Ultimate Guide to a Newborn Baby Sleep Routine

Newborn Sleep Routine Guide

Developing a Newborn Sleep Routine is one of the first challenges a mother face with her new baby, and it’s an important step to get right in early on, but with the tips in this guide you can maximize your babies sleep, and sleep for the whole family you had taken.

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Introduction

Are you in the throngs of enduring what feels like endless sleepless nights wondering if you’ll ever get a full eight hours’ sleep again? Ah – you’ve just had a new baby!  Don’t worry – you will sleep again, but when you finally get your zzz’s back will depend on your child and the routine you put into place.

So to assist Mums with this, TheBabySpot has created this guide to developing a your very own Newborn Baby Sleep Routine.

Without adding too much pressure to your hectic schedule, putting your baby into a routine will help his or her sleeping pattern to fall into place.  Remember, all parents are different and some prefer a more relaxed approach to daily life than others.  However, if you prefer to be led by your baby’s sleep patterns be prepared for it to take some time before he or she sleeps at the right time.baby-sleeping-routine-fast-asleep

If you are looking for some help, this guide will help you to understand your baby’s sleep patterns.  It will show you how to get your baby sleeping through the night as quickly as possible.  All children are different and some babies will sleep through the night as early as six weeks. Others might take four or five months to sleep from 11.00pm to 7.00am.

Being patient and following a good routine that works for you and the rest of your family will ultimately help settle your baby into positive sleep behaviour. There are also many other factors which might hinder your child’s sleep.  Understanding what they are and how to deal with them is part of the battle.

In this guide we will tackle:

Hopefully, by the end of this guide you and your little one will be dropping off to dreamland in no time!1    It’s All About Routine…

 

It’s All About… Developing a Newborn Sleeping Routine…

Follow a good routine to teach your baby good sleeping habits!Baby-Sleep-Routine

Some mothers don’t believe in routine and others are rigid – to the minute.  Believe it or not, a baby sleep routine does win out in the end so it’s important to put one into place.

However, it doesn’t have to be completely unbending and there should be some flexibility involved. A baby needs to know when it’s sleep time and when it’s not!

Babies have no idea of night or day time when they’re born so it’s up to parents to teach them good habits.  Very small babies only sleep for short periods of time to begin with, and most of that sleep is light sleep which is why it’s easy to disturb them.

Once you find a routine that works for you, you’ll find your days settling into a recognisable pattern and everything else should feel much easier to cope with.

Unfortunately, lack of sleep for mum and dad takes its toll so try and establish a routine early on. Of course, no baby will respond to a pattern from day one but after two or three weeks you can certainly start to try and establish one.

 

Is There A Tried & Tested Routine That Works?

There are no hard and fast rules and the following is a guideline which you can adapt to suit your family’s needs.

During those first precious weeks try and take a break at the same time your baby sleeps. Even if it’s just to put your feet up, relax and recharge those batteries, after all, you need your energy!  You could use the other part of the time for chores so you get some of those household bits and pieces done.

What’s best for your baby depends on the age of your child.  A newborn should be allowed to sleep when they need to but from approximately week two or three try to put into place a form of routine.  This is because you might find it hard over the coming months, and even years, to get your baby to sleep through the night when there’s been no pattern in place before.  Babies like routine and grasp very quickly what’s happening and when it’s happening.

 

Signs Your Baby Needs A Sleep

Look out for when your baby becomes irritable, it’s a sign of tiredness and at this early stage, tetchiness will probably occur every two or three hours.  Here’s a great source of information detailing how much sleep babies, children and adults should have:

 

How much sleep does your child need?

AgeSleep Requirements Per 24hrs
0-2 months12-18 hours
3-11 months14-15 hours
1-3 years12-14 hours
3-5 years11-13 hours
5-10 years10-11 hours
10-17 years8.5-9.25 hours
Adults7-9 hours

 

Baby Sleep Routine At 4 Weeks:

As a mother it’s better for you to be up and ready before your baby and while this is easier said than done, you have to start somewhere!

Get your baby up at 7.00am and this should be your starting point for your baby’s day.  Even if your baby has already been up at 5.00am wake them again.  This is really important as it will help them to establish their sleep pattern, getting them used to the time of day.  This is the time to feed, wash and change your baby.

