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30 Nov 13

Soothing a crying baby

As a first-time parent, one of the first things you will have to learn is how to soothe your baby when he or she is crying. The first step to soothing a crying baby is to find out why he or she is crying. It can be a challenge, like learning another language! For new parents, trial and error is a good way to start until you learn to distinguish between cries. Your baby may cry because he or she is hungry, tired, bored, too hot, too cold, overstimulated, has a dirty nappy, has wind, or simply wants a cuddle. Depending on the reason, here are some ways to comfort them. Suckling and singing The action of suckling can be soothing for your baby. If you are breast-feeding, try letting your baby suckle your breast, or if you are bottle-feeding, give them a sterilised dummy. Do not dip it in anything sweet […]

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31 Oct 13

Coping with sleep deprivation as a new parent

As a first-time parent, your life has changed significantly. You are now charged with the care of a precious little infant who, among other things, doesn’t yet have a sleep schedule in sync with yours. Sleep deprivation as a new parent can be tough – it’s fairly common to average only four consecutive hours of sleep a night. But this can have a knock-on effect on your performance and ability to focus during the day. It’s important that first-time parents know the best ways to cope with this inevitable lack of sleep. If baby sleeps, you sleep A good rule that new parents should follow is: if your baby is sleeping, you should be sleeping. If you take advantage of the time that your infant is asleep, you will find that you get more hours of sleep overall. They may not be consecutive hours, but every little bit helps. Some parents have […]

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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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