You stay dry and baby is comfy and dry too
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One of the unbridled joys of new parenthood is to watch your child dip their toes for the very first time in the sea. The sensory delights of wave, wind, sun and sand combine to create magical moments for baby and parent alike. Yes, you need to be careful to avoid too much sun on skin, and travelling with a very small one has its challenges, but Nadine Mellor, Editor of award-winning travel website i-escape’s Kids Collection, reckons nothing beats a beach holiday with baby.

Read on for her Top Ten Best Places Around the Med for Babies, all featured in the hand-picked portfolio of stylish hotels and rentals, which actively welcome families. Nadine says: “if you can, travel outside the school holidays for better deals on accommodation and flights, less crowded beaches and cooler temperatures.”

Almyra, Paphos, Cyprus

This stylish design resort has everything parents with a baby could wish for: Four pools and four on-site restaurants. An amazing spa to assist in the post-partem recovery, and soothe sleep-deprived mothers and fathers alike. Superlative service. And endless watersports to try. Best of all? They offer a Baby Go Lightly pre-arrival ordering service so you don’t need to overpack (like every other new parent will); everything you need will be placed in your room on arrival – from car seats to arm bands. Heaven!

Ammos Hotel, Crete, Greece

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We’re on a safari theme here at Cuddledry HQ and we’re celebrating by teaming up with the lovely people at Trunki for a fantastic giveaway! How would you like to win a fabulous Tipu the tiger Trunki suitcase AND a gorgeously soft and snuggly CuddleSafari dress up towel?

Win a safari package with Cuddledry and Trunki~ Cuddledry.com

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When you bathe a new baby, you need both hands to make it work. Now imagine how parents of twins or more cope at bath time? Having twins is a whole different game sometimes, and bathtime is one such occasion. So can it be safely and efficiently? Of course it can! Here are some tips for bathing more than one baby- hope they help!

Tips for bathing more than one baby~ cuddledry.com

One of you, two of them

Already you’re outnumbered, but don’t let that send you into a panic! Hopefully you have plenty of support from your partner, friends or family, and hopefully that support means that most of the time you aren’t on your own. Bathtime can be quite daunting when babies are really tiny, so do seek out help if you need it. Two pairs of hands are always better than one, especially when you have twins!

Be prepared

Get EVERYTHING ready before you start! Think of it like a military mission if you please. Preparation is the key to success so make you have the following ready to go:

  • Two towels- Cuddledry apron towels, naturally. They’ll make the whole getting out of the bath safely so much easier, and minimise the risk of baby getting upset once the cold air hits. If you do have a helper, make sure you are both kitted out in your towels before the babies get in.
  • Nappies and pyjamas
  • A small bowl for top and tailing
  • Equipment needed for feeding

Together in the tub?

When your twins are newborn, you might want to bathe them separately at first. Small baby baths are wonderful for tiny babies as they help them to feel a little more safe and eclosed, and most are only suitable for one baby at a time. If this is the case, make sure the baby who goes second is safe, warm and supervised while you deal with the first one. If you’re on your own, pop baby number two into a bouncy chair or the moses basket nearby so that you can focus on one baby at a time.

Get some support

Baby bath supports are a great idea for when you take the plunge and bathe your twins together. The foam inserts are great but will require another person to be on hand to help. There are other kinds of bath supports that you can use, some of which are like little seats. These can be really handy but please remember that they do not mean you no longer need to supervise your baby. Only use products that have been made specifically for use in the bath.

Invest in a bath mat

The longer the better! A bath mat is a great idea for older babies who can sit up because they help to reduce the risk of slipping. But normal bath mats are just not long enough for when you’re bathing more than one baby at once. Look around for an extra long mat if you can.

Take turns

If you really aren’t sure about bathing both babies at once, that’s fine! Bathing them separately means that you get to spend 1:1 time with them both. And if you have a helper, you can take it in turns. One bathes, the other dresses, and vice versa. That means you both get to spend quality time with them- so make the most of it!

To bathe every day or not?

You don’t need to bathe your babies every day, unless you (and they) really enjoy it. Bathtime does help to establish a good bedtime routine, so lots of families do like to do it every day. However, if you have more than one baby and bathtime is hard work for whatever reason, don’t feel bad about skipping a day.

What are your top tips for bathing more than one baby?

