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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 your baby will get used to the feeling. 2. Demonstrate through play Introduce the activity by…

What does it mean for your baby to be in the posterior position?

Most babies are born in the occipito-anterior (OA) position. This anterior position means that they’re born headfirst, with their back against your stomach, with their chin tucked into their chest, and with their face looking down. In this position, the baby can move easily down through the…

7 tips for when your baby hates bath time

Baby bath time: love it or hate it? While some babies can’t get enough of splashing about in the tub, others are like cats in... well, water. So today we're sharing our top tips for bath time. 1. Build positive associations If there's some music that your little one loves, why not put on a tune…

5 reasons you should drink more water when pregnant

Staying hydrated is a good idea whether you're growing a tiny human or not. But drinking plenty of water really should be a priority while pregnant... even when you feel like you're peeing every five minutes anyway.⁠ Why? Well, drinking lots of water during pregnancy will help: 1. Reduce…

To the mum who feels like her baby is the only one not sleeping through

You're not alone, I promise. I mean, for starters, what does sleeping through the night actually mean? If you look up the definition, it varies hugely. Some people say sleeping through is from 12 to 5am. Some say it means eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. One study asked the parents of…

Does breastfeeding really work as a contraceptive?

You might have heard that breastfeeding can be used as a natural contraceptive, which is known as the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM). But what’s the science behind this? The theory is that if you’re exclusively breastfeeding your baby, you probably won’t ovulate and won’t have a period. This…

An introduction to tummy time

After so much time sleeping on their backs, it’s important that babies spend some time on their fronts too. Tummy time doesn’t have to be complicated - it just means making sure your baby spends a little time lying on their tummy while they’re awake. Tummy time helps your little one strengthen…

I can't do it anymore: what is transition and what can you expect?

‘I can’t do it anymore!’, ‘I need an epidural NOW!’ and ‘right, I’m done with this. Get the car, we’re going home. I said WE’RE GOING HOME. This labour is official over.’ That’s right, we’re talking about transition. Transition is a stage of labour that marks the time between seven and 10cm…

When do you need to start giving your baby water?

You can start introducing your baby to water at around six months, when they start to eat solid food. Before this point, your baby will get all the hydration they need from their milk. Weaning is a gradual process and adding water should be too. Your baby can start with just a sip or two from a…

5 ways to prepare for a positive sleep experience with baby during pregnancy

You’re unlikely to be able to influence your baby’s future sleep patterns while you’re pregnant as they’ll just sleep like a newborn, which is a lot but fragmented over a 24 hour period (sorry to break the news). What you can do however is visit your own sleep and get good sleep habits in…

How much does so-called 'mummy brain' depending on your being a biological mother?

Did you know that the changes found in the brain during and after pregnancy are so widespread that it is actually possible to tell if a woman has recently had a baby through a brain scan? But how much does so-called ‘mummy brain’ depend on your being a biological mother? Simply put, we just don’t…

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 is jaundice?

Neonatal jaundice is one of the most common conditions in newborn babies, affecting about 60%, but the condition is usually completely harmless (only about 1 in 20 need treatment). Jaundice causes yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes. Your midwife or doctor will check your baby for…

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…

What's the difference between morning sickness and hyperemesis?

Hyperemesis gravidarum is an extreme type of nausea during pregnancy that can make it very difficult to keep food or drink down and continue with normal life.⁠ While morning sickness affects about eight in 10 pregnant women and only lasts until around weeks 16 to 20, hyperemesis is much less…

Meningitis in babies and children

Meningitis can be a terrifying word, especially for new parents. But when it comes to these scary topics, knowledge really is power and the best possible way to protect your child against meningitis. ⁠Meningitis is a disease caused by an infection of the membranes around the brain and spinal…

What you need to know about prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse is a scary word for any new mum. But as always, information is power, so here's what you really need to know about pelvic organ prolapse. A pelvic organ prolapse is when one or more of the organs in the pelvis drops from its normal position and pushes into the vaginal wall.…

How quickly are you fertile after coming off the pill?

Does your body need time to adjust after coming off the pill before you're fertile again? 🧐 The pill is described (and marketed!) as an immediately reversible form of contraception, but it really depends on your own personal cycles. No two women are the same, and everyone reacts differently to…

What is tongue tie and what can you do about it?

Ankyloglossia – more commonly known as tongue tie – is where the strip of skin tethering the tongue to the bottom of the mouth (lingual frenulum) is shorter or tighter than usual. Your midwife might look for tongue tie in the newborn assessment, but it is sometimes hard to notice until feeding…

How to know if you've got breastfeeding thrush

Breast and nipple pain during breastfeeding is sometimes cause by thrush, which is a yeast infection of the nipples. Breastfed babies can also develop thrush in their mouths. The symptoms to look out for are: - Shooting pains - Pain that lasts for up to an hour after ever feed - Pain that…