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The "Magic" of good sleep routines

The "Magic" of good sleep routines
People who know me and all about me know how passionate I am about sleep.  Of course I’m also passionate about babies and children – it is my day job,  also I have two of them and 3 grandchildren! But you know – they are amazing little sponges and they soak up every scrap of information you throw at them ? (unless it’s something they don't want to do the then they don't seem to soak it up in quite the same way!)  Naturally I’m really passionate about children’s’ sleep. Giving a chil...

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The Benefits of a Bedtime Story

The Benefits of a Bedtime Story
Psychologist Anne Fernald said that the effects are so profound that talking to children should be treated with the same importance as feeding them. And it is never too early to start. Dr Fernald said: ‘If you want your child to do well in school then talk to them as a baby. ‘If you bring a child into the world, we take on the responsibility for feeding them, keeping them clean and keeping them safe. ‘I think we now have enough scientific evidence to add something else to that list – and that is providing a level o...

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Baby names for 2016

Baby names for 2016
It can be quite a challenge agreeing on a name for your baby.  So what are the hot names going to be for 2016.  Definitely not Alison although I believe this will make a comeback at some point! Here are a few ideas, if you follow the link you can see the whole list on today parents. — Vowel-beginning names continue to rule, with 40 percent of the hottest girls' names and over half the boys' names starting with A (still the leader), E, I, or O, in that order. — Unisex names are hot, especially for girls, with Riley,...

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Is my baby eating enough?

Is my baby eating enough?
It's is quite natural for parents to worry about whether their child is getting enough food, especially if they refuse to eat sometimes or get labelled as a "fussy eater" The trick is not to worry about what your child eats in a day, or if they don't eat everything at mealtimes. It's more important to think about what they eat over a week.As long as your child is active and gaining weight, and it's obvious that they are not ill, then they’re getting enough to eat, even though it might not seem like it to you. It’s perfectly normal...

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'Baby brain' doesn't exist say scientists

The term "baby brain" is often used by new mums when they forget things or seem a little out of sync - but is it actually a condition, or simply a combination of sleep deprivation and changing hormones? An article in the New Scientist says that there is very little evidence that baby brain exists and that women with young children may even function better than they did before. Click on the article to see more. Of course scientists love to "prove"  or "disprove" and dispel the myths but from my work I know what sleep deprivation can ha...

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Toys for Christmas

Toys for Christmas
Did your baby get lots of lovely gifts this Christmas? It's a good idea to put away some of those new toys and bring them out a few at a time, so your baby doesn't get overwhelmed. You'll need to sort out toy storage now, to keep all the pieces of that jigsaw or shape sorter together. Keep hold of shoe boxes, biscuit tins and gift boxes, which all make useful storage boxes. If your baby has some birthday money to spend, you'll notice that a frustratingly large number of toys are labelled unsuitable for under-threes. When buying toys for ...

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