***Competition Closed*** When my son was first born I didn’t really know much about breastfeeding. I knew I wanted to breastfeed, though I didn’t really think much about it. I didn’t do any breastfeeding classes, or even read much about breastfeeding. I’d figured that breastfeeding would be just like giving …Read More »
It’s totally a fan letter. It’s weird because obviously she doesn’t know me, but I feel like she’s been there for me for years. She’s been my backup. My support team. My cheerleader. She’s been a source of wisdom to me.Read More »
You could say I’m an expert on weaning. I should be, I’ve been doing it for the last 2 years. I’ve spent more time trying to wean my daughter than I've spent just breastfeeding her.Read More »
Are you brand new to babywearing?You want to babywear but you just don't know where to start? Well I've collected up all the best baby carriers for beginners.Read More »
Here ends another World Breastfeeding Week for me. I cannot believe I’m still breastfeeding. I really thought last year was going to be the very last time I celebrated World Breastfeeding Week as a nursing mother.Read More »
I love babies. I’m ridiculously excited when my friend are pregnant and even more so when the baby arrive. I fuss, I knit them blankets that take me 40 hours, I love the smell of babies so much that even milky newborn baby spew smells good to me.Read More »
Yesterday was a particularly long day. It started at 3 am where my little girl woke up and simply could not fall back to sleep. I’d only gone to sleep just after 11 pm myself. She’d already woken up briefly at 1am, so my 4 hours sleep had already been broken.Read More »
So apparently there’s some controversy behind the simple statement: Fed is Best.It’s a take on “breast is best” and in three little words it acknowledges all the different way we can feed our babies that might be best for our circumstances: breastfed, formula fed, tube fed, mix fed, cross fed, supplemented feeding system fed and so on…Read More »
I was doing a little bit of housework while babywearing with my baby girl in a carrier on my back.I turned on the upright vacuum cleaner and as I started to work on the living room floor two bullants dropped out of the vacuum onto the carpet.Read More »
Breastfeeding is natural and had kept the human race going since the beginning to time, but that's not to say that it's easy and something we all just pick up easily the first time we do it. It's a skill that both mother and baby have to learn.Read More »
I’ve been enthusiastically recommending Ergobaby carriers for the last 7 years as it's the most comfortable, easy to use, versatile and long-lasting carrier I've ever tried, and the Ergobaby Adapt is now the carrier I would recommend above all others.Read More »
My littlest turned 4 years old a couple of weeks ago, a birthday milestone that filled me with more dread than I could put into words. I was feeling very apprehensive about the fact that I have still not managed to wean her and so I would now be breastfeeding a 4 year old.Read More »
This blog post was brought to you by nearly 7 years of sleep deprivation and conflicting advice.Read More »
My youngest baby is 2 ½ and has been carried in a sling or carrier of some sort since she was a newborn. I wanted to baby wear with her for a number of reasons.Read More »
Referring to dads as “helpers”, “babysitters” and anything else that implies that they aren’t actually parenting their own children, that they’re just standing in for the mother for a few moments, is not a good thing.Read More »
(Firstly, to provide a little context for this letter, my kids right now are 3 and a half and nearly 7, so 3 years ago they were 6 months old and nearly 4)Hey Rach, how are you going?Read More »
It’s occurred to me this is my very last “World Breastfeeding Week” as a breastfeeding mother.With any luck my youngest will be weaned soon, and even though in my heart I would like another baby, I know there’s a really strong possibility that our daughter is our last child and no more babies = no more breastfeeding.Read More »
I’m hesitant to write about this because I’m so afraid this will be misunderstood. I'm really not looking for judgement, or criticism. I'm feeling a little fragile, so I don't think I could take it right now.Read More »
I’m over cooking dinner.
Thinking about it. Planning it. Buying it. (Spending all that money.) Bringing it home. Cooking it. Serving it. Hoping it actually gets eaten.
All of it. The whole process. I’m over it.
