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Co-sleeping? We are for it! 

Co-sleeping? We are for it! 

Several studies have shown that very young babies should not sleep alone. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because co-sleeping often feels like the natural thing to do for most women, especially when it is associated with nighttime breastfeeding. When done right, it is a great way to improve both your quality of sleep and your little one’s health and well-being. 

Here are several other reasons why we are for co-sleeping. 

Benefits of co-sleeping

Are there any benefits of co-sleeping? Absolutely. Here are some of them: 

  • Co-sleeping leads to more peaceful sleep for everyone involved. Babies who co-sleep with their parents, cry less often at night and rarely experience nightmares. The parents also sleep better because they have to wake up less often, this also applies to the resto of the family, so they will also get quality sleep at night if not not woken up every few hours by the baby’s cries. 
  • When you co-sleep, it significantly eases the process of breastfeeding. You won’t have to go to another room to do it, also you won't have to break your back by leaning down to the baby's cot few times per night. 
    In this way, co-sleeping helps you get as much rest as you need every night. Consider investing in a
    feeding pillow to make things even easier for yourself. 
  • Co-sleeping also reduces the risk of SIDS. It does this by improving the chances of you intervening when your child is in crisis because it makes it easier to hear them and respond. Anecdotal evidence also suggest that proximity of the mother is also a risk redusing factor.

baby sleeping in a co sleeper

Is co-sleeping that bad?

In the first place it is important to say that co-sleeping is a broad definition and it is not limited only to bedsharing. If you share your room with a baby you are co-sleeping too. To be fair, it owes its bad name due to some bad practices that are associated with it. So let's have a look at the risks then.

The one thing that is often listed as a cause for concern when it comes to co-sleeping is the risk of accidental suffocation for the baby. The good news, though, is that when done right, co-sleeping will actually help to prevent suffocation and other risk factors!

If you are afraid of accidentally squashing your little one while sleeping together, we highly recommend investing in a co-sleeper as an essential item. Similarly, if you want to prevent suffocation when your baby rolls over or turns from their back to their belly as they sleep, getting a baby nest will help reduce this risk.

In this way, investing in the right co-sleeping essentials will not only make it safer for your little one but it will also help put your mind at ease as your sleep at night. 

Let us also remember that according to HSE recommendations, there should not be any toys in a cot during the night.

At what age is co-sleeping safe? 

This question must be answered from two different perspectives .
On the one hand, properly done co-sleeping reduces the risk of SIDS, which is the greatest risk from birth to the age of 6 months.

That being said, from the bed- sharing perspective the older a child is, the safer it is to co-sleep with them. Once they can roll over and free themselves from potential restraints, it becomes quite safe to share a bed with them. That said, with the proper safety measures in place, you can start co-sleeping with your baby right from birth. 

To what age is co-sleeping good? Experts recommend that parents and babies share the same room for at least 6 months and up to the first year. That said, plenty of toddlers and preschoolers co-sleep with their parents at least some of the time. If you co-sleep with your baby, consider starting them on the transition to their room between the age of one and two. Making this transition at this early age will lead to fewer sleep problems later on.

You can start them off on this transition by getting them an appropriately-sized bed and investing in the right bedding set. You can also get them accompanying developmental toys for their room and soother toys that will comfort them to sleep. 

How do you co-sleep with a newborn?

When co-sleeping with a newborn, the first thing you need to be sure of is that the sleeping surface is firm and not soft or squishy. This means things like sofas or pillows are completely out of the question. 

Next, make sure that your baby sleeps on his or her back and never on the tummy or the side. Finally, get them the right baby bedding and keep adult bedding like sheets, pillows, and blankets away from them and everyone will have a wonderful night’s sleep! 

Final thoughts

So why do babies sleep better on mom? Several studies have shown that sleeping next to your baby yields several health benefits for them, including helping them sleep more deeply, improving their heart rate and heart rhythm, and improving their blood pressure. 

Plus, it fosters a deeper bond between mother and child because your little one will be receiving constant reassurance, comfort, and support throughout the night. They won’t have to deal with negative emotions like anxiety, fear, and abandonment. In the end, you get a child who is well-equipped to cope with the pressures of life because they know they are loved by their parents. 

