To celebrate Mothers’ Day this year I interviewed three pretty terrific mums I know and got them to talk me through the good, the bad and their message for you new or soon to be mums. The message is pretty powerful - you know your baby better than anyone else, block out the noise (however well intentioned it is) and trust those instincts! I hope you enjoy these interviews as much as I did! Thank you Steph, Moana & Cassie for taking part.
Hip dysplasia is a common condition which occurs when the ball and socket of the hip do not fit together in their 'normal' position. When the socket fails to mature properly and remains shallow, this leaves the hip joint vulnerable and predisposes to early-onset arthritis, indeed it's the most common cause of hip arthritis in adults.
With a breast-fed baby, the singular act that a father cannot do is breastfeed this child, but everything else is not only possible – it’s preferable. Have dad perform all the baby duties, from winding to changing, settling and bathing. Mum is now free to rest, replenish milk if breastfeeding, recover from pregnancy/birth and spend consistent, frequent, quality time with the toddler – making them feel that they still are – the very centre of their mother’s universe.
Have you ever noticed your baby sleeps more soundly when the vacuum is going or washing machine is on? Babies LOVE white (background) noise and it will become a very positive sleep association for your baby.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia, where we have one of the highest rates on the planet, due to our proximity to thinner ozone areas. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun causes cell damage. Here are my top sun smart tips.
Just like infection with Covid19 has been shown to impact different people in different ways, its associated societal limitations have impacted everyone differently. Many parents of pre-school and school-age children have been reaching out to me regarding their anxieties about the re-opening of society and schools. The anxiety is understandable and justified.
Now that we’re able to return to holidaying around Australia and even overseas shortly, there will be many families jumping in the car and heading off on adventures to see family, friends, or just to get away. Long car trips with babies and young children can be very daunting for parents and it’s understandable that some people want to avoid them altogether. However, long car trips don’t have to be painful - as long as you plan properly. Here are some of my favourite tips for travelling long distances with babies and children...
While not something many young Australian families have experienced in the last year or two, navigating airports, flights & time zones may be something you’re planning to do in the (hopefully) not too distant future. A bit of preparation can go a long way when organising your travel. Here are my top tips for flying with kids.