time flies when you're being a mum

Time to Learn tagged with 'prevent cot death'

This category is all about learning and development and things to trying with your baby or toddler. I’m learning too so if you have any suggestions, send them my way.

12 Feb, 2013

They say that a newborn baby becomes a baby around 3 months old so following on from the Newborn Months, here’s what we got up to once Reuben turned that happy 3 month corner!

Baby Reuben – 3 to 6 months old


  1. With the new freedom Reuben has given me I have done a lot of thinking about exercise after pregnancy and losing weight after pregnancy – I haven’t however been doing much talking about it, there is more to come starting tomorrow!
  2. Reuben went from accepting a bottle to refusing it, which made me panic. So we started to combination feed as I needed to know that when I needed a rest he would be happy without me and able to feed from a bottle (image courtesy of Nuby UK.
  3. I then did A LOT of talking about when do babies sleep through the night…?! I looked at the tips and then went with acceptance and then discussed self-settling…in the end it seems a combination of his own room, combination feeding, weaning and generally being a bit bigger has resulted in sleeping through!
  4. With the anniversary of finding out I was pregnant, I was feeling a bit lost and went quiet for a few weeks – I ended the silence on New Years Eve as I contemplated my new identity as a mum. Mum’s Days turned 1, which made me finally come up with some New Year’s Resolutions…one of which was to READ which resulted in one of my favourite posts thus far!…Free Games for kids
  5. Reuben tried lots of new things in this day of firsts
  6. We fell out of love with tummy time (I got loads of good advice about this that I still need to write into a post)
  7. We fell in love with Nuby teething toys
  8. And I am back to how I was feeling 6 months ago – Neurotic. This time about cot death. Thankfully there is a lot of advice about how to prevent it and it is rare. The fact I am neurotic again suggests that I might be back to my old self too. (This image is from the FSID guide to preventing cot death)
  9. Finally, I’ve been thinking about breastfeeding in public – 6 months on, and a whole bunch of embarrassing moments later, I had forgotten how daunting it all was!

I’ll leave you with the papaya song – a song I made up for Reuben this morning when he tried papaya for the first time…

22 Jan, 2013

Reuben doesn’t like tummy time.

This is him on a good day

WebMD says babies resist tummy time when they don’t have good control and struggle to lift their head. You don’t say? His head nods about like Churchill (the dog, not the Prime Minister) and he invariably ends up smacking his little bonce off the floor. Therefore, I’m not very good at making him have tummy time. I don’t want him to be sad! But here’s some reasons why we really should persevere:

1. It can help to prevent cot death. Tummy time strengthens baby’s neck and back muscles, which apparently means he can move away from anything that might be smothering him.

2. Strong muscles also mean they can roll over, sit, crawl and walk

3. It helps his head become round – sounds funny but too much time on his back and he’ll get flat bits…Reuben is in danger of this, he luuuurves his back.

More over, my health visitor told me that if babies don’t do plenty of tummy time, their development will be stunted! [she told me this while praising a baby younger than Reuben for his amazing tummy time skills. Some babies just like it alright. And, I know first hand that some babies are sturdier than others and therefore take to tummy time much quicker than others. So there. I’ve got your back Reuben… no pun intended]

I’ve looked into this further, because I couldn’t remember what she said, but basically babies who aren’t regularly put on their tummy (and apparently only 22% of babies are!) are delayed in “reaching important developmental milestones such as crawling and walking,” according to Peta Smith, vice chair of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (source: BBC News). She says, babies placed on their tummy become aware of their surroundings, body and movement sooner.

So, Reubster, it’s time to find ways to help you enjoy that thing you hate…