Put your baby back to sleep at approximately 9 to 9.15am for 45 minutes and then wake your baby at approximately 10.00am for one hour.  You should next feed around 11.00am and then baby should go back to sleep for a long lunchtime nap, at approximately 11.45am.

In an ideal world your baby will sleep until approximately 2pm. If not, persevere because the aim is for 4 hourly feeds with short naps in between.  Don’t leave your baby asleep after 2.00pm because you want him or her to have a nap late afternoon.  The late afternoon nap gives them a good opportunity to be tired enough to sleep longer at night.

Next, feed your baby around 3pm and again introduce a nap at approximately 4.00pm for no more than one hour.  Your baby should always be up at 5.00pm. This is to make sure that he or she is tired enough to go to sleep at 7 or 7.30pm.

You should aim to feed your baby just before 7.00pm.  At this point your baby should be sleepy enough to want to go to sleep.

You can start to drop night feeds from approximately 7 weeks but in the meantime, feed at 11.00pm when baby should either wake naturally or start to stir.  After this feed your baby should sleep a few more hours until the next feed which normally occurs around 3.00am.

 

How to Develop a Baby Sleep Routine at 4 weeks!

  1. Try to start your baby’s day at 7.00am every day for a week – this instils good habits.
  2. Get into the habit of morning, lunch and afternoon naps.
  3. Always have your baby up at 5.00pm to encourage a 7.00pm bedtime.
  4. Don’t wake your baby during the night – the aim is to push out the feeds as long as possible.
  5. Relax when your baby sleeps to re-charge your batteries.

 

TimeTask
7:00-7:15amWake baby up for feed, wash and change of nappy
9:00-9:15amPut baby back to sleep for 45mins.
11:00amWake baby up for a feed
11.45amPut baby back to sleep for long sleep... but no longer than 2pm
3:00pmFeed baby ready for a nap
4:00pmPut baby back to sleep for 1 hour sleep
7:00pmFeed baby ready for a sleep
7:00-7:30pmPut baby back to sleep for big sleep
11:00pmBaby will normally wake for another feed. After burping, put baby back to sleep
3:00amBaby will normally wake for another feed. After burping, put baby back to sleep

 

Baby Sleep Routine At 9 Weeks:

At 9 weeks + your baby should drop the 11.00pm feed naturally and sleep until the middle of the night, 2 or 3.00am.  If you find your baby is still sound asleep at 2 or 3.00am, don’t wake him or her – push out the feed until baby wakes naturally.  This will help get your baby through the night the aim is for 12 hours straight sleep.

How to Develop a Baby Sleep Routine at 9 weeks!

  1. Encourage your baby to drop the 11.00pm feed, don’t wake him or her – push it out as long as possible.

 

TimeTask
7:00-7:15amWake baby up for feed, wash and change of nappy
9:00-9:15amPut baby back to sleep for 45mins.
11:00amWake baby up for a feed
11.45amPut baby back to sleep for long sleep... but no longer than 2pm
3:00pmFeed baby ready for a nap
4:00pmPut baby back to sleep for 1 hour sleep
7:00pmFeed baby ready for a sleep
7:00-7:30pmPut baby back to sleep for big sleep
3:00amBaby will normally wake for another feed. After burping, put baby back to sleep

 

Remember! Even if your baby wakes at 5.00am, don’t forget to start the daily routine at 7.00am.  Within a few days you will start to get into a comfortable pattern.

 

Baby Sleep Routine At 12 Weeks Plus:

Normally when weaning begins you will discover that your baby stays up longer in the morning and sleeps for deeper and longer stretches at night.  This is when most babies go through the night from 7.00pm for 11 or 12 hours.

During the day, your baby will still need to nap.  Try and keep up the mid-morning nap for half an hour, it shouldn’t be dropped until age 1.  Bring forward lunch/nap to 11.30am and combine it with a small milk feed so your child is ready for a long lunchtime nap.  The lunchtime nap should last anything from 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours, depending on your child.

At around the 4 to 6 month mark, your baby might still get irritable and fuss so a short nap in the afternoon should help.  However, always have your baby up by 4.00pm so he or she is tired enough for the long night-time sleep around 7 to 7.30pm.

 

How to Develop a Baby Sleep Routine at 12+ weeks!

