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Congratulations, your baby has finally arrived! The next few months are going to be very special. You and your partner will lay the foundations of a beautiful and strong bond with your little one.
The “fourth trimester” isn’t a technical term. It’s more of a concept that describes the three month period after the birth of your baby, when they are still very dependent on you.
Supporters of the fourth trimester say that babies need to be cared for in a gentle, soothing and calm way, particularly for the first 12 weeks when they are still very immature.
The concept can help new parents understand how best to comfort their newborn.
It is a huge change for such a little person to go from a warm, dark and secure place to the outside world.
One of the most challenging aspects of the fourth trimester may be getting your little one to sleep.
Below are some common calming techniques to experiment with. However, it’s important to remember that every new family is different. Whatever technique works for you and your own little baby is the best option.
Try out some of these helpful tips to help calm your baby during this early stage:
Breastfeeding can be a challenging experience for mums and newborns. With a bit of patience, good support and guidance and a few handy pieces of equipment, there are ways to make things a little bit easier.
If breastfeeding is proving to be a little more difficult than you imagined, try to have these three helpful items on hand when you feed: