5 steps to help a newborn baby sleep in a bassinet

5 steps to help a newborn baby sleep in a bassinet Why won’t my newborn baby sleep in the bassinet?  We all have that image of newborn babies sleeping peacefully in a bassinet. We assume that they’ll spend most of the day there and only come out for a nappy change or a feed.  The …

Giving a baby a pacifier/dummy: pros and cons

Giving a baby a pacifier/dummy: pros and cons Should you give your baby a pacifier/dummy? Parents often assume that all babies automatically need a pacifier/dummy. But do they really? This article will explore the use of a dummy for babies, when they can be helpful and beneficial, and what some of the drawbacks of using …

What’s normal in the first few weeks: a nappy chart

What’s normal in the first few weeks: a nappy chart  Click on the nappy chart to access a downloadable PDF, or scroll to the end of this article to see it:  What goes in, must come out It’s amazing how obsessed you become with your child’s nappies in the first few weeks! I’d been a …

Newborn baby cues: understand what your baby is telling you

Newborn baby cues: understand what your baby is telling you Most of us, as new parents, find it really hard to interpret those newborn baby cues. They grunt, grimace, and cry… but what do they need?? Sometimes, we try something and our babies just cry louder. Then we start to worry and panic that we’re …

You’re a new mum and baby is cluster feeding: here’s what you need to know

You’re a new mum and baby is cluster feeding: here’s what you need to know Cluster feeding: it’s pretty tough, isn’t it? When you were pregnant, you probably had an idea of what breastfeeding would be like. You imagined feeding your baby for 20 minutes every three hours. But now that your baby is here, …

Newborn sleep: why is my baby waking so much?

Help! My newborn baby isn’t sleeping at night time! Sleeping like a baby Whoever said “sleeping like a baby” has clearly never met a newborn, right? Newborn sleep comes as a real shock to the system. If you have a newborn baby and you’re reading this, you are probably exhausted. Your newborn baby is probably …

Newborn babies, week one and priorities

Newborn babies, week one and priorities This blog was originally published on my old website, on the 15th September, 2017, a week after my second child was born. I’ve not edited any of the content, apart from adding some more photos.  My newborn baby is a week old! I had great plans to write and …

Newborn babies: the distress of crying and colic

Newborn babies: the distress of crying and colic What is colic?? The definition of colic has changed over the years, but essentially colic can be defined as sustained, inconsolable crying in an otherwise well baby. As I said in my previous blog, it doesn’t really matter whether it’s officially colic or *just* that your baby …

Is this something to worry about?

Is this something to worry about? The early days are a steep learning curve.  Babies do some really weird things in the early days and it’s sometimes hard to work out if it’s something to worry about or not. The hardest thing is to see our babies look uncomfortable or not be able to stop …

What you need to know about using a sling/carrier with a newborn baby

What you need to know about using a sling/carrier with a newborn baby Using a sling/carrier with a newborn baby can be daunting. There is definitely a learning curve involved and you want to make sure your baby is safe. However, they can be such a lifesaver! A sling is, hands down, my top parenting tool …