  1. If your baby is too tired for lunch bring it forward to 11.30am.
  2. Don’t be tempted to drop the afternoon nap because it could interfere with bedtime.
  3. Have your baby up at 4:00pm at the latest after napping.

 

TimeTask
7:00-7:15amWake baby up for feed, wash and change of nappy
9:00-9:15amPut baby back to sleep for 30mins.
11:00amWake baby up for a feed
11.30amPut baby back to sleep for long sleep... but no longer than 2pm
3:00pmFeed baby ready for a nap
3.30pmPut baby back to sleep for 30min sleep
7:00pmFeed baby ready for a sleep
7:00-7:30pmPut baby back to sleep for big sleep

 

Baby Sleep Routine At 12 Months:

At one year old, your child should lose the late afternoon nap and should have one long nap at lunchtime, 2 to 3 hours long.  Some babies still need a second nap and this should be taken in the middle of the morning around 9.30am for half an hour.  This nap usually disappears around the 18 month old mark.

The lunchtime nap will remain important for a long time – children age 3 and sometimes 4 still need a rest at this time of day.  Remember, your baby is a very busy person!  He or she is learning new skills and discovering exciting new things every day and this is exhausting.  It’s good for your child to sleep and to be in a recognisable routine.

Of course, you might find your child is too tired to eat lunch especially if you’ve dropped that morning nap so you could bring lunchtime forward to 11.00am. Give half of their lunch to him or her at that point and the rest on waking up.  Milk is great at this time too, especially before the lunchtime nap because it is soothing and helps to make baby feel sleepy.

 

How to Develop a Baby Sleep Routine 12 months!

  1. This is the time to drop the late afternoon nap and encourage a longer nap at lunchtime.
  2. If your baby is too tired for lunch, bring it forward by half an hour and save any leftovers for after the lunchtime nap.

 

TimeTask
7:00-7:15amWake baby up for feed, wash and change of nappy
9:30amPut baby back to sleep for 30mins. Optional after 18 months
11:00amWake baby up for a feed
1:00-1:30pmPut baby back to sleep for 2-3 hour sleep
6:00-7:00pmFeed baby ready for a sleep
7:00-7:30pmPut baby back to sleep for big sleep

 

Baby Can’t Get No Sleep!

Does your baby cry when you put him or her down?

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Bottle V Breast – The Debate Continues!

It’s worth remembering that there are lots of factors which might help and hinder sleep.

Bottle-fed babies tend to sleep through the night much faster than breastfed babies. This is because formula milk is notoriously heavier than breast milk so makes babies feel sleepier.

Breast milk is quicker to digest. Therefore breastfed babies become hungry faster, whereas formula-fed babies digest milk slowly so hunger pains are kept at bay.  So if you are reading this guide and your baby is 12 weeks old and showing no signs of going through the night it might be because he or she is breastfed.  Don’t feel disheartened, persevere, breastfed babies do catch up in regards to sleeping patterns. There are other benefits of breastfeeding which are covered in more detail here.

 

Colic – The Witching Hour

Some babies go through a colicky period which normally occurs from week 2 or 3, and can stretch to week 9 or 10.

Colic starts in the evening and is usually a combination of wind build-up.

Be patient, your baby is growing and his or her insides are stretching to try and accommodate the milk.

 

Colic Symptoms

Colic episodes can be distressing and some babies cry for hours on end, clenching their fists and drawing their legs up.  This is a sign of tummy discomfort.

 

How To Relieve Colic

To help to relieve their pain you could try Gripe water before feeding which alleviates trapped wind.

Don’t feed your baby lying down, prop him or her upright during feeding, this helps them to stop swallowing air. Always burp your baby after feeding by gently rubbing the back, pushing the wind upwards.

Don’t feel you can’t pick your baby up during an intense crying period and help your baby by massaging the tummy area to disperse wind. Another remedy for colic is choosing a baby bottle with an anti-colic design teat.

 

Actionable Steps for Colic!

  1. Use Gripe water before feeding if your baby has colicky episodes.
  2. Choose a bottle with an anti-colic teat.
  3. Feed your baby propped up to help wind disperse naturally.
  4. Always burp your baby after feeding.
  5. Don’t be afraid to pick your baby up, if in discomfort.
  6. Gently rub your baby’s tummy to sooth.
  7. Stay calm!  Colic eventually passes.

