Бебето-на-четири-месецаHow your baby’s growing

Following a well-established nighttime routine may help settle your baby to sleep. Feed her, give her a bath, put her in her pyjamas, play a game, read her a book, sing songs or play some music, then put her down.

Having a set routine will give you and your baby plenty of time to connect and wind down. You may decide to alternate going-to-bed activities with your partner (you do the bath, he reads the story, and so on). Or, to give both of you a regular break, try taking turns, with one person responsible for putting your baby to bed each night.

Your life: taking care of yourself

After the intensity of adjusting to life with a new baby, many parents reach a point where they find they’re like ostriches lifting their heads out of the sand to discover a wider world out there – the one they took leave of, temporarily, after the birth. The endlessness of baby care can also be very different from the pace at work if you were used to a busy job or lots of adult interaction.

Six ways to restore a little balance

1. Join a parenting group. Check the ads in your local paper or at your library or doctor’s surgery for meeting announcements.

2. Go online. Keep in touch with friends or family by e-mail, network with other parents on BabyCentre’s community, or just keep and eye on the “outside world” at news sites.

3. Spend some time by yourself. Make sure you take a proper break – a chance to relax and focus on yourself – at least once a week. Ideally, find half an hour just for you each day, maybe at nap time. It’s easier said than done when you have a new baby but some time to yourself can make a big difference.

4. Read. Keep a book or magazine handy for those times when your baby naps. Even if it’s just reading a few pages a day, you can “escape” to a world of fiction or learn something new.

5. Start a blog or a diary. Whether you choose to make your observations public or keep them private is up to you — simply recording them is a way to preserve your sanity.

6. Have an adult conversation. Whether it is over the phone or in person, chatting with a friend, relative or your partner can re-energise you, especially if you steer clear of baby-related topics.
Parent tip: freeze breast milk
“Breast milk is great to freeze in ice cube trays, but it should be used within one month, because our milk changes as the baby grows.” — Lisa

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