All posts tagged: new parents

Newborn Babies & Sleep

Lack of sleep is the most common conversations in my postnatal sessions and the beginning of life with your new baby can be a haze of sleeplessness, with no distinction between night and day. However chaotic this may seem, it is all totally normal. Newborns may only sleep for between 90 minutes – 2 hours at time, night and day. Some new babies may sleep for longer chunks in the day, spending the rest of their day sleeping and feeding – total sleep over 24 hours for a new baby can range between 11-19hours Why can’t babies sleep for longer?Babies have small stomachs so they need regular calories to grow and develop. Their body systems are immature so babies are meant to be close to their mothers to help regulate their temperature, breathing and heart rate, as well as regulating any stress they experience as part of their development and adapting to the world around them. Babies sleep cycles are about 45 minutes long (compared to 90 minutes for an adult) and they have more …

New Baby Services & Groups

In those early days weeks with your new baby, you will start to find your feet, although life may still feel chaotic and overwhelming. And you can start to think about what support you might need and what groups you can start to go to. Breastfeeding support La Leche League provides support and drop-in sessions women who are breastfeeding. http://www.laleche.org.uk to search for your local groups Sling hire & consultations North East Sling Library provides sling hire as well as private consultations for parents across the North East. http://www.northeastslinglibrary.co.uk to find our more and to find your local sling library Mother Cuppa I run weekly sessions for information, support and reassurance – as well as company, conversation, tea & cake – for you to come along to with your baby from new to crawling. Suitable from birth. Baby Massage I run a 5 week course for mums and their babies. I run small groups so sessions are informal and friendly with conversation, tea, cake and reassurance about all things baby. The sessions are relaxing for …

Finding your feet with your new baby

No-one has all the answers with a baby and those early days, weeks and months can be full of challenges and emotion. It can help to be kind to yourself, keep your days simple, give your baby time to adjust and take your time to get to know your baby. 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 with them. 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 …

Early Days With Your 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 this could be helpful for you… First 5 daysIn 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. 6-10 daysThis 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. 11-15 daysDepending 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 be looked after for a bit longer, so you are not jumping straight into doing. …

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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 …