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Bath time can be such great fun for babies when they start to develop a little control over their arms and legs. All that splashing and reaching for toys! But what about younger babies who aren’t yet able to play in the same way? There’s no reason why bath time should be boring for them. And since we’re on a mission to #MakeBathTimeFun we thought it would be a good idea to share some tips on stimulating young babies at bath time. Read on to find out more…

Stimulating young babies at bath time~Cuddledry.com

Get the level of excitement right

Bath time in many households is a splashy affair, with lots of laughter and merriment. That’s great! And if you have older children, there’s a good chance that your young baby will love to watch the shenanigans at bath time too. But beware. Some babies can become over stimulated with too much excitement and activity, and let’s not forget that most of us choose bath our babies right before bedtime. So you want them to become nice and relaxed before they head off to sleep for the night. So watch your baby. If she seems to be getting a little too worked up, or even upset at too much going on in the tub, scale it back a bit. It might be a good idea to bathe her separately, or ask older children to help you with some of the following ideas.

Sing

Soft, gentle songs are the perfect way to entertain young babies in the bath. Don’t forget she has been listening to your voice the whole time she was inside you, and now that the outside world is a lot bigger and perhaps a lot scarier, hearing you speak and sing is likely to bring lots of comfort. So sing away, it doesn’t matter what song you choose- so long as you maintain eye contact and smile, your baby is likely to find this a very relaxing way to enjoy bath time!

Tickle

Babies respond well to touch, as we all do as human beings in fact, and gently tickling her as you wash her can be a lovely way to keep her stimulated at bath time. Don’t go too mad though- save the tickle monster for the older kids!

Use the senses

Babies use their senses a lot and rely on them to help them make sense of the world around them. You can develop this at bath time by using differently scented (baby safe) bubble bath in the water, or by letting your baby look into a mirror. Small bath toys that light up are great too, and you can encourage your baby to reach out for them and hold them too. It’s also a good idea to use differently textured wash cloths and towels for your baby to feel while she’s in the bath too, and don’t forget to talk to her about how they feel.

In it together

Why not pop into the bath with your baby? It’s probably the easiest way to hold her, and a wonderful opportunity for skin to skin contact too. Make sure you have someone on hand to get her out when you’re finished, but until then enjoy.

Bubbles!

If you have a pot of blowing bubbles, bring them into the bathroom and blow them up into the air. Young babies love to watch them float and this could be a lovely way to calm her down if she becomes upset.

Remember that young babies will only want to be in the bath for a few minutes, and you will need to fully supervise at all times. With this in mind, use your imagination and be creative with the different ways that you stimulate her. Hopefully this will help to develop a love of bath time! Let’s all join the mission to #MakeBathTimeFun!

We’re almost into warmer weather now and chances are many of you are planning your summer holidays too. Even if you’re not going away this year, you’re probably still planning to take the little ones swimming, so this week we’re bringing you some tips and tricks for making the whole process a lot easier. And above all- make swimming fun!

Make swimming fun~ Cuddledry.com

Why take baby swimming?

Swimming is more than a fun activity to keep your week busy and the tire the little ones out for bedtime. Swimming is a lifelong skill that will grow with your baby, and open up a whole new world. And it really does start as soon as they take their first dip.

For more information on why we think it’s important to go swimming with your little one, see this post.

Make Swimming Fun!

We’re encouraging parents to share their top tips on how they make swimming fun for babies- over on Twitter and Facebook- and we’re loving the suggestions so far. We’re using the #MakeSwimmingFun hashtag too, so please do add your suggestions- we’re hoping to update this posts as much as we can!

Here are our top tips for before you go:

  • Be prepared. Ok, that doesn’t sound like much fun but believe me when I say that you are certainly not going to enjoy it very much if you don’t have everything that you need! Make sure your swimming bag is packed and ready to go, and make sure you don’t forget any essentials. The basics for your swimming bag should be towel (we recommend the Cuddleswim or toddler swimming poncho, of course!), swimming nappy and costume. We’ll cover some other bits later on. But as long as you are prepared with the basics, you and baby are more likely to have fun!
  • Take snacks and drinks for after your swim. If you’re breastfeeding your baby will want a feed and if you’re bottle feeding take a bottle. Older babies will want a snack afterwards too, so pop those in your bag.
  • Take some toys with you. Bath toys are an excellent idea and many of these are small enough to pop into your bag quite easily. Keep them in a draw string mesh bag if you can, so that the water can drain away and they won’t get everything else in your bag soggy.
  • Take arm bands or a rubber ring/ baby seat for older babies. These can really help for babies who are confident enough to spend time in the water out of your arms.
  • Take a dressing gown for you. Top tip! Baby will need to get dried, fed and changed pretty quickly before you have even had chance to think about sorting yourself out. Pop a dressing gown on to keep warm.

