Making a baby sleep

December 24, 2008 by  
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A baby naps whenever he feels the need, but the parents will suffer from disrupted nights until he learns to adapt to routine. Sleep problems can recur throughout childhood and should be tackled before they turn into bad habits.

Persuading your child to sleep through, it is unlikely to happen immediately; you should prioritize your arrangements tallow you to make up for some of those lost hours. Sleep deprivation can be serious problem. Make it clear to family and friends that you would welcome any help they care to offer. Getting your baby to sleep establishing a routine may sound like old-fashioned “Nanny Talk”, but it will help him to know what to expect and what is expected of him. Discourage friends from calling in the early evening and avoid going out at night with the baby. Instead, resign yourself to a few months of routine and eventually you will feel energetic enough to go out while babysitter minds you’re sleeping child.

Provide a drink or feed, a warm bath, dim lights and a look at his picture books or a few quiet songs. Learn to put your baby down when he is sleepy and relaxed but not already asleep. If he is always putdown when asleep, he’ll wake and wonder where you are. Ensure that his room is warm — not hot — and that it is dark enough but not pitch black. Keep cottons to a minimum but put in a

Mobile or light box for him to fix his eyes on. For a baby who won’t settle down, you can try the “check and leave” Routine, which may mean putting up with a lot of screaming. You will need cooperation from your partner and family, and it helps to make a chart to record your baby’s sleep progress. To ensure success, you must be firmly committed. Begin when you have a few clear weeks in which you can keep to a routine and not be disturbed by visitors who may find a

Screaming child upsetting. The success rate for parents using this tactic is  high — and before your resolve weakens, remember that long-term disturbed sleep patterns can inhibit your child’s growth and development, as well as harm your health.

When your baby screams after he has-been put down at bedtime, go to him after exactly one minute. Do not pick him up or establish eye contact. Say some soothing words, stroke him on the headland leave. He will probably scream again, and you will have to repeat your performance after two minutes, then after three minutes, then four. Keep the “check and leave” to every four minutes for three nights. Some babies realize night-time isles rewarding for getting attention and settle quickly after a week. Others resistor longer. During the second and third week you should “check” him every five minutes. This strategy only works if you are completely consistent.

Night waking older children can regress to night waking, which can become a habit if you let it. Usually there is a cause that needs identifying. Fears about starting school or other changes to routine can prompt sleeplessness. You can allay your child’s concerns through stories or talking.

The amount of sleep that a child needs is variable. Don’t trap an older child in the “baby” routine, expecting him to got bed when he isn’t tired. Look for signs of tiredness during the day to determine if he is getting enough sleep, and make time for regular physical exercise. Hours of television or computer games can act as a sedative at the time, only to make the mind overactive at night. If your 10 or11 year old is sleeping late at weekends; it may be he is catching up on sleep and needs more during weeknights.

Breast Feeding Tips and Guidelines

December 21, 2008 by  
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There are many advantages of breastfeeding, both for the mother and the baby. There are many substances in breast milk that is absent in cow’s milk. Also, there are far less problems and complications associated with breast milk than with any other milk.
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Pregnancy Fitness After The Baby Is Born

December 20, 2008 by  
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One of the most striking differences you would notice after the delivery of your baby is how different your body looks. During the course of nine months, your body has gone through a number of changes, many of which you might have not enjoyed. But now, your baby is here and it’s time to lose the excess weight you had gained over the entire course of your pregnancy.
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