Showing posts with label #children. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #children. Show all posts

Friday, 21 September 2018

Top Tips that will Help you To Adjust to Life as a New Parent

If you are a new mother then you will understand how life-changing this can be. At times you may feel as though all you need is a few hours’ sleep and at other times you just need to be with your child no matter what. The bond that you have with your child will be unlike anything that you have ever experienced before and at the same time, you are exhausted like never before. If you want to get some top tips that will help you to adjust to being a new mum then here are some hints that will help you to get started.
You Don’t Have to be Super Quiet
Believe it or not, you don’t actually have to be super quiet when your baby is sleeping. This is because in the womb, things are pretty loud and newborn babies are really used to that level of noise. For this reason, you shouldn’t be afraid to watch television if this is what you want to do and you should also not be afraid to vacuum up either. If you need to wash the dishes then get it done or even speak on the phone when you know that the baby is sleeping. In fact, if you are able to get your baby used to sleeping with some level of noise then this can really help them in the future and you may even get to the point when you can vacuum up while they sleep when they are over a year old. If you feel bad about making noise then this is completely normal, but the sooner you are able to get around this the better it is for you and them as well.

Try and Soothe your Baby
When your baby cries, you may feel helpless and you may also find it hard to know what to do. One thing that you can do is try and pat them on the back in a heartbeat rhythm. This will help them to burp much more quickly and it will also help them to relax much more as well. If they are crying because they don’t feel secure then this can work wonders. If this doesn’t work then try and swaddle the baby, hold them on their side or even swinging them from side to side. The more you can do to try and provide them with some level of comfort, the better so you do have to try and keep this in mind wherever possible.

Latching On

if you are a mother then you may find it hard to get your baby to latch. It is more than possible for you to use breast shields to help you with this and there is no shame in admitting that you find it difficult. It is also important to know that it is okay to be frustrated at this point but what is happening is completely normal. So many mothers go through things like this and it can be a difficult phase for you to try and get through. If you would like to try and get some support nursing when you are out and about then the best way for you to get around this would be for you to try and look into things such as the best nursing tops. This can provide you with a lot of confidence and it can help you to nurse your baby when you are out.

When your baby is around a month old, there is a high chance that the days and nights will become more predictable. At this point, you will be able to focus completely on your newborn as well as yourself. It is so important that you are able to take into account your own stress levels and you also need to focus on preparing your own meals as well. If you are struggling to do this then one way for you to get around this would be for you to prepare your meals way ahead of time. This way you don’t have to prepare too far ahead and you also don’t have to worry about how you are going to cook when they are crying. Little things can really help you out here, such as putting a glass of water next to your bed before you sleep and even watching your favourite TV show. When you do things like this to try and look after yourself, you would be surprised at how much energy you have in the day and you would also be surprised at how much you can de-stress as well.
Keeping your Baby Awake

This may sound like a strange concept because most of the time you will probably be trying to get your baby to go to sleep. If your baby is eating slowly and trying to sleep then you can try and massage their cheeks. When you do this, it will help them to suckle faster and this is sometimes all it takes for you to try and encourage them. So many people find that this works and it also helps to stop them from waking up again soon for another feed. When babies are able to fill themselves up before they go to sleep, they can then feel more relaxed and there is also a high chance that they will be calmer as well. This is great if you are struggling to get them to sleep for longer periods of time and it also gives you way more time to try and get things done as well.

So there are plenty of things that you can do to try and keep your baby in good health and when you follow the above tips, you can be sure to keep yourself in good health as well. After all, sometimes you only need to take a few simple steps to really turn your life around and when you are a new mother, this is really helpful even at the best of times.

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Friday, 28 July 2017

What is the CAA?

A UK First that Parents Need to Know About    

Children’s activities are a valued and much loved feature in the weekly routine for many families countrywide and when attending a structured activity, class or club it is only natural for parents to assume that the organiser is regulated.  But this is not always the case. In fact it is shocking to learn that up until 2 years ago there was no code of practice or even any guidelines in place to monitor standards in the children’s activities sector or to help parents make informed choices regarding the wealth of providers out there.

With so many children engaged in activities throughout the UK each week and the average family investing considerable time and money in clubs and classes, it is truly remarkable that independent guidelines were not in place. Now however, thanks to the Children’s Activities Association (CAA), this alarming gap has been filled. When choosing activities, parents can now easily get peace of mind on a range of important issues such as insurance, health and safety, criminal record checks, training, qualifications, class content and much more just by asking one question – ‘Are you a CAA member?’

Set-up by leading industry experts in 2015, the CAA is a not-for-profit, industry-led independent association that is committed to setting and raising standards in all organised children’s activities across the UK. This ground-breaking national initiative has truly revolutionised the industry and the way that parents can now make choices with their pioneering Code of Practice and an accreditation system (lead by one of the UK’s leading experts in child development, Dr Amanda Gummer PhD) - that parents can trust.

Activity providers joining the CAA commit to the Code of Practice and the very thorough accreditation programme thus clearly demonstrating their drive to deliver the very best for children and their passion for excellence. The CAA brand gives recognition to those providers who excel and gives parents a ‘benchmark’ - the reassurance they need when selecting classes for their little ones from the myriad of providers out there. From baby massage to swimming, gymnastics to crafts and football to yoga, ensuring that the provider is a CAA member is now a very important part of the decision-making process for mums, dads and carers.

The brainchild of the organisation, is Sam Willoughby, multi award-winning business owner and mum who says “I have loved taking my own daughter to many children’s activities since she was a baby, so much so I created online guides and awards back in 2006 to help other parents find activities to enjoy with their kids.  Having worked in this thriving area of business for over a decade I realised that the companies working so hard to deliver excellence for children had no way to get any independent accreditation.  I was in the unique position to bring together leading providers and experts in the field to make this a reality. We have worked hard to develop a relevant Code of Practice and robust accreditation process and so now for the first time parents can feel confident making informed decisions when making their choices’.

Thanks to the CAA, parents don’t have to ask dozens of questions any more when considering an activity for their kids  – simply checking whether the provider is CAA accredited will give them the peace of mind they need - and with more than 200,000 children attending a CAA member class every week, there’s something for everyone.

About the CAA:

A first in the UK, the CAA is a not-for-profit organisation of children's activity providers and experts. The organisation gives parents a bench-mark for all organised children's activities by establishing and improving consistent standards & accreditation.
See here for the video explaining more or for more on the CAA including list of members and full information visit