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September, 2013

29 Sep 13

Letting your baby cry it out

First-time parents often cannot resist rushing to their baby’s side when he or she starts to cry. This is good! After all, crying is a baby’s first form of communication. A child’s tears tell mummy and daddy that “I’m hungry”, “I need a new nappy” or “I feel ill” in place of speech. But when it comes to sleep, sometimes letting your child cry for a bit before offering comfort isn’t such a bad idea. This can be tough for new parents, but the Cry It Out technique is important for babies to learn how to self-soothe and fall asleep on their own. Many paediatricians and sleep experts such as Richard Ferber, author of the book Solving Your Child’s Sleep Problems, say that crying is often an unavoidable part of baby sleep training. Sleep training Just like learning to chew, crawl and talk, learning to fall asleep is a skill which babies […]

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11 Sep 13

Travelling by car with a baby on board

Car journeys with a baby can be a stressful experience for first-time parents. The sights and sounds of traffic can be stressful for your baby, too! With cars honking, tyres screeching, motors revving and traffic whizzing by, it’s no wonder some babies become unsettled. But there are certain things mum and dad can do to make travelling by car with a baby easier for everyone on board. Encourage sleep Try to plan car journeys for when your baby is due for a nap. That way, he or she can doze off while you navigate traffic. Always travel with a soft blanket to encourage your baby to sleep in the car, especially if the journey is long or you are travelling at night. Things generally take a lot longer when young children are involved, so make sure you leave extra time to complete the trip. Drive at a steady speed and avoid any harsh […]

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02 Sep 13

Introducing solid foods to babies

Babies grow and change so quickly. Your newborn won’t be a newborn for long! Just when first-time parents have mastered the basics such as breast-feeding, their baby becomes curious about what mummy and daddy are eating and begins to reach for a taste of this and that. Introducing solid foods to babies is one of the first major transitions that parents must navigate. But how do you know when your little one is ready? Reading the Signs There are a variety of things to consider when deciding if you should wean your child on to solid foods. Babies normally begin to sample solid foods around six months old when they have at least doubled their birth weight. Be careful that you do not start too early! The digestive systems of young infants cannot handle solid food. An important factor in determining if your baby should try solid foods is the presence or […]

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