The arrival of a new baby can herald significant changes in family dynamics, particularly if it’s the second child. This can be challenging enough for adults to cope with let alone a toddler, who has comfortably spent their first years of life as an only child. We asked Dr Maryhan Baker, a child psychologist who specialises in helping parents raise happy, confident children to give us some advice on how to make the arrival of a new sibling as easy as possible for you as parents, and your child.
Essential oils have been used for their therapeutic qualities through the ages. And, whilst there is little medical evidence to their benefits a growing number of midwives are trained to use aromatherapy oils during labour. So, we asked Tara Persson who is a qualified aromatherapist, specialising in pregnancy and postnatal aromatherapy, to give us a more detailed view of how you can use aromatherapy in pregnancy and during labour. We hope you enjoy her guest blog…
I think it’s fair to say that these days’ health professionals are pretty good at giving out information about reducing the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), or cot death, as it used to be known.
If you’ve just had your first baby, you’ll already be aware of how quickly they change. Every day brings a new ‘first’. Your baby’s first year will pass by so quickly you will want to treasure all those precious memories and milestones. As it’s National Scrapbooking Day, we turned to a professional for her top tips…
If you speak to any new mum, she’ll tell you that a full freezer was a godsend with a newborn in the house. Finding time to shower and dress can be a struggle, so the last thing you’ll want to do is whip up a tasty meal. And there really is only so much toast you can eat!
Anxiety and stress aren’t good for anyone. But even more so in pregnancy, as regularly feeling stressed or anxious can affect your health which isn’t good for you or your baby! Mindfulness is a simple style of meditation, that helps you focus on the present and help you calm a busy mind.
Christmas is a busy time of year, and even more so when there’s a baby on the way (or just arrived!). So as a birth partner or new Dad, you have an important role to play. We’ve come up with some birth partner tips, that will help you make her Christmas special and stress-free.
Christmas is a time to eat, drink and be jolly. But when pregnant, there’s that list of foods you should avoid, and of course drinks you can’t enjoy – mainly alcohol! So, whilst jugs of mulled wine and bottles of fizz might be off the cards this year – it doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with mocktails as an alternative!
OK…so the 12 days of Christmas start on Christmas day, but we couldn’t resist bringing this one out a little early! Holiday season is well and truly upon us. Which probably means last-minute shopping, a countdown until visitors fill your home – or you head to a loved-ones home for the festivities. This can be tough for a breastfeeding mum, which is why we’ve put together a few breastfeeding tips for the holidays!
Let’s face it, life’s too short not to tuck into Aunt Bessie’s trifle at Christmas. You’re eating for two after all? Whilst we all know that this is plainly not true, there’s no harm in having a little bit of what you fancy at Christmas.