Baby Basics: How Often and How Much Should I Feed My Baby?

These are questions new parents often ask and often don’t but probably should! Whenever we meet with a family, we always discuss feeding and routines as they play a vital role in how babies feel and as a result how they behave. If a baby is fractious, unsettled or fussy, it is often the result of hunger or tiredness and sometimes discomfort from feeding too much or too frequently.

Baring in mind that all babies are different, the table below is intended as a guide to use as a starting point and to help you work out how often and how much to feed your baby. Bigger babies (on the 75th percentile and above) may need bigger feeds. Smaller babies (on the 25th percentile and below) may need smaller feeds or may need to feed slightly more frequently.

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Baby Basics: The Ultimate Baby Hold

Alfred 11 weeks in the ultimate baby hold

Whilst chatting with some lovely new parents about their 11 week old baby, Alfred, he started to get more and more unsettle. He wasn’t hungry as he’d just finished his feed and didn’t seem tired as he’d recently woken from a nap in his pram. He looked uncomfortable and possibly a bit windy so I asked if I could hold him for a moment.

I showed them that by resting his head in the crook of their elbow and his body along their arm they could feel that his tummy felt tight after his feed, which was possibly the cause of his unhappiness. As he lay in this position, his tummy gradually started to relax, as did his legs, and he dozed off for a while.

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Parenting Now Compared to 100 Years Ago

Although most parents think that being a parent is far more difficult than they thought it would be, in a lot of ways, we have it a lot easier now than we did 100 years ago, but in other ways, maybe it’s harder.

Nappies

Whether you’re making an enormous contribution to landfill with disposables or hammering the water, gas and electricity supply with cloth nappies, we have it easier now than they did back then.

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Newborn Essential Shopping List

So much to think about. So much to buy. So, where do you start?

There are thousands of things on the market to buy when you are having a baby. Some of them are brilliantly innovative and could be useful, many look like they could be but aren’t and others are essential. Below I have listed the things that I think every expectant mum needs. Having worked with babies since 1995, I have seen things come and go, and seen how they change and improve. There are some things that I love from back when I took my first nanny job, like “The Mothercare Box”, which I found useful to have in my living room with all the nappy change stuff in as well as a couple of changes of clothes. And there are other things that didn’t exist then but are brilliant now, like the compostable wipes and nappies.

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What Does Your Baby’s Cry Mean?

Please stop crying!

Babies cry for many different reasons, but quite often we, as their parents, have just a few responses to their cries. In the early days this is okay, but as they grow, this can lead to us misunderstanding and misinterpreting their cries causing them to cry for longer.

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