Ideal Baby Room Temperature

Keep the temperature of your baby’s room cool.  Unsettled babies are sometimes too warm.

It’s recommended that a baby’s room be no more than 16-20 deg C (61-68 degrees F) and babies dressed accordingly.  This is a clever guide to help you know what your baby should be wearing to bed.

How to dress your baby for bed

When dressing your newborn baby for bed is suggested that wrap your in a swaddle with arms inside. Swaddling your baby arms in help your baby feel safe and secure, and prevents them from startling themselves awake, by hitting themselve with a stray arm. As your baby grows older you can transition them into a sleeping bag.

Its important to consider the TOG rating of what you baby wears to bed to ensure its not to hot or too cold for your climate or room temperature.

TOG ratingAmbient Room TemperatureRecommended Product
0.2 TOG24-27 degree Celsius0.2 TOG Swaddle
1.0 TOG21-23 degree Celsius1.0 TOG Sleeping Bag
1.0 TOG Swaddle
2.5 TOG16-20 degree Celsius2.5 TOG Sleeping Bag
2.5 TOG Swaddle

There’s no doubt, swaddling is an art-form and here’s a little video to help you get to grips with swaddling your baby.  If you can’t swaddle don’t worry, there are ready-made swaddle bags. Swaddle bags are useful for babies who like to sleep entirely covered or part-covered. Simply zip your child in so they are nice and snug. A good swaddle to try is the ErgoPouch.

Baby Sleeping Swaddle

How To Swaddle Baby video:

  1. As an alternative to swaddling you could try the ErgoPouch sleeping bag which cocoons beautifully without being restrictive.  Choose the correct tog according to the season and temperature of baby’s bedroom. Courtesy of: http://goo.gl/Xm1q8y
  2. Don’t overcrowd your baby’s cot or crib – too many objects could make the cot very warm and too busy.  Stuffed animals in abundance could pose a health risk.
  3. A twinkling mobile is hypnotic and often works perfectly to lull babies to sleep; babies love colours and different shapes as well as gentle music.
  4. At night, tell your baby it is night time so it’s sleeping time.  It’s always a good idea to tell your baby what you’re doing and when you’re doing it. Babies love being spoken to especially by mum’s voice, it helps them to understand later on.
  5. Be kind but firm, if your baby won’t go to sleep, comfort them but don’t be tempted to pick them up unless you think there might be a specific reason why they won’t sleep.  Never rock your child to sleep or let them fall asleep on you; if you do this your baby will begin to expect it every time it’s time to go to bed.
  6. Perhaps choose some soft music such as classical piece because it is soothing and relaxing, babies like this type of sound.
  7. Babies also love white noise!  You might notice that when you use the vacuum
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Ideal Baby Cots

Choosing your babies cots can be a task on its own, but ideally should be done before your baby arrives home. There are all sorts of different baby beds to choose, from cribs, classic old style cots, sleigh cots, etc … but checkout our guide on how to choose the right cot.

Whatever you buy, make sure the bed, mattress and bedding meets Australian Standards, meets the Sids guidlines, and is comfortable and won’t make the baby to hot.

 

Other Reasons Baby Doesn’t Settle

Sometimes your baby just won’t settle.

Some babies are exemplary – they sleep when they should, they feed when they should and they hardly ever cry. This is rare and most babies have an unsettled period.  If your baby doesn’t settle remember as long as he or she has fed well, then sleep should be achievable.  Ask yourself if your baby has eaten enough? Check your baby’s nappy and make sure the temperature in your baby’s room is comfortable.

Your baby might be struggling with wind which will definitely hinder sleep or might be unwell so keep a thermometer handy.  Sometimes baby is just over-tired, in which case try your best to relax him or her, soothing and settling.

If your baby continues to be unsettled for a few weeks there might be another reason which needs exploring.  In which case, it is a good idea to seek advice from your doctor to check for allergies for example, or see a sleep consultant in extreme cases.

Heres some more tips for a Baby Sleep Routine.

 

How to Settle a Crying Baby!

