It’s no secret that babies disrupt sleep. Heck, when I was pregnant with Baby Boo I lost count of the amount of people who warned me about the nocturnal horrors of newborns. It’s a good thing too, because for the first six weeks she woke every couple of hours during the night. Fortunately, at eight weeks there was respite when she began sleeping through. I was euphoric. Then, at four months disaster struck, and we had the first of many sleep regressions. Now I live in fear of the 3am yell that tells me another round of nightly wake ups is on the way. However, this time I’m prepared, because I recently caught up with parent educator, midwife and founder of Baby Senses, Cecile de Scally, to get the lowdown on what causes sleep regressions and how to prevent them. Here’s what she had to say…
There’s a quote printed on the wall of JustKidding’s store that always makes me smile. ‘Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.’ I think pretty much every parent can relate to this. Pre-motherhood I certainly told myself I was never going to be one of those parents. Then Baby Boo came along and I broke all my own rules… or at least I think I did… I was delirious with tiredness most of the time. I know I’m not alone, which is why I put together this list of oh-so-common parenting turnarounds. How many did you swear you wouldn’t do as a parent (but do)?
Before I had Baby Boo, this seemed like a no-brainer. You reach 40 weeks, your waters break and hey presto, you give birth. No big questions marks there. But, like most things in life, there’s a difference between theory and practice. As any mum will tell you, the final stage of pregnancy is filled with odd feelings and peculiar sensations and it’s often difficult to tell what’s just a random pain or puddle and when it’s action time. Fortunately, there are a few common signs of labour to look out for, and I caught up with Dru Campbell, midwife at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai to get the lowdown.
Since before Baby Boo was born I have been consistently baffled by car seats. From height and weight limits to installation and comfort, there’s so much to consider when it comes to purchasing one of those little padded thrones. As regular readers of this blog will know, when I was pregnant I wrote a list of tips to help parents choose the perfect car seat. I love a good list, and now that Baby Boo is moving up to a Group 1 car seat, I thought it was about time I revisited this topic. With this in mind I decided to call in the big guns and tracked down JustKidding operations manager and mum-of-two, Jacqueline Schrama, to get her top tips for choosing a car seat.