So, you’re all set! How to make sure baby enjoys the time in the water?

  • Play with the toys you brought along. Charlotte (@cknursingbaby) told us that her little one loves the simple game they play when they go swimming. She pushes a bath toy under the water and lets it pop up again- simple but fun! Watering cans are also good for creating sprinkles that baby will be fascinated to watch!
  • Talk to your baby to reassure and remind him that you are there and he is safe. Never underestimate the power of your voice!
  • And sing to your baby too. All the songs he loves to hear at home work just as well in the water.
  • Maintain eye contact with your baby, and make sure he can see your face at all times. And smile! If you are having fun, your baby will too.
  • Don’t be afraid to move your baby through and under the water. The aim is to get your baby water confident, but this takes time so don’t rush it. Watch your baby for cues, but do take the plunge (so to speak!) if you think he’s ready.

After swimming

If you notice your baby starts to fuss, shiver or cry during your time in the pool, it’s probably time to get out. Don’t push your luck by staying in longer than your baby wants to!

Make sure you have everything that you need ready to go. Wrap baby up and get warm and dry. And most importantly… go back to the pool. A baby who swims regularly is a happy and confident baby in the pool! So go back again- it wasn’t that bad was it?

Please share your top tips on the #MakeSwimmingFun hashtag!

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Here at Cuddledry HQ we’re all for making bath time fun, and also relaxing for you. Our apron towels were designed so that parents could safely and easily transfer baby from bath to warmth without any fuss, and we think we’ve done really well in that respect! But what about when it comes to showering with baby? Are you brave enough to try it? Here are some top tips for showering with baby- hope they help!

Top tips for showering with baby~ Cuddledry.com

Why take a shower with baby?

Not all bathrooms have a bath tub. Fact. But more than that, for some families taking showers works better and who are we to argue with that? But there may be other reasons why taking a shower with baby is a good option for you. Perhaps you are due to go away this summer and your accommodation only has a shower? Perhaps you want to get baby used to showers ahead of scheduled swimming lessons? Perhaps you want to take a shower yourself, and baby is being super clingy? Whatever the reason, it’s not unheard of to pop baby into the shower with you- but you’d be surprised how many parents dread the thought! It doesn’t have to be a stressful activity- and yes, the Cuddledry apron towels do come into it too!

Be prepared

Like any good bath time routine, the success of a shower routine lies in the preparation. Make sure you have everything ready and be prepared to cut it short if baby protests. Hopefully he will love being under the warm water with you, but just in case, you’ll want to have everything to hand! It also helps if you have a willing volunteer ready to take baby from you too- and make sure they’re equipped with your Cuddledry towel ready to keep baby warm! Here’s a checklist to tick off before you start:

  • Hang a small towel near the shower door so that you can wipe baby’s face if he doesn’t like it getting wet.
  • Collect everything you need for after the shower- nappy, pyjamas, a toy to hold and your Cuddledry towel.

Safety first

Make sure you turn down the temperature of the shower so that it is no hotter than you would usually run the bath. It’s also a good idea to skip the soap too- you don’t want a slippery baby, especially if the shower makes him squirm! Make sure there is nothing on the floor of the shower that you could stumble on, and keep all items out of baby’s reach too- so clear the shower shelf of everything and make sure there’s nothing hanging on cords that baby could pull on.

Pop a bath mat down on the floor outside the shower so that you don’t slip getting in and out of the shower, and if you have a waterproof one put that inside the shower with you, so that you don’t slip in there either.

Take it slowlyTop tips for showering with baby~ Cuddledry.com

If your baby has never had a shower before, don’t expect him to love it straight away. Chances are, the water will fascinate him and he will happily duck in with you when you need him to. But there’s also a very good chance that the sound of the water could frighten him, and some babies are not keen on getting their faces wet either. Make sure you take it slowly, and end the shower as soon as your baby lets you know enough is enough!

Make it fun!

Just like bath time, shower time can be fun! Take some toys into the shower with you and let your baby hold one while you stand under the water. Let him associate the shower with fun. Sing songs and talk to him throughout the whole process so that he knows there is nothing to be afraid of.

