Baby Shower Gift Registry

Written by Cathy Cripps

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With this, you are advising people that gifts are not necessary and that if they do not have an idea of what to buy, they can check outrepparttar registration if they like. By giving people options, they do not feel obligated to buy something specifically chosen byrepparttar 146753 couple. After all, some people may prefer to make homemade gifts and they should haverepparttar 146754 option of doing this if they wish.

The great thing about baby shower registers is thatrepparttar 146755 couple eliminatesrepparttar 146756 potential of receiving two ofrepparttar 146757 same thing. Therefore, rather than direct people what to buy, it becomes a practical approach to gift giving. Baby gift registration is also a time saving tool. Since most couples are tired andrepparttar 146758 mother-to-be may not be feeling full of energy,repparttar 146759 option of choosing items online is a huge benefit.

Cathy is the Owner of Baby Shower Moments and the author of Baby Shower Moments A to Z Guide. If you are looking for baby shower Gift Registry ideas pay Cathy a visit.

Solving Baby Sleep Problems - It’s Time to Sleep

Written by Graham Nicoll

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Settling - Newborn – 6 Months

Unless your baby’s unusually co-operative, prepare yourself for some crying – it’s useful to have someone else there to support you.

1.Wrap your baby firmly, but not tightly, in a small blanket or pram sheet, covering their hands to help them feel more secure and prevent them from catching themselves inrepparttar face if they flail around. 2.Place them in their cot on their side so that they’re looking away from you (avoid eye contact), and with their feet close torepparttar 146700 end ofrepparttar 146701 cot. Remember that this isn’trepparttar 146702 position that they’ll sleep in – you’ll turn them onto their back once they’re asleep. Inrepparttar 146703 meantime, they won’t come to any harm, as you’ll be inrepparttar 146704 room with them at all times. Look atrepparttar 146705 clock and make a note ofrepparttar 146706 time. You’re going to give them 15 minutes to settle. 3.They’ll probably have started crying by now. Place one hand on their shoulder and gently stroke their back or pat their bottom gently withrepparttar 146707 other hand. They’ll probably continue to cry. 4.If, after 15 minutes, they’re still crying and showing no signs of settling, pick them up and give them a cuddle (don’t rock them to sleep – remember this is what you are trying to avoid). 5.Once they’ve calmed down, put them back in their cot, facingrepparttar 146708 other way this time, and try another 15 minute period of settling. Put one hand on their shoulder and pat or stroke them, as before. If they start to quieten, take your hand away –repparttar 146709 idea is for your baby to settle itself. 6.Once your baby is soundly asleep, roll them gently onto their back, loosenrepparttar 146710 wrapping and leave them. 7.If your baby is still crying, pick them up, cuddle them, and start again.

The most important thing is persistence. New routines take time, but just think how much more enjoyable parenthood will be when you are getting a good nights sleep.

Settling 6 – 12 months

Again, it will really help if you have support. With this technique your baby will never be left alone crying for more that ten minutes at a time. Are you ready? Well here goes!

1.Lie your baby inrepparttar 146711 cot on their back. Ensure that their feet are atrepparttar 146712 end ofrepparttar 146713 bed and tell them “It’s time to sleep now”. Leaverepparttar 146714 room and wait for two minutes. You want to give you babyrepparttar 146715 chance to fall asleep by themselves. As soon as they realise that they’re alone it is likely that they will start to protest. If they don’t settle within 2 minutes, then go back in. 2.Roll them on their side, facing away from you. Put a hand on their shoulder and keep patting their bottom or upper thigh gently withrepparttar 146716 other hand. Do this for two minutes, repeatingrepparttar 146717 words “It’s time to sleep now” in a gentle and soothing voice. Ifrepparttar 146718 baby us still protesting after two minutes, then leaverepparttar 146719 room, and wait out side, this time for four minutes. 3.If they still haven’t settled, go back in and try settling them, this time for four minutes. Next time, it’ll be six minutes, then eight minutes and finally ten minutes. 4.Inrepparttar 146720 unlikely event that afterrepparttar 146721 ten minute session they still haven’t settled then pick them out ofrepparttar 146722 cot, give them a cuddle, calm them (making sure you don’t rock them to sleep), and when they have settled repeatrepparttar 146723 process.

You will notice that your child’s crying will reach a peak, and then it will tail off, often very quickly, until they eventually settle themselves off to sleep.

As has been indicated throughout this article,repparttar 146724 key to success is perseverance. If you follow this routine torepparttar 146725 letter then within 3 – 10 days your baby should be sleeping throughrepparttar 146726 night, and be able to put themselves back to sleep, should they waken.

Good luck and happy sleeping!

To find out more aboutrepparttar 146727 It’s Time to Sleep programme then visit

If you are looking to tire you little one out then take a look at to find parent and baby activities in your local area.

Graham Nicoll is a father of one, Toby, a keen entrepreneur and fitness enthusiast.

Graham spends a large proportion of his time consulting with small and medium businesses, helping them to grow through the development of their people and their business development activities. He is an active speaker at business events / conferences across the UK. Graham can be contacted on

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