Welcome to my blog!

I’m Karen Langston,  Sleep and Post Natal support expert and can support you wherever you are through Skype or Telephone Consultations, or in person in parts of London. Over the years, I’ve published many articles on topics such as Baby Care, Sleep, Feeding and Parenting and (Breast)feeding on my blog.  Please do not hesitate to contact me to explore how I can help you and your family!

Reflux sucks!

Reflux sucks!

Life with a new baby should feel happy and joyful! Reflux hits so many families i support and often brings them to their knees! Reflux sucks and it doesn't just effect the baby but the whole family!
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Sleep Training Twins

Sleep Training Twins

After I completed my sleep support plan with Emma and her twins Ellie and Dominic I was so delighted to see the difference it had made on the whole family! We focused on one twin at a time and amazingly the parents saw the difference in their sleep habits almost immediately!
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Sleep Support for Parents

Sleep Support for Parents

A Testimonial from a Sleep Deprived Mum As first time parents you get lots of unhelpful advice, especially when you have a problem. Our problem was that we hadn't had a full night's sleep for 20 months and the cracks were really showing! Our daughter would need...

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Essential Tips – Baby Sleep

Essential Tips – Baby Sleep

Life as new parents feels like an endless blur of feeding, changing, crying and more crying! Sleep deprivation kicks in! Help is at hand with tips and one to one baby sleep support for parents with new baby.
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Tongue Tie

Tongue Tie

It seems the numbers of babies born with tongue-tie is on the rise, or are we just more aware of this condition now? If there was an issue years ago what normally happened was babies were given a bottle, but now mothers are being encouraged to breastfeed.
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Surviving Christmas with a baby!

Surviving Christmas with a baby!

The excitement of your new baby combined with the sentiment of Christmas often brings huge stress!!! Everyone wants some time with your baby including you!! Your parents invite you to stay over at their house, don’t worry about packing they’ve set up a nursery; your husbands family want to see baby too so you compromise and say you will spend Boxing day with them, they live a 100 miles away!!
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The Cobbled Kitchen

The Cobbled Kitchen

I’m a mother of two boys in my mid-40s who decided 2 years ago that I could no longer be a secondary school teacher as well as a mum! And so, it came to a “now or never” moment to pursue the idea of being self-employed and doing what I love – cooking and teaching.
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Plums are in season!

Plums are in season!

You can introduce plums to a weaning baby from 6 months old. All varieties of plums are very nutritious, they are high in fibre, low in cholesterol, sodium free and rich in Vitamin A & Vitamin K and contain minerals like iron and potassium. They are also great for helping constipation! Plums don't pose a high allergy risk so a great fruit to introduce to a baby that is weaning.
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Fertility at 40!

Fertility at 40!

While exploring fertility treatment I felt there was a real stigma attached to older mothers in particular. What makes me cross is that a lot of people think women are leaving motherhood too late for selfish reasons, when in fact many may not have met the right man or may have experienced many years of not being able to conceive.
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Sleep Easy!

Sleep Easy!

Sleep is a basic ability that all babies are naturally born to develop! Yes that's right develop! As they grow they start to need healthy sleep, but of course newborns need our help to soothe, calm and settle....
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Postnatal Exercise

Postnatal Exercise

“How much weight did you gain?” “Are you back to your pre-baby weight yet?” If you haven’t been asked these questions, chances are you’ve thought about them anyway. How much more ‘baby weight’ there was left to lose was a common topic in mummy groups after I had my babies.
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Baby food

Baby food

Weaning is a natural process in which you gradually introduce your baby to "solid" foods. There are two main reason for weaning: one is nutritional and the other is social. The recommended advice from health specialists is not to begin weaning your baby until they are around 6 months old. However some babies aren't completely satisfied on milk alone and can start weaning from around 20 weeks, but not before 17 weeks as your baby's gut is simply not mature enough to cope with baby food.
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Facial Expressions!

Facial Expressions!

