It’s a big question for a lot of new mommies, can I go back to work and still breastfeed my child? The resounding answer is happily ‘yes’, you will just need a little preparation to make it a successful transition. You will need to invest in a good breast pump and a double pump will be best. If your office has a nursery, you will … Continue reading Can I Breastfeed After I Go Back to Work?
Over the last few weeks we have been exploring the topic of breastfeeding. Today we investigate the let-down reflex and how to make sure yours is working well. Stress, anxiety, baby blues, and post partum depression can interfere with your let-down reflex. The let-down reflex is your bodies natural release of milk into the milk ducts, triggered by hormones that are released when your baby … Continue reading The Let-Down Reflex – Breastfeeding
It’s a big worry for a lot of new moms. The question, is my baby getting enough milk? It’s a question which tends to create stress for new mummies during what should be a beautiful period in a mother’s life, is worrying about producing enough milk. It’s very rare for women not to produce enough milk but it may take a while for you to … Continue reading Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk? – Breastfeeding
It’s an exciting time in life preparing for the birth of a little life to come into your life. If you have made the decision to breastfeed your new infant once they are born there are a few things you can do to prepare for their arrival. Staying healthy is the best you can do to prepare your body for breastfeeding. You can also learn … Continue reading Preparing to Breastfeed
Last week we looked at how easy it is breastfeed and noted that there are some challenges that women face when breast feeding. Today we look at some of the physical challenges that may arise. When making the decision to breastfeed, it’s a good idea to review the possible challenges with your partner so that should these challenges arrive your well informed partner can provide … Continue reading What are Some of the Common Challenges of Breast Feeding?
Last week we looked at the benefits of breastfeeding, but how easy is it to breastfeed? It’s supposed to be easy and natural, and for many new moms this is indeed the case, but just as many find it quite hard to get going. While a healthy newborn naturally has active sucking and rooting responses. For the infant this means they can start feeding immediately … Continue reading How Easy is it to Breastfeed?
Bathing is not just about cleanliness, it’s also a wonderful bonding experience for both parent and child. For any care provider in fact, bathing can strengthen not only the care providers bond with the child but from a developmental view point, beyond simply strengthening bonds, experiences in the first year of life which teach the child that he or she can trust care providers and … Continue reading Infant Care Routines – Bathing a Newborn – Topping and Tailing
Fine motor skill development is a big focus for children age around 2 years old and older and surprisingly there are a tonne of fun games for helping children learn these skills. For this game you will need large (A4)cards with shapes drawn on them with colourful pens. A good starting set would include a circle, a square, a triangle, a straight horizontal line and … Continue reading Play Time: Fine Motor Magic
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Silly soup is a fun game which will help children from 2 years and older to enhance their verbal memory. For this game you will need a large soup pot with a lid, a large wooden spoon and a small basket of items. To start this game, tell the child you are going to make some soup and you’d like their help. Ask the child … Continue reading Play Time: Silly Soup
Toddlers love searching games and this one, suitable for children as young as 18 months old also teaches them the names of colors, objects and counting. To start the game, say to the child, ‘Shall we go on a treasure hunt?’. Give the child a bag in which to collect things in. Where the child is still quite small show the child an object that … Continue reading Play Time: Rainbow Treasure
Its a well known fact that routines help children to feel secure and children also love to mimic and most have a very caring nature about them. This wonderful game allows your little one to act out some of the routines day to day, mimic and practice the art of caring for others, while teaching them how they are cared for, simultaneously building language and … Continue reading Play Time: Routine Ramble
A while ago we posted a delicious article on the benefits of letting children dress themselves. We highlighted how dressing oneself encourages self confidence and a sense of achievement, but did you know that making ‘dressing up’ a game can also enhance and boost their language skills? Try this fancy dress game as a learning tool to play with children from the age of around … Continue reading Play Time: Fancy Dress for Toddlers
The benefits of proper breathing techniques, not just for pregnancy, but also during labour. Continue reading Breathing During Pregnancy
This is a great game you can play when you are out shopping to teach the little one in your care all about sequences. Great for kids over two years old, this game is almost guaranteed to get you past the sweet and toy aisles without the usual breakdown tantrum. Warning; playing this game may invoke rather strange looks from the occasional non parent type, … Continue reading Play Time: The Shopping Song