|Posted on 20 August, 2017 at 20:20||comments (0)|
As a parent, there are few things more frustrating than having a baby who has slept well for a period of time, and then for no apparent reason the "wheels fall off"! There are many times that babies' sleep routines may regress, particularly during the first 12 months of their life. For example, things that can be impactive on babies' sleep include teething, being unwell, and developmental growth, such as rolling, crawling, standing and separation anxiety.
There are certain periods where it is almost expected that children's sleep patterns may regress. One stage particularly known for this is between 3-4 months (usually known as "the 4 month sleep regression") At this time, babies are becoming more wakeful, alert and interested in their surroundings, therefore more stimulated and difficult to settle. Also, babies' brains are growing rapidly, and they will cry more than at any other time, which is challenging for any parent! I always like to tell parents that they will be rewarded with something new at the end of this particularly unsettled time. Things you are likely to see might be beginning to roll over, or laughing and engaging and being more vocal.
How do I manage my sleep routine during this time?
This is around the time that you may want to introduce a pattern or routine for your baby's sleep time. A predictable sleep routine will assist with making baby feel more secure in their world, as they know what to expect when it is sleep time
- If you haven't already, try implementing a feed/play/sleep routine. Breaking the cycle of feeding to sleep will assist with constantly needing to be fed back to sleep when they are waking frequently
- Try giving your baby the opprtunity to settle in the cot/bassinette independently, by putting them into bed awake/drowsy. Don't wait until they are overtired, get them into bed quickly-when you begin to see tired signs
- Make the sleep space non stimulating, and darken the room during the day
- The more you give your baby the opportunity to practice settlig independently, the better they will be at it, and the more confident you will feel
- Remember, this is a stressful time for your baby, so they will need support and comfort
|Posted on 31 July, 2017 at 0:40||comments (0)|
Easy Peasy dinner tonght! This is a go to recipe when i'm tired and I don't feel like cooking. This is nice served with sticky chicken wings (honey and soy marinade is good) and the beauty of it is you can add what you feel like, or whatever you have in the fridge.
2 cups white long grain rice
3 rashers bacon coked
Roast chicken shredded (I had half a chicken left over tin the fridge)
2 eggs beaten and cooked as an omelette and cut into strips
about half a cup of peas
about half a cup of corn
teriyaki sauce to taste
garlic salt to taste
Cook the rice and rinse. Add the ingredients and toss through.
|Posted on 27 July, 2017 at 6:25||comments (0)|
1. Look for tired signs
I will always encourage you to use the clock as a guide only, and look closely at your baby and follow his/her cues. If you feel your baby is tired, get them ready for bed sooner, rather than later. Some babies (particularly younger babies) become tired really quickly, and it’s easy to miss your window of opportunity.
• Glassy staring eyes
• Red eyebrows
• Red rimmed eyes
• Stiff/jerky body movements
• Back arching
• Rubbing eyes/ears
While yawning and crying are obvious signs, I would encourage you to look at what’s happening before this happens, as you are probably missing the more subtle signs
2. Try to aim for a consistent bedtime routine
This isn’t about being strict with time, it means try to do the same thing consistently when you are putting your baby to bed, whether it’s day time or night time. It may be wrapping, wearing a sleeping bag, playing music/white noise, offering a comfort toy or dummy, but it needs to happen at every bedtime.
3. Don’t overstimulate your baby before bed time
Limit overstimulating activities 20-30 minutes before bed time. Babies need to wind down before bed so take away the toys with bells and whistles, electronic toys, TV and read some stories instead.
|Posted on 27 July, 2017 at 2:40||comments (0)|
Tonight I just couldn't decide on what to make for dinner. When you get to the end of the week and you just can't be bothered?!
I had some minced meat in the freezer and finally I decided on meatballs. This is a versatile recipe, because it can be made into a few different dishes. Tonight I put the meatballs into a sauce made with a jar of tomato passata and a tin of tomatoes, but other ideas include a meatloaf baked in a tray in the oven with tomato soup or tomato passata poured over the top, or my mum's favourite rissoles served with gravy and mashed potatoes (my favourite too!)
This is a great recipe to make ahead and freeze and also to hide vegies in as well!
1 kg minced meat
2 cloves garlic
2 tbls Tomato sauce
2 tbls Hoi Sin or BBQ sauce (i generally use whatever i have in the pantry)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1tsp mixed herbs
1 brown onion grated
1 green apple peeled and grated
1 carrot grated
1/2 zucchini grated
1/4 cup grated cheese
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl (add more breadcrumbs if mixture is too wet)
Form mixture into balls or rissoles and roll in seasoned flour and fry until brown.
For Spaghetti and Meatballs, I placed the meatballs in a large saucepan and cooked the meatballs gently in 2 jars of tomato passata, 1 tin of tomatoes and added a teaspoon of sugar because the sauce was a little tart.
Spoon meatballs and sauce on top of cooked spaghetti to serve.
Garnish with cheese and serve.
|Posted on 4 July, 2017 at 22:10||comments (0)|
The one thing I love about winter is making soup! This week I have made our family favourite Beef and Vegie soup. This recipe has been passed down through the generations from my Great Great Grandmother and each of us has put our own little individual touch to it.
It's so versatile and easy to change the ingredients depending on what you have in the fridge or cupboard. Sometimes I will use 2 chicken thighs and chicken stock instead of beef, and other times I leave the meat out and make vegetable soup. When I am time poor, I pick up a soup pack at the supermarket or at Woolworths you buy the vegies pre diced and ready to go straight into the soup.
The smell of this soup bubbling in my kitchen brings back so many happy memories of being at both of my Nana's homes, as I was fortunate enough to live my Great Grandmother. It's still comforting to visit my own mum and have a bowl of soup, especially when the family is all together.
For my fussy eater, I would strain the vegies and meat off, and offer a bowl of broth, knowing that the goodness had cooked into the broth.
Thanks Nan, love you x
The basic recipe is
2 cloves garlic
1 small brown onion diced
500g diced beef
2 carrots grated
1 zucchini grated
2 small potatoes grated
2 sticks celery finely diced
about half a cup of pearl barley
1 1/2 litres beef stock
Gently fry garlic and onion, and then add beef to brown.
Add stock and then vegetables and bring to the boil. Lower heat and simmer until meat is tender. Stir often to prevent barley sticking to bottom of pot
|Posted on 10 May, 2016 at 6:40||comments (0)|
6-8 potatoes (peeled, cooked and mashed)
1x 425g can of Tuna (either in Brine or Oil well drained)
Sprinkle of Lemon Pepper seasoning
2 Tbsp milk
Breadcrumbs approx 1-1/2 cups
Olive Oil for frying
Mash potatoes well. Add a little milk if too dry
Drain tuna well, flake and add to potato
Form mixture into patty shapes, or smaller balls (your preference)
Whip egg and milk together and roll patties in mixture quickly, then into breadcrumbs so that they don't become too soggy
Shape into patties while tossing in breadcrumbs to coat
Fry on low heat in oil, until golden brown
This is the very basic recipe I used when my kids were little, and there are lots of variations. You may like to add a little grated onion as well, or grated carrot or zucchini, or peas, and corn. You can also substitute the tuna for salmon for something different.
Hope you enjoy this favourite of our family!