Babies and children look to the adults they trust to provide them with clues to safely guide their explorations. The clues often come from the parent’s non-verbal behaviour, in particular the facial expression.
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a2 Milk

a2 Milk

We are told “breast is best” as it provides anti-bodies passed down from Mum to her baby, that help protect babies against cold, tummy bugs, chest infections and ear infections. But there is another less publicised benefit of breast milk a2 Milk Company say, the beta casein protein in human breast milk is of the A2 type by virtue of its structure and digestion, and does not contain the A1 form of this protein found in cows' milk.
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Do you agree with trick or treat?

Do you agree with trick or treat?

Will your kids be trick or treating this year? Do you find it fun or begging in disguise? Trick or treating is celebrated in many countries on Halloween.This blog looks at the positives and negatives of this celebration and how to make it more enjoyable and safe for all involved.
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Infant Massage

Infant Massage

Massage is a lovely way for parents to develop a special physical bond with their baby. Infant massage can help promote a positive relationship with baby, especially for Dad if he is not able to be involved in the feeding of baby during the early months. I am now organising baby massage and shiatsu classes in Hertfordshire, providing step by step massage strokes, gentle exercises and relaxation techniques that benefit both mum, dad and baby.
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Baby Massage Course

Baby Massage Course

Are you struggling with a lack of sleep? Dealing with a crying baby can be upsetting. Stress affects the attachment growing between you and your child. Baby massage can help. Our Baby massage classes teach you how to help your child sleep, ease teething or deal with...

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Was your birth less than perfect?

Was your birth less than perfect?

For many mothers now-days they have negative birth experiences, this is due to many contributing factors, a woman needs the support of a known , trusted midwife, choice of where to give birth, at home, birthing centre or on a labour ward and the opportunity to have the best birth possible!
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Summer Holiday in the UK

Summer Holiday in the UK

Summer holiday in the UK recounts a great vacation location in Milford on Sea in Hampshire as a great place to holiday in the UK with your family and dogs. With dog friendly beaches, fantastic coastal and forest walks its a great place to escape to in the UK.
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Common Sleep Problems

Common Sleep Problems

This parenting tool gives practical tips to deal with common sleep problems experienced with babies and toddlers making suggestions for good sleep routines. Establishing good habits with feeding, bath time and calming activities help prepare for a good night's sleep for baby and parents.
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Weaning Baby Course

Weaning Baby Course

Parents & Co are holding a one off course on 'weaning baby' for anyone who has a baby approaching weaning age or for Mums struggling with fussy little eaters. Our expert speaker Julia Wolman (www.juliawolman.co.uk) will deliver a fun & informative session giving you the knowledge to develop good healthy eaters!
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Baby food

Five things no one tells you about weaning!

Feeding your baby well from the start gives them a good foundation for healthy eating habits through life. So why then is weaning advice is so conflicting and confusing? Here are a few of the things you should know to help get your baby started on the right path to eating well, for life.
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Toddler Tantrums

Toddler Tantrums

Terrible Twos means the start of toddler tantrums? The actual word tantrum strikes fear with even the hardiest parent! Really your toddler is just trying to express themselves and at times frustration sets in and displays itself as a tantrum!
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Fatherhood – Perspective of a new dad

Fatherhood – Perspective of a new dad

What, now that baby is here, has been the greatest joy of fatherhood? It’s amazing to think that you made the little person in front of you. It’s a funny feeling really – Generally I fell awesomely scared and petrified but also so grateful to have him in our life – I guess that is the joy bit.
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Dummies

Dummies

During the early months a dummy can help to soothe and settle. This is understandable; as most babies have a strong sucking reflex and the dummy can, in many cases, help to settle your baby. Sometimes a dummy can soothe a baby’s cries when nothing else can, particularly for ‘sucky’ babies. In the US they call dummies pacifiers!
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What Katy Said – Cloth Nappies

What Katy Said – Cloth Nappies

People have the misconception that reusables are a hassle. Older generations tell us that they were awful and we should stick to disposables as they are 'easy'. However, times have changed and modern cloth nappies work just like disposables - they even have Velcro, so no more pins!
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Teaching children to problem solve!

Teaching children to problem solve!

