Everything you need to know about babies - from weaning to sleep training to everything in between.
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We invited in WellVine baby sleep consultant Maryanne Taylor to answer all your questions on everything to do with baby sleep. We know the struggle of trying to determine a routine to get your child to sleep through the night. From when and how to move your baby into their own room, the temperature, to how to wean your baby off the boob during the night, you asked all manner of questions.
A bit of DIY decorating for your baby's room can be fun. But whether you opt for the themes of boho, woodland or colourful, the big question is: when should you be moving your baby into their own room at all? Babies should sleep in the same room as their parents for the first six months, but after that, it's up to you when to move them into their own room. So before you make your choice, here's a few key points to consider.
Getting enough sleep when you're nursing a newborn baby is impossible. Being in a constant state of high alert, coupled with night-time feeds and the dreaded separation anxiety, aren't exactly conducive to switching off. But luckily for you, these mums have found a way to manage their sleep deprivation. From asking for help to getting out and about in the fresh air, these top parenting tips will help you survive.
Welcoming a newborn baby into the world is one heck of a culture shock. You might have read all of the parenting books you could get your hands on and gobbled up every piece of advice going, but nine times out of ten your pre-birth expectations will not match up to the reality of motherhood.
Settling on a name for your newborn baby can be tricky. Deciding whether to stick to tradition or branch out a little can leave your head in a spin - and it's highly probable that your family and friends will have an opinion or two on the dos and don'ts. So, to help you choose the perfect name for your new arrival and be the envy of parents everywhere, Mumsnetters share their top tips for getting it right.
Some babies take to weaning like a duck to water - others, not so much. For the latter, we know how utterly exhausting it can be when every mealtime feels like a battle that will probably end in disaster. So, to help all you struggling parents out there, we've consulted mums who managed to win the weaning war with these handy hacks, because food should be fun.
If you're struggling to cope with a serious lack of sleep since your newborn baby arrived, you can take comfort in the fact that you are not alone - and to ease your suffering, these parents have shared their best tips and coping strategies for muddling through during the most exhausting of all the parenting stages.
Enjoying a full night's sleep when you are a new parent is a myth. It simply does not happen, and you're left pouring milk into the fabric conditioner slot in the washing machine. and glugging coffee like there's no tomorrow. But fear not! These parents have devised a number of ingenious ways to help you navigate the exhaustion of the newborn baby stage in the hope that you, too, will finally catch some much needed shut-eye.
Knowing when to start weaning your baby is tricky. Just because your friend's baby is already happily munching on puréed vegetables, it doesn't mean that your little one is there yet - and that's just the first hurdle. From finding foods that work to making sure your baby gets all of the nutrients that they need, here's a handy list of tips, tried and tested by your fellow parents, to help you find a routine that works for you and your baby.
Weaning your baby onto solid foods can be challenging, to say the least. The point blank refusals, food throwing and, on particularly bad days, full-blown tantrums, can turn mealtimes into a dreaded affair. But these tips and tricks, tried and tested by parents, are here to help you win the weaning war for good.
One of parenting's biggest challenges is getting your baby to sleep - and it's even more frustrating when you've think you've finally cracked it, before they decide that it's the perfect time for a 4am sing-song. But believe it or not, there are a number of tried-and-tested ways to send your little one softly into the land of nod.
Constantly knackered? Check. Forever impaling your feet on pieces of Lego? Check. Never knowing how you're going to get everything done, but somehow managing anyway? Check. Having children is akin to balancing all of the plates, while walking a tightrope and creating balloon animals. It's unlike anything you've ever experienced, and whether you're nursing a newborn or running after a toddler, life will never be the same again.
Parenting has a habit of making logical people act in strange ways, all in the name of doing the very best for their new arrival. But chances are, even your own child is wondering why they're being propped up in front of a baby Shakespeare DVD every day. That's just one of the weird and wonderful things these mums did for their newborns.
Changing nappies isn't glamorous and it never will be, which is why you owe it to yourself and your little one to master the art like a pro so you can dive in and out with minimal drama - and who better to look to for top tips than your fellow parents? Whether you're nursing a newborn or running after a toddler, these hacks will revolutionise changing time.
When it comes to parenting, chances are you vowed never to be 'that kind of parent', before you became exactly that type of parent, washing your baby's bedding every day and steam cleaning their toys after every use. It happens to the best of us, and as these parents reveal no task was too great or too small in the early stages of motherhood.
There's no two ways about it: newborn babies are hard work. Exhaustion coupled with limited time to yourself can easily take the shine off what you thought motherhood would be like. But when you take a step back and marvel at the gurgling bundle nestled in your arms, it'll all come flooding back in a heartbeat: newborn babies are wonderful.
Parenting does daft things to people, especially when you're first let loose with your baby at home. Whether you're washing your newborn's bedding every day or steam cleaning their toys after every single use, know that you're not alone. These mums have all been there, done that, and are happy to reveal their most cringeworthy acts of new parenthood.