When it comes to transitioning out of the swaddle you may wonder what the best sleep sack is to purchase for your baby. With so many options on the market it can be hard to decide what the best one to go for is.
Of course many high street stores stock them, Marks and Spencer to Sainsbury’s but you may like to dig a little bit deeper and explore other options.
What is it, when does it occur and how can you help ease it?
Here in this blog I will discuss this hard transition we all go through as parents and ways to help your child through it. Whilst it is a lovely to know that your child wants you, they are showing attachment and love to you, it can also be exhausting. You may never be able to leave the room to go to the bathroom let along go out for the afternoon on your own for some well-earned Mummy/Daddy time without hearing cries and screams and the sound of those little feet chasing after you down the hall.
Meet Ralph! Ralph is 3 and half! He was a great 11 hour sleeper when he was a baby right up just before his 3rd birthday.
Then, a little holiday away everything changed. Ralph liked to have a story read to him to fall asleep, he then wanted to sleep with Mummy and Daddy. On return home after a week away bedtimes became harder, he started refusing to put pyjamas on and taking up to an hour to fall asleep. He always found an excuse not to sleep, teddy fell out of bed, and his covers fell off, another story and then another then another then another!
Ralph was full of questions as well! He liked to know things especially if he was going to nursery the next day and who will be there! His parents tried to leave the room but it never happened easily or without a battle.
Then Ralph started to wake in the night and not go back to his bed unless Mummy or Daddy came with him. 4.30am became a favourite for Ralph to start the day!
During this period your baby is going to go through a lot of changes. They are going to be eating a variety of different foods, textures, flavours and amounts. Physical development will also progress in leaps and bounds, quite literally and sleep will have changed quite a lot form 6 months old.
I have written this blog with some suggested schedules that may fit into your family life and walk you through the different stages that your child will grow into over these months.
Does the thought of having a routine frighten you or calm you? Are you a go with the flow family following baby’s cues 100% of the time or strict follow the clock family? I am definitely the latter, always have been… I firmly believe routine is KING! Why? Babies thrive off a routine.
Now my children are older (4 and 6 years) we can be much more flexible with meals and bedtimes.
But what difference does it really make not having a routine in place?
I am going to explain this in today's blog post. Keep reading…you may be surprised what you find out….