Children need to be able to solve their own problems. As adults we all too often jump in and deal with their problem for them, not allowing them to try and work it out for themselves. They also need to understand that there can be consequences to their behaviour when not working things out for themselves.
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Personalised Gifts

Personalised Gifts

Guest blog from Bundles of Joy on why personalised gifts are a perfect way to show care and thought, and personalisation takes shape in many forms. From engraving to printing, painting to vinyl stickers, the choices are vast and easily accessible to everyone in this multimedia age.
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Potty Training Tips

Potty Training Tips

Potty training certainly isn't one of the easiest challenges that parents face but with a few good helpful tips from those of us that have successfully conquered potty training to get toddlers out of nappies and into knickers, hopefully it will feel a little less daunting!
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World Down Syndrome Day 2014

World Down Syndrome Day 2014

Children are being encouraged to support this special day (21st March 2014) by wearing their funkiest and brightest tights or socks. Parents & Co will be helping to raise money for World Down Syndrome Day 21st March by donating £1.00 for every pair of Slugs & Snails tights sold from our website during the week commencing 17th March till 22nd March 2014.
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Competition: I. M. TEETHING BABYBANGLE

BabyBangle Teether

Izzy Melody I.M. BabyBangle teether is a teething bangle for Mummy to wear and for baby to chew on, a teething aid that is also a piece of jewellery a brilliant idea! They are extremely lightweight and easy for little teethers to hold, being a bangle they are the perfect shape for babies to grip and are suitable from birth, they will safely soothe little ones achy gums.
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Mabyland Baby Carrier

Mabyland Baby Carrier

The Mabyland trek carrier is the most versatile carrier on the market! This award winning baby carrier is an ideal solution for you and your baby to enjoy time together, promoting closeness and developing a unique bond, whilst leaving your hands free!
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What Katy Said – Cloth Nappies

Baby skin care products

The early days and weeks of parenthood can feel both overwhelming and unsettling. It is an exciting experience the arrival of a new baby, but there is so many changes to adapt to especially if it's is your first child. For many mums protecting and managing their baby's sensitive skin will play a big part in caring for their newborn baby.
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Baby Courses: Bonding and Beyond

Baby Sleep

I would say one of the most challenging parts of bring your new baby home is sleep deprivation for parents. Newborns will sleep for approximately 15-17 hours per day, divided between day and night. Although they require a lot of sleep, the sleep time can be separated anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 to 4 hour segments.
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Feeding Baby

Feeding Baby

Whichever decision you make, breast or formula, won't be the wrong decision as it needs to be right for you and your baby. To help you make the right choice firstly speak to your doctor or a healthcare expert, but below are some facts to help you with your decision.
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Nurturing Mums – courses in North London

Childcare

Choosing the right childcare for your baby can be a difficult and time-consuming process. You are choosing and entrusting the person who will act as 'you' when you're not around! You need to think about your requirements, do you need help full-time, you may be going back to work and have a full schedule; or part-time help might be more suitable, where perhaps a Nanny share could be a consideration.
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Calm baby through a special bathing technique

Baby Bath Time

All babies are covered in a white sticky substance called vernix when they are in the womb and this is naturally moisturising. Many babies are born with this sticky substance and it should be left ideally to absorb into your babies skin.
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Weaning Baby Course

Weaning

There are two options to weaning, baby led or spoon fed weaning. The spoon fed is a more traditional method where parents feed babies puréed food. Alternatively the baby led method means only feeding your little ones real food, this means you can incorporate baby into family meals.
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Baby Development

Baby Development

Babies develop at a rapid rate, when you bring your newborn home they are already adjusting to their new environment. They will spend most of their time sleeping and feeding in the first few weeks. Although your baby appears not to be doing much they are taking lots in.
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Premature assumptions

Premature assumptions

I always assumed that mums with sick children or with babies in the NICU were simply more capable. They were genetically filled with hope, gifted with a wealth of confidence and oozing with fortitude. They were proof that God never gave a person more than they could handle. They were born to weather trials, wired to somehow make it look easy.
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Weaning Babies!

Weaning Babies!

The news covered an article stating that baby foods sold in the UK fail to meet infant dietary weaning needs. A research team tested 479 shop bought products from leading manufacturers, including Heinz, Cow & Gate and Boots and found few were ideal for the job.
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