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Parenting Tip: Watch for newborn cues

Posted February 19, 2013

I introduced Nancy Spencer, a long-time parent educator and founder of Confident Parenting. She provides parenting advice and services for moms and dads of babies to grade schoolers.

Starting today, she's offering some parenting tips over the next few Wednesdays. Today, she talks about watching for your newborn baby's cues, especially when it comes to sleep. Nancy Spencer Parenting Tip: Reading your newborn's cues

"If nobody is getting enough sleep, than that gets in the way," she tells me. "... We all know those first few months are hard ... but we can certainly work on strategies that will help to establish those healthy habits."

Watch my video interview with her for more and check her website for details about the services she offers parents in the Triangle.

And check back next Wednesday for another tip.

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  • busyb97 Feb 20, 2013

    With my 2nd, I read a book (Secrets of the Baby Whisperer), and basically she advised to keep a journal for a couple of days. Write down when the baby eats, sleeps, typically needs a diaper change, play/interaction time(which when very young, is quite short) etc. There are basic routines that occur multiple times throughout the day. Just write it all down. Before long, you notice a pattern emerge. Like the baby needs to eat every 2.5-3 hrs, or goes to sleep right after.

    BIG HELP! Learning that basic routine and timeline was a huge lifesaver, especially when you have more than one young child in the house.