Getting your baby or toddler into a sleep routine is no mean feat, but while little ones certainly have us jumping through hoops, sometimes parents can actually contribute to the problems. Make sure you’ve got the right approach at bedtime and avoid these 8 common sleep mistakes that new parents make.
Getting a bed-resistant toddler to go to sleep can be extremely frustrating. From endless wailing to constantly getting out of bed, those little munchkins really know how to play the game when it comes to nighttime struggles. Fortunately there are some techniques you can use to avoid toddler bedtime wars. We’ve put together a list of suggestions for mastering a smooth, hassle-free bedtime routine for toddlers.
Co-sleeping is an emotive topic and one that continues to divide opinion. Some parents swear by the age-old practice, yet others see it as unsafe. While there is an overwhelming amount of research on both sides of the fence, the jury is still out when it comes to a link between SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and safe co-sleeping. What we do know is, there is a right way to co-sleep, and a wrong way. If you are not aware of the safe co-sleeping guidelines, you could very well be unknowingly increasing your chances of SIDS. With this in mind we sat down with Julia Youll, Senior Child Health Nurse at Healthbay Poly Clinic. Here she talks us through how to co-sleep safely and what the benefits are.
When it comes to baby sleep there is one thing you can expect, the unexpected. Sorry to be the bringers of bad news, but every little human is different and as such, they’ll have different sleeping habits… some more challenging that others. Of course, there is always an array of people around to give you advice on how to send your cherub off to Snoozeville, and while some advice might be useful, there’s a lot of misinformation out there too. Here we set the record straight about some of the more common baby sleep myths.
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…
Since landing on Planet Parenthood I’ve become more familiar with my bedside clock than I ever thought possible. Waking up bleary eyed to the LED display taunting me with nasty times like 3.58am and 5.02am has become a nightly occurrence and it is almost always accompanied the by the shrill sound of my baby daughter’s howl. While I love my little one very much, I must confess, I don’t want to see her every hour on the hour for an entire night, so with this in mind I decided to pick the brains of childcare expert and author Rachel Waddilove on how to help baby sleep through the night. Read on for her top 10 tips… Continue reading
Like most first-time mum-to-bes, when I found out I was expecting I went through all the usual emotions of joy, fear, elation, fear, delight and well, fear again! It wasn’t that I was scared of becoming a parent, but as any first-time baby bandwagoners will understand, the idea of growing, delivering and then looking after a miniature human can seem a little daunting. As an avid bookworm my way of handling this trepidation has been to get my hands on a range of parenting books. From nitty-gritty texts about pregnancy, to birthing and breastfeeding titles, I’ve looked for the answers from an army of baby experts. Unfortunately the vast majority have either been scary, patronising or both, and none have made me feel more prepared for the arrival of my daughter in January.
So instead I decided to call on Dubai’s best-known parenting bloggers to quiz them about the baby bibles they swear by. Read on for their recommendations.