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  • how to cut your baby's nails

    Babies' nails grow surprisingly fast, and because they've been growing in the womb, some are even born with long, scratchy claws. Sooner or later, cutting baby nails is necessary to make sure they don't scratch themselves at night.

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  • getting baby dressed

    Your newborn's wriggly arms and legs can make the idea of dressing them feel a bit like putting a T-shirt on an octopus. It's really not that difficult, of course. You just need to be gentle and patient, and a little bit firm if you need to. During their early days your baby will be living in bodysuits and sleepsuits. Once they're ready for proper clothes, you'll be a baby-dressing expert.

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  • how to bathe your baby

    Bathing your newborn baby can be a lot of fun, but not everyone takes to the water happily at first. Some will be very noisy about how much they hate it! Not to worry: babies don't need bathing every day. You can keep them clean by 'top and tailing' in the meantime, before trying again a week or so later as they get used to the water.

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  • bonding tips

    Lots of women feel a bit weepy or unprepared in those first few days: you've been through a lot! But if you just can’t shake the feeling off, or are still struggling to bond with your baby after a couple of weeks, do have a chat to your midwife or doctor. Postnatal depression affects more than one in ten women, but with the right help you can soon be back to your old self and enjoying a special bond with your newborn.

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  • bottle feeding

    You can always start breastfeeding and then change to bottle feeding if you would like to, but it is more difficult to make the switch the other way. You can express milk from your breasts for your baby to take from a bottle or use formula milk.

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  • breastfeeding vs bottlefeeding

    Babies are hungry little things; newborn tummies want feeding every two to four hours. Luckily, milk has all the good stuff they'll need for the first few months. That leaves just one question among new mums: should I breastfeed or bottle feed?

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  • breastfeeding your baby

    Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby, available on demand and at the right temperature. It has many health benefits for you and your baby, and as it doesn't contain any waste product, it can make those nappy changes easier on the nose.

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  • breastfeeding help

    Given that it's on tap at the right temperature and contains a whole range of yummy nutrients, it's no surprise that your milk is the perfect food for your baby, and our article will help you master breastfeeding in no time.

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  • coping with colic

    If your baby cries inconsolably for hours on end they may have colic. This always used to be blamed on a digestive problem – a form of baby indigestion - but now doctors disagree. Whatever the cause, there is little more distressing than a baby with colic.

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  • cot death

    Cot death, or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), is rare but heartbreaking. Around 300 babies a year in the UK die suddenly, usually in the first six months of life. But increasingly we know how to reduce the risks.

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  • cradle cap

    It may look like dandruff, but the white/ yellow flakes or the thick layer of joined together scaly patches that can develop on a baby's scalp is actually called cradle cap. It is very common in babies, and sometimes develops in older children.

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  • calm a crying baby

    All babies cry, in fact, all they seem to do for the first few weeks of life is feed, poo, sleep and cry. As you get to know your new arrival you will soon recognise that different types of cries often signify different things.

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  • feeding your baby

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  • making up formula milk

    Whether you're bottle feeding your little one from birth or have made the decision to switch from breast to bottle, learning how to make up a bottle feed safely is yet another parenting skill to add to your long list. But don't worry, once you've got all of the bits, bobs and teats squeaky clean, the rest is a walk in the park. Here's our short, easy guide for making up bottle feeds.

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  • baby proofing your home

    Your home feels like a safe haven, so it's a surprise to find out how much mischief your little one can get into once they become mobile. Most babies start crawling around eight months, although some are up and moving before then. It's a good idea to have a baby proofing checklist to make sure your little one can explore in safety. Here's how to baby proof a house.

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