Hands and Feeds

I read a terrible piece of advice in a baby book recently. It said that babies, including their hands, should be wrapped for all their feeds. This information is terribly unhelpful. Babies use their hands during breastfeeding to help orientate and guide themselves to the nipple. They also use their hands to stimulate the breasts and stabilise themselves. If you feel their hands are getting in the way, or they are using them to fight at the breast, then it's most likely a problem with your positioning and baby's stability. It would be hard to focus on latching if you're worried mummy is going to drop you! Reclining back slightly and ensuring baby has full body contact (tummy to tummy) with yo

Sleeping Out & About

A few popular baby books seem to portray a baby who has all their naps in their cot as the gold standard. Some even claim that any sleep not done in a cot, in the quiet of home, is "junk" sleep. This is complete rubbish, with zero evidence behind it. If anything, telling a mother that she needs to be a slave to her baby's sleep time, and have all naps at home, is a perfect recipe for a miserable, isolated parent. Some people don't have a choice in where their baby will nap - some babies find the outside world too stimulating, so naps in a quiet place like home is all that works. But if you're one of the lucky ones who can get their baby to sleep in their arms, or the carrier or the pram (or

Snuggles & Screen Time

I have a parenting confession: When my 3 month old has his first morning nap, I let my 3 year old have free reign of the iPad. It guarantees me an uninterrupted hour (as long as I also load her up with snacks) so that I can lie in bed with him, snuggling and enjoying those magical moments of him snoozing in my arms. It's hard to appreciate those quiet moments with your first baby. "He will only sleep in my arms!" I hear new, first time mother's lament. And every time I hear it I can't help but feel a pang of envy. How wonderful that must be, to be forced to lie there with your baby sleeping on you, without another small human screeching across the house: "muuum! I need some food!! Muuuuuuuuu

5 Things I Learned in the First 2 Years

The first two years of your baby’s life are filled with so many lessons, most of which you can only appreciate or recognise with the gift of hindsight. So, as my daughter approaches her 3rd birthday, and my brand new son enters into his seventh week of life, I thought it would be a good time for me to reflect back on 5 things that I learned in those crazy 2 years. My hope is that it may offer some reassurance to other mothers, and also serve to remind me of a few things as I walk this road for the second time. 1) “This too shall pass” – I know, it’s such a cliché! But it really is a great mantra. The hard times always pass, even though it may not feel like it when you’re in the thick of it.

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