One of the main reasons people contact me is because they had a great sleeper but they have turned into a catnapper. I define a catnap as a sleep any less than forty minutes in length. Your baby isn’t waking because they have had enough sleep rather they are unable to link their sleep cycles. This is going from the lighter (active sleep) to the deeper (quiet) sleep.Catnapping can be age appropriate and usually starts anywhere from 2-5 months. Having a catnapper can cause you as a parent a lot of angst, especially if you have read a lot and value the importance of sleep. Like everything with infants it takes some time and commitment, today I will share a few tips on what to do.
Today’s blog has a brief look at some breastfeeding facts, the benefits to our health and who we have available locally to help us with this journey. The World Health Organisation recommends that all children are exclusively breastfed until six months of age. At this time they recommend the introduction of solids. The rates reported by the Department of Health of exclusive breastfeeding at five months are 15.4%. As a nation we are well below the world rate of 40%.