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New Baby

  • Olympics Baby Boom.

    After the Fantastic summer of sport generated by the outstanding London 2012 Olympics, the Mayor stood in front of the Queen Victoria Memorial, the athletes behind him, and he thanked them for making people talk to each other on the Tube and for bringing the country together. “You not only inspired a generation,” he tells Victoria Pendleton, Sir Chris Hoy, Ellie Simmonds et al, “but you probably helped to create one as well.”

    One midwife at the Manchester infirmary stated that there are a lot of new women registering, she tells us at our “booking-in” appointment, far more than normal. What is going on? Is there something in the water? No, it simply has to be an Olympic Baby Boom – or, as one friend put it, “babies conceived in the love bubble that was created by the Opening Ceremony”

    Janice Hillier, a consultant clinical psychologist at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, explains that a national sense of optimism can act as an aphrodisiac. “When you experience feelings of novelty, interest and motivation your brain releases dopamine and noradrenaline, which in turn increase levels of oxytocin and vasopressin – chemicals associated with arousal. On a neurobiological level, the Olympic baby boom makes sense.”

  • Tips for making baby go to sleep.

    Mistake 1: putting your child to bed too late

    When you've been at work all day, it can be tempting to keep your baby or toddler up so you can spend more time with them. Or maybe you hope they’ll  become so tired, they’ll eventually flake out. Whatever the reason, it's not a good idea to keep your child up. When babies and toddlers get over-tired they find it more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. They tend to wake up earlier than if they went to bed at a more reasonable hour, too. It’s much better to have a bedtime routine in place and stick to it. Don’t wait until your child is yawning and rubbing their eyes to put it in action. Even 15 to 20 minutes of extra sleep can make all the difference.

    Mistake 2: relying on motion

    Have you ever breathed a sigh of relief as your baby snoozes in their car seat or baby swing? While this can provide you with a well-deserved break, don't fall into the trap of relying on motion to get your baby to fall asleep. It's impractical to have to take your baby for a drive every night. They will also be unlikely to get the deep, restful sleep they need. It's fine to use motion to soothe your baby if he's upset or fussy. Just don't make part of his regular bedtime routine.

     

    Mistake 3: overstimulation

    While you may have put a mobile above your baby's cot for comfort, the rotating toys, sounds and lights can be a distraction. Watching them will keep them awake rather than teach them that it's nighttime.
    It's much better to put your baby to sleep in a nearly pitch black room. Don't worry about him being afraid. He's too young to have developed nighttime fears. A fan or white noise album may also help, as it will muffle any noise from the rest of the house or outside. As your child gets older, a soft night light can soothe any fears. Don't let them watch any television just before bedtime. Even falling asleep in front of his favourite DVD means he will probably lose half an hour of precious sleep. This could affect their mood and behaviour the next day, which no one wants!

     

    Mistake 4: skipping the bedtime routine

    With a baby, you might assume that a routine consisting of a bath, a book and a lullaby isn't yet necessary. As your child gets older, you may start to feel they are too old for a bedtime routine. Or maybe you feel too tired to continue with it.
    But having a series of calming, pleasing activities before bedtime is important, as it prepares your little one for sleep. Even adults benefit from having some kind of wind-down routine each night. You can't expect your child to go straight from a busy day to bed either. You can create any routine you like for your child. Just make sure it's a series of relaxing steps that happen in the same order at about the same time every night.

     

    Mistake 5: inconsistency

    A couple of times a week, when he's clingy, it's tempting to lie down with your toddler in your bed until they fall asleep.
    Your child won't be able to understand why sometimes you move them into his own bed and other times you let them stay. They will simply start throwing tantrums until you let them spend the night with you, every night.
    If you find yourself in this situation, ease your child out of your bed gently. Sit next to their bed as he falls asleep. Then after a few nights sit in the doorway, before leaving the room completely. Remain firm but kind and you'll get there.

     

    Mistake 6: moving to a big bed too soon

    If you move your child from their cot to bed too soon, you may find them wandering around the house in the early hours. Before the age of three, your child doesn't have the understanding or self-control to stay within the imaginary boundaries of a bed.
    The best thing to do is trial your child in a big bed. If after a week it's not working out, then there's nothing wrong with moving him back to the cot. In a couple of months give the bed another go. Just remember that no child at school is still in a cot, and yours won't be either. Try to stay relaxed about it all.

  • New Mum Calls Her Baby Hashtag

    As parents search for ever more original names, HOW FAR IS TOO FAR ? reportedly a new mum recently announced on Facebook she had named her baby hashtag, an apparent tribute to the Twitter trending ‘#’ symbol.

    Is it becoming a competition? As Last year Egyptian Couple, Israelis Lior and Vardit Adler called their daughter ‘Like’ after the approval button on Facebook. The parents to Hashtag Jameson soon came under fire with furious tweets from the open public such as “This is horrible and cruel” ironically trending hastags such as #TerribleParenting and #StupidestNameEver . How in 20 years time will these foolish parents explain this little girls name choice to her when twitter and hash tag have been overtaken by the next internet social networking site? And how far will parents go to achieve the most unique name? Is their space in the world for a baby ‘gangnham’ or baby ‘Facebook’?  What Do You Think?

  • Robbie Williams' Baby Girl 'Teddy'

    He welcomed his first child with wife Ayda Field into the world on Tuesday.

    And now proud dad Robbie Williams has revealed an adorable snap of two-day-old baby daughter Theodora Rose to his Twitter followers.

    Posting a link to his official blog where the super-cute picture was shown, the 37-year-old singer wrote: DADDIES SECOND NAPPY CHANGE ….TEDDY'S SECOND DAY ON THE PLANET'.

    The Angels hitmaker looks every inch the doting dad, with little 'Teddy' curled up wearing just a nappy on his bare tattooed chest while he smiles into the camera.

    Robbie took to his blog to announce the birth of his baby daughter on Tuesday night.

    Revealing the happy news, Robbie wrote: 'Praise be, it's Theodora Rose Williams, affectionately known as Teddy..... Born 3.33pm on 18.9.12, 7Ibs 4oz...

    'Baby, Mummy and Daddy are all rockin.... Thank you for your best wishes XXXX.'

  • Nick and Vanessa Lachey introduce their baby boy

    Nick Lachey said he was trying—and he succeeded.The singer and wife Vanessa Lachey (née Minnillo) welcomed a baby boy, their first child together."We are incredibly proud to announce the birth of our beautiful baby boy, Camden John Lachey," the couple said in a statement. "Born today at 6:54 p.m., he came into this world at 8 pounds, 9 ounces and 21 inches. Love has truly been redefined for both of us."The Lacheys have helpfully been tweeting through their trimesters"It's a good idea to put all ur baby stuff together ahead of time AND try it out. Then ur familiar," Vanessa had just tweeted on Monday. And she wasn't kidding!The obviously proud parents, who tied the knot last summer, revealed they were having a son back in June.

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