If you have been considering co-sleeping with your little one, The benefits that’ll come from doing so will be absolutely worth it.

Please note that all the information in this article is not a sufficient form of professional advice, so if you're in doubt, it's always a good idea to consult your GP or Midwife. 

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Christmas Toy Ideas by BabyLove

Christmas Toy Ideas by BabyLove

Every year we all look forward to this special time when kitchen fills up with the scents of roasted ham and mince pies, Home Alone appears on the RTE again and the Christmas lights would be lit on the Christmas tree. Since 2020 was not the best year so far, the upcoming Christmas have an extra task to even the odds a little bit. So let's make sure our children will get their fair share of joy this year! We spoke to Santa and even though the letters are coming to the North Pole day and night, after a couple of chocolate chip cookies he agreed to share a number of toy wishes that come up in the letters all the time:

Grande Villa Wooden Dollhouse - 120 cm | 3yrs+
169.99€ Currently on BLACK FRIDAY SALE for: 119.99€

Which little girl doesn't dream of a beautiful villa for her dolls, one to best reflect the real house? A beautiful wooden dollhouse in a modern style will be a dream come true and will certainly serve for many years. The three-storey residence has 4 independent rooms, a balcony and a lift. A large number of elements gives the possibility of endless fun.

Beautiful wooden furniture has been included in the set, and it will perfectly complement every room in the house.

Magnetic Puzzle Books with Stickers | 3yrs+

This magnetic book will help your child to explore the secrets of magnets, and what's more, it will stimulate curiosity and desire to explore the world.
The puzzle will help to develop manual skills and teach concentration.

Product features:

  • Fantastic magnetic puzzle for children.
  • Great stimulation of imagination and creativity for the little one.
  • A great variety of elements will provide a lot of creative fun
  • The set of magnets will be a real treat for a small artist.
  • Magnets can also be attached to the fridge.
  • The toy will work well for long journeys

Handmade Ball pit + 200 Mix Colour Balls - 10 designs | 1yr+

Handmade ball pit will create the most memorable sensory experiences. Great for playing by yourself, indispensable for playdates. Playing in the ball pit stimulates the imagination, and attracts the attention of even the youngest babies. Over time, they also learn colours, counting and playing independently and together with other children.

Montessori Style Wooden Doll House - 40 cm | 3yrs+
39.99€ Currently on BLACK FRIDAY SALE for: 29.99€
montessori wooden house

A beautiful, spacious, wooden dollhouse, crafted with attention to every detail will be a dream come true for every little girl.
The two-storey residence has been equipped with 4 independent rooms.
and equipped with mini wooden furniture.

It's simple shape and materials makes it a true Montessori style toy. The toy helps to develop manual skills and expand the imagination, countless setups create opportunities for a truly creative play.

WADER Giant Toy Concrete Mixer + Accessories | 3yrs+
79.99€ Currently on BLACK FRIDAY SALE for: 66.99€             

concrete mixer wader

Large concrete mixer made by a well-known WADER Toys for sure is a toy which will provide your child with hours of creative fun while playing outdoors.
It’s durability and outstanding quality of  workmanship guarantee many years of  play.

RC Tractor With a Trailer | 6yrs+

tractor with trailer rc toy

A true 1:16 scale reproduction of a real tractor.The 4-wheel-drive tractor can easily cover any terrain. Attached trailer is not afraid of difficult ground. A bumper/rejector at the front protects the vehicle from collisions. The remote control is simple to use and even the most novice user will be able to drive it.

It’s equipped with headlights at the front, which allow you to have fun even in the dark. In addition, the lights react to the steering - they flash like direction indicators when turning. Great fun both for children and dads.

Milly Mally Jogger Susie - Pink-Grey | 3yrs+
35.99€ Currently on BLACK FRIDAY SALE for: 29.99€  
pink stroller  

Susie is a three-wheeled stroller designed for dolls up to 50 cm long.
Its features and design resemble a real baby stroller.The double wheeled wheels at the front of the pram allow a smooth change of direction.The stroller is equipped with three-point safety belts and a "basket" for accessories necessary during the walk, such as milk bottles, clothes and nappies. It’s also equipped with a foldable booth.