Last night was a bit of a difficult bedtime for my little girl - who’s just turned 3. Which is unusual for her, she’s can be pretty strong willed and intense, but she thrives on routine and bedtime is all about routine, so she usually goes through it all without event and she’s pretty tired at the end of the day.Read More »
Children who have food sensitivities may be defensive towards the taste, texture, smell, colour or even shape of the food. It is important to be patient and have strategies in place to ensure meal time is fun and stress-free. Children with sensory processing challenges often are considered ‘fussy eaters’, as any oral input is sensory input. Here are some practical tips to help your fussy eater:Read More »
Deciding to formula feed your baby, can be an easy decision for some, but for others they may have that decision made for them, when for some untold reason they can not breastfeed their baby; and some feel real guilt over this.Read More »
I just finished an amazing, whirlwind, exhausting but oh-so-much fun few days working on the Ergobaby stand at the Baby and Toddler Show with the fantastic team from Babes In Arms.Read More »
Over the last few weeks since we moved into our new home our toddler (20 months) has developed (been encouraged into) a really sweet bedtime routine.
Bed time is now my favorite time of day.
As a pre-baby mum I promised myself to always provide nutritional and healthy meals and snacks to my kids no matter what.
But 3 years later I have miss 3 and miss 9 months and guess what??? Miss 3 can be as stubborn in regards to eating a variety of food.
The twins have me on my toes again. Just when I thought we were past the worst of the night-waking in our house, here I am, back in the land of sleep-deprivation. Make that accumulated sleep-deprivation. Because a one-off night of waking up to children can be recovered from with an extra coffee the next day and an early night. But when it's multiple nights of interrupted sleep, it starts to affect everything.Read More »
For those of you who haven't heard it's a term to describe pictures of breastfeeding.
Kidspot recently published an article titled “How to express when out and about" but what the piece was about was whether or not a person should express while out, not anything about how to.
If I was going to write a “How to" about expressing in public it would read:
Babywearing can be expensive - but it doesn’t have to be! And spending more money doesn’t necessarily mean a better carrier. We bought the top-of-the-range absolute most expensive carrier stocked in Babies Galore (6 years ago - there wasn’t much to choose from) and it’s still the most money I’ve spent on a single carrier....Read More »
My 3 month old baby boy is doing beautifully!
He is feeding like a champion and sleeping like an angel. I am very blessed.
Tomorrow my daughter turns 3. Holy moly. I don’t even know how that happened. I swear she was only born 5 minutes ago. Her language development in the last month has been incredible, she’s catching up in leaps and bounds, talking constantly and proving herself to be a very clever.Read More »
I’m noticing a lot of talk about vaccination lately. I’m pretty sure it’s due to it’s due to the measles outbreak in the USA that originated in the Disneyland theme park in California. I’ve seen other bloggers posting impassioned pleas for parents on “both sides of the debate” to be kinder to each other and to understand where we are all coming from- a desire to do the best we can for our children. I can certainly see a value in kindness- nobody will change their stance if you insult and offend them repeatedly.Read More »
I’m always jealous when someone says with absolute certainty that they are completely done having babies, that they know with all that they are that their family is complete and they have no deeply buried yearning to do it all over again, to be pregnant, to give birth, to hold another tiny newborn, to bring another completely whole brand new person into the world. I so wish that could be me. Certain. Clear. Complete.Read More »
It seems that there are quite a lot of people out there who still think that dads babywearing is unusual because it's something that only mother’s do; that it’s somehow a feminine activity.
It’s an idea that I find more than a little absurd, and I think to explain exactly why this is unfathomable to me I’d like to introduce you to my dad.
It’s that time of year again. A time for getting together, celebrating and having barbeques on barmy summer nights; for some people that means enjoying a glass of wine or an ice cold beer alongside good food and good company.But what does this mean for you if you’re currently breastfeeding?Read More »
If you look at how Babywearing is portrayed on tv and in movies- it’s no wonder people choose the least ergonomic carriers to start with! So often they are narrow based, outward facing and just look damn uncomfy to anyone who wears an older baby or toddler with any regularity.First up, we have The Guys who love the least ergonomic carriers, in the least comfy position:Read More »
Recently I went and placed a single white rose on the grave of my daughter Melissa, she would have been 32 years old if she had lived.
Melissa was born at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, 4th October 1982. She was delivered by cesarean and weighed only 5lb 3 oz (2.353 kilos) due to placenta failure. She was also born with multiple heart abnormalities and only lived for 13 days.
