How to cope with interrupted and lack of sleep

So you’re having a baby. “Forget about getting any sleep in the next 18 years”, they say. But is it really that bad? Probably not. We are pretty sure that you will most definitely get some sleep, but it’ll probably be interrupted sleep. If you’re not used to it, sleeping for short bouts and being woken up a few times in the night can really affect you at first. It can affect your mood, how easy/hard you find your days, and your general wellbeing. But not all is lost, as there are ways to cope with interrupted or lack of sleep when you’ve just welcomed a new baby into your family.how to cope with interrupted sleep BabyNatal

Will my baby wake up often in the night?

At first, your young baby will wake up for a feed every few hours. This will happen both during the day and during the night. When they’re still very little, your baby may go to sleep for the night anything between 9pm and 11pm (or even later), wake up around 2-3am for a feed, and then maybe again at 5-6am. But remember, your baby is an individual with their own personality, and all babies are different! Your baby could be following a pattern similar to this, or one of their own, and that’s all to be expected. Although this may seem like a lot of waking, there a few things that you could try to work around that. Continue reading

“My period hasn’t returned” – everything you need to know about lactational amenorrhea

One of the questions our teachers often receive from new mums who have attended their classes is when a new mum should expect her first period after the birth of her baby. Unfortunately, this isn’t a question with a straight answer! Everyone really is different, and while some women report having their period as early as 5 or 6 weeks after birth, others may not see it coming back for a couple of years!“My period hasn’t returned” – everything you need to know about “lactational amenorrhea”

So let’s dig a little deeper into this topic, and we’ll explain what happens to a new mum’s body after birth.

When not breastfeeding…

Women who do not breastfeed report their period returning anything between 5 weeks and 3 months after birth. While it is possible that if a woman’s period returns this early after giving birth, she may not actually be fertile for the first few cycles, this is definitely not true for everyone! In fact, if a woman’s period returns 5 weeks after the birth of her baby, there is a possibility that she may be ovulating and be fertile 2 weeks before that, so effectively only 3 weeks after giving birth. It’s always worth remembering that because you do not know when your period will return (but you’ll be ovulating approximately 2 weeks before the first day of your period) you may want to use contraception in case you are fertile. Unless you’re planning another baby very soon, of course! Continue reading

What’s really hiding inside your baby’s wet wipes?

20161010_145107In our BabyNatal Practical Baby Care classes we discuss nappy changing, washing baby clothes, and bathing amongst other things, and one aspect that invariably always comes up is around the usage of ‘baby products’, be it soaps and shampoos, wet wipes, detergents etc. You’ll never hear us recommend one product over another one, but you’ll hear us say is that we encourage all parents and parents-to-be to make informed choices, which are right for their families, their babies and their own unique circumstances. Continue reading

Should dads always cut the umbilical cord? Shouldn’t more mums do it?

As with many other aspects of pregnancy, labour, birth and parenting, the choice around cutting the umbilical cord_quote from blog_1who should cut the umbilical cord is exactly that – a choice. Lately, however, an increasing number of expectant dads that we meet in our BabyNatal classes are telling us that they feel that they are expected to cut their baby’s umbilical cord. Continue reading

What to consider when buying a Pushchair… Plus a review of the Stokke Xplory

Last month we broke from the norm and wrote a review, which over 200,000 people visited to read within just two days! Something I have been asked since is why we don’t do more reviews to support parents weigh up some of the options when looking at particular products… so once a month that is now what we will do!

The first item I have chosen to review is something that generates a lot of discussion when I am out and about, I literally couldn’t walk into a shop over the Christmas period without being stopped to be asked about this item… and that is my pushchair.

brokebuggysmWe use the Stokke Xplory, and even though I babywear often, I have found myself using this more than I would have expected simply because it is so well designed. I’ve been through the experiences of the pushchairs which look good, but are too heavy to lift in and out of the car, those which are really multifunctional but badly designed so I regularly would trap my fingers in the mechanism, those which had nowhere to store stuff, etc. In each case, I ended up hardly using them… Continue reading

The story of one woman, one journey into motherhood and many lists!

4 -pen and paperI’d always considered myself an organized person. I was a self-professed List Queen.

I made lists in my professional life to help me keep organized and time savvy. I made lists in my private life of to-do’s so that I could cross things off and feel satisfied at my productivity. I made shopping lists, wish lists, if I won the lottery lists.  Continue reading

BabyNatal Baby Boom!

So last year there was a Fifty Shades of Grey baby boom predicted, Im not sure about that, but certainly here at BabyNatal there has been a baby boom this year! So many of our teachers (I have honestly now lost count!) are expecting or have just welcomed little bundles themselves!

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The crossroads of motherhood

SamBsmallWe are delighted to share this guest blog from Sam Butterwick, founder of the award winning nursery Simba’s Den in Bulwick, Northamptonshire. Sam is a familiar face at BabyNatal, as she supports our training programme with her expertise on early years development. In this blog, Sam shares her own experiences and reflections on becoming a mum.

Becoming a mother, to me, was like being at a constant crossroads; spinning around wondering if the road you are about to take is wrong or right, in the best interests of you or your child, a constant emotional battle of wanting to get it all perfect. In today’s society families are faced with tough lifestyles; balancing work and children at times seems to be a real battle. We all want the best for our children; it is our innate instinct, but what is the best? And when do we know we have chosen the right path? How do we get the balance of working to support our children and having a traditional idyllic family life too?

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