  1. If baby doesn’t settle perhaps there’s been an interruption to routine?  It’s easy enough to remedy, just go back to basics and start again.
  2. Things to check: your baby’s nappy, bedroom temperature, trapped wind.
  3. Ask yourself if your baby has fed well and check baby’s body temperature.
  4. Don’t be frightened to speak to your doctor if unsettled episodes continue.

 

Bedtime Routine Video Courtesy of Johnson & Johnson

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Top Baby Sleeping Tips!

  • Nap your baby in the same place every day.  Generally the cot or a crib is the best possible place but if not, a buggy will suffice.  This is so your baby knows it’s time to go to sleep.  If it’s hot or cold a good quality sheepskin liner will work well for your baby’s comfort. In cold weather sheepskin keeps baby warm and snug and in warm weather it cools the body down.
  • Develop a night time routine, for example, bathe your baby, feed, read a story and put your baby down to sleep.  Your baby will recognise the pattern which is soothing and comforting.
  • Swaddling is an excellent way of helping your baby to sleep because it cocoons in warmth and comfort – reminiscent of the womb. Swaddle your baby every time they have a nap, even during the daytime so it’s associated with going to sleep, babies like familiarity.

 

What NOT To Do!

Co-Sleeping

Don’t Fall Asleep With Your Baby On You! (image source http://goo.gl/F9HHAV)

Bad habits are easy to fall into and unfortunately, co-sleeping is one.  Tempting though it might be, don’t try it because it poses a serious health risk.

The safest place for your baby to sleep is in your bedroom for the first six months, however this should be in a cot or a crib and never in your bed.  Sometimes, you might find you doze off while breast feeding or because your baby has fallen asleep on you and you find yourself drifting to sleep.  This is very risky and some sleeping like this could suffocate your baby.

Here are some extra resources from “SIDS and Kids” on co-sleeping and the risks associated with sudden infant death syndrome.

 

Actionable Steps for Co-Sleeping!

Here are some pointers to avoid falling asleep in the same bed as your baby:

  • Check your baby can’t fall out of the bed.
  • Never cover your baby with your duvet, a duvet could stop your baby from breathing.
  • Don’t put your baby on a pillow as this is a suffocation risk.
  • If you feel sleepy move your baby to the cot quickly or ask your partner to take over.
  • For the first six months keep your baby in your room but in a separate cot/crib.
  • From 6 months plus, move your baby into their own room.  Start by introducing naps in their own room first, gradually increasing the number of naps until they are used to their surroundings.  If you are not using a cot yet, place the crib on top of the cot and after a few days, place baby directly into the cot without the crib.  Using this method means change won’t be as drastic as moving them straight from crib to cot.

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What Are the Common Causes of Baby Dry Skin?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is especially true for your baby’s delicate skin.

Why spend money on expensive creams, soaps and lotions when you can prevent baby dry skin in the first place?

This is why learning about the common causes of dryness in baby skin is very important.

1. Newborn Baby Skin Peeling

It is natural for baby’s skin to peel a few days after his birth. Experts say that this is just some sort of natural “adjustment” of the skin. When he was still in your womb, he was protected with the embryonic fluid. Upon birth, your baby is exposed to dry surroundings, causing the skin to peel.

causes of baby dry skin

2. Cold Weather Effects on Baby Skin

Yes, snow falling from the sky is a wonderful sight, but this means that you’ll have to turn your heaters on. This causes your indoor air to go dry, affecting your baby’s delicate skin. You can remedy this by shortening baby’s bath time. It also helps to use extra virgin or high quality types of natural oils. Olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, and safflower oil are some examples.

3. The Effects of Tap Water on Baby Skin

It is a bit ironical that the substances used to ensure the safety and potability of water work against sensitive skin. Chlorine and other bacteria-fighting chemicals may prevent bacterial contamination in water but strip the skin of its natural oils and nutrients. The best way to deal with this is to install a water filter to block those chemicals off.

4. Harsh Soaps on Baby Skin

In case you’re not aware, some of the baby products that are deemed safe for babies are in reality, unsafe due to their high chemical content. Why don’t you go natural instead? We use Natural Goat’s Milk Soap at home. It’s economical because we don’t have to buy separate soaps for adults, and it’s very effective for baby dry skin as well.