This post was prompted by a very well-meaning and brief conversation with my sweet older neighbour a few mornings ago, as I carried my 2 and half year old daughter on my back in her Ergobaby carrier home after dropping her brother off at school. As we crossed paths he told my daughter she’s lazy, she should be walking and that she shouldn't be carried on my back.Read More »
Something has been on my mind for a while and it’s something that, as a woman, a mother and as a person who has a pair of breasts, is very important to me.Saying “I support formula feeding IF” is just as bad as saying “I support breastfeeding BUT”.I breastfeed my children because I CAN and because I CHOOSE to.I’ve breastfed my son for 3 years and I’m currently breastfeeding my 2 year old.Read More »
On Saturday I was at the Pregnancy, Baby and Children’s Expo with my family and I happened to walk past the Ergobaby stand while wearing my 2.5 year old daughter on my back in my own Ergobaby carrier. One of the women running the stand initiated a conversation with me about Ergobaby and one thing led to another...so Sunday morning, I was back at the Expo, bright and early, before the doors opened to the pulblic ready for a crash course in all things Ergo to help out on the stand for the day.That’s just how I roll.Read More »
I have had the opportunity to test out MCN's in the past through my work as an Early Childhood Educator on a few of the babies who used MCN's, but never on my own baby. The ease and convenience of disposable nappies is a big win for me, especially with a little man who poops 4-6 times a day, every day, and more if teething, unwell, or has managed to have some dairy.Read More »
The Woolworths Once upon a baby range is a relatively new supermarket market brand of baby goods. I have fallen in love with this brand and when trying a new product with my baby I always look for a once upon a time option first. It's great quality and a great price.Read More »
There are so many babywearing benefits for both the parent and the baby. Here are a few things that we love about babywearing! Babywearing turns working from A to B into a bonding opportunity. I got my very first carrier when my son was 3 weeks old and part of the reason for buying it was we only had a forward facing stroller at the time and as we walked along people would stop and chat with him, or even just smile in at him, and I felt like I was missing out.Read More »
There are more than a billion monthly active users of Facebook, 500 million tweets are sent every day and overall nearly 40% of humans are able to access the internet. Until this year women sharing images of their children breastfeeding were at risk of having their photographs reported for obscenity and Facebook blocked some breastfeeding support organisations’ accounts entirely. The recent change to Facebook policy which removed the ban on women’s nipples being shown in breastfeeding images is a healthy step forward, but a great deal of discomfort and inequality that exists in regard to the female nipple in public and on social media remains.Read More »
“I support breastfeeding but…” There are very few ways you can finish this sentence that will mean you do actually support breastfeeding. For example: “I support breastfeeding, but I didn’t breastfeed.” Is perfectly fine! “I support breastfeeding, but my cat’s breathe smells like cat food.” Is a little unusual, but thanks for …Read More »
Online society in particular has this thing where you have to be pro or con on the breastfeeding stance (this is how it comes across, I am not at all saying breast feeding mothers are exclusively bottle feeding haters and anti formula Nazis) I have felt more shame feeding my …Read More »
I’m raising dependent children. No, that’s not a typo. I know that independent children is supposed to be the thing that parents want to achieve, but it’s really the last thing I want to do. Like, literally the last thing I do as a parent will be when my child becomes independent. That’s when they move out, get a job, rent their own place, start doing their own laundry and when that day comes this Mumma is going to celebrate with a bottle of champers! But really, that’s at least a decade and a half away! Right now, with a 2 and 5 year old, independence isn’t the lesson of the day.Read More »
Cosleeping is natural, normal, and nothing to be ashamed of. Most people will share a bed with their baby and some stage. According to the Australian Breastfeeding Association website “One Australian study found that 80% of babies spent some time co-sleeping in the first 6 months of life.” Which is why it’s important that healthcare professionals inform parents about the safest ways to sleep with their baby, because even when parents don’t plan to cosleep, sometimes it’s the only way anyone can get any sleep.Read More »
