Baby sleeping in cot. Knuma

Tips to help your baby sleep

It may not feel like it, but newborns usually sleep between 16 and 20 hours a day. But having just a 40 minute sleep cycle and tiny stomachs that need food every 3-5 hours, sleep can feel much more elusive than 16 hours, especially at night.

Just like adults, every baby is different and what sends one baby off to sleep doesn’t necessarily help your baby sleep. Whatever methods you try, establishing a good routine is key – how strict this needs to be is up to you. As baby doesn’t recognise day and night until they’re around 4 months old, these tips are about creating predictable signals for your little one to signify bed time.

Daytime routine is as important as night

One popular article, “Teach your baby to sleep (in just 7 days)” by Stephanie Wood in Parent Magazine, really focuses on making stark differences between day and evening routines so your baby understands the difference quicker. During the day it suggests:

  • putting your baby’s crib by the window with the blinds up at nap time
  • making feeds active and fun by tickling baby’s feet and singing along.

Winding down for sleepy-time

As 7pm approaches, start baby’s night time routine by dimming the lights and being less playful with them. Avoid noisy distractions like answering the phone, playing with musical toys, and if you can, ask guests to leave. Try and keep this pattern the same every night to establish a clear signal to baby that this is the lead up to bedtime.

 

Co-sleeping-crib-award-winner-KnumaNow it’s time to get baby cosy. What calms one baby may not calm yours, but try:

  • running baby a warm bath
  • putting on their pyjamas and settling down for a feed in a comfy chair
  • loosely swaddling, depending on your views
  • using a soft voice to read a simple bedtime story or sing a soothing lullaby
  • adding white noise from a fan or radio static to mimic the womb
  • enjoy a ‘night-night’ cuddle
  • settling them in a bedside crib, such as the award-winning Knuma Huddle

 

Now whether you leave the room and let them self-settle or bring the cot into your room is up to you. It’s important for babies to learn to self-settle early on, but many parents find they sleep better knowing their newborn is close by.

You’ll find that bedside cribs (or co-sleeping cribs) are becoming ever-more popular. On the Knuma Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib, you can have the cot-side down to comfort baby and night feed in bed, but without sharing a bed. When the side is up on the Knuma Huddle you enjoy peace of mind knowing that baby is protected from you rolling in the night, they’re cooler in their own sheets and well away from your pillows and duvet.

 

 

 

 

 

Mum and dad’s ABC of bonding with baby

There’s so much to worry about doing right with your first newborn, so luckily most bonding techniques will come very naturally to both mum and dad.

You can imagine that coming from the womb into the big wide world could be quite a shock for baby, so by re-establishing that safe parental bond as soon as possible you can really help soothe and settle your baby. By stimulating all five of baby’s senses with bonding, mum and dad will also help with feeding, sleeping and growing their newborn’s understanding of the world.

Proven baby bonding tips for you both to enjoy

Skin-to-skin contact – this is probably the easiest and most instinctive bonding technique for both mum and dad. Simply lay your baby on your bare chest so they can feel and smell you. On mums, baby will very quickly start to ‘breast crawl’ towards the nipple to try and feed.

Talking – Your baby is likely to already recognise both mum and dad’s voices from being in the womb. So talking to them often will help to reassure them and also teach them about the world.

Eye-to-eye contact – Baby’s vision is limited to about 30cm when they’re first born, so holding your baby really close to your face when feeding is a great way to help them recognise both their mum and dad’s faces.

Nappy changing – You’ll be doing this a lot! So this time can be made into a great bonding experience by talking to baby to soothe them and build their understanding of the world.

Attempting to breastfeed – Whether successful or not, this is a key part of bonding for mum and baby because it gives you another chance to enjoy skin-to-skin contact and talking to baby. If you invest in a bedside cot you can continue this bonding through the night by dream feeding. The Knuma Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib allows you to drop down one side so you can co-sleep and feed, by breast or bottle - without disturbing your baby too much.

This stylish baby furniture isn’t just an award-winning bedside crib, the Knuma Huddle will soon become your baby’s stand alone crib and daytime bassinet. As your baby grows, so does the Huddle, into a child’s desk and bench.Award Winning Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib banner

 

What’s the best baby shower gift?

Baby showers have become so popular in recent years that, love them or hate them, most women (and even some men) will probably find themselves at one some Saturday afternoon.

They started as a way of celebrating new life and for nervous mums-to-be to gain parenting tips from mums in the community. Amongst friends they shared their wisdom on everything from giving birth to settling their baby at night and weaning their baby.

Today, a baby shower is a great excuse to have a party! Of course parenting tips are still shared, but now female friends and family get to play games, eat cake and shower mum-to-be with gifts.

If you’re not a mum yourself it can be difficult to know what to buy for a present. Baby showers are normally held in the last trimester of the pregnancy so mum probably already has drawers full of pink, blue or yellow outfits, the nursery-to-be has been cleared out (maybe even decorated) and lots of books, apps and websites have been read by mum. But there are still lots of practical stuff you could get. Of course, all mums are different, but here are our top baby shower gift suggestions:

A box of handy baby essentials like baby shampoo, bibs, nappy sacks, nappies, wipes, baby oil and cotton buds. Experienced mums have their favourite brands and can add those products that first time mums wouldn’t have thought of like a thermometer, baby nail clippers and bath emollient.

Handmade ‘promise’ vouchers offering to do things like cook the family dinner one night, baby sit for their first night out, get on top of the ironing, do the hoovering. New mums are sure to appreciate these simple gestures.

Beauty vouchers for a hair cut, pedicure or facial could lift mum’s spirits in the last few weeks of pregnancy, after all, it could be a good few months before she gets time to do these beauty things after baby is born! You could make it even more of a treat by choosing a beautician who can visit the mum-to-be’s home.

A stylish but practical changing bag can really make those early days out easier. For new mums who have always treated themselves to beautiful bags and shoes, this can be a really thoughtful gift. Of course, you can also fill it with nappies, nappy cream, spare clothes and bibs.

Gift voucher for the new parents’ first night out together (along with the promise of babysitting!). Choose a lovely restaurant for them to look forward to and book when they feel ready.

Photo session with a local photographer to capture those precious first months and early years with mum and dad.

Larger sized baby clothes can be a surprisingly appreciated baby shower gift. Often new mums excitedly buy the tiny outfits, but having a stock of outfits for all seasons and the first 12 months will help mum along for longer.

Email everyone on the baby shower invite list and ask them to club together for a piece of modern Knuma baby furniture. Both the Knuma Connect and Knuma Huddle grow with baby so the new parents will be reminded of your kind gift for years to come.

The Knuma Huddle 4-in-1 bedside crib lets mum safely co-sleep next to baby so she can easily feed and comfort the little one through the night. In later months this award winning bedside crib can become a standalone crib or a removable bassinet for daytime naps. Then as the child grows so does the Knuma Huddle, to become a child’s desk and bench.

[caption id="attachment_464" align="aligncenter" width="416"]Award-winning Knuma Huddle and Connect Award-winning Knuma Huddle and Connect[/caption]

If the new parents already have a bedside cot, a Knuma Connect 4-in-1 highchair is a modern and stylish piece of baby furniture that not only helps with weaning baby, but transforms into an easy clean highchair and later a child’s table and chair.