Having a baby brings about a lot of new terminology to a parent’s language, and TOG is just one of them. TOG stands forthermal overall grade,or in simple terms, how warm an item of bedding is. It describes the thickness and warmth of all different sorts of bedding, but for babies and children it generally relates to swaddles, sleeping bags and sleep suits.
Most of the country is in lockdown at the moment, and while we know that these restrictions will save lives - it's undeniably challenging for everyone, with a particular impact on our children. Two really important papers have just been published and I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about it - both will be linked for you to read in your own time.
With safe sleeping changes, we havedramaticallyreduced the incidence of SIDS.There is an almost 90% reduction in SIDS since we learned not to sleep babies on their stomachs. This is phenomenal, but comes with unintended consequences. By sleeping babies on their backs,we’ve traded in one problem (major) with two other problems, largely unseen prior to the 1980s.
This week is Red Nose Day and all funds raised go towards the research and prevention of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). To help prevent SIDS it is crucial that your baby is placed in a safe sleeping environment. To make a baby’s sleep environment a safe one it’s important to follow the SIDS guidelines.
The amount of alcohol in your blood is the same as the amount of alcohol in your breastmilk. It is generally safe to enjoy the occasional glass of alcohol but there are a few factors to take into consideration...
The key to successful breastfeeding is positioning. There is no single right way to position your baby at the breast, the key is: a) for it to feel comfortable for mother and baby and b) there to be evidence of efficient colostrum/milk transfer.
When your newborn baby is placed in your arms for the first time, you hope that your baby will be able to successfully breastfeed, but the reality is that not all newborns will be able to achieve this. If direct breastfeeding is not possible, expressing is the next best option.
The sleep disturbance associated with a newborn's arrival almost makes coffee essential - particularly for breastfeeding mother’s! It’s important to remember though that newborn babies can be sensitive to caffeine.
In my paediatric practice, I commonly see the perfectly happy, settled baby who is sleeping beautifully overnight –but then reaches 4 months of age and the wheels seem to fall off. Some speak of the4-month sleep regression, like it’s some cruel rite of passage that all parents must simply endure. The truth is - there is no such thing as a 4-month sleep regression.