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Understanding your child’s bowel movements
For new parents, getting to grips with your baby’s bowel movements can be overwhelming. I know it was for me! I always found myself thinking things like ‘Is this stool an odd colour?’, ‘Should Katie be soiling her nappy so often?’ and ‘What consistency should Katie’s stools be?’. The answer to these questions of mine – like most things to do with parenting – is that every baby is different. Your little one’s bowel movements are dependent on a number of different factors, such as whether they’re breastfeeding and how fast their metabolism is.
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How to create the perfect sleeping environment for your baby
Helping your baby get a good night’s sleep is essential not only for their wellbeing, but for yours too. If your little one is not sleeping properly, then the chances are that you are not getting much rest either – leaving you exhausted and probably stressed. While it is natural for a baby to wake throughout the night, and for new parents to suffer from broken sleep, you can help your baby rest better by creating the perfect sleeping environment for them. Here are just a few tips for doing so that I learnt while bringing up Katie.
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How to get your toddler to sleep in their own bed
After the months of sleepless nights and early morning wakeup calls that come with looking after a baby, it is natural that you would look forward to some good nights’ sleep when your little one reaches about 18 months. But for some toddlers, sleeping on their own in the dark is not a comforting idea, and, as they are now able to toddle around, they might decide that snuggling up with mum and dad is more appealing. Here are just some of the tips I gained when Katie was going through a phase of wanting to sleep in my bed as a toddler.
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When should my baby start crawling and walking?
A baby’s first year is full of exciting new discoveries for them when it comes to getting mobile. From bum-shuffling and crawling through to taking those wobbly first steps, your little one will experiment with lots of types of movement until they feel confident and independent enough to start toddling around. Before you know it, they’ll be zooming round the house spiritedly and you’ll be wondering where your docile little bundle of joy went!
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When can I start feeding my baby solids?
Moving your baby onto solids is a big step that cannot be rushed. Your little one needs to be completely ready to be weaned off breastmilk or formula, and it is a process that takes time. Your baby will have only ever tasted, digested and had the sensation of milk in their mouths, so you can imagine the textures and flavour sensations they’ll experience when they move onto mashed vegetables and soft fruits. When Katie was moving onto solids, she loved all the new foods she put in her mouth, but this doesn’t mean she always swallowed them!
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How to keep your baby at a comfortable temperature in the summer
Sticky, humid nights are hard enough to deal with as an adult, but, for babies and toddlers, they can be very uncomfortable. Here are some tips to keep your baby at a comfortable temperature in the summer.
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Protecting your baby’s skin in the summer sun
There’s nothing lovelier than taking your baby to the beach for their first ‘dip’ in the sea, or watching your little one toddle around happily on the sand. Here are just a few tips I’ve picked up about keeping babies safe and happy while they play in the summer sun.
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Should I wake my baby to feed them?
The first few weeks of being a parent is usually an exhausting blur of feeds, cuddles, broken sleep and gritty eyes. So, it’s natural to feel reluctant about waking your newborn every two hours for a feed. Here are some tips to make sure your little one stays happy and calm when you wake them.
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Spotting and treating nappy rash
Sometimes, the friction caused by nappies can result in nappy rash. Here are some tips for spotting and treating nappy rash, picked up from years of being a mum.
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Coping with tiredness and disrupted sleep patterns as a new parent
Being a new parent can be exhausting, but there are ways you can get in sync with your baby’s sleep patterns and enjoy a good night’s rest. Here are some tips on coping with tiredness as a new parent, and ensuring both you and your baby are able to sleep soundly more often.
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