Top tips

Showering with baby might take some practise at first. Here are some top tips to help it go as smoothly as possible:

  • Have someone hold baby while you get in and have a hair and body wash. Then make sure all bubbles are rinsed away before baby is handed to you, so that you can hold him without slippery soap making things difficult.
  • Employ someone to stand on guard ready to receive baby when you’re done. Keep the water running while you do the hand over so that he doesn’t get cold.
  • Try a family shower- if you have a big enough cubicle! Sometimes seeing older siblings enjoying the experience can help to relax baby, although you will need some shower rules to keep chaos at bay!
  • Spread an extra towel on the floor in the bathroom to stop the floor from getting too wet.
  • Wash baby before you get in the shower, so that he can just enjoy the experience without you needing to fuss about washing.
  • Make sure you’re confident in holding baby while you’re in the shower- if he wriggles you need to be able to hold on tight!
  • For smaller babies, wrap a towel around the body to help with traction in the shower. They’re less likely to slip and will like the feeling of being wrapped up too.

What are your top tips for showering with baby?

I don’t know about you, but hair wash night hasn’t always been the most fun in our house! It’s one thing for the little ones to enjoy splashing around in the tub with their toys, but mention the shampoo bottle and the atmosphere tends to change somewhat! If this sounds familiar, don’t despair because you’re not alone! We’ve put together a few tips that might just make for a happy hair wash after all!

Tips for a happy hair wash~ cuddledry.com

Make it FUN!

Bathtime works better when it’s fun, and hair washing is no different. In fact, it’s probably more important to make hair washing a little more fun, seeing as many little ones tend to dislike it!  If your little one hates hair washing, why not try:

  • Bringing dolly into the tub and washing her hair firs. Play hairdressers and encourage your little one to praise her for being good etc- then refer to this when it’s their turn.
  • Pop a mirror into the bathtub. This can be a great way to pull faces to make your little one laugh!
  • Use a bath toy to squeeze water over your little one’s head- sometimes this can  be a great way to distract from what is actually happening.
  • Use foam bath stickers on the ceiling! When your little one pops her head back for rinsing, she’ll have something a little more fun to focus on.
  • Make foam sculptures on your little one’s head- again, use the mirror.
  • Make up some funny songs- probably the first thing that comes into your head, but that’s ok! Distraction is key here!
  • Let those with longer hair use the Cuddletwist after hair washing- they’re simple to use and make drying a lot easier!


Tips to make it painfree

Lots of children hate having their hair washed because they either don’t like their faces getting wet, or they are scared of having soap in their eyes. Make sure you choose child friendly shampoo that doesn’t sting the eyes, and try these tips too:

  • Use a shampoo shield to keep water and soap away from the face completely.
  • Let your little one wear goggles in the bath- this could be really fun too!
  • @cknursingbaby says “avoid getting bubbles in eyes by tipping head back whilst holding a rolled flannel to their brow & rinsing with a pot of water.”
  • Let your little one hold the flannel to her head- having a job to do will provide a distraction and allows her to feel in control of the situation.
  • If your child is younger and has less hair, use a washcloth to squeeze and wipe water over the hair until the soap has rinsed. This can be a wonderfully gentle way to do it.
  • If your little one dislikes tipping her head back for rinsing, let her lie down in the tub instead.
  • Use a large jug for rinsing rather than a small cup- often one rinse is enough to get all of the shampoo rinsed away at once.
  • Let your child help with rubbing in the shampoo, and rinsing the water. Congratulate her on a job well done!

Mix it up

If your little one really hates washing her hair, mix it up a little. Wash it less often if you need to, or make it different by washing it in a different room for a change. Some children respond better when their hair is washed at the start of the bath, as they know they have the rest of the time to play. Some children like to play first. Talk to your child and agree the best solution. Perhaps the shower is a better idea? Over the sink like at the hairdresser’s might work well too? You know your child best, so make the most of that knowledge.

Don’t stress

No matter what you do, some children just do not like having their hair washed. Don’t stress about it. As they grow older, most little ones grow to accept that hair washing is just something we have to do, and it will get easier and easier. Good luck!

A little while ago we wrote about ways that you can make bath time fun, and we thought it was time to revisit this topic for 2015! After asking around on Twitter and Facebook, it seems that you guys are the experts when it comes to having a jolly good splash at the end of the day! So this week we’re sharing some fabulous tips from real parents, with some of our own ideas thrown in too. Have fun!

Make Bath Time Fun_updated ~Cuddledry.com

Mix up your timings!

