Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Lack of sleep? There's a name for it!

Washing your hair with shampoo for the third time in a row? Milk in the cupboard whilst the cornflakes sit in the fridge? Wanting the only thing in your hand to be a cup of coffee? Any of this sound familiar to you?

It probably does if you're a parent, especially if you're a parent to a newborn. I know at the moment me and sleep deprivation have made friends yet again whilst the baby goes through a bad teething stage. I'm spending my days in a blur, clock watching and counting down the hours until the man comes home so that I can hand the children over to him.

Johnsons have come up with a name for it - baby lag. They have a campaign on the go to help us parents combat this 'baby lag' and provide us with some tips and helping to get baby to sleep, enabling us to get a goods night sleep ourselves.

Dr Dev Banerjee, a sleep expert, has been working in collaboration with the JOHNSON’S® Baby brand on the Baby Lag sleep campaign and has given some great advice on ways to help baby sleep. I want to share the tips she gave if baby is crying. These are the first things to try when baby wont settle, I know usually for us it's either a bit of winding or a simple nappy change that is needed.

  • First of all, as a parent, check that the baby is not unwell. 
  • Check the temperature. Is there any vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation? Any rash may be a sign of an infection. 
  • Check that your baby is not too hot or too cold. 
  • Check that the nappy is not dirty. 
  • Think about colic. 
  • Generally, newborn babies are naturally anxious about their new surroundings, a simple cuddle for comfort sometimes can help settle the baby.  
  • If in any doubt, always ask a midwife, health visitor, and the GP for advice if you are really worried.

Johnsons have come up with 3 fun games to help determine exactly how 'baby lagged' you are based on your reaction times, co-ordination and memory. Once you've received your score , your introduced to a 3-step night sleep routine which just might help make a difference. 

What are you waiting for? Click below to take the baby lag test!