Wooden Blocks Sorter On Wheels – Letters |3yrs+

wooden sorter on wheels letters         

A great educational mobile toy sorter, entirely made of wood. The sorter is at the same time a car on a string and can be pulled around.

Product features:

  • Through play, your child will learn to recognise letters and develop logical thinking skills.
  • It will help you to learn colours
  • The sorter stimulate, creative thinking and helps to develop manual skills.

Milly Mally Rocking Horse – Blue | 3yrs+

rocking hourse blue    

Milly Mally Rocking Horse is defined by its beautiful design, and increased safety due to the profiled saddle. It’s a fun, interactive toy. Horse is making sounds, waving his tail and moving its mouth. Made of pleasant to the touch, high quality materials.

RC Huina CY1550 Excavator 15CH 2.4Ghz | 12yrs+
69.99€ Currently on BLACK FRIDAY SALE for: 59.49€ 

Huina CY1550 Excavator

Turn your child's room into a real construction site.This toy is a realistic model of a mega excavator for special tasks. A toy with lights and realistic sounds is certainly suitable for the job. With this excavator, every child can feel like a real construction worker. It's ideal for both indoor and outdoor fun.

Lacing Set - Montessori Style Toy | 3yrs+

lacing shoes         

A fantastic educational toy to learn how to tie shoelaces. All made of wood.

Product features:

  • The toy has a positive influence on the development of manual skills and logical thinking in children.
  • Your child will quickly learn how to laces his shoes.
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7 Things You Need To Know About Postpartum Depression

7 Things You Need To Know About Postpartum Depression

Studies have shown that 50-75% of new mothers will have baby blues soon after delivery. Of this number, about 10-20% will develop a more severe form of post-delivery depression, called postpartum depression. 

These figures show that even as many as one in six mums could experience postpartum depression after childbirth. If you are one of them, remember that you are not alone and it's not as uncommon as you might think.

1. How can you tell if you have postpartum depression?
To begin with, it is good to know that there's no set list of symptoms which will provide you with a definite answer. Nonetheless, there are some signs to indicate it.
Unlike baby blues, postpartum depression comes with many other symptoms, including loss of appetite, insomnia, severe mood swings and even panic attacks. The main difference, though, is the time for which the symptoms last.
So if you feel down for more then two weeks after delivery, you should probably seek professional advice. Seeing your GP or public health nurse should be sufficient to start with.

tired mum postpartum depression

2. Is postpartum depression a mental illness?
Postpartum depression is a mental health disorder that some women may experience after childbirth. It goes beyond baby blues, which are normal feelings of fatigue or moodiness that occur as you adjust to your new role as your hormones try to go back to what they used to be.
Postpartum depression takes things a step further and interferes with your quality of life as well as your ability to function normally.

3. How does postpartum depression affect your child?
Studies have shown that children with mothers suffering from severe postpartum depression that lasts 8 months or more are more likely to be adversely affected by it. In infants, it affects the quality of mother-child bonding, which can affect how your baby connects to people, making them passive and withdrawn.

crying baby

It has also been shown to reduce cognitive development in babies as mothers with postpartum depression are less likely to provide the right range of engaged, positive stimulation that is necessary for learning and development in infants.
Long-term effects in children include behavioural problems, difficulty in grasping academic concepts, and a higher risk of suffering from mental health issues.

If you find it hard to bond with your baby it is important to understand that this does not mean you are a bad mother. It is probably caused by your condition, also forming a bond sometimes takes more time.

mum holding a baby in bed

4. How long does postpartum depression last?
Unlike baby blues which usually go away on their own within a week or so, postpartum depression can last a long time without treatment. Some women experience it for several months or even years. Studies have shown that 30% of women who do not seek treatment for postpartum depression will still show some symptoms of depression up to 3 years after giving birth.

