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7 Reasons Your Baby Is (Still) Awake 

Sleep comes so naturally to us adults, that when a baby fights it at every turn it can seem totally bonkers — who doesn’t love their bed?!

Restless baby

The fact is that being outside of the womb means needs aren’t met instantaneously, also, the barrage of sensory stimuli is constant; it’s not easy to adjust to this new life, and even tougher to wind down to catch a break from it.

Here’s 7 needs/stimuli-related reasons your little one may not be drifting off easy.

They’re hungry

It seems an obvious one to be able to discern, but if you’re feeding on a schedule you may be less aware of your baby’s hunger cues – especially if they’re needing to up their intake due to a growth spurt. Plus, being super-sensitive creatures, a number of things can throw off babies’ normal eating patterns, like teething or changes to routine. Offer bubs a feed – or a top-up – to rule out a rumbling belly.

They’re over-stimulated

If your tot’s been to a new place, or missed a nap and been doing and seeing for a little too long, they might struggle switching off from all the excitement. The key here is to slow down the flow of sensory input; darken the room, drown out household sounds with white noise, and have some one-to-one cuddles without interruption.

They’re growing and changing

The first rule parents need to learn about routine is that there is no routine; at least not one you can rely on for an extended length of time. Babies are dynamic beings developing at phenomenal speed – so what works one day might not work the next. Don’t freak out, get flexible; and see if changing things up – like increased awake time, feeds, or naps – remedies the insomnia.

They need to move

Anything that mimics their time spent in-utero could help settle babies into slumber. Try movement – rocking, being walked about, toted in a sling or even travelling in the car – to replicate the lulling motions of the womb.

They need to suck

The sucking reflex is both calming and developmentally beneficial for tots; try relaxing your baby by allowing them to enjoy their favourite pastime at the breast, bottle or dummy.

They miss you

Your babe has spent nigh on a year inside you, so moments of solitude are more of a shock than a welcome opportunity to rest. Bear in mind that ‘teaching’ your baby to soothe themselves can only intensify anxiety – weather the storm with your lil’ ‘un and their sense of security will be stronger for it. If you’re struggling to cope, don’t be afraid to call in reinforcements – and take friends and family up on offers to help out with meals, chores, or babysitting siblings.

They feel poorly

The fact that babies can’t talk makes it particularly difficult to diagnose an underlying ailment as responsible for their wakefulness. The usual suspects tend to be teething, colic, ear aches and colds, but make a note of symptoms, and if the struggle with sleep persists, run them past your family doctor or paediatrician.

Via babyology.com

4 Questions to Help Choose the Right Car Seat

They’re definitely not the most exciting – or cute – of baby stuff purchases you’ll make, but car seats are by far one of, if not the, most important. However, the sheer magnitude of models on the market can quickly turn the process of getting one into a stressful ordeal; check out Babyology’s car seat checklist to help you find the safest (and most practical) fit for your child.

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Studies Show that Laughter Helps Little Ones Learn

There’s plenty research pointing to the psychosomatic connection between laughter – even smiling – and good health.  And now a team of French scientists has discovered that humour appears to help the learning process, too.

Studies Show that Laughter Helps Little Ones Learn

The findings of the experiment, conducted by Rana Esseily and her colleagues, and published in the journal Cognition and Emotion, reveal that toddlers who laughed at the actions of an adult were better able to mirror those actions themselves.

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Parenting isn’t All Peachy – and it’s Good to Say So

According to a recent study, a staggering 87 per cent of modern day mums report feelings of isolation, with over a third feeling isolated almost every day.

Ironically, the sense of being alone as one adjusts to motherhood is an experience shared by many. And yet, the majority of us don’t open up about it.

Parenting isn't All Peachy - and it's Good to Say So

Parenting expert Pinky Mackay explains, “Isolation is a huge issue. I see many new mums struggling with sleep issues and feeding issues. Often they are afraid to reach out and ask for help because there is this perception that everyone else is coping. This leaves women feeling isolated because they fear being judged.”

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Even Babies Hurt Our Feelings

You’ve spent the last ten minutes performing pantomime for your baby, mustering every expression in the human facial vocabulary, and not a smile – not even a hint. That time you slaved over the stove cooking a delicious homemade meal for your tot and not only was it met with utter disdain but hurled on the floor with insulted indifference. Or when you pull in for a cuddle and your child spots a friend from nursery and your love is forgotten.

Even Babies Hurt Our Feelings

You hide the tears but your feelings have been hurt. It’s a parent’s life.

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