Despite the best advice by well meaning people around you, you may want to reconsider keeping your baby confined to indoors. While this may be helpful to get organisation into the household, research shows a different view. Lack of stimulation in babies has been found to increase the sympathetic nervous system response and contribute to a more fretful and unsettled baby. Diverse sensations such as a walk outside, incorporating movement and the rich diversity of colour and s
Circadian Rythmn is the scientific term for the effect that sunlight has on our sleep / wake cycle. Opening the blinds early in the morning and getting a reasonable amount of light exposure to your baby can help set this internal clock. When darkness comes your baby is more likely to respond to the hormones flooding their system and fall asleep. It may be useful to make sure of adequate exposure to light to help with a less problematic bedtime.
Listeria is in the News again in frozen foods. The preparation of fresh vegetables for the family is now a much safer option. There are many frozen foods coming into Australia from other countries which may contain pesticides at the time they are frozen. Though buying frozen vegetables is a convenient way to shop, especially for the new mum, buying fresh and washing your vegetables yourself will give you peace of mind that pesticides are not present.
While most mothers are aware of the concerns of having alcohol in their breast milk, it is less commonly known that alcohol can interfere with milk being let out of the breasts. After consuming alcohol, you may experience a feeling that your supply is poor because expressing is different after consuming alcohol. Mums often express their milk for a feed or two after a special event to ensure baby doesn't get any alcohol, however, letdown of milk from breasts may be delayed by
Babies are very sensitive to Peppermint Oil in the first few months of their life. Mothers who use Peppermint Oil might not be aware of this. Whether you are a breastfeeding or bottle feeding mum, this is a reminder to be cautious using Peppermint Oil.
Are you introducing solids to your baby too early? There was a News item on the ABC about research showing that babies taking food at 6 months are more settled. I couldn't find this one in the feed but it concerns me that people may be introducing solids too quickly. Over the last 5 years, there have been various changes to the recommended timing of introduction of solids. This was due to research on allergies. Five months seems to be the reasonable approximate time for s
The cold and flu season is now upon us. If you are unwell, consume lots of fluids, soups and fresh juices and conserve as much energy as possible. Your breastmilk contains all the antibodies your body has made for fighting colds and flu. It's interesting that studies show babies love garlic flavoured milk. Little blocked noses should be cleared if possible with a squeeze bulb or drop of salty water to loosen the mucus. Generally, babies will sneeze away the nasal mucus. Fu