Sarah Norris – The Baby Detective

Parenting Advice Blog

With nearly 25 year’s experience in caring for babies, I have learned a great deal. I hope that some of my insight, tips and ideas may bring comfort to struggling parents.

Whatever your concerns, questions, problems or difficulties, if I haven’t touched upon the topics that are stopping you from being the parent you want to be, please get in touch. Remember to leave your comments, I read each and every one of them and will always try to help!

Latest Post

8 month old baby sitting in box to represent the limitations of current parenting methods.

What You Need To Know About Life Led Parenting

It’s a simple, kind and practical way to pull everything together so that baby fits neatly in to your life with every family member’s needs being met…so no one is left out or sacrificed, including you !

Why Do We Play With Babies ?

Playing with your baby should be simple and fun, not stressful, confusing or expensive but this blog will help get you back on track enjoying your baby.   Play is a pretty simple concept and everyone knows how to do it if they trust themselves and remember their own childhood but somehow it’s all got overcomplicated so I thought it might help to look at why we play in the first place.   Why do you need to play with your baby?  Life Skills Play is a massive part of childhood and it has a very specific purpose...it prepares us for real life as an adult.  If we get the right play opportunities...

The Author

I’m Sarah Norris, a Baby Care Consultant and Parenting Coach.

I have spent over twenty five years, often working 24 hours, 6 days a week, supporting hundreds of families with new or young babies aged from newborn to 12 months old, and often helping with their toddlers and older children.

I help parents discover what parenting style they want to use to care for their baby, and offer advice on different approaches that might suit them and their circumstances best.

What You Need To Know About Life Led Parenting

What You Need To Know About Life Led Parenting

It’s a simple, kind and practical way to pull everything together so that baby fits neatly in to your life with every family member’s needs being met…so no one is left out or sacrificed, including you ! Let me use ‘food subscription boxes’ to help explain the concept....

Passing Phase or New Phase for My Baby ?

Passing Phase or New Phase for My Baby ?

One of the most important skills as a parent is being able to tell if changes in your baby’s behaviour are just a passing phase, or whether it's a new phase, because if we can't tell the difference, we might start trying to fix something that isn't actually broken and...

What is Evening Colic and how to cope.

What is Evening Colic and how to cope.

Some babies really struggle in the evenings, being restless, difficult to feed, crying, or even having major meltdowns…just when you are at your most tired after caring for them all day. So you head off to Google or online mum groups and you hear terms like Evening...

When can I get my baby in a routine ?

When can I get my baby in a routine ?

I get asked this all the time, and my answer is always the same …. you can get your baby into a routine NOW, TODAY ! whatever age they are. When should I use a routine ? If you are tired or exhausted from frequent feeds and lack of sleep at night  If you want to...

How Do I Get My Baby To Sleep ?

How Do I Get My Baby To Sleep ?

How Do I Get My Baby To Sleep ? This is the most frequent question I get asked and the answer is in 3 parts You meet baby’s physical and emotional needs You manage baby’s routine to keep everything in balance You give very clear signals when it’s time for baby to...

How Do I Know If My Baby Is Hungry ?

How Do I Know If My Baby Is Hungry ?

How do I know if my baby is hungry? Learning how to answer this question is the key to your baby’s health, to your sleep, and to the difference between chaos and calm in your baby’s first few weeks, so it’s really worth trying to figure out. Why won’t my baby sleep ?...

Eco Baby Solutions – Tips and Ideas

Eco Baby Solutions – Tips and Ideas

What will be left of our earth to pass on to our babies in the next few generations ?   Today is International Mother Earth Day when the whole world comes together in thinking about how we can lessen our destructive impact on our planet. I’m sure many of you have...

Sticky Eye – What Is It And How Do I Treat It ?

Sticky Eye – What Is It And How Do I Treat It ?

