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How to Help Your Child Adjust to the Arrival of a New Baby

Smart Parent AdviceThe arrival of a new baby is an exciting time. However, for your older child, a new baby can be a dramatic life change. All of a sudden they aren’t the center of attention at all times. This new arrival seems to be mom and dad’s first priority, and doesn’t really do anything besides sleep, fill diapers and cry. It’s no surprise that this transition can be rocky.

Here are a few tips to help things go more smoothly.

Talk About The New Baby Ahead Of Time
It’s a good idea to start talking to your child about the new baby. While toddlers and young children may have trouble fully grasping the implications of a new sibling, at least it won’t be a complete surprise. It can help to point out different things around the house from time to time that the baby will use. For example, you might show your child a bassinet or crib and say this is where the the baby is going to sleep. Sometimes concrete examples like this can really help. Continue reading

Unique and Fun Products for Little Ones: Shop About Spring 2019

Oyster Carapace I-Size CollectionThere are amazing products coming out all the time for bumps, babies and toddlers. Here’s our run down of some of the best things available on the market today:

Oyster Carapace I-Size Collection – £249

The latest addition to the award-winning Oyster range from BabyStyle, the Collection includes the Carapace Toddler i-Size Car Seat and the Duofix i-Size Base, which together offer comfort and safety up to around four years of age. The seat can be reclined in both rearward and forward facing positions and features easy harness and headrest adjustments, ensuring your child is safe and secure.

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Unique and Fun Products for Little Ones: Shop About for Winter 2019

There are amazing products coming out all the time for bumps, babies and toddlers. Here’s our run down of some of the best things available on the market today:

Familidoo Air StrollerFamilidoo Air Pushchair – £150

This lightweight, super-compact stroller has everything you could want. Suitable from birth, it weighs just over 6kg and can easily fold up with a simple to operate, one-handed action. It has a fully adjustable, multi-position seat recline that is perfect for naps on the go, front and rear wheel suspension for smooth rides on all terrains, and an integral 5-point harness and detachable T-Bar for added safety.

Buy from www.cheekyrascals.co.uk

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Everything You Need To Know About Reflux

RefluxWritten by Water Babies Bucks and Beds – fun baby swimming lessons that improve water confidence and brain development.

Reflux – when babies bring up milk during or shortly after feeding – is pretty common. It isn’t usually a cause for concern and you don’t normally need to get medical advice if your baby seems otherwise happy and healthy, and is gaining weight appropriately.

However, in some cases, babies suffer from extreme reflux – also known as GORD (Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease). This is a long-term form of reflux where the stomach contents rise up and irritate the child’s throat. It can be painful and is often misdiagnosed as colic.

What causes GORD?

The muscle and valve that lead into the stomach are not working properly, which allows the feed, along with gastric acid, to be regurgitated causing the contents of the stomach to flow back up into the oesophagus. You can also have “silent reflux”, when the child is not actually sick. Continue reading

Review: Ella Organic Muslin Set, £19.99

Vensoure Ella MuslinReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Parminder Randhawa.

The Venosure muslin squares are an amazing product.

The muslin squares are of a really good size so they can be used for multiple purposes; on a nappy changing mat, for burping your little one or for cleaning up baby sick or milk dribble, we even used it as cover in the sun on holiday.

The muslin squares are made of a very good quality material too and are very absorbent, allowing for the muslin cloth to be used quite a few times before it needing to be washed.

My little one has very sensitive skin so I’m very cautious about what I use on or against his skin but as these muslin squares are very soft they caused no issues on his skin at all.

The muslin squares can be washed normally in the washing machine and can also be put in a tumble dryer and they still remain in excellent condition after doing so.

I would highly recommend this product to mummies.

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5 Amazing Apps for New Mothers

5 App for New MumsAs a new mother, you barely have the time to think, let alone rest. The endless burping, feeding, crying, disturbed sleep, and changing wears down on your energy levels over the months following the birth of your child.

Save yourself precious time and improve your parenting by downloading a few parenting apps to assist you with your daily baby care tasks.

Do I have to sell my J5 to run these apps? Well, that depends on your device, but these apps are available on both Android and iOS.

Install the apps and play around with them for a few days before making your final judgment call on their efficacy.

