Self-esteem can be very tenuous. As parents, when our children fail it is easy to feel their sadness and try and take it away or compensate for it.
So you’re traveling. Across several time zones. With a Baby.
Or maybe going on Holiday for the first time with your baby, we shouldn't need to stay chained to our homes, especially when babies are extremely portable. But before you set out, I want to make sure you’re armed with all the information you need to maintain great sleep.
As parents, wanting the best for our children and trying to make sure they are well rested, can consume our thoughts and minds. We do everything in our power to ensure our little ones get that snooze. As sleep challenges continue and change through your child’s development, you may employ the help of a sleep prop, or a few sleep props. It’s something you may even be using now, without even knowing it. What are sleep props? Are they real things? Let’s investigate.
Bringing a new baby into the house is a glorious, exciting and maybe terrifying occasion, especially when you have one or two already, and it can bring up a whole lot of questions.
Becoming a new family is be a big change, with all the happiness and excitement there is also uncertainty, you might have realised that the cot is useless as your baby only wants be on you and establishing feeding is exhausting and as the weeks go by you wonder why your baby is not in a routine yet, it can be overwhelming and you want to have normality, but what is that now? I have found the 7 attitudes to mindfulness helpful for parents in the early days - let me explain.
A toddler leaving their bedroom may sound harmless, but if it happens often enough, it can be every bit as hard on parents and children as constant night waking. And toddlers can be incredibly persistent when they’re trying to get their way
Oh no – no more nap! While a lot of parents live in fear of removing their child’s nap, there are a lot of benefits to it. Not only are you not tied to your house in the middle of the day, but if bedtimes have become a battle for hours at a time and your child is 2.5-3.5 it can the answer you are looking for.
I get it. I really do. After all, I’m a mother myself. The absolutely primal and uncontrollable impulse to stay close to your baby is so deeply rooted in our DNA that it’s almost frightening sometimes. I’m sure evolutionary defensive instincts are what’s at play in this phenomenon, but it feels more like love to me. I just love this little human to the point where I want to be in contact with them 24/7, 365. And hey, the baby doesn’t seem to mind, and there’s just something so beautiful, so maternal, about sleeping next to your baby, that it almost seems crazy not to.
I use Story Massage as an approach to help toddlers get ready, relaxed and calm for bedtime, it is a practical and simple way of introducing positive touch into the bedtime routine, particularly for the wriggly child (you know if you have one) who would benefit from the release of the love hormone (oxytocin) but simply won’t sit still for full on massage techniques.
At the risk of generalising here, it’s been my experience that there’s usually one parent who handles the bulk of the nighttime responsibilities. And that parent, in a man/woman relationship, is almost always Mum. Now, before you go accusing me of sexism or stereotyping, I’d just like to point out that there’s a reason this happens