Baby Shower Gift Registry

Written by Cathy Cripps

Baby Shower Gift Registry Just as with weddings, couples today can now register in person or online at most of their favorite stores. This providesrepparttar couple an opportunity to determinerepparttar 146753 gifts they will receive, specific colors, sizes, and so on. Additionally, with so many companies offering online baby shower registers, both high end and affordable stores can be chosen so every guest can choose their price range.

Interestingly, some people still consider baby gift registers as cold and impersonal. You wantrepparttar 146754 guests to know thatrepparttar 146755 gift is their choice since it is something that comes fromrepparttar 146756 heart. To ensure no one is offended, wording is very important sorepparttar 146757 recommendation of usingrepparttar 146758 gift registry is not seen as offensive.

Remember, you do not want to includerepparttar 146759 information aboutrepparttar 146760 gift registry inrepparttar 146761 invitation. Now, some people will add this information on a separate piece of paper slipped insiderepparttar 146762 invitation but etiquette experts state this is an incorrect way of handling it. Instead, whenrepparttar 146763 guests reply withrepparttar 146764 RSVP, you can then send them a note inrepparttar 146765 mail or via email, providingrepparttar 146766 gift registry information.

This message could say something like, “Thank you for your confirmation for attending John and Sue’s baby shower. We look forward to you joining us forrepparttar 146767 celebration of life and enjoying this time of fellowship among family and friends. Although baby gifts are welcomed, they are not mandatory. If you are unsure whatrepparttar 146768 couple needs, they have registered at a few stores to include…”

Solving Baby Sleep Problems - It’s Time to Sleep

Written by Graham Nicoll

If you’re pacingrepparttar floor with a wide-awake baby in your arms at 3am every morning, but can’t bearrepparttar 146700 tears when you put him down, then maybe you need to start doing something differently – as they say “ if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you keeping getting what you’ve always got”.

So is there really a magic formula that will enable you to get your baby or toddler to sleep throughrepparttar 146701 night?

If you’re a parent with a young child then here’s a question that may make you yawn – what were you doing this morning at 1am, 3am or 5am. Were you sleeping like a baby or were you in fact cuddling and rocking your little cherub in an attempt to get them back to sleep? After all that’s what being a parent is all about – isn’t it?!

A lucky few will have been asleep in bed throughoutrepparttar 146702 night, but a large percentage ofrepparttar 146703 parenting population will have been up feeding or pacingrepparttar 146704 floor withrepparttar 146705 little bundles of joy.

Just as your newborn weaves magic through your heart,repparttar 146706 effects of sleep deprivation can cast a spell on your body and mind. One child in three has real sleep issues before they reach school age, but these can be overcome in many cases - and it doesn’t have to involve leaving your baby to cry for hours on end.

So, Why Don’t Young Children Sleep?

We all sleep in cycles consisting of blocks of light and deep sleep. If you rock your baby to sleep or let them fall asleep atrepparttar 146707 breast before putting him down, you’re heading for problems. Your baby passes into a phase of light sleep and is more likely to wake as they realise they’re alone. They’ll cry, you’ll go back to them and because you don’t know any other way, you’ll pick them up, rock them back to sleep and put them back in their cot. Andrepparttar 146708 cycle continues!

Common Sense Way

Controlled comforting was devised by Australian mother-craft nurse Rhonda Abrahams. It’s kinder than controlled crying. ‘A baby under 6 months should never be left to cry,’ says Ronda ‘older babies shouldn’t be left for more than 10 minutes crying.’

Rhonda based her technique on common sense. ‘Babies need to learn to go to sleep by themselves so that if they wake inrepparttar 146709 night they’re able to settle themselves back to sleep,’ she explains. To work,repparttar 146710 techniques need to be used for all types of sleep, or your baby will get mixed messages. And little ones learn by repetition. So you should adopt this routine for both daytime and nighttime sleeps.

Ready or Not?

Before startingrepparttar 146711 programme… üEnsure your baby is well. If they become ill just as you startrepparttar 146712 new routine, stop and start again when they are better. üMake sure that you’re well – it won’t do either of you any good to be starting a new routine while your body is under stress. üTry to keep a fairly free week to devote as much time and effort as possible to makingrepparttar 146713 routine work. A busy schedule will make it harder, and it’ll take longer to work. üIf anyone else cares for your baby, make sure they know what’s involved – nothing sabotages a new routine as fast as mixed messages. üGet a dim nightlight so that your baby can see their surroundings when they wake.

It’s Just Routine

A regular routine isrepparttar 146714 surest way to get a baby or toddler to sleep independently. Little ones respond to a familiar pattern of events, and sleeping inrepparttar 146715 same environment each night gives then a sense of security and comfort. Establishing a bedtime routine will benefit not only your child, but also `you and your partner as you can have a bit of adult quiet time’.

Encourage patterns inrepparttar 146716 life of your newborn, as these will turn into routine – and babies learn from repetition. Keep in mind that a habit can be formed in just three days!

The best way to establish a routine is to userepparttar 146717 feed / play / sleep method. Duringrepparttar 146718 day when your baby wakes, feed them and then let them play for a while. Watch out for tired signs (yawning, rubbing their eyes, grizzling, hiding their face). When you notice them, you’ll need to begin settling them. Have a cuddle before a daytime nap; inrepparttar 146719 evenings, give them a relaxing bath. Baby massage can also calm your baby. Never over stimulate your child before bedtime or think thatrepparttar 146720 longer you keep them up,repparttar 146721 more tired they’ll become andrepparttar 146722 easier it will be to get them off to sleep. An overtired baby is harder to settle, and if you wait until they’re tired to begin their last feed then they’ll drop off to sleep while you’re feeding them. The main challenge with this is that your baby will get a fright when they wake up inrepparttar 146723 cot by themselves and they’ll wonder where you are; after all when they fell asleep they were in your arms!

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