All posts tagged: newborn baby

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 …

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. …