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Baby massage - 10 tips for getting started

We're all familiar with the feeling of a relaxing massage ... It's a guaranteed way to relax the body and release stress-fighting endorphins in the brain.... But did you know it's the same for babies?  Babies love massage in the same way we do! Massaging your little one can help them calm, soothe and relax. Not only that, it is a beautiful way to facilitate bonding, and can also help reduce crying and encourage them to sleep more soundly (who'd say no to that?!) Why not give it a go? Here's 10 tips to get your started: The best time to massage your baby is when they are quiet and content. Avoid times when they are fussy or overtired. It’s also important to make sure...

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Caitlin asks: My 7.5-month-old has recently started waking at night after a couple of months of sleeping through. At first I assumed she was waking because of teeth so I fed her back to sleep. The only problem is now she has started waking more regularly - sometimes every two hours and I am so, so tired! I have been feeding her each time she wakes but am worried this is making it worse. Should I try to stop feeding her and, if so, how!? I have a toddler in the house and am afraid she will wake him up!     Jo (sleep expert) says: This is a really common problem. Babies over six months get very attached to being assisted to...

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Introducing the Little Bairn ‘Ask an Expert Panel’

Are you a new mum with a question about your baby? Are you struggling with sleep deprivation? Do you need some general guidance as you navigate the ups and downs of motherhood? We have some exciting news this week as we introduce you to the Little Bairn Ask an Expert Panel! We have teamed up with some amazing professionals who are here to answer your questions – on anything from pregnancy and childbirth to breastfeeding and baby care. Our expert panel includes Jo Ryan, author of BabyBliss; Pippa Buxton, Midwife; and Jamie Hocking, a pregnancy coach and Hypnobirthing Practitioner. If you have a question for our panel, submit it to us at Questions and answers will be posted on our...

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