TEARS AND MILESTONES

As appears fortnightly in VIP Magazine.

James turned one in September and we had a great day. However as a parent I had a million different emotions flowing through me. I was so excited for this special milestone but I was also sad that my baby was turning into a toddler. Why? Well, we spend most of the first year wishing for the next stage, sitting, crawling, standing etc. I remember spending hours trying to get him to hold a spoon and as soon as he did I was onto the next thing.

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TEARS AND MILESTONES

As appears fortnightly in VIP Magazine.

James turned one in September and we had a great day. However as a parent I had a million different emotions flowing through me. I was so excited for this special milestone but I was also sad that my baby was turning into a toddler. Why? Well, we spend most of the first year wishing for the next stage, sitting, crawling, standing etc. I remember spending hours trying to get him to hold a spoon and as soon as he did I was onto the next thing.

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ROUTINE and soothing

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If one more person asks ‘have you got your baby into a routine yet?’ I think I’ll scream. I’m well aware that a good routine is best for the baby, and you in the long run, but the pressure to be the perfect parent gets a bit much sometimes. I’ve read Gina Fords ‘The Contented little baby book’ and Tracy Hoggs ‘The Baby Whisperer’ and decided to give a combination of both a go. I was so exhausted trying to time everything and make sure I was on schedule that I almost forgot James was a real person.

Now that’s not to say Babies don’t need routine because they do. Everyone thrives on some sort of routine. I relaxed a little and followed the general rules: Feed, change, play, sleep. I’m pretty lucky, as James seemed to settle into his own routine more or less.

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ROUTINE and soothing

As appears monthly in VIP.

If one more person asks ‘have you got your baby into a routine yet?’ I think I’ll scream. I’m well aware that a good routine is best for the baby, and you in the long run, but the pressure to be the perfect parent gets a bit much sometimes. I’ve read Gina Fords ‘The Contented little baby book’ and Tracy Hoggs ‘The Baby Whisperer’ and decided to give a combination of both a go. I was so exhausted trying to time everything and make sure I was on schedule that I almost forgot James was a real person.

Now that’s not to say Babies don’t need routine because they do. Everyone thrives on some sort of routine. I relaxed a little and followed the general rules: Feed, change, play, sleep. I’m pretty lucky, as James seemed to settle into his own routine more or less.

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