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5. Does Infant Formula Cause Baby Dry Skin

Some infant formulas are made from cow’s milk which contain antigens or substances that cause allergies. If this is the case with your baby, consider changing his formula to a soy-based one. The Natural Resources Defense Council states that breast-fed children are more resistant to disease and infection than those who are fed with infant formulas, so if you are able, the benefits of breastfeeding are amazing.

6. Can Baby Clothing Cause Dry Skin

Yes, there are times when baby dry skin is caused by the clothes he wears. It can be due to the material his clothes are made of, or the soap you use for washing them. Look for soaps that are specifically made for baby clothes, and do not contain harsh detergents. Fabric conditioner may also cause skin irritation.

7. Dry Skin & Baby Bathing

Whether it is summer, winter or spring, your baby doesn’t need to stay too long in the bath, especially if the tub is filled with fragrant bubbles that contain huge amounts of chemicals. This can also irritate your baby’s eyes and is a common cause of baby dry skin.

Be mindful of how you wash your baby, do not scrub too much as you will be removing the natural oils that are present in his skin. After your baby’s bath, moisturize his skin with natural oils or unscented lotion.

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Why let your little one suffer from dry skin when you can do something about it?

Does your baby have dry skin?

What did you do about it?

Please share your experiences with us in the comments box below. Your experiences can help other mums deal with their baby’s dry skin?


New Baby Checklist

New Baby Checklist

Are you trying to find a list of baby items to help you when preparing for your new little one?

It can be daunting, there are some great New Baby Checklists out there that can help you stock everything possible you may or may not need for your nursery. There are even very comprehensive lists to help stock your new babies diaper bag.

As you expand your family the more you understand that you do not need everything on the list. At the end of the day, you really need very little from that list. Knowing the condensed version can help to reduce a lot of the baby worries.Baby Checklist

There are 6 main categories when it comes to baby needs:-

  • Bedding
  • Bottle / Breastfeeding
  • Diapering
  • Traveling
  • Bathing
  • Clothing
  • Extras

Baby Bedding

Your new baby will need their own safe sleeping environment, with appropriate bedding and a sleeping arrangement that meets the SIDS Guidelines.

  • A Sleigh Cot or a Bassinet is necessary that meets Australian Standards Guidelines.
  • Appropriate linen, sheets, blankets etc are needed depending on your bed choice.
    It is important to know the materials that you are using. Make sure that they do not increase the
    heat of your baby while in bed.
  • A breathable baby blanket is important, to ensure that your bub does not get too hot or cold.

Bottle or Breastfeeding

Depending on which baby feeding method you choose bottle or breast, you may need to purchase different things.Glass Baby Bottles

  • Breastfeeding – You will need nursing pads, burp cloth, nipple cream, and a nursing bra. If you are having trouble breastfeeding then you could use a nursing pillow or a nipple shield.
  • Bottle Feeding – You will need to purchase infant formula, enough bottles for the day approx 6 or 7, this will help to ensure you have clean bottles for each feed. You may also like to purchase a bottle sterilizer to save time.

Baby Diapering

Changing babies dirty nappies in the 1st few years is the one thing that you will never stop doing. It is a good idea to keep an adequate supply of nappies at all times, you may go through 7 or 8 disposable nappies per day with a newborn baby.

  • Cloth or disposable diapers are necessary. Cloth diapers can be washed repeatedly. Disposable nappies can be thrown away.
  • Baby wipes are essential. Not only are they helpful when it comes to changing diapers. They will also become a daily part of life helping clean up messes.
  • Diaper cream or nappy rash cream is a good idea to have on hand, because if you need it and you do not have it you will be frustrated.
  • A diaper bin is also a handy addition to your nursery. It can help keep your rooms from getting smelly.

Traveling with Baby

If you are well prepared, traveling with your baby can be an enjoyable experience. Below are some items that can make your life a little easier on the trip.

  • A Baby Car Seat is required if you plan on driving anywhere. A car seat is an essential and mandatory item when driving with your baby. It is a safety requirement to use a car seat and it must be correctly fitted and meet current safety standards.
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  • Baby slings can be very helpful when you are out and about. You can carry your baby in a sling/wrap and have the ability to shop hands free.
  • A well stocked organized diaper bag is critical when leaving home with your baby. The diaper or nappy bag is where you will store diapers, wipes, any food needs, spare baby clothes and anything else you may need. It is also a good place to store personal items like your wallet and phone so that you only have one bag to carry.