My daughter is 2 and for me that signifies the end of “demand feeding”. I did the same with my son, after 2 years old of breastfeeding him on he was gently restricted to only feeding at home, at night, in bed.This sounds so easily done, 2 years of unlimited feeding is a pretty darn good run – you’d think they’d be a little more appreciative and cut me some slack! But for my toddlers reducing feeds has been what I imagine it would be like trying to take away a toddler’s dummy, special comforter, sleep routine and favourite snack all at once; lots of resistance.Read More »
The Little Frog iss surprisingly supportive, I only have a Hoppediz “Light” to compare, but even as a bit of a beginner to wrapping – and my first size 3 – I found it pretty easy to handle. Also, I understand that it should still soften up as it’s broken in (read 10 way to break in a new wrap).Read More »
I am by no means an expert on Woven Wraps. I have two, a Hoppediz "light" size 6 and a Little Frog Sunny Agat II size 3 from Woven Wraps Australia. Being part of a couple of online baby wearing communities I’ve gathered a lot information about wraps over the last couple of years and I’ve had a lot of my own questions about wraps answered – and noticed a lot of people ask the same sorts of questions, whether they’re looking to buy or simply curiosity about why people would strap a baby or toddler to their body with a long piece of colourful fabric.Read More »
So, there’s this women in the UK who’s breastfeeding her 5 year old. Her picture is all over social media. People have been commenting “That’s sick!” “There’s no nutritional value!” “Who is it for, the mum or the child?!” and so onRead More »
It's that time of year again. I have been looking and comparing the Top 100 Baby names of Australia for 2013 from 2012's list. Let's start with the girls names. Charlotte still is our no1 name of choice, with almost 150 more babies named Charlotte then 2012. With Ruby still firmly in no2. Lily is no3 in 2013, jumping 11 spots from 14, kicking Olivia into 4th place. The names there after are bumped down a spot. Otherwise our girls top 10 name list is looking almost identical from the year before.Read More »
I first purchased 6 Baby Beehind Magicalls, size large, when my first baby was about 11 months old, up until then I’d been using old-school terry towel nappies with pins, as well as prefolds with a Snappi nappy fastener. After the first couple of washes and wears I ordered another …Read More »
Breastfeeding is not a piece of cake, but there are similarities. The year my daughter turned two it took me three days to construct her birthday cake. It was a beautiful white chocolate mud cake with a fondant farm yard, inspired by something I saw by Martha Stewart. It didn’t occur to me that Martha has battalions of experts behind her, and I failed home economics. Modelling those little animals in the small hours of the night was a mission though to everybody else it might have seemed a little obsessive. Ok, perhaps more than a little. Baking and decorating my children’s birthday cakes is an act of love, and the planning and process of baking a gift in itself.Read More »
The last couple of weeks have been wrought with illness and injury. Not looking for sympathy here, just setting the scene. We started out with my dodgy hip acting up where I could barely walk, let alone pick up my 9.3kg 8 month old who currently loves climbing all over Mummy. I ended up at the doctor and need an x-ray to see whats going on. Elliot also picked up a cough at mothers group so wasn't sleeping much, very clingy, coughing himself awake all night and going off his food.Read More »
When i was born my parents had one choice; to use terry cloth nappies. And mum would soak, wash, dry then fold them ready to use. Now it seems more convenient to use disposables. Simply purchase from the supermarket and use then throw. Now when i fell pregnant with my daughter i was expecting to do the same. In fact i found a direct to public wholesaler whose nappies were made right there in my local area. Bonus.Read More »
Breastfeeding is like a favourite snack, a cuddle with Mumma and the comfort of sucking all rolled into one, so it’s no wonder that my toddler wants to feed often, but yesterday walking home from dropping her big brother off at school she lifted up her arm to show me the scratch on her elbow from the previous day, she held onto her scratch and told me “ow, ow, ow” emphasised with a little pout and sadness in her eyes – then she tapped my chest and brightly asked “boo boo?”Read More »
There was a few other issues leading to her suicide, including PND and having lost a baby in the past, but according to her husband, Chris Bingley "The hospital seemed only to focus on the breastfeeding issue, not the mental health one. That’s the breastfeeding lobby for you."Read More »
The Newborn to Toddler Apptivity Seat by Fisher Price is one of those things that when you’re exhausted, and baby or toddler will not let you put them down for long enough to pee (and you’re sick of either peeing with someone small screaming at door OR peeing with someone small …Read More »
