Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tackling Those Childhood Issues Like A Pro

All new parents will be able to vouch for the fact that life with a baby is full of surprises at every corner. No sooner have you got a perfect routine established, then something changes and you find yourself having to start again from scratch. Once you've found something that seems to work for you and your child, it can be tempting just to keep rolling with it. After all, if your child seems happy and you're finally feeling a bit calmer, where's the harm? The problem arises, however, when the routines you have implemented start to interfere with your child's development. Here are a few examples of changes you need to be prepared to make in your child's life, so they can go on to flourish how they were meant to.

Sleeping in their own bed
Some parents swear by co-sleeping - that is, letting their child share their bed continuously. However, there is some evidence to suggest that this can actually be detrimental to both child and parent if it is carried on for too long. Your child may become excessively dependent and unable to sleep without you there, which can be hugely problematic as they grow up. It can also have a negative effect on your personal life, especially if you share your bed with a partner too. The best way to avoid getting yourself in this predicament is to provide your child with a crib from a young age. You can find a whole variety available from companies such as Cuckooland, so there's sure to be one that fits your needs. Move your child from your bed or their Moses basket into the crib a couple of times a week at first, just to test the water. Before long, it will become totally normal for them.

Moving on from breastfeeding

Just like with co-sleeping, breastfeeding your child can be a great way to bond with them, and there is no real set age for when to stop. However, breastfeeding too far into childhood can sometimes lead to other issues, such as social and emotional ones. When you feel that your child is ready, start to wean them off breast milk with a suitable formula replacement. Most of those on the market still contain all the nutrients your baby needs, and if you feed them on your lap and with eye contact, it can still be a positive bonding experience for both of you.

Saying goodbye to the pacifier

Most babies have pacifiers as a way of helping with teething, and as a comforter. But taking it away can often result in a lot of tantrums and sleepless nights for both you and your child. The trick to weaning your child off a pacifier is to minimise its use while they are still quite young. This could be ceasing to offer it at nap times while they are still babies - after all, they won't even remember having it after a while. Or, if you child is a little older, try explaining to them that if they trade in the pacifier, they will get something better in return. They might need some convincing, but it will be worth it in the end.

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