11 Parenting Tips From A Norland Nanny | #parenting

Teach Your Baby To Self-Settle

“Ideally, you should only implement a sleep training process between ten to 12 months, which is the age when it’s believed babies start to develop a sense of permanence. In other words, they are beginning to understand that out of sight does not mean out of mind. Try the two, four, six, eight routine. Lay your baby down and leave the room – if they are unsettled, set your timer for two minutes. If they are still unsettled when the timer ends, go in and shush them briefly before laying them back down. If they continue to be unsettled, set your timer again for four minutes, then repeat the instruction to settle them. Repeat this for up to eight minutes then start again or get your baby back up and try again later. Prepare to be flexible, however, as not all babies respond quickly to this method.” – Louise 

Eat Together

“A good relationship with food begins during weaning. Wean your baby using homecooked food and let them explore new tastes and textures during the six to 12-month taste window when baby’s tastebuds are more accepting of different flavours. Eating as a family is also important. If you sit there watching your child eat without eating yourself, it puts pressure on them and increases their anxiety. If children see adults around them eating the same foods as them, it will encourage them to try different things. Remember, pressure increases anxiety over food and will decrease their appetite.” – Louenna 

Make Mealtimes Informal

“Mealtimes should be relaxed. Try to talk about where the food comes from and what benefits it has. For example, ‘You’re eating pasta. Pasta is a carbohydrate which gives you energy to run and jump.’ If a child is fussy, ask them to take a bite like their favourite animal. Ask your child, ‘Can you take a big bite like a dinosaur, or a tiny bite like a mouse?’ Toddlers also appreciate being given a choice of food from a larger plate – this allows them to make their own choices and chances are they will go back for more.” – Louise 

Practice Emotion Coaching

“If a child is cross and seems to be acting out, being able to recognise how they are feeling is important. Get down to the child’s level and say something along the lines of, ‘I can see you’re feeling cross. Can you tell me what happened to make you cross?’ Teaching children to understand how they’re feeling and asserting emotions to those feelings helps them to better explain things. Research also shows doing this can help them calm more quickly and helps build their resilience and mental health.” – Louise 

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