Who says bath time has to be at the end of the day every day? Yes, it’s a wonderful way to end the day before bed, and yes it’s helpful to clean the day’s mud and grime before they go to bed… but it can be fun to take a splash at other times of the day too. @rhubarb2rhubarb and @robertaknibbs say that mornings are the best time for them, straight after the school run. This tends to be the least rushed part of the day for many and can make for a nice little water play activity too.

Pop a duck in the tub!

We’re biased, but we think our Cuddleducks are the perfect bath time companions to start out with!

Make Bath Time Fun_updated ~Cuddledry.com

Some babies and young children can feel a little crowded if there are too many toys in the tub with them, so start out small. And you never know- you may end up with quite a collection like Zac’s mum (@cooksey_83)! On the other end of the scale, @hayleyfromhome swears the more toys the better, and all three of hers splash together each night!

Dress up!

Who says dressing up can’t be done at bath time? We absolutely say it can! Our toddler dress up towels are the perfect way to inject some fun into bath time, and what better way to fire their imaginations ready for a bedtime story? Look out for our dress up feature coming soon! In the meantime, why not try:

The Cuddleroar!

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The Cuddlepony

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The Snugglemonkey

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The Cuddlebug

The Cuddlesafari

The Cuddlemoo

The Snugglebunny

The Snugglebear

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The Cuddledeer

Tea for two?

Take your little one’s favourite toys into the bath- as long as they’re waterproof! @clairelpark’s little one takes teacups and saucers into the tub with her to make tea- how cute? No reason why dolly can’t get a bath at the same time, and while we’re at it I’m sure a good old fashioned car wash would be lots of fun too!

Paint the bubbles

If your little ones like a bubbly bath, this is a wonderful activity! Simply pop some food colouring and water into spray bottles and let them loose. Don’t worry about the mess! A variation of this activity is to use shaving foam mixed with food colouring, and big chunky paintbrushes so that your little ones can decorate the tiles. It all washes off easily, so relax and let them play!

Anyone for a spot of fishing?

Ice cubes in the bath tub are GREAT fun- and give your little one a fishing net to extend it even further! Can they catch the ice cubes before they melt? We love this idea!

Let them wear socks

This might sound strange, but try it. They will love the funny sensation of having something on their feet in the tub, and there is the added bonus that they won’t slip if they stand up too.

Have a sing song

A simple yet effective way to make bath time fun. Our favourite songs include: Raindrops keep falling on my head, I’m forever blowing bubbles and for more ideas have a look at this post here.

Keep up to date with our Pinterest board

We’ve got a new #MakeBathTimeFun board where we’ll be pinning our favourite ideas, so do keep an eye on it. And if you have any to add please let us know!

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Do you carry your baby in a sling or baby carrier? It can be a wonderful way to keep baby close, and has so many benefits for baby and parent. Babywearing, done safely, can not only help to strengthen your bond, but also provide you with two hands free so that you can continue to multi-task! We do love a clever idea here at Cuddledry HQ, and luckily this age old practise needs no modification at all. Here are a few babywearing safety tips to help you get the most out of holding your precious little one close.

babywearing safety tips~ Cuddledry.com

Why follow safety precautions?

The reason why safety is so important when you practise babywearing is simple. Your newborn baby’s neck muscles are not yet strengthened, and body control is limited too. Newborns also tend to sleep a lot, so if you’re carrying them you must be vigilant and aware of their safety at all times.

The universal babywearing safety checklist is called TICKS.

T - tight. Make sure that your baby carrier is tight enough, and that there are no loose straps at all. Wearing your baby close is important so that you are in control of supporting her entire body, and of maintaining the correct position as you hold her.

I – in view at all times. If baby is not correctly positioned and you cannot see her, you cannot know if she is safe.

C - close enough to kiss. Can you reach forward and kiss the top of your baby’s head? If so, then she is in the right place. If you can’t, you will need to make some adjustments. Maybe your straps need tightening, or your baby is too small for the type of carrier you’ve chosen.

K – keep chin off chest. Babies need a clear airway so that they can breathe easily. When you carry your baby, you are responsible for ensuring her head is in the right position, and her chin is lifted so that her airways are free.

S - supported back. Your baby’s developing spine needs protecting while you carry her.

Other precautions to take

  • When you carry your baby in a sling or carrier, make sure that the face is completely clear from fabric so that she is able to breathe freely. She needs to be able to breathe fresh air at all times.
  • Never run, jog, jump or shake while you’re carrying your baby. It goes without saying, but doing so can cause injury from falling, or baby slipping from her carrier. It can also cause damage to the spine or brain and should be avoided at all times.
  • Make sure your carrier is age appropriate, and checked regularly for signs of wear and tear.