Nursing Aversion: The toe-curling, blood-boiling, rip-your-hair-out, bite-the-back-of-your-hand and want-to-go-running-down-the-street-screaming feeling that you may get when your toddler asks for the boobiesRead More »
Two months ago, I welcomed into my life my beautiful baby boy Elliot. He is my everything and it feels like he's been with us for so much longer than just eight weeks. And while yes, he has, my pregnancy was a fairly full on thirty eight and a bit weeks, now it's really real. I'm not just pregnant, I'm Mummy.Read More »
The best guests I had were with my son, some friends came to stay for a couple of days, and we sat on the couch eating junk food, watching dvds, them telling me how beautiful my new baby was, and they were people who I felt comfortable talking to, felt comfortable being silent, felt comfortable learning how to breastfeed in front of them – they who took care of themselves, it was nice just having friends there, without feeling like I had to do anything for them.Read More »
Undoubtedly sleep deprivation is one of the more difficult aspects of parenthood - particularly early parenthood. Sleep deprivation can cause a range of problems for parents, including poor concentration, clumsiness, forgetfulness, irritably, anxiety and depression. If you feel like you aren't coping speak to your doctor or children's health nurse.Read More »
Co-Sleeping with Two This isn’t something we do every night, Our 4.5 year old usually sleeps through the night in his own bed, even if he needs help getting to sleep and then wakes up in the morning and crawls into our bed for cuddles. However….. This night was a …Read More »
Sleep “Nightmare” Routine For some kids, it’s have a bath, get dressed and brush your teeth, and in to bed. Other kids need a story, maybe a song, a drink, a kiss and a cuddle or maybe even a soft toy. Bedtime in my house is long….. very long. We do …Read More »
In Venezuela, law-makers will be discussing legislation which would deny parents access to formula, with exceptions including mothers with limited milk supply or in the case of the death of the mother.Read More »
For many new parents this isn’t something that takes thought or action, for many parents bonding is instant and as natural as breathing in and out and the bonding begins during pregnancy and continues effortlessly after their baby is born. For others feeling a deep bond and connection to your baby may not be as instant.Read More »
There are several different types of cloth nappies, and countless brands. The benefits of using cloth are substantial if you consider the cost of using disposables to both your pocket and to the environment as well as being more convenient – yes you read correctly – if you running low on disposable nappies you.....Read More »
The slogan is “Breast is best”, but more accurately “breast milk is best”. Because some mothers do experience genuine difficulties breastfeeding – breast is not best if for whatever reason your baby is not being sustained by breast feeding, or breastfeeding alone. However sometimes Doctors, Childrens Health Nurses, Midwifes do …Read More »
Imagine you’re a mum who has a baby, who is kept warm with a blanket, and you take baby and her blanket out in public all the time. How would this affect you? Or impact your choices about whether or not you use a blanket? Or if your a mother who confidently uses a blanket – anywhere, any time you baby is cold........Read More Click the ArticleRead More »
There are a lot of different ideas about what Attachment Parenting is. It can be interpreted in many different ways, both by people who identify with Attachment Parenting in their own family, and by people who judge it from the sidelines.Read More »
How to Calm a Crying BabyBelow are some tips to try if your baby is crying. These might apply to a newborn, older baby, toddler or child.Read More »
If you’re having trouble settling your baby to sleep or looking to find alternative ways to settle baby if you want to change a sleep pattern, here are some ideas that might help:Read More »
Naming a child should be a joy. I don't mind people trying to have unique names for their children. But think of them when you are doing it. They have to live with this name for the rest of their lives. SO please, THINK OF THE CHILDREN! Don't give them a dumb name.Read More »
Sharing My Breastfeeding Story When he was handed to me, and after a few minutes I asked if I was “allowed” to feed him, as though I needed permission,Read More »
Separation Anxiety is when a baby or child doesn’t want to be separated from their parents, a particular parent, or even a key person in their life – like a sibling or a grandparent.Read More »
Today while trying to contain my sugar cravings, browsing the confectionery isle at my local supermarket, a lady with two small children approached me and asked me “Is that amber around your daughters neck,Read More »