1. WebMD Baby

If you think your baby may be ill, there’s no need to rush off to the hospital right away if it’s not an emergency. WebMD Baby has plenty of useful information on a wide variety of adverse health conditions that affect infants. Enter the symptoms and receive an accurate answer approved by medical professionals. Continue reading

Giving the Gift of Parenthood

Surrogacy is fast becoming an accepted pathway to parenthood for many people in the UK

Surrogacy is fast becoming an accepted pathway to parenthood for many people in the UK

By Sarah Jones, Chair of Surrogacy UK.

There has been a lot of talk about surrogacy in the news in recent weeks. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announced the arrival of their third child who was born thanks to a surrogate. More recently, Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black announced that they are expecting a child through surrogacy.

These high-profile cases bring surrogacy into the spotlight, but they often bring up more questions than  they answer. So what is surrogacy really all about? How does it work, who uses a surrogate and why would a woman carry a baby for another couple?

What is Surrogacy?

Surrogacy is a way for a childless person to become a parent, with a surrogate carrying their child. People who want to have a child in this way are referred to as intended parents, or IPs. It is an amazing gift from a surrogate and her family to a person who, for many reasons, is not able to conceive a child themselves. It can be a wonderfully rewarding experience for everyone involved.  For surrogates, it is a chance to do something truly extraordinary and create a family for someone else. For those who are unable to have children by any other means, surrogacy can be a light at the end of a very long tunnel. Continue reading

Parenting with a Disability: How to Prepare Your Life and Home

People of all backgrounds, abilities, and health conditions are raising happy children each and every day.

People of all backgrounds, abilities, and health conditions are raising happy children each and every day.

Guest Post by Ashley Taylor

Hi there! I’m Ashley and am the mother of two children with my husband Tom. Tom isn’t like other dads — he’s been in a wheelchair since we met. Together, we have found many ways to overcome what others think of as a disability. Please keep reading for some tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way.

But first, I would like to offer a heartfelt congratulations on your upcoming journey into parenthood! Children are one of life’s most precious blessings. You are about to develop a closer connection not only with your unborn baby but also with yourself and your partner.

Parenthood changes our lives in many ways… and for the good. If you or your spouse are living with a disability, you might be worried about how you will balance your own self-care with caring for a child. Fear not; people of all backgrounds, abilities, and health conditions are raising happy children each and every day.

Here’s some advice for people with disabilities on how they can prepare their lives and their homes for parenthood: Continue reading

New CQC research reveals lack of awareness over right to choose where to give birth


CQC #YourBirthPlanNew research commissioned by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that more women must be made aware of their right to choose their birth hospital.
 
The research, which surveyed over 1,000 women who had given birth in England in the last three years, found that 40% either weren’t aware or didn’t feel they had a choice about their birth hospital.
 
Of those who choose their hospital 53% stated  this was a ‘very important’ decision, however 57% spent less than an hour choosing theirs, suggesting a lack of awareness about the amount of information that is available to help make an informed choice.
 
The CQC is encouraging all expectant parents to understand their right to choose where to give birth and to use CQC inspection reports in order to help make an informed, considered decision.

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How to Look After Young Children’s Skin in Winter

Wrap up well, moisturise a lot, avoid any winter sunburn and seek help if you are worried.

Wrap up well, moisturise a lot, avoid any winter sunburn and seek help if you are worried.

If you have kids, it can sometimes be tempting to keep them indoors during the cold, dark winter months. It feels like such an effort to get them out and about considering the multiple layers of clothing your little ones need to be coaxed into and the real motivating push you have to give older kids who might not want to brave the cold. It’s important to get some fresh air regularly even in winter, however, and the trick to doing so is to make sure you are fully prepared to fend off the natural elements.

One important part of this is protecting your children’s skin. The harsh, cold and blustery winds can be a real exacerbating factor when it comes to dry or chapped skin. Never fear, however! There’s always something you can do to protect their skin and make sure they can still enjoy the outside world, whatever the weather. Here are our top tips for looking after young children’s skin in winter.

  1. Wrap Up Well

Firstly, it’s important to make sure not too much of a baby or toddler’s skin is exposed to the cold. Not only will this keep them nice and toasty while outside, but it will also protect their skin. Wrap them up in lots of layers so you can take off one thing at a time, matching their clothing to whatever the temperature happens to be. Make sure you buy breathable fabrics so that skin doesn’t get clammy and when washing newborn baby clothes or those for older children, always use a skin sensitive detergent to prevent any reactions. For more useful information on washing newborn baby clothes, have a look at these tips. Continue reading