Baby Bathing

Bathing your baby is a very special time, there are a few essential items you may need to make bath time fun for everyone, for example:

  • Face washers are helpful for cleaning your baby. A loofah can be a fun thing to let your baby play with while you wash them.
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  • Hooded towels are useful when drying the wriggly baby. They have a special place for the baby’s head to go and then the rest of the towel will wrap around them. However, any towel will work.
  • Use a gentle natural baby soap when giving your bubs a bath. A baby soap like ILuvBaby Goats Milk Soap is gentle on your babies skin and will not sting your little ones eyes. It has no harmful chemicals and is great for any mild skin irritations.
  • Nail clippers, or a nail file, are important things to have in the bathroom to keep babies nails well groomed. This is so they avoid scratching themselves.
  • A baby thermometer is a must, as you never know when your baby may run a temperature.

Baby Clothing

Clothing is not something most mums have to worry about because it is one of the most common gifts given. Everyone loves to buy a cute baby outfit. However, it is nice to make sure that we have a few things on hand to ensure those first few weeks go smoothly.

  • 6 or 7 singlets for quick outfit changes can be helpful. Some newborns can be spewy and it pays to be prepared.Baby Checklist
  • A baby hat is essential to keep their little heads warm. Heat escapes through their head so this is very helpful.
  • Jumpsuits are clothing items that you will use a lot. They close in the crotch, so they are easy to access for nappy changes. Babies are not fond of clothing being pulled over their heads so jumpsuits work really well.
  • A good sleep suit or baby swaddle is important to keep baby warm at night. Swaddles open in the front or side, so there is no need to wake your baby when they are asleep for a nappy change.
  • Cold nights will require a warm jacket. For the first few months it is important to keep your baby warm, so invest in a  warm jacket for those nights out.

New Baby Swaddles

Baby Extras

Below are a few baby extra’s that may make things easier, but are not essential:-Silicone Baby Bib with Crumb Catcher - Tiger

  • Lightweight blankets used for swaddling.
  • Gripe water will help with colic and gas.
  • Spare cloth nappies for nursing.
  • Rattles or small wooden toys to keep baby occupied.
  • Pacifier/Dummy
  • Baby Bib

The list of baby items can be never ending and somewhat overwhelming, it is a good idea to make 2 lists, “essentials” and “would like”.

The above New Baby Checklists are just a guide and may help to make preparing for a new baby a bit easier.


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FAQ about Baltic Amber Necklaces

If you are thinking about purchasing a Baltic Amber Necklace, and would like some more information to make an informed decision, we have put together a list the top Frequently Asked Questions.

The questions and answers are listed below:-

1. What are Amber Teething Necklaces?Multicolour Baby Amber Necklace

Amber Teething Necklaces are made of a fossilized resin that was used in ancient times as a therapeutic ingredient. It was esteemed as a healing and protective substance.

The necklaces are made from the amber beads, and can be worn by either adults or babies as a natural pain relief.

2. How does an Amber Teething Necklace Work?

Amber has been used for many years as a treatment to heal many things that ail you. The way the Amber Necklaces work is through the beads, our body heat warms the resin in the beads and it is absorbed in very small amounts into the body.

The succinic acid that is naturally released can aid with healing certain ailments and is also a natural pain relief.

3. Is There a Minimum Age Requirement?

Amber necklaces are designed to be worn by young babies before and during their teething. Babies as early as 3 months have been known to begin teething, but it is up to the individual when they feel comfortable for their baby to wear a necklace to help prevent the pain from teething.

Please Note: It is important to make an informed decision when purchasing anything that is worn by your baby.

4. What Are The Benefits of Amber?

There are many health benefits of Amber for babies and adults some of which are listed below:-

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Aids control drooling
  • Calming effect
  • Pain killer
  • Reduces or alleviates coughing and fevers
  • Boost immune system
  • Aid in treating bacterial infections
  • Supports with tissue regeneration
  • Helps through the detoxification

5. Do the Amber Necklaces and Bracelets Come in Different Sizes?

The Baby Spot offers several different sizes of Amber Necklaces and Bracelets.

Our Adult Necklace measures 45cm in length and the adult bracelet measures 20cm round.

