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Sleep Advice From a Mum of Three

Sleep! Glorious Sleep… that life essential that I said good bye too a little over 6 years ago. I was warned before I became a mum that the lack of sleep would drive me crazy … but little did I know that it would take over my life! Everyone seemed to ask about it…  Is she a good sleeper?  Is she sleeping through the night yet (no Eileen, she’s 6 weeks old) Do you get much sleep?  All of a sudden I discovered that sleep was now considered a major milestone in the life of my child and somehow an indication of how good a mother I was.  So, as a mum of 3 children (all of which had very...

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How And When to Combination Feed Your Baby

Breastfeeding can be hard, really hard. For some people the option of mixed or combination feeding can be ideal. This is combining breastfeeding with bottle feeding on a regular basis. There are pros nd cons and also risks to consider with this approach.  With some conflicting advice out there it’s hard to know what to do and how to start combination feeding. And when. I spoke to Yvonne Fairholm, who runs a breastfeeding support group, for some advice on the matter. Why might I want to mixed feed?“Mums often tell me they combination feed as a breast feed doesn’t fill their baby as when they are then offered a bottle they guzzle it then fall asleep. It is important here...

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How To Reduce Plastic in Your Child's Life

With nurseries like this one we’re feeling even more inspired to reduce the amount of plastic that surrounds us and our children. While it’s important to care for the plastic items that we already have, when thinking of future purchases there many alternatives to the items that we might once have chosen automatically.Eating and DrinkingWith so many great alternatives to plastic pots it’s easy to feed our kids when we’re out and about. There are bamboo containers, stainless steel or beeswax wraps. At home we reuse jars for food leftovers rather than using plastic tubs and often take out our snacks in paper bags that are reused from the green grocers. They can be a bit more pricey but I...

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Things I Wish I’d Been Told About Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is certainly an experience that it is difficult to feel totally ready for. These are some things I wished I had known beforehand. Be prepared Nursing bras, nursing tops, nipple cream. Get your equipment ready before you start. Leaks happen so get some breast pads. Reusables are a great option for the environment and often more comfortable. Watch out for blocked ducts and mastitis Both can be painful and mastitis can make you very ill. If you have a blocked duct try feeding with the baby’s chin in the direction of the blockage. Change sides regularly and make sure your bra is not too tight to try and avoid these problems. It can be a bit awkward, but it’s...

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It's OK to Not Be OK After Having a Baby

Thinking back to the first few days and weeks after having your baby, how did you feel. Ecstatic, overjoyed, overflowing with happiness like a true earth mother? Although no doubt we all had moments like this when we could count our little bundle’s eyelashes and feel at peace, the time after welcoming a new baby into your life can often be very different to how we expected. Many of us can feel very low, depressed and anxious. In turn this can lead to feelings of guilt that we’re not having the right reaction to motherhood, which only exacerbates the problem. Having a baby can create so many dramatic changes to our lifestyle and our relationships that it’s no wonder it’s...

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