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Life with your brand new baby

 Congratulations, your baby is here and you are a parent! You are probably learning fast that this beautiful new creature doesn’t come with any instructions and you may be feeling more than a little lost. There are no easy solutions but it can be helpful to: Trust your instincts – cuddle, feed and carry your new baby to soothe and comfort. You will not be spoiling him, you will not be making a rod for your own back – you will be providing love, comfort and security.   Give yourself time to get to know your baby and time to adjust to your new life. You both need time to get to know each other, so you can get used to how your baby is communicating with you through sounds, cries, movement and behaviour.   Accept or ask for help – you do not need to be superwoman and feel that you need to do it all. If you need help or if you feel that you need a break for an hour or so – …

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Throughout Your Maternity Leave

When your baby is here and you are on maternity leave, there is a lot of information on these pages about babies and mumming and I provide support and sessions for parents with a baby… Postnatal Doula Service – 1:1 support during the early days with your baby to help with feeding, sleep and adjusting to life with a new baby. Mother Cuppa – a weekly drop-in session for mums at the end of their pregnancy and for mums on maternity leave with their baby Baby Massage – a small group course for mums and babies running over 5 weeks with conversation, support, tea and cake Weaning Workshop – a small group session to take the stress out of introducing solid food 1:1 Consultations – private sessions to provide practical information and support as well as to talk through any anxieties and fears, your adjustment to being a parent | birth debrief | sleep support   My small group sessions take place in my home in North Shields and my 1:1 sessions can take place …

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New Baby Survival Guide

Congratulations, your baby is here and you are a parent! You are probably learning fast that this beautiful new creature doesn’t come with any instructions and you may be feeling more than a little lost. There are no easy solutions but it can be helpful to: Trust your instincts – cuddle, feed and carry your new baby to soothe and comfort. You will not be spoiling him, you will not be making a rod for your own back – you will be providing love, comfort and security. Give yourself time to get to know your baby and time to adjust to your new life. You both need time to get to know each other, so you can get used to how your baby is communicating with you through sounds, cries, movement and behaviour. Accept or ask for help – you do not need to be superwoman and feel that you need to do it all. If you need help or if you feel that you need a break for an hour or so – ask! You …

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Getting your toddler ready for a new baby

Your toddler or young child might not really understand the news about your pregnancy, especially a young toddler, so there might not be any benefit in talking about it early in your pregnancy. Toddlers have no concept of time so it might be worth holding off until focusing on the baby until your bump is big and birth only a few weeks away. When talking about ‘the baby in your tummy’ you could include conversations about what the baby might like to do, where will you go together and what the baby will need – it could also be beneficial to tell your toddler that the new baby won’t be able to play and to include the reality which is that a baby will need milk, sleep and time in a sling and/or pram. Reading books together can be a great way to talk about your pregnancy. Some older toddlers might like to come along to an antenatal appointment, so they can listen to the baby’s heartbeat. I remember my almost three year old daughter, …

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A Letter To Me

Dear Me I know you are tired and confused and sore and feeling a bit lost but I promise you it will get better. I know you are feeling unsure about your ability to be a mum, about whether you are ready for the responsibility of being a mum and looking after your brand new baby girl – at times it will be a tough journey but being a mum will make you the happiest you have ever been. The reality of having a baby is so different from your expectations and you can feel the overwhelming weight of responsibility on your shoulders – it is early days, your hormone levels are still all over the place and you are tired and sore from giving birth. Breastfeeding hurts and you didn’t expect it to be this hard but, this too, will ease and I hope you can focus on the positives – your baby is feeding and well, you just don’t have any support to know what is normal. Stick at it because you will …