When you have a young baby, you want to keep them with you all the time and you also want to keep your baby comfortable and comforted.
If your baby is hard to settle, or has a condition like colic that means they find it hard to rest, you may have days when you feel as if you get nothing done.
Here are a few simple ideas for how to keep your baby close to you, comfy and settled around your home.
Settled night times
Very small babies need lots of sleep – in fact, babies between birth and three months sleep for as much as 23 hours per day and in the first two weeks, are asleep more than they are awake. Even bearing this in mind, night times are very important and your baby should be put to sleep in your bedroom with you, on a firm, flat mattress with a waterproof cover and sleeping in the “feet to foot” position at the bottom of the cot or crib. Bedding should come just to the shoulders – or better still, choose the right baby sleeping bag for the time of year. Make bedtime and night time dark and quiet and never fall asleep with your baby in your arms in bed.
Find out more about your baby’s sleep in the first three months.
Travel with baby
If you are going away for a weekend with family or friends or for your first holiday with your new baby, it pays to be organised and to take all you might need with you.
A travel cot is a great addition to your home; not only can you use it when you are travelling but you can also use it as a safe and comfortable place for your baby to rest and play while you are at home. Portable, it can go with you from room to room (never try to move it with your baby in it).
Spend time together during the day
If you want to get on with a few household chores and catch up with friends on your laptop during the day, you need to know that your baby is safe and happy while you get on. That’s where a baby bouncer or chair such as the Nuna Leaf really comes into its own.
With its cradling seat and newborn insert, the Leaf is the next best thing to having your baby in your arms. With just a gentle push, the seat will sway side to side to gently rock your baby to sleep. Its inclined position also helps your baby if they suffer from reflux or colic, as the baby’s head is held above the stomach and helps prevent stomach contents from being pushed up into the oesophagus.
This is also great for play time, as you can attach a play bar to the seat to keep your baby entertained.
Don’t forget to give your baby some tummy time too, on a play mat on the floor!
In association with Nuna