Don’t squirt breastmilk in it ! I know, ‘everyone’ says it, literally everyone, even health professionals who should know better, but this is one of those times when you should not listen to 'everyone’ What Is Sticky Eye Sticky eye is very common in babies under 1...

Breastfeeding – How To Prepare And Cope

Breastfeeding – How To Prepare And Cope

6 Case Studies showing how different women coped with their own breastfeeding experiences, and made it work for them This blog deals with how to cope with your concerns or fears about breastfeeding, and help you prepare for whatever you might experience.   What...

How To Wind Your Baby

How To Wind Your Baby

All Babies Get Wind I can’t tell you how many times I have heard Health Visitors and Midwives and other Health professionals telling new parents that they don’t need to wind their baby because “breastfed babies don’t need winding” This is simply not true - Breastfed...

Temporary Supplementation Part 2 – When to use it

Temporary Supplementation Part 2 – When to use it

Part 2 - When Should I use it ?   Part 1 of this article covered the first few days in the hospital, and focused on what temporary supplementation was, and how to do it. This second part focuses on when to use it, and how it might help you in the...

Temporary Supplementation Part 1-What is it ?

Temporary Supplementation Part 1-What is it ?

Temporary Supplementation – What is it, and how do I do it ?   Part 1. What is Temporary Supplementation Temporary supplementation simply means a baby is fed by either formula or safe donor breastmilk for a short period of time. The difference between...

Feeding Your Baby – Why Anticipating Problems Can Help.

Feeding Your Baby – Why Anticipating Problems Can Help.

When I stop and think about infant feeding situations I’ve encountered over the last 25 years they are all very different in experience and outcome, but do seem to have common ground. They are all affected by the same 4 Feeding Factors Luck Mental Attitude Biology...

How Much Milk Should I Be Feeding My Baby ?

How Much Milk Should I Be Feeding My Baby ?

Minutes And Millilitres - When they matter, and when they don't. One of the most frequently asked questions I get asked about feeding is ‘how much should my baby be drinking ?’ and I’m sure I drive my clients crazy with my answer ‘as much as they want’ I know every...

Self Care And Parenting

Self Care And Parenting

This post is a bit different from my normal, informative ones, but I hope will serve as an explanation for the recent lack of posts, and to make a point about why self care is important for everyone, especially parents who are frequently busy, stressed,...

How to Cope With Your New Baby at Christmas

Christmas with your new baby is something special that most parents dream of, your chance to combine nostalgia for your old childhood traditions with the creation of new ones. It can be the most magical time, but, on a practical level it can be fraught with...

Coping with Clocks Going Back

Coping with Clocks Going Back

British Summer time, Daylight Saving, Spring Forward/Fall Back…whatever you call it, the day the clocks change can put fear in to the hearts of new parents who have never had to deal with it before but don’t worry ! It is not difficult to ease your baby...

Real Life Parenting – How to Cope When Things Go Wrong

Real Life Parenting – How to Cope When Things Go Wrong

The 4 most important things to help you cope when life as a parent gets tough.   When I work with parents one of the things I stress is the importance of consistency, and that applies to everything from routines and sleep signals, to feeding habits and play...

Baby Detective Case Files – Temporary Supplementation

Baby Detective Case Files – Temporary Supplementation

  This a series whereby I share a particular parenting challenge or solution to a problem that I think might be of some use or interest to other parents. It is not meant to be an ’I know best’ or a ‘this is what you should do’…rather it is an exploration of...

Baby Bottle Basics

Baby Bottle Basics

A simple explanation of bottles, teats and anti-colic features. (this article is based on bottles available in the UK but should still be useful for other parents and carers in other countries because the main features remain the same, and you will gain insight in to...

7 Newborn Baby Skincare Tips

7 Newborn Baby Skincare Tips

Baby skin is perfectly balanced and is an important protective barrier so the less you do to it the better for baby. Here are seven ways to help your baby at bathtime... Newborn babies often cry when bathed because they feel very insecure so don’t do it unless you...

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