Stay Positive. This cannot be emphasised enough – toileting, or “toilet training” – should not be a source of shame, punishment, anger, or disgust from the parent. If you are getting frustrated and fed up take a breath (or maybe hold your breath) and think about the long term impacts.....Read More »
Newborn Shopping Guide Babies are not like a cake, there’s no set list of ingredients with instructions that will get you the results you are looking for – so keep in mind absolutely everything on this list is flexible, from having a cot or pram to having bath products. This …Read More »
Well what can be said, we are beginning to trend more in traditional type names. Such as Hannah, Sarah and Charlotte in our girls names.Charlotte jumped from spot 6 (2011) to no.1 for 2012, knocking Ruby down from 1st spot.Jack and William yet again switch spots as no.1 and 2. For what I believe to be the 7th year running.Read More »
Babies are not like a cake, there’s no set list of ingredients with instructions that will get you the results you are looking for – so keep in mind that this newborn shopping guide is just that - a guide.Read More »
This is my gorgeous CC. 4 days old, so sleepy and yellow. When I was pregnant I daydreamed about the beautiful bond I would create with my perfect little person through breastfeeding. Of course everyone says it’s hard, it’s challenging, it’s not easy for everyone… But surely for me… I …Read More »
There’s all this silly controversy in the baby world of debaters and ‘experts’. The attachment parents (AP) say, ‘nurse your baby to sleep‘. The anti-AP (Is there a term for these people?)Read More »
You know you’re tired when…. When you wake up on the couch in the middle of the night with a child on you because you fell asleep watching TV and nobody woke you up. When you think baby needs a nappy change, worry because their nappy is completely dry, take …Read More »
Okay, I admit… When I was pregnant, I assumed that “baby wearing” was for hippies. You know the kind, the ones who refuse to spend the time with a razor more then once every 12 monthsRead More »
Stop Trying To Fix My Kids Sleep Ugh, I apologise if this is a bit ranty and not terribly well written – I’ll explain why. Last night my 1 year old and 4 year old “tag teamed” me all night. ALL night. Baby has a blocked nose, it was pissing …Read More »
Human Breast Milk Donations A few years ago, I read in the news about an ice cream shop in the UK that was selling ice cream made from human breastmilk for something like $25 a pop. At the time, Margo had just been born and I had already been breastfeeding …Read More »
Co-Sleeping Conundrums It’s all fun and games until someone gets head-butted in the eye… Don’t get me wrong, I love love love co-sleeping with my babies… actually, it’s not that I love it, it’s just that I can’t imagine it any other way. Okay, but occasionally, sleeping with a baby and …Read More »
Extended Breastfeeding Or as I like to call it – breastfeeding. A part of me felt very sad one day reading online a mother was talking about how her family didn’t approve of her “extending breastfeeding” and then revealed her baby was in fact only 9 months old. Without at …Read More »
I’m a firm believer in only starting a baby on solids only when they reach certain developmental milestones: sitting, able to put things (food) in their mouth, etc.Read More »
There are many different types of baby carriers; they come in a range of types, brands, styles, sizes, prices and quality. This is just a brief overview of the different basic types of carriers to give you a rough idea of what you might want to look for.Read More »
Baby Wearing is simply carrying your baby in some form of infant carrier, such a sling, a wrap, or a structured carrier, effectively “wearing” your baby. This is not at all a new concept; humans have been “wearing” their babies for many thousands of years all across the globe.Read More »
I know this whole “Breastfeeding in public” thing has just kept bubbling away on social media and I do apologise to those who are a bit over hearing about it because I’m going to bring it up again.Read More »
Baby is Starting Child CareI feel totally out of my depth again after 4 years of parenting. And you’d think of all things that I should be totally okay and under control with is a baby starting child care today.Read More »
Depending on what nappies you use, disposable nappies can be your most expensive nursery item. On average, full time in disposable nappies, you will spend approximately $1,500-$3000 on disposable nappies from birth to toilet training, per child.Read More »
Sleep can be such a big deal when you have babies and small children. Not getting enough can be a big drain on the household and there is so much mixed advice. But let me start by saying, you are not alone,Read More »