Regression? Nope...

Last week he would happily fall asleep beside me on the bed for naps. Then I could ninja roll away... This week, he just wants to sleep in my arms (or face-down on top of me!) "Regression?" Nope. Just a different week with a baby whose brain is growing and wiring up faster than you can imagine. His needs have changed. And they will change again. That's okay... One of the most important things you can do as a parent is adapt - adapt and be flexible to your baby's changing needs... What your baby needed from you yesterday, last week, last month... he may not need from you now. He might have nodded off happily in his cot last week. This week he might need to be rocked. He might have slept in 4

Flying With Baby

Here are a few handy tips for flying short-haul with a baby... 1) Don't book a 5pm flight. Seriously! For some reason, we thought getting on a plane with a 3.5 month old at Witching Hour was a good idea... This photo above captures the moment I realised how stupid this idea was. My daughter was screaming and I had to resort to tearing off my t-shirt and covering her with it to try and calm her down (my baby was easily overstimulated and after 4pm had zero tolerance for anything and everyone - especially a crowded airport.) Luckily covering her up worked and she slept for the rest of the flight... Crisis narrowly averted and lesson well learned. 2) Pack a spare change of clothes for baby, and

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