Categorised: Babies

Knowing your baby’s Six-Wind-Cues

Six-Wind-Cues

All parents want to understand their baby, and I believe most parents encounter times when this can be an overwhelming task, especially in the first 3 to 4 months. Your head may be screaming WHAT? WHAT DO YOU NEED? As again you repeat the cycle of feeding, releasing a few burps, and trying to settle them to sleep. I know this scenario only to well as I too had times like this in my early career.

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Why would you use a toddler milk?

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Before having children I had no idea about the plethora of products that I would end up finding useful and toddler milk falls into that category. While toddler milk isn’t an essential food, it has many benefits, not all from a nutrition perspective, that make it a welcome addition to our increasingly busy lives. Continue reading »

Traditional practices of caring for mothers after childbirth

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Around the world, caring for mothers after childbirth has traditionally been a matter of great importance. In many societies the practical knowledge of how to help mothers after childbirth is still handed down through the generations by the women elders of the family. It is a time of celebration when family and community work together to honour and care for the mother so that she can enter a period of ease, recover her strength and bond with her baby. Continue reading »

That through which I’ve passed, I shall pass through again

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Charlie can whistle now. He worked it out on his own, more or less. One day, quite by mistake, out came a toot tweet, and he giggled, Hey! Did you hear that? I’d heard it and I knew it was special, this self-making music. Built-in entertainment, and now he’s whistling along to songs, keeping us all amused, and I reckon that’s a step toward a sort of independence he’s not felt yet, and I haven’t felt in six years.

That’s all about to change.

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Thoughts on loving and learning in life

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Without one there are none of the others. Our bodies, hearts and minds connect each of us to ourselves, others and the world through love, life and learning. We are living life fully when we embrace our natural urges to experience and engage in love and learning. Continue reading »

Baby Hammock does not decrease baby’s oxygen levels

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We’ve recently discovered that our baby hammock was the subject of a University of Auckland research project last year. The research looked at whether using the hammock might cause impaired breathing.* Concerns about the use of car seat capsules for sleeping, and the public message to only sleep babies on a firm flat mattress, has led to some confusion over the use of baby hammocks. However, the professionally conducted, double blind study of infants aged 4-8 weeks by the Department of Physiology found that oxygenation levels and sleep apnoea are the same as in a standard bassinet. Continue reading »

Mums need better access to breastfeeding in the workplace

Breastfeeding in the workplace

The New Zealand Breastfeeding Authority (NZBA) is calling for stronger workplace policies for nursing mothers in a bid to improve national breastfeeding rates once mothers leave hospital. Continue reading »

Does my baby need a heel prick test?

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You might have heard of the ‘heel prick’ test – also known as a ‘Guthrie’, ‘PKU’ or newborn metabolic test – where a small blood sample is taken from baby’s heel, ideally between 48 and 72 hours after baby is born. This is strongly recommended by the Ministry of Health’s National Screening Unit. Continue reading »

Natural ways to help your baby with teething pain

Natural ways to help your baby with teething pain

All babies experience teething pain differently. The one thing that is the same is that they all experience it, and they all get through it. If your little one is struggling though this phase, there are a few natural ways to help your baby with teething pain. Continue reading »

Immunisation is their best protection – make sure your child gets their boosters

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Babies and children can catch diseases at any time. Immunisation is your child’s best protection against many serious but preventable diseases like whooping cough. This disease is still common in New Zealand. It can cause unnecessary suffering for children and can even be fatal. Continue reading »

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