Choosing a baby carrier

When it comes to choosing a baby carrier, please keep the safety precautions in mind. There are lots of different types of carriers, and some are not suitable for newborn babies. Some are intended only for babies over a certain weight, so if you’re not sure then ask. Check online for details of your local sling library, where you can go along and try out different carriers with advice from experts.

Always practise with a doll or a teddy before you place baby in the carrier. Make sure that you’re confident in tying and carrying and always check in the mirror or ask someone else to check your carrier is on properly. When you put your baby in the sling, always support her neck and head, and if she is older and able to support her own head, always support her back instead.

Every day safety tips

  • If you use a wrap and are trying out a new carry, always practise with a teddy or a doll first. When you do put baby into the wrap, do so over a soft surface.
  • Ask someone else to be on hand to ’spot’ for you- if baby does not look happy, or your carrier does not look right they will be able to tell you straight away.
  • Always tie knots into double or granny knots so that they are secure.
  • Make sure you dress your baby in weather appropriate clothes. In warm weather, don’t forget sunhats and sun cream for exposed arms, legs and faces. In cold weather, make sure these areas are covered well.
  • Don’t keep dangerous or precious items in places where baby can easily reach them. Some carriers have pockets that you can store things in- make sure they’re closed!
  • Don’t take unnecessary risks while babywearing. As a general rule- if you wouldn’t do it while pregnant, don’t do it while carrying your baby. So no ladder climbing or cycling please!
  • Don’t cook whilst babywearing.
  • Make sure that only responsible adults carry your baby at all times.

We all know the saying- sleep breeds sleep. And it really does. If your baby sleeps well during the day, chances are your baby will sleep well at night too. However, we also know that babies are not robots. They are all unique individuals and therefore the amount of sleep they get varies, and how they get to sleep can vary too. We’re huge believers in instinctive parenting and generally feel that if it works for you, then go with it. Take what you need from parenting manuals, and leave what you don’t like the sound of. Only YOU will know your baby best, after all. So, with this in mind, here are a few tips for better daytime sleep- take them or leave them, but if they help then great!

Tips for better daytime sleep~Cuddledry.com

Make naps a prioroty

Sometimes we can be so busy rushing from here to there, especially when we have older children to look after too, that naps can often come low on our list of priorities. If this is the case for you, you might find that your baby becomes over tired quite quickly, and then is harder to settle for a nap. Try to make naps a priority if you can, and plan your day around them as much as possible. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with sleeping while you’re out and about so if you can take the pram with you that’s fine. Keep in mind how long you’ll be out and whether or not there will be opportunity for your baby to sleep. By making naps priority, hopefully you will some improvement in your baby’s sleep overall.

Tweak your routine

Just as you need a good bedtime routine at night, having a good routine during the day can help too. If your baby knows when to expect a nap, good daytime sleep is a lot more likely in general. There’s no need to be rigid about timings etc- look for sleep cues and when your baby shows signs of being tired, make sure you are able to allow for sleep. Keep things in roughly the same order, rather than at the same time each day if you can.

Be consistent

Lots of us have busy lives, and we can’t always guarantee that we’ll be at home for nap time. But if you can, it might help if your baby can sleep in the same place each day. If you know that you’re likely to be out every day, make sure you use the same pram for sleeps, or a pop up bed if you’re able. At home, naps in bed are the best way to ensure your baby has a good sleep. Be consistent with whichever way works for you.

Don’t stress

Lots of parenting manuals will tell you to always put baby down awake but sleepy, and to never feed to sleep or use other ’sleep props’ such as music or a dummy. But you know what? Sometimes these things can be the difference between getting some sleep and getting no sleep. If it works for you, then why change it? Parenting should be about making informed choices. If you know that rocking your baby to sleep works for now, and you’re happy to do it then why stop? Don’t feel guilty about the decisions you make in the best interests of your baby, and don’t stress. They really are only little for such a short time!

Encourage baby to fall asleep independently

Yes, yes. We’ve just said that if you want to rock your baby to sleep then you should do it, and we stand by that! But if you do want your baby to learn independent sleep, daytimes are the best time to do it. From around the age of three months babies start to leanrn to self soothe and at this age you can start to give your baby opportunities to practise. Perhaps a cuddly blanket will help, or soft music etc. Your baby might sleep for longer stretches during the day once the art of self soothing has been mastered. Worth a try at least!

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