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A guide to protecting your child's skin this summer

Is applying sunscreen one of the worst parenting tasks ever? Absolutely. 😅 Is it completely crucial? Absolutely. 😆 Our children’s skin is much more sensitive than our own as anyone with a teeny tiny oh-so-perfectly-soft bubba will know. The first thing to note is that you shouldn’t rely on just…

What are the benefits of paced feeding?

Paced feeding aims to slow down bottle feeding in order to follow baby’s cues as they feed. This is to avoid over-feeding baby, make it easier to breast and bottle feed, and to encourage bonding. A wide-based, slow-flow bottle nipple is best for paced feeding as this mimics breast feeding. Make…

What's the deal with postpartum hairloss?

Who’s rocking a spiky hair crown of postpartum regrowth right now? 🙋‍♀️ Oh, the joys of childbearing… Anyway, wondering why your hairbrush is full of clumps of hair? Right this way, Miss. During pregnancy, you produce lots of oestrogen, which causes the hair growth and loss cycle to go into…

3 stretches to ease pelvic pain

Pelvic pain is unfortunately very common during pregnancy. Whether you're looking to prevent pelvic pain or are already experiencing it and hoping to minimise the symptoms, here are three stretches to have in your back pocket: ### 1. Pelvic tilt Stand with your shoulders and bottom against a…

Why the language we use around baby loss matters

It’s always difficult to know what to say when someone tells you they’ve lost a baby. And that’s partially because we quite literally don’t have the words in English. In Japanese, the word ‘mizuko’ refers to a miscarried, stillborn or aborted embryo, foetus or baby, which translates as ‘water…

C-section scar massage: how and why

Massage is a great way of reducing tightness and numbness as well as improving the appearance of your C-section scar. You can start massaging your scar once it’s healed after your C-section. But in fact, scars continue to change for up to two years after the wound has healed and even old scars can…

3 steps to reconnecting with your child after shouting

Lost your cool with your kid? Here are three steps to recovering and reconnecting. ### 1. Always start with a sorry Try, ‘I am sorry I shouted at you. It wasn’t your fault. I am tired so I got angry.’ Putting difficult emotions into clear language equips your child with a skill that many…

Ventouse delivery: what to expect

A ventouse is a soft or hard plastic or metal vacuum cup that’s attached to baby’s head to assist delivery… and is rarely part of a pregnant mama’s birth plan. But knowing what to expect and understanding why your doctor or midwife might recommend a ventouse can help you feel more in control and…

Should you do anything to help your baby's cord fall off?

The simple answer is not really! Your baby’s umbilical cord stump should dry up and drop off between five and 15 days old on its own. A few things to bear in mind: - Allow air to reach the cord so it can dry out. - Keep the cord dry by giving baby a bath with a flannel and avoiding…

Why do babies hiccup in the womb?

If you ever feel your baby moving in quick, repetitive movements - kind of like popcorn popping in your belly - then they probably have the hiccups. You’re likely to feel hiccups in the third trimester, although they can be seen on a scan from the first trimester. Pretty amazing really! Hiccups…

A guide to immunisations and vaccinations up to a year old

Throughout the first year of your baby’s life, they will be given a series of vaccinations to protect them against serious conditions. At eight weeks: - 6-in-1 vaccine, which covers diphtheria, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), polio, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) -…

10 things to discuss with your partner before the baby arrives

What parenting issues should you – shall we say – ‘politely discuss’ 🙃 with your partner before your bundle of joy arrives? Here are our 10 points to hugely disagree on, make you throw the cuddly toys you just bought for your baby at each other, and have you wondering how on earth you got here in…

5 tips for when your baby hates you brushing their teeth

Is your child clenching their jaw like a flippin’ shark every time you try and brush their teeth? Right this way, mama… ### 1. Start early The earlier you can start brushing your child’s teeth, the more they will get used to the feeling. ### 2. Demonstrate through play Introduce the activity…

8 tips for handling toddler tantrums

Tantrums can be so tough for us parents and can feel completely overwhelming, exhausting and embarrassing. But, as a mum of three, I want you to know that you are not alone and you are not a bad parent if your child has tantrums. Nevertheless, it’s nice to have some techniques in your back…

Baby vaccinations: what to expect afterwards

It’s normal to worry about how your child will react to vaccinations. Even though immunisations are so important and protect from life-threatening diseases, it can be upsetting to see your baby in pain. But try to remember why you’re there, and stay calm as this will help your baby stay calm…

3 tips on packing a hospital bag

Packing your labour bag can be really overwhelming, so here are our top three tips: 1. Have separate bags for the separate periods of your delivery: one for labour, one for you after delivery, and one for baby after delivery is perfect. This means you won’t just end up with one huge Mary Poppins…

When is the right time to have sex after birth?

At your six week postpartum appointment, you might have been informed that you’re now ‘fine’ to have sex again. If you wanted to laugh, cry or punch the person telling you this, you’re not alone. For many, six weeks is way too early to be thinking about sex and doesn’t take into account your…

Are pelvic floor exercises enough?

Occasionally, a patient will ask me: ‘if I just do pelvic floor exercises, is that enough to fix my incontinence, prolapse, SI joint instability, or pelvic floor dysfunction?’ The short answer: no. Are pelvic floor exercises going to help? Yes absolutely, if they’re suitable for your specific…

Has your baby got reflux?

Reflux is when a baby brings up milk or is sick during or after feeding, and it is very common in babies. They usually start to show symptoms anywhere from eight weeks old, and these symptoms can continue until the one year mark. That’s a big range, isn’t it? 😶 Of course, as with everything,…

When will your baby start crawling?

Most babies start to crawl sometime between seven and ten months. That’s most, but certainly not all. It’s hard to put an exact time on it, firstly because all our little ones are different and secondly because… well, what even counts as crawling? Lots of babies opt for the bottom shuffle (a…