When should I teach my child about colours?

Infants seem to respond to being taught about colours best from about 18 months onward. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start helping them become familiar with colours before then. While babies may not be able to verbally express their understanding of colours early on, some gentle learning can enhance their colour differentiation skills.

Should I read to my baby?

Yes! Babies of all ages benefit from being read to. Expressive reading will help your baby develop emotions and thought patterns. As they pick up language skills, they will also have a far wider vocabulary of words to choose from, which will benefit them throughout their life. Hearing the voice of parents or close family reading to them is also soothing for babies and helps to promote close relationships.

How can parents get enough sleep?

Keep a consistent bedtime routine. Doing this will help your baby sleep through the night and help you get to bed at a sensible time. Ensure also your bedroom is dark enough with blackout curtains, and keep your bedroom cool, ideally 18 to 21°C. Try to stay positive, remember that it is natural for babies to wake up in the night, but that it will improve with time.