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Baby routines. Yay or nay for a newborn?

Baby routines. Yay or nay for a newborn?

Many questions arise for new parents once they bring their bundle of joy home from hospital. Should considering a 'baby routine' be one of them?

Feeding through the night.

Feeding through the night.

AM I...Taking a relaxed approach OR in control and getting my baby to sleep through? Being relaxed and going with the flow OR knuckling down and eliminating these unnecessary night feeds?...

I am so tired

I am so tired

After much crying from both Sam and myself there is finally an improvement in his sleep now he is 11 weeks old. From birth Sam would only go to sleep when I fed or cuddled him and when I put him in his cot asleep he woke after 20 minutes.

It's essential to share the load

It's essential to share the load

As Alberto has discovered, it's essential to share the load of both paid and unpaid work when you have a baby.

Sleep deprivation

Sleep deprivation

I cannot believe how bad the sleep deprivation has been. L is now 3 months, and he’s sleeping way better than he used to, but it’s still not easy. With apologies to the LGBT movement, I just keep thinking: “it gets better.” Or, I look at my own mum, and realize it must get better at some point …

Sleeping at Night

Sleeping at Night

Iris is 11 weeks today and as she grows, and jumps up a size in her clothes, I can't help but feel a little sad ... she's growing too fast! But it's these times that I realise how lucky I am to have a year off from work so that I can focus on this beautiful little person in our lives...

Teething

Teething

Who would have thought a teething child causes more sleepless nights than a newborn.  Well this is my life right now.,,

The Feed-Play-Sleep routine

The Feed-Play-Sleep routine

Jane Fisher elaborates on a topic she's asked frequently about when working at residential early parenting services - baby routines.

Why does my baby cry?

Why does my baby cry?

New mum Poppy wants to know ... how do you know a 'cry' from a real cry?

Wrapping as a form of baby settling

Wrapping as a form of baby settling

They taught you how to 'wrap' your baby in hospital, but what is all the fuss really about?