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4 week old needs movement to sleep My baby is 4 weeks old. I find that he wants movement in order to settle for daytime naps. If I leave him, he stays awake longer than he should...so I have to walk with him in his pram, drive in the car, put him in a sling or rock him in my arms... Nighttime sleeps are easier, because he falls asleep while feeding. It seems like I am doing the two things everyone says not to do: rock or feed baby to sleep. Is he still young and is it ok, or what advise do you have? This is such a common concern and we ask Meg Faure, Occupational Therapist for her take on this...

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And baby makes four

27-08-2012

The adjustment to being a new parent is dramatic and almost no parent is fully prepared for the transition. Then just as you begin to find your equilibrium again (albeit a new equilibrium) the question arises over when the best time is to have another baby.  When it comes to siblings here are the most common questions: What is the perfect age gap? As with any parenting question - there is no perfect science and every family is different. There are however some things to consider: • A very small gap (less than 20 months) is very hard on mom as you are still recovering physically from...

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  At the start of each new year, many of us make resolutions; promises or intentions to do something better or to stop something that we feel holds us back. Being a parent adds a new slant to our annual resolutions and for many of us our resolutions are intentions for the year ahead to be a better parent. This year Meg Faure took the Top 10 Resolutions on our Facebook site and wrote a simple ‘how to’ for each one. 1. Establish a routine for my baby. Routines are something many of us long for, to create a little order and predictability in our days. You can start a sleep routine based...

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It’s that time of year again! Noddy’s Christmas party,  Panto, family functions and of course a trip away on holiday - For my family that means later nights, many nights out and parties. For our babies, it means excitement and new experiences but it also means disruption. Many Baby Sense mums ask me how much they should disrupt their baby’s schedule and how to cope with new sleep spaces and all the overstimulation so here are 5 points to bear in mind: 1.  Changes to routine – Babies do better with flexible routines and for many mums having some structure to the day is a life-line, which is...

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Q: My baby is now almost 5 and a half months old, and still there is no pattern to his day.  I am doing everything it says in the Baby Sense and Sleep Sense books and according to these books if I am consistent a pattern will start to emerge.  This is not happening, everyday is different.  I keep his feeding times the same and try to do everything the same everyday but it doesn’t seem to help.  He is still sleeping through at night, but has now started to wake after I’ve put him down for the night.  It is usually about 20-30 mins after I’ve put him down and he wakes 1-3 times.  He goes back...

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