Well at least for a little while, Baby Bean has finally settled herself into a routine that suits her.
We had a tough few weeks for a little while there. After being a super sleeper from birth and missing out on the usual 4 month sleep regression we were beginning to think we had gotten tremendously lucky. And then that is when the sleep regression struck! Around the end of being five months old out littlest one started waking every 2.5/3hrs for milk. Nothing and I mean NOTHING else would settle her. I know this is quite a common age for this to happen and many people mistake the night waking for hunger and so rush babies on to solids as quickly as possible. Actually, I know that a massive developmental leap was underway and this is just how babies like to get through stuff. That said it doesn’t make it any easier when all you want to do is sleep for longer than 3hours at a time.
And as with many things relating to babies and children (and in my case, birth) just when I was beginning to think I couldn’t handle it any longer it resolved itself. She suddenly settled into a classic napping routine in the day and as a result started sleeping well at night. For now. Until the next thing.
Her current routine goes like this.
- Wake up around 7am
- awake for about 2hrs
- 1hr ish nap
- awake for 2hrs
- 2/3hr ish nap
- awake for 4hrs
- Bed with one feed in the night
Now that we are venturing lightly into solid food we are trying to work out the best times to offer food. We’ve noticed that she’s not at all interested in trying food if she’s at all tired so just before her usual nap times doesn’t work. At the moment its just completely adhoc. I just offer things from my plate or that i’m preparing for her big sisters.
Another pile of maternity clothes back in from being out on loan. This collection is all around size 12.
All sorted through before going out again straight away to another mama to be.
Did you know I loan out maternity clothes? Much to my husband’s dismay 😆. He goes nuts about the storage but generally I never have a the clothes hanging around at home for too long. There is always another mummy to pass them on to.
When I was pregnant with my first bean I found it really expensive kitting myself out with a whole new wardrobe. I’d only fit in some things for a month! It seemed so wasteful. So I decided to loan out the clothes I’d bought to other mums to help them out.
As time has gone on my collection has grown and grateful mums have donated more and more to my stash. I now have a size 8 bag, two large size 10 ones(one winter season and one summer) and two large size 12 ones with a few larger sizes.
Occasionally I have a little clear out of things that are looking a bit tired or have gone out of fashion but for the most part the clothes are all really well looked after.
If you or anyone you know is interested in loaning a bag just drop me a Message and I’ll add you to the list for when a set next comes back in.
For some people, attending a baby group or class is either not their idea of fun or just not possible. Being unable to drive, or not having access to a car can make it difficult to get to some class and group venues too.
Not everyone feels comfortable in groups of people and it can be quite daunting to get out on your own with a new baby.
I offer 1-1 sessions in the comfort of your own home or mine. I provide all the towels and oil and information so all you need to do is relax and enjoy some lovely bonding with your baby.
We can focus on any areas of concern such as constipation, wind or congestion or I can just share with you a general routine for helping both you and your Baby to relax and hopefully aid better sleep for both of you.
The session can involve just one person and Baby (or a doll if you’re looking to learn a few strokes before Baby arrives) or can include your partner, other children or family member or group of friends.
For more information or to book a session message firstname.lastname@example.org or message me via Facebook
What has been your favourite thing to do with Baby?
As this treasure is my last baby I need to make the most of her and life with a little baby and soak it all up!!
She’s becoming more alert and interested in what’s going on so I’ve been thinking about which groups or classes to take her along to.
It’s nearly 4years since I last had a little baby so I’m thinking there are probably some new things out there.
So, what have been your favourite groups or classes to attend with your baby?
We’re very lucky to have the talented Kay Oliver with us during the Christmas Baby Massage and Yoga Workshops.
Kay will be providing a Winter Wonderland set up similar to the one shown in these images and will be providing the pictures as digital downloads. Brilliant for making Christmas cards to send to family and friends or just as a lovely keep sake.
Book tickets for the workshops here
A chance for little babies – and parents 😁– to wear festive outfits and get into the Christmas spirit whilst also trying out both baby massage and baby yoga.
Wonderful Claire Caine of Radiance Yoga UK will be doing a Postnatal yoga demonstration in between workshop sessions
There will be goody bags with samples and discount vouchers
There will be hot drinks and mince pies!
Numbers are limited and places are not confirmed until paid for.
Mums, Dads, Aunties, Uncles and Grandparents are all welcome.
And keep up to date with the event here:
This article was a revelation for me. I’ve read lots and been told lots about how to breastfeed but no one has ever told me how to bottle feed. What’s worse is that I think that Ive been doing it wrong!
I realised that I hadn’t properly introduced my newest little Chilled Bean. Born 31st August weighing 8lb 4oz. and after much deliberation named Poppy Elizabeth Oates.
We’ve spent the last nine weeks soaking up baby cuddles, singing lullabies, sniffing sweet baby breath and stroking her fuzzy little head.
Her big sisters quite simply adore her and fight over who is going to help change her nappy or holder or sing to her.
Poppy certainly enjoys being massaged and we’ve all seen the benefits of Yoga and massage in soothing her windy tummy!
We feel soo very lucky to have her and are excited to watch her grow and flourish.
I’ve yoga’d through each of my pregnancies. In my first I only really found time for it when I finished work and started maternity leave so I really only attended a few classes. I really struggled with pelvic girdle pain and at my worst couldn’t get off the sofa or walk across a room. It was agony. It improved with lots of rest but was tough.
In my second pregnancy I attended weekly classes and occasionally practised at home too but really only once a week here and there. My regular yoga teacher at that time didn’t feel comfortable having my continue in her class so I had no choice but to find a pregnancy specific one. There was nothing local to me so I had to travel around 10 miles to get to the nearest class. Some weeks I was just a bit too tired after work to make the drive there and back so I didn’t make it every week and I only really practised at home occasionally. It still really helped me to feel healthier and more energetic and I did still have a little pelvic pain but nowhere near as badly as first time around.
When I became pregnant third time around I decided to make a concerted effort to do some yoga more regularly. I had completed my Pregnancy Yoga teacher training so I knew I could practice safely at home on my own. It made a huge difference! In those early days of pregnancy when I was feeling shattered and nauseous all day every day yoga helped to ease those symptoms and make me feel more energetic. Just a short 10 or minutes of practice would lift my mood, increase my energy levels and ease the nausea. Fantastic!
As a result i have done a little bit of yoga most days. Sometime just 5 minutes here and there and other days lots more. My regular yoga teacher was also pregnant and so totally happy and comfortable for me to continue with classes (thanks Lucy Kite!). I was also teaching my mum and baby yoga and pregnancy yoga classes regularly too so I was getting plenty of practice in! As a result I’ve felt the most well and the most energetic of all of my pregnancies. I feel strong and healthy and have had far less trouble with the usual pregnancy niggles, pains and aches. I have slept soo much better this time around too despite having a bigger bump and I’ve had no pelvic pain this time so far.
Ultimately I think being healthier and maintaining any kind of regular exercise throughout pregnancy can benefit you enormously. The great thing with yoga is that its gentle enough for it to be safe throughout pregnancy and can easily be altered and adjusted so that you still get a good work out that builds strength and tone but without straining you or hurting baby. It has also been a lovely way for me to find time each day to connect with my growing baby despite the pressures of a very busy life with two other children.
I’m taking some time away from teaching for a few months in order to focus on our new baby and settling in to life as a mother of three but I’m already feeling excited and energised to share what I’ve learned with lots of other pregnant mums very soon!