The Baby Necklaces are threaded to be 32cm long. We also have baby Amber Bracelets that are approximately 15cm round.

All our Amber is sold with a Certificate of Authenticity and a list of safety instructions.

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6. Can Teething Necklaces Be Worn During Sleep?

There are two thoughts when answering this question. The first is that babies should not wear anything to bed. So that would include the amber necklace.

Some parents do keep their necklaces on their babies all the times. It is a personal decision and you need to feel comfortable with your decision. Alternatively you can place the necklace on the babies ankle rather than around the neck, for safety reasons.

7. Do Babies Chew on Amber Necklaces?

We are aware that most babies go through phases where they place everything in their mouths.  But, the necklaces are designed to be worn and not sucked or chewed on. As such the necklace should be short enough that your baby can not get any of the beads into his or her mouth.

8. Are Amber Necklaces a Choking Hazard?

Many mothers are concerned about the choking hazards when it comes to the amber beads on the necklaces.

The necklaces have been designed to prevent this situation from happening. Each bead has an individual knot before and after each amber bead. The necklace is designed so that if one bead breaks, the remaining beads will not come off so it will not harm the rest of the necklace.

The individual beads are designed small enough to pass through their system without causing harm.

We hope that we have answered any questions or concerns you may have, but if you have any other questions or concerns, please Contact Us at The Baby Spot.


Homemade Baby Food

Homemade Baby Food vs Commercial Baby Foods

There are so many different commercial brands of baby food on the market today. Commercial Baby Food is available in lots of different forms but in this article we are talking mainly about puree baby food in jars and pouches.

But, another healthier option is homemade baby food. This difference in foods may not seem like a lot, however, it can be significant if you take a closer look.

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Commercial baby foods can be simple and more convenient. The baby foods that you buy on the market can have impurities. The ingredient list seems clear enough however, sometimes it is not that simple.

When I was feeding my first son, I found a jar that was very salty. It made me wonder, upon looking I discovered there is at least 10 mg of sodium in a jar of baby food. It turned out that there was so much sodium in this one jar, that the batch was recalled.

Even though commercial baby food is a food, it is factory made and can be recalled like any other item that is mass-produced. It is a good habit to taste every jar before you feed your child.

Learning the different stages of baby solids is very important when you are purchasing commercial baby food. Most commercial baby food companies offer suggestions as to when to start serving your baby foods, and when to change to the next stage.

  • Stage 1 suggests beginning around 4 months old.
  • Stage 2 suggests changing at around 6 months
  • At 8 months, you transfer to a stage three food.
  • Finally, around 12 months old you are able to serve them whatever the family is having for dinner.

Homemade Baby Food

The rules for homemade baby food are a bit different from commercially made foods. Homemade food offers you the ability to control what your bub eats. These foods allow you to not only choose when to start them, but also to determine what level of creaminess that your baby can handle.

It is nice to know that there are several different ways to prepare a puree for your baby food. You can prepare homemade baby food by baking, steaming, or even microwaving them. This works wonders for veggies and some fruits. However, not all foods will need to be cooked in order to puree, foods such as banana’s, mango’s, avocado etc.

As you prepare your homemade baby food, you will have the ability to determine how much chunk or texture you wish your baby to eat. Then over time you will be able to gauge how much food your baby needs.

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My Feeding Experience

I have had three children and they have all had different food experiences. My first child began commercial foods at about 6 weeks old. The doctor told me that I should follow with stage one foods between 3 and 4 months old. I was also advised to follow the suggestions of the jars about the ages to introduce new foods.

My second child took a different route when it came to baby food. He was my half and half baby. We delayed his food intake because I was nursing. When we decided to include formula we also included baby food. We started with stage one foods and then incorporated several components of our own supper as he showed interest. With him we used to have a grinder on the dinner table, in case he desired to eat a food we were having.

When I had my third child we took on a different approach to feeding. I breastfed her on demand. That means that I had to get to know my baby well enough to know the signs that she was hungry. My third baby decided when she wanted to eat, and then that continued when we started solids. We waited for her to show us the basic signs of being ready to eat.

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Everyone will make their own choices when it comes to baby foods, however be sure to listen to your little one. Test the foods before offering them to your bub, for taste and temperature.

Feeding time can be challenging, so any tips or tricks you would like to share below would be greatly appreciated.