This months most frequently asked question:
Why is sleep so important?
By setting strong sleep foundations your infant will have:
- Increased mental development, ability to learn new skills, new milestones such as rolling and crawling
- Greater memory and capacity to learn new things
- A more sociable attitude with others
- More confidence and curiosity to explore and develop
- A better immune system against coughs, colds, and general childhood illnesses
- A healthy body clock and take proper age-appropriate naps
If you are worried that perhaps your infant is not getting enough sleep, why not give us a call.
Is this the right time to start introducing solid food?
The NHS recommends weaning your baby onto solid food at 6 months. What if your baby is ready to wean onto solid food before then?
Here are just a few of the signs that your baby might be ready:
- Holding his or her head up and controlling head movements
- Sitting up well when supported
- Making chewing motions
- Being more curious about what you are eating and less interested in the bottle or breast
If you are wondering when and how to get your infant started on a positive food journey why not call us.
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Some interesting facts about infant sleep
1 hours extra sleep in each 24 hour period affects intelligence by 2 years
75% of children have sleep issues in their lives and most of them are preventable
There is a 94% significant improvement in an infant’s sleep disorder if it is a behavioural one, when a tried and tested sleep training technique is used
Humans should spend one third of their lives sleeping
Infant sleep problems can lead to poor maternal mental health and postnatal depression (Harriet Hiscock 2001 & 2017)
Sleep techniques can reduce infant sleep problems and associated maternal or paternal depression for up to 16 months (Anna Price and Armstrong 2012)
3% of infants have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) according to the British Lung Foundation, it is most commonly found in infants between 3 and 7 years old.