Sleep

Sleep deprivation

Sleep deprivation is a condition that occurs if you don’t get enough sleep and we understand this can be one of the hardest parts of being a parent.

If you need further advice or support please contact our health visitor single point of contact on 01522 843000 to speak with a member of the team.

Cry-sis helpline is also available 7 days a week 9am-10pm 08451 228 669

For the link ‘When your baby won’t sleep: Public Health England’ please click here to take you to this YouTube video. 

Safer sleep

The Lullaby Trust provide information on cots, sleeping position, co-sleeping, bedding and more for safer sleep for your baby. Their advice provides simple steps for how you can sleep your baby and give you peace of mind during this time. Their advice is based on strong scientific evidence and should be followed for all sleep periods, not just at night.

If you have any questions about safer sleep, please call our information line on 0808 802 6869 (lines open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm).

Their website provides free presentations on how to sleep your baby safely as well. Please click here for the link to their website for more information.

It also provides information on:

  • Coronavirus and caring for your baby

  • Baby summer safety

  • The safest room temperature for babies

  • The best sleeping position for your baby

  • Sharing a room with your baby

  • Smoking during pregnancy and around your baby

  • The best mattresses and bedding for your baby

  • Breastfeeding and SIDS

  • Co-sleeping with your baby

  • Swaddling your baby and using slings

  • A clear cot is a safer cot

  • Reducing the risk of SIDS for premature babies

  • Dummies

  • Safer sleep for twins

  • Baby sleeping in Moses basket

  • Sleeping products

  • Baby Check app

  • Car seats and SIDS

  • Coping with sleep deprivation as a new parent

  • Vaccinations and SIDS

  • Immunisations and SIDS

  • Safer sleep publications

 

Babies and Dummies

We understand that some young babies have a dummy to help them settle. The NHS encourage you to try to stop using a dummy by the time your baby is 10-12 months.

To prevent problems later:

  • Give your child as much time without the dummy as possible.

  • As your baby gets older, try to use the dummy for sleep times only.

  • Don’t put anything on the dummy to encourage sucking.

Remember:

  • Babies who use dummies have fewer chances to babble.

  • Extended use of a dummy may contribute to dental and speech sound problems.

  • It’s easier to wean a baby off a dummy than a toddler!

If your baby has a dummy:

Try to use it as little as possible.

Always take the dummy out when your baby is babbling or chatting.

How do you get rid of a dummy?

If your child is using their dummy all the time, or is not giving their dummy up as soon as you would like, try these ideas:

  • Wean them off – gradually decrease the times when you let your child use their dummy.

  • Restrict dummy use to key times during the day, such as bedtime or when your child is ill. Be firm.

  • Point out older girls and boys, who don’t use dummies, to your child.  Pre-schoolers love being more grown-up!

  • Encourage your child to give all their dummies away to a person who is important to them, such as a grandparent or pre-school key worker.

  • Reward your child with fun activities, stickers or star charts – don’t give them sweets instead of their dummy.

  • Remember your child will grow out of their reliance on their dummy.

 

For further guidance and advice please click here

Weaning

Introducing your baby to solid foods, also referred to as weaning or complementary feeding, starts when your baby is around 6 months old. Your baby should be introduced to a varied diet, alongside their usual breast milk or first infant formula.

It can be confusing knowing when and how to start introducing solid foods. The NHS have set out a guide to help you through the weaning journey and explain what it all means. They provide expert NHS advice, helpful videos, tips from other parents, and lots of simple, healthy weaning recipe and meal ideas.

Please click here to be linked to their website.

 

Bilingual babies

Evidence suggests that it's better to speak to your children in all of the languages that you speak at home as they're more likely to pick these up early on. Bilingualism shouldn't be a barrier to learning language - it should be an asset. To find out more information about developing language in a bilingual household please click here

Relationships Matter

Our relationships affect every aspect of our lives. If you need support to learn how to make yours work better and have the opportunity to share questions and stories with the community; then please click here to be directed to the website.  There are fun and helpful activities or you can get private support from a Click listener.

Information for dads

Dads Matter

Dads Matter UK is here to provide support for dads worried about or suffering from Depression, Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about being a dad and if you will be good enough. This is just like what mothers experience. During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal. Please click here for more information

They also offer sessions with the ‘Amazing Dads Matter’

‘The DadPad’

The DadPad was created because babies don’t come with a set of instructions, and dads told us they wanted important information on what to expect and how to care for their baby. We listened to what dads, their partners and professionals asked for and combined it all in this new DadPad for dads-to-be. Please click here to follow the link for further information and how to download the app. 

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