Day: June 23, 2020

A baby sleep routine in first 12 weeks is ‘pointless’, says expert

Sleep – or lack thereof – is a very common topic when it comes to parenting.

Simply put, babies and toddlers don’t sleep like us. There’s science behind the way they sleep compared to adults and the term “body clock”, which many of us will be familiar with, is not something babies possess in the first 12 weeks.

“We all sleep in cycles, nobody sleeps all night,” parenting author and sleep expert, Sarah Ockwell-Smith, explains, “for adults, we go through cycles every 90-120 minutes.”

According to Ockwell-Smith, we go into a light sleep (which is when you’re most likely to jolt awake because you fell over in your dream), from there your sleep gets deeper and deeper until about half way through the cycle.

Babies don’t follow the same cycle, and understanding that is the first step to helping your baby sleep well.

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Kate and Rio Ferdinand’s baby announcement is a reminder that single parents can find the right fit again

Kate and Rio Ferdinand announce they are expecting a baby: Instagram/@rioferdy5
Kate and Rio Ferdinand announce they are expecting a baby: Instagram/@rioferdy5

I love a feel-good blub so I treated myself to watching Rio Ferdinand and his wife Kate Wright telling his three children that she’s pregnant. A gorgeous gamble. I mean you never know with kids. My son was almost six when his sister was born and seven years later, there are times when he’s still not entirely sure the whole thing was the best idea.

Ferdinand’s young children leapt up in joyful excitement. They jumped up and down and hugged and screamed in delight as their stepmum showed them her tiny bump.

Ferdinand’s first wife, Rebecca Ellison died of cancer in 2015, when the youngest of their children was just five. If you are as invested as I am in Ferdinand’s happiness, (if you watched his Bafta-winning documentary, Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, how could

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Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, & More Celeb Fathers Share the First Time They Held Their Baby in ‘Dads’

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Clear a few hours from your schedule, because Apple TV+ just dropped a new documentary you’re going to want to watch — especially this weekend. Called Dads, it centers on modern fatherhood which, as you might imagine, makes it pretty perfect for Father’s Day weekend. But even beyond the oh-so-salient timing, it’s a must-watch if you want a super-sweet reminder of just how great (and adorably, irrevocably, unabashedly taken by their kids) dads can be. 

This ought to tell you just how hard the film will tug on your heartstrings: It was produced by the same people responsible for the tearjerking family drama Parenthood. Only, Dads resonates even more because they’re from real people — real dads with real-life struggles, joys and, yes, plenty of LOL-inducing moments. It’s basically a love letter to fatherhood. It’s also a nice switch-up in point-of-view. While

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Matthew McConaughey on his ‘tough love’ parenting style

Matthew McConaughey recently opened up about his “tough love” parenting style.

The actor and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey have three children: Levi, 11, Vida, 10, and Livingston, 7. The couple recently sat down for an interview with Town & Country magazine.

“Sometimes loving your kids means giving them just what they want,” Matthew McConaughey said. “Other times it means tough love.”

“Affluent people can give their kids everything they want, but they’re not usually going to get what they need,” the actor continued. “Loving a child is a lot harder if you really give a damn. ‘No’ takes a lot more energy. It’s a lot easier to say ‘yes.'”

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He also admitted that he is “more consistently the yes guy” with his kids compared to his wife.

The couple discussed their Just Keep Livin’ foundation for Town & Country’s

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