I’m a day late with this one again Poppet, the weeks just seem to be racing away at the moment and I can’t believe you’re already five whole weeks old! Again we’ve packed rather a lot into the last seven days with lots of visitors, […]
Please take my photograph. It might seem a strange request, a vain request perhaps, but before you dismiss this plea altogether, please read on just a little further. This is a post for all of our family & friends, for the family & friends of […]
According to a recent study and book written by Danish author Iben Sandahl, babies in Denmark cry less than those in other countries, with English babies taking the top spot and crying the most alongside the Italians. Not only that, but apparently Danish babies suffer less with colic – who’d have thought it? We’ve taken some simple steps to introduce a touch of Hygge in to our every day lives to ensure Florence is content as possible and here are some of the things that have helped us.
A Regular Routine
We are very lucky that Florence settled herself into a routine pretty much from day one and I think that’s partly the reason she is so chilled out. We take her lead and she tends to split our days into four hour chunks – we have a definite sleep, eat, poop, repeat cycle going on here. To keep her as settled as possible, we have little routines within our routine. When it comes to feeding time we have three things that preceed the bottle – we change her nappy, pop on the bib & give her a dose of infacol to help bring up those all important burps! In the lead up to bedtime we get her dressed for bed and let her play on her play mat before a spot of baby massage (I’ll come to that in a moment!) and then give her her bottle and cuddle her close.
All the cuddles!
Nothing makes a newborn feel more secure than cuddling up with her Mama. After all, she’s been curled up in the warmth of her tummy for nine months. Florence is a definite cuddler – she is happiest when in mine or Sean’s arms and it’s her favourite place to be. When not in our arms, we use our Poddle Pod during the day to make sure she still feels snuggled up.
Making sure your baby is comfortable at all times is essential when channeling Hygge. Dressing your little one in soft and cosy clothing (we love sleepsuits from Mothercare & Boots Mini Club, especially at bedtime), keeping the room they’re in the optimum temperature and changing their nappy regularly are just three easy ways of ensuring the utmost comfort levels for her.
Babies respond well to familiar voices. I often sing Florence to sleep or to soothe her if she’s a bit grumbly. Our favourite rhymes so far are Five little speckled frogs, Raindrops on Roses & Twinkle Twinkle little star. She’s also a lover of music and so we often have music playing in the background throughout the day.
I read to Florence once a day at least. Again, hearing my voice brings her comfort and so whether it’s a story book , an email, a letter or just a twitter thread, reading aloud is great when your daily commentary isn’t quite cutting it!
Trusting your instincts
Having been a part of you for so long, your baby is well tuned in to your emotions and how you’re feeling. Nobody knows your baby quite like you do and when you have a newborn you are hounded with different advice from well meaning friends & family as to how to tackle different parts of parenthood. Sometimes that advice will work, but sometimes it won’t and going against it or doing something slightly differently can leave a Mama a little worried or anxious. There comes a time when you have to just disregard the recommendations and do it your way – after all a Happy Mum means a Happy Baby.
*This is a collaborative post.
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Oh Florence, it’s hot! Today has been marked as the hottest June day in the UK for decades and my goodness have we felt the heat this week in the lead up. It’s safe to say heatwave + newborn = grumpy EVERYONE, no sleep & a whole lot of fans! I’ve barely been able to put you down the last few days hence this update is a day later and you’re now actually 3 weeks and 1 day old. I can’t believe we are so close to that one month milestone already.
We’ve had a much quieter week this week little one. Mummy decided we’d been a bit too busy and that we could probably do with a few quiet days just us at home. That said, we somehow still managed to squeeze in our fair share of visitors! Nanny’s cousin Bonnie & her husband Jamie came to meet you on Saturday and treated us to lots of cake and you to a book all about rainbows – you already love it. Issie came again on Monday and brought Hele with her too – they’re excited to finally have a baby in the group. You are going to be truly spoiled over the years by all of your honorary uncles & aunties!
On Sunday we celebrated your first Father’s Day. We treated your Daddy to some lovely things and you looked uber cute in your Happy Dada Day body suit!
You are a lover of play time – when you’re awake that is. We have been spending a lot more time during the day exploring your little world. We have been working really hard to strengthen up your eyes as one of them hasn’t been very mobile and for a while we were worried you couldn’t see out of it at all. You’ve come on leaps and bounds though and yesterday we had a real breakthrough in that you managed to move it right over to the other side while tracking my hand. Your tongue tie seems to be stretching too.
You’ve spent most of the week in just your nappy in an attempt to keep you cool, which doesn’t seem to have phased you one bit, not even at night time when you’re used to your Gro-Snug. Sleep wise you rarely settle anywhere but in Mummy’s arms at the moment, but once you’re asleep you will pretty much lay anywhere! Apart from on the hottest days, then you’re only happy cuddled up close. You have become quite the wriggler in your sleep and I often have to turn you back around teh right way as you somehow end up horizontal in your SnuzPod at night!
In the mornings, after your 6am feed you come in with us for a cuddle and snooze until your next bottle when you wake up and we get ready for the day. It’s so funny seeing you laying in our big bed next to your Daddy at the weekends – you lay in exactly the same position. In fact, you’re so much like him in all sorts of ways.
I absolutely love feeding you, whoever says bottle feeding doesn’t give you as stronger bond with your baby as breastfeeding is talking utter codswallop! I love how you look up at me with those big blue eyes of yours and fiddle with my top as you drink your milk. Crazy as it might sound, I especially enjoy your night feeds when the rest of the house is silent and it’s just you & I awake. I don’t know what it is, but they just feel so special. You’re a definite milk guzzler and are now taking at least 4oz every feed, and today you’ve finished 4 5oz bottles! We are burping you between each ounce as you really struggle with wind and at the moment you get so cross with me for interrupting your feed for that first burp! You kick and grumble and the little birth mark on your head goes bright red, it’s really quite comical.
We have been to register your birth today so you are now official on paper and it means we can send off for your passport and register you at the doctors surgery. We made a bit of an afternoon of it and got their an hour early – you napped while Daddy & I chatted away about our plas for the future. We haven’t really had much chance to just chat in the last few weeks so it was lovely. Once our appointment was finished we popped over to see Granny & Granddad for a quick cuddle before coming home to walk Alfie and ordering a Chinese.
Time really is whizzing by and I’m already looking back at the photos of your early days and wondering how on earth you’ve grown so quickly! You make us proud every single day and have captured our hearts completely.
So yesterday was Sean’s first Father’s Day as a Daddy and while our day didn’t exactly go to plan – Heatwave + Newborn do not mix well! – we still had a lovely day as a family. We started the morning with cuddles & presents. […]
We’ve been out and about quite a lot since Florence was born. My post partum recovery was over and done with fairly quickly and Florence is so very laid back so we’ve had no reason to stay cooped up at home – besides being up […]