How Do I Talk To My Child About Body Image?

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How do I talk to my child about body image?

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#CakeSmashing Parties

Sue’s Tuppence Worth

I’m featured in The Daily Mail commenting on the horrific new craze called



#CakeSmashing  is apparently the new way to celebrate your baby’s first birthday ☹

Gone are the days of balloons and a Victoria sponge. If your baby is having a birthday, there’s only one way to celebrate: with a cake smash.

The craze started in the US, and over the past few years, parents across the UK have been joining in.

A cake smash is where a one-year-old gets very messy with a cake and a professional photographer captures the moment.

After that, there is often a bubble bath, which is also caught on camera for posterity.



A cake smash party can cost £800 with the cake costing £100.


I think it is demeaning.

It is about laughing AT the baby not WITH them.

It shows a lack of respect and dignity for the child – Coleen Rooney should know better???

Look at the mother pushing her baby’s head into the cake ? ☹



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Q. Dear Sue, when will my baby start sleeping through the night? Dawn Burchard from Billericay

Sleep needs for babies vary depending on their age. Newborns do sleep much of the time. But their sleep is in very short segments. As a baby grows, the total amount of sleep slowly decreases. But the length of night-time sleep increases.

Generally, newborns sleep about 8 to 9 hours in the daytime and about 8 hours at night. But they may not sleep more than 1 to 2 hours at a time. Most babies don’t start sleeping through the night (6 to 8 hours) without waking until they are about 3 months old, or until they weigh 12 to 13 pounds. About two-thirds of babies are able to sleep through the night on a regular basis by age 6 months.

Babies also have different sleep cycles than adults.. The following are the usual night-time and daytime sleep needs for newborns through 2 years old:

What are the signs of infant sleep problems?

Once a baby begins to regularly sleep through the night, parents are often unhappy when the baby starts to wake up at night again. This often happens at about 6 months old. This is often a normal part of a development called separation anxiety. This is when a baby doesn’t understand that separations are short-term (temporary). Babies may also start to have trouble going to sleep because of separation anxiety or because they are overstimulated or overtired.

Common responses of babies having these night awakenings or trouble going to sleep may include the following:

Waking and crying one or more times in the night after sleeping through the night

Crying when you leave the room

Refusing to go to sleep without a parent nearby

Clinging to the parent at separation

Sleep problems may also happen with illness. Talk with your health visitor or doctor if your baby begins having trouble going to sleep or staying asleep, especially if this is a new pattern.

Signs of sleep readiness

You can help your baby sleep by recognising signs of sleep readiness, teaching him or her to fall asleep on his own, and comforting them when they wake up.

Never let a baby cry it out!

 Your baby may show signs of being ready for sleep by:

Rubbing eyes


Looking away




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