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Does holding a comb really work as pain relief?

Have you ever heard of the comb technique before as a pain relief method during labour? The idea is that gripping a comb in your hand hits various acupressure points, which are thought to stimulate oxytocin and endorphins. The technique is based on the pain gate theory. This is the theory that…

What is the let-down reflex?

The let-down reflex is the process through which the nerves in the breast send signals that release the milk in your milk ducts. In other words, it is what allows breastmilk to flow. The nerves of your breast can be stimulated by your baby sucking, by hearing or seeing your baby, by using a…

How to sort through your baby's wardrobe

Anyone else feel like they spend their life holding up newborn outfits and crying, ‘BUT WHEN DID THEY GET SO BIG?’ 😪 Letting go of baby clothes can be tricky. But if you’ve got to the point where you can hardly open the drawer to find a pair of too-small socks, it’s probably time for a clear out.…

How to talk to your child about blended families

Talking to our little ones about family can be difficult, especially if your family setup has recently changed and you’re still trying to process it too. But try to remember that you don’t have to have it all figured out either - the most important thing is that your child knows you’re there for…

3 ways to build confidence before going back to work

You will return to work more capable than ever, mama. Honest. But in case you don’t quite believe us yet, coming up are three ways to help you feel work-ready. 💪 1. Remind yourself of your accomplishments It might feel like a million years since you were working, but that doesn’t mean all your…

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…

How can you prepare for the clocks going back this weekend?

Looking forward to an extra hour in bed this weekend? Nope, us neither. 🤦‍♀️ Unfortunately, when it comes to the clocks going back an hour, babies seem to miss the memo. But don’t worry! We’re here with some nifty tips to help smooth the transition to Autumn bedtimes. Instead of waiting until…

C-section scar massage: how and why

Massage is a great way of reducing tightness, tugging and numbness around your C-section scar. You can start massaging your scar once it’s fully healed, which is usually after six weeks. But before attempting scar massage, check in on yourself. How are you feeling about touching your scar? If…

What to say to a friend going through baby loss

It’s always difficult to know what to say when someone tells you they’ve lost an embryo, foetus or baby. But the most important thing is to let them know that you’re here for them. 1. Instead of ‘at least you can get pregnant’, try ‘I’m so sorry you’re going through this. Keep your words neutral…

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…

How to respond when your child lies

The most important thing to consider when your child lies is the reason behind the lie. Different reasons require different responses. Here are some examples. 1. The ‘I saw an alien today’ lie This kind of lie is all part of growing a healthy imagination and creative brain so there’s no need to…

What you need to know about postpartum contraception

‘Don't touch me!’ ‘This is all your fault.’ ‘Sew it all the way, doctor. We won't be using it anymore.’ If we took our birthing selves seriously, there would be a good chance that we’d never need contraception again. 🤣 But, given that our memories of birth soon blur and that you can get pregnant…

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…

The 5 Ss to a calm baby

The five Ss are a group of techniques that calm and soothe your baby by mimicking the conditions they experienced in your uterus. Because in the first 12 weeks of your little one’s life, their needs are not all that different from the ones they had while in your belly. 1. Swaddling The idea is…

Helping your baby distinguish between day and night

A baby can’t tell the difference between day and night until around 12 weeks, when their circadian rhythm develops. But as your baby approaches six weeks, you can start to help them differentiate between day and night by: 1. Exposing your baby to lots of natural light 2. Giving them lots of…

2 reasons why newborn naps are tricky

There are two main factors that make newborn naps so tricky for us parents: the need for contact and sleep cycles. Newborn sleep is so hard to predict because newborns don’t cycle in and out of REM and non-REM sleep in the way that older infants, children and adults do. Instead, they have just…

How to spot sleep cues and wake windows

We all know that babies need a lot of sleep. But this doesn’t just mean they’ll fall asleep whenever they need it. In fact, it’s really important to give babies the opportunity to sleep. Because if a baby is awake for a longer period of time than is age appropriate, they will get overtired and…

The benefits of a feed-play-sleep routine

Although babies that are under 12 weeks are usually too young to be on a steady clock-based schedule, giving your baby a loose sense of routine can help you bring some predictability to your day and nights and regulate your baby’s systems. This routine can be as simple as feed, play and…