Postnatal depression - how it feels

Postnatal depression - how it feels

A personal account: postnatal depression.

If you’re anything like me, before I had my first baby, I used my time during pregnancy to read up on everything I needed to know about having a baby. I signed up to an email that gave me a week-by-week update on my baby’s development; I researched prams and car seats and bought matching furniture for the nursery; and I attended antenatal classes to learn all could about the impending birth.

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Sleep and postnatal depression

Sleep and postnatal depression

by Dr Caroline Hendry (PhD Developmental Biology)


The arrival of a new baby is supposed to be one of the happiest and most joyful experiences of our lives. Yes, it is exhausting, yes, it is rollercoaster of emotion, but by and large we’re brought up to believe that despite the pain, the tears and the frustration, having a baby is supposed to make us feel good. But what if it doesn’t?

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Will napping make my baby smarter?

Will napping make my baby smarter?

by Dr Caroline Hendry (PhD Developmental Biology)
Many studies have shown that sleep is important for learning and memory in adults1 - 5. During sleep, new experiences acquired during the day are integrated into our memory, providing valuable new knowledge to help us to navigate our ever-changing lives. But is the same true for babies? Could taking a nap enhance your baby’s memory, even helping them to learn? 

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Nightmares and night terrors

Nightmares and night terrors

by Dr Caroline Hendry (PhD Developmental Biology)

Night terrors. As if the phrase itself isn’t scary enough, the reality of dealing with a night terror can be frightening. Imagine you wake to a blood-curdling scream, your child thrashing around in the sheets; sweaty, pulse racing, glassy-eyed. Nothing you say or do can get through to them. That’s what it’s like to face a night terror, which affect approximately 5% of children in the Westernised world. But what are night terrors? What causes them and is there any way to stop them?

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Five newborn baby myths debunked

Five newborn baby myths debunked

As if having a tiny new baby isn’t enough to worry about, many new parents find themselves the recipients of a barrage of unsolicited advice that can be mildly annoying at best and damaging at worst. The Baby Sleep Company wants to BUST some of the myths that new parents often question themselves over. 

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