5. Can postpartum depression start before birth?
Although postpartum depression typically manifests itself after the birth of a child, some women may start experiencing it during pregnancy. Symptoms of anxiety, depression, and sleep deprivation may start to show up during the third trimester.

6. How can you deal with postpartum depression?
The most effective way to deal with postpartum depression is by consulting your GP about it. This is the only way to get a proper tailor-made treatment plan for you that will help you cope with this condition.
Once you're being diagnosed it is important to start treatment as soon as possible. Postpartum depression if left untreated, can last for several months, getting worse and worse with time. In severe cases, it may even lead to self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

walking with pram
That being said there are a few more things you can do at home to deal with it:

  • Get some exercise whenever you can.
  • Something as simple as taking a walk with your little one can do you a lot of good.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Reach out to other people for help in taking care of your baby so you can get some time to take care of yourself.
  • Take every opportunity you can get to rest. At night, your partner can take over one or two nightly feedings so you can get some sleep
  • Talk to other people about what you are going through. There are many online parenting communities you can join, or you can reach out physically to friends and family. Social interaction is very important for mental health

postpartum exercise

7. Can a man get postpartum depression?
Men can also get postpartum depression. Just like its female counterpart, the symptoms may start to show two or three weeks after birth and can last up to three years or longer if left untreated.

Postpartum depression in men is similar to that in women. In both cases, feelings of severe depression, sadness, and emptiness, as well as feelings of anxiety and withdrawal from family and friends may be experienced.

dad with a baby on shoulder

Final Thoughts
If you think you may have postpartum depression symptoms, please talk to your GP about it. The good news is that with proper treatment, it is possible to start seeing positive results in as little as a few days. Many women see the symptoms completely subside within about six months. Plus, seeking treatment will allow you to be in the right state of mind to give your little one the perfect quality of care that she deserves.

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Tips For Introducing Solid Foods

Tips For Introducing Solid Foods

 With these tips, introducing your little angel to solids should be a breeze. Alternatively, you can try something different: baby-led weaning. This approach to introducing solids have you presenting the foods in long, slightly thick pieces that your baby can hold in their fists and gum on at their own pace.
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Baby nursery ideas by BabyLove

Baby Nursery Design Tips by BabyLove

Baby’s nursery is their first private space, which is why it’s important to arrange it in such a way so they'd feel safe and cosy, like in mum's belly. For a child, the nursery will be the heart of your home. This is where they will start and end their day, it is also where the mother will carry out most of the babycare routines.  

At the same time, you want to make sure that this lovely, inviting space will remain functional, a nursery is not an ordinary room, it is a room for special tasks as this is where babycare, nursing and changing takes place most of the time.
The right design can help you achieve both comfort and functionality.

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colic baby

12 Simple ways to soothe a colic baby

12 Simple ways to soothe a colic baby

If your baby has prolonged, frequent, and intense crying, or if they are extremely irritable despite appearing healthy in every way, they probably have colic. 

This article will focus on the simplest of these methods.  

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How to get rid of cradle cap

How to get rid of cradle cap

How to get rid of cradle cap

Cradle cap is an extremely common condition in babies. However, that doesn’t stop parents from worrying when it appears on their little one’s skin. 

This article will teach you everything you need to know about cradle cap. It will also show you various methods of how to get rid of cradle cap and what you can do to prevent it. 

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Facts and Myths about C-Section

Facts and Myths about C-Section

Roughly 25% of pregnant women will undergo a Cesarean section. That’s one in four women who become mums via this method. However, despite how common it is, there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions around the C-section. 

If you have been struggling to separate the facts from the myths, this article will try to clear things up a little for you. Let’s dive right in!

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Most popular names in Ireland

Not everyone can name their baby at the drop of a hat. Some of us have second thoughts and need a little inspiration from time to time. We get it, which is why we've created this beautiful infographic presenting the most popular names in Ireland in 2019.


infographic presenting data on most popular names in Ireland in 2019

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10 best kids shows in Ireland now

10 best kids shows in Ireland now

We have gone through tons of children's content available in Ireland to come up with the list of 10 quality shows that will NOT make you feel like a horrible parent when you let them watch it. Ready?
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