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What can you do about cradle cap?

Cradle cap or seborrheic dermatitis is a harmless skin condition that’s very commonly found on babies’ heads as well as around their eyebrows, ears, nose, or even nappy area. Cradle cap looks like little patches of greasy, yellow scales and is basically your baby's version of adult dandruff.…

Mind the gap: how to check for diastasis recti

One of the questions I’m asked most as a perinatal physiotherapist is ‘when can I return to sport?’ There are lots of answers to this, but I always advise new mums to check if they have diastasis before attempting any exercise as this can do more damage than it’s worth. Diastasis recti (also…

What to do when you finally get some legit alone time

You get so little time to yourself as a mum, that you sort of panic whenever you finally have a few hours of uninterrupted child-free time. Here are some simple steps to get rid of that nagging anxiety whenever you find yourself with some time to spare. ### 1. Put your mind at ease knowing your…

The Milk Ladder: your baby’s cow’s milk allergy journey

I have experience with cow’s milk allergies and the milk ladder both professionally and personally. When my little girl was 12 months old, we made our first attempt at the milk ladder. We made it past step one and two and then couldn’t get any further. Let’s just say there was a lot of crying…

5 activity ideas for babies under six months

Ever feeling stuck with how to entertain your baby when you’re at home? Being a first-time mum during the first lockdown in April 2020 meant that I had very few plans with my little one. No play dates, hardly any parent and baby groups, no family meet-ups. This meant that a lot of our time was…

3 tips on introducing your child to your newborn

Introducing baby one to baby two can be really difficult. Not only has your oldest somehow transformed into an actual gigantic real child in the space of a day or two, but they may come out with delightful phrases such as ‘can we send him back now?’, which make it feel like you've just been…

5 tips on meal stocking before baby arrives

Let’s face it. Once you have a baby, there’s not going to be much time to create culinary masterpieces in the kitchen. From soups to snacks, here are our top tips on how to stock your freezer before your baby arrives. ### 1. Be realistic Even the most ambitious of batch cookers probably couldn’t…

Breastfeeding: setting yourself up for success

Breastfeeding can be daunting, and it might feel like there’s not much you can do before your baby is born to prepare. But in fact, putting in the time before the baby arrives can make all the difference to feeling confident, prepared, and ultimately reaching your breastfeeding goals. ## Build…

Will you be offered a gestational diabetes screening during pregnancy?

Gestational diabetes is when your body cannot produce enough insulin to meet your needs during pregnancy, so you develop high blood sugar levels. Gestational diabetes can cause problems if it is not managed properly but, for most people, it disappears after they have their baby. During your…

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…

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…

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 officially over.’ That’s right, we’re talking about transition. Transition is a stage of labour that marks the time between seven and 10cm…

Do you and your baby need to take vitamin D?

Okay, let’s start with you. The simple answer is yes; every adult should be taking 10mcg of vitamin D every single day, at least from October to March. This is particularly important if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. And what about your little one? Breastfed babies should be given a daily…

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 to eat well while prepping, cooking, and providing snacks for baby

After figuring out what your little one is going to eat all day, and of course actually preparing the food, it can be difficult to muster up the energy to create nutritious meals for yourself as well. But one of the best tips I can give is to make sure that you and your baby are eating the same…

Postpartum contraception: what you need to know

‘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…

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…

Why your newborn's skin is dry and what you can do about it

As smooth as a baby’s… hmm… Bit of a myth, isn’t it? At least at first, it’s actually perfectly normal for the top layer of your new baby’s skin to become dry and peel off over the first week or so. The amount that your baby’s skin peels depends on a few factors but is significantly affected by…

What actually is an epidural and how does it work?

An epidural injection is a very effective pain relief method that allows you to stay awake during childbirth while stopping the pain signals travelling from the spine to the brain. At least, that's the short (ish) answer. But let's dive a bit deeper. The epidural is actually the space in your…

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…