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All parents need to know how to prepare baby for the clock change

On the 25th March 2018, clocks spring forward an hour which means it’s the start of Daylight Savings Time, which also means one hour less sleep for you (boo!) I think daylight savings wreaks havoc on our sleep schedules and can increase sleep debt in both children and adults. It can be kind of like the baby has jet lag. They may be harder to put down at bedtime or awake when they’re not supposed to be. We are already a sleep-deprived nation, so losing that extra hour only makes it worse (and more dangerous). Having a fussy infant on your hands is never any fun, but thankfully there are a few tricks to helping your little one adjust to the time change.

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Picture - BabyWinkz - end of British Summer TimeOn Sunday 26 October, 02:00am, clocks go backwards by 1 hour, so we get an extra hours sleep, therefore an end to daylight savings time. Changing the clocks twice a year, has an affect on us all and can increase our sleep debt. It it especially noticeable in babies, toddlers and young children as they tend to have a structured sleep pattern, going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning. Read more

Baby and Toddler Sleep Pattern

It’s spring again, which means the clocks go forward an hour, therefore the start of  British Summer Time (BST). In some ways that’s lovely, because it means summer is on the way and the nights will get lighter. But if you have a child who you’ve just got into a good bedtime routine, you might find that the changing of the clocks affects their sleep. Bear in mind that your baby or toddler doesn’t actually know the time – they use their own inner clock – use that to your advantage. The secret is to be prepared, and with just a little bit of effort you’ll find their sleep routine gets back to normal really quickly. Here are some tips to help you prepare your little one for time changes. Read more

abdominal exercise baby winkz blog - Dr Joanne HelckeMy Favourite Five Tummy Tightening Exercises For New Mums

Let me ask you a question: what is the first abdominal exercise that pops into your mind? I’m no mind reader but I’ll tell you what it is: it’s “sit-ups”, otherwise known as “crunches”, isn’t it? Yep, there are so many abdominal exercises to choose from and yet the world is totally obsessed with doing sit-ups, as if they were the answer to all our wobbly abdominal woes!

Let me let you into a secret. Ok, it’s not a secret but let me disillusion you: you could do 1000 sit-ups a day and it won’t change any of your tummy troubles! In fact, if you have recently become a mummy and your abdominals are separated, chances are, you’ll make matters worse by doing crunches because they’ll actually stop your poor abdominals from realigning and coming back together. Read more