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Survival Tactics for Two Under Two - Part Three

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PART THREE - Keys to a calm baby

Baby isn’t quite at the stage where they can be occupied with toys, they can barely keep their head up and stop whacking themselves in the face with their tiny fists!! So we need to find ways of keeping them calm and settled while we attend to the endless needs and demands of our tornado toddlers ;) Obviously every baby is unique and Mum will know what is best to settle her baby but here are a few things that have worked for me so far:

Babywearing: Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a big advocate of babywearing and with 2 it’s really an essential part of survival!

See our previous post on babywearing:

Swaddle: like I mentioned, babies don’t yet have the ability to control their arms and these jerky movements can wake them up. Wrapping them up keeps those crazy arms at bay and helps bub feel snug meaning longer sleeps (hopefully). We love the Aden + Anais muslin wraps and yes you guessed it, they are available to purchase on our shop here:

Baby massage: Who doesn’t love a relaxing massage! It’s a great way to soothe baby and moisturise their skin. Make the room nice and warm and best done after a warm bath. Start at bubs feet, work up the legs, massage the upper body and once bub is fully relaxed, flip her onto her tum and use long smooth strokes down her back. We use grapeseed oil but any plant derived oil is generally fine – coconut oil smells delicious! There are also lots of organic oils available such as Baby Organics Massage Oil:

Diet: Without a doubt when you feel healthy, you feel happier. But what if I told you that what you eat can also help your baby to sleep better? Getting into the science lingo, according to La Leche League, the hormone cholecystokinine(CCK) signals sedation and a feeling of satiation and well-being. During feeding, CCK is released in both mother and infant producing a sleepy feeling. CCK is also released in the small intestine when fats and proteins are eaten. Receptors that respond to CCK are not only found in the gut but also in the brain. In the brain CCK depresses hunger, meaning the more CCK you have floating around the less hungry you are, and the less you’re likely to eat. This is why a higher-protein diet tends to make you feel fuller longer. Did you get all that? OK basically, I try to maintain a reasonable level of protein every day and keep my caffeine intake to a minimum. 

OK now my baby is waking up from a nap so I best finish this post off and will be back later to add more :)