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What are the benefits of a Mother’s Group?

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The Benefits of a Mother’s Group

I’m the first one to preach the benefits of a Mother’s Group. I’ve been having a bit of a rough couple of weeks and was starting to feel all of the overwhelm, and I realised that I haven’t seen my Mother’s Group girls in a few weeks. Who better to catch up with and feel like losing your lollies from time to time is totally normal then other Mums. A lot of Mother’s groups get a bad wrap so we had a chat with the Founder of Mamma Collective to get the inside scoop. So here it is…

Firstly, to understand the benefits of a mother’s group you need to know what they are. Basically, it’s a group you join to connect with other mother’s who have had a baby at a similar time to you (ideally within 6 weeks of you). Having babies within a similar time frame means you are all experiencing a similar developmental stage with your babies as well as navigating your own postpartum life. In other words who is better to vent about the 4 month sleep regression then other parents battling the same thing.

Mothers group

Here is why they work…

Gone are the days of having a physical village to help support your journey into parenthood. A mother’s group can fill this void, particularly if you don’t have family and friends with babies nearby that can provide support. The benefits are huge to have women to bounce off and ask questions to that are going through a similar journey. Whether it be feeding, sleeping and routines in the beginning. To starting solids, toilet training tips and transitioning from a cot to a bed as they grow. Women often make life long friends from their mothers group because it’s a transformational time but you also lean on these people in a way you have never needed before in this life.

What do you do in a mother’s group?

At Mamma Collective it is a structured 10 week mother’s group with different evidence based speakers each week who come and share their expertise. The speakers are tailored to new babies or the recovering female body. We aim to give facts and information. To take the confusion out of the saturation of information new mothers are already navigating. We also provide good coffee and brunch because every new mother is hungry. Our groups are organised in the age of your baby. For example 0-5 months or 6-12 months and are a maximum of 15 women to ensure a cohesive group can be built. We also encourage a judgment free space as this motherhood gig is hard enough!

Mamma Collective

When is it the wrong fit?

Not all Mother’s group are created equal. At Mamma Collective there is guidance and a judgement free space. Unfortunately there are some Mother’s groups that aren’t that way. If you feel uncomfortable, judged or anxious to attend this may not be your tribe. This is why we liked starting off in a structured environment. But try to give it a month to try make a connection before deciding it’s not for you. As there may be another mum there in the same boat as you.

Finding the right mothers group.

There is a element of luck to find like minded women who have had a baby at the same time. Have faith though. Other mothers want Mum friends. Everyone is in the same boat (trench, really) trying to do the best they can. And we all want companionship down there!

Pelvic Floor

Ah pelvic floor muscles… I wish I’d known more… Here is the thing about having kids, so often it’s only in hindsight that I realise I didn’t know, what I didn’t know. And in this case what I really didn’t understand well was what pelvic floor muscles were and why it is so important to […]

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Christmas in July in Australia

Well, it’s July. A long way from Christmas and the holidays. And with all the lockdowns we have been having lately we thought it was time to have some fun. So this year we are celebrating Christmas in July. Here are some easy ways you can celebrate too.

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The best baby play mat. 5 things to consider?

What should you look for when choosing the best baby play mat for your family? A baby play mat is an item that will change the way you interact with your baby. After you have sorted cots, prams and car seats it is something to start thinking about. As one of our customers Kristy states […]

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The best baby play mat. 5 things to consider?

best play mats

What should you look for when choosing the best baby play mat for your family?

A baby play mat is an item that will change the way you interact with your baby. After you have sorted cots, prams and car seats it is something to start thinking about. As one of our customers Kristy states “wish I had of brought earlier!” (5 star review).  Because even in the early days it gets plenty of action. “We use it everyday and it makes it so much easier for me to be down on the floor with my bub.” Shanyn (5 star review). So how do you choose the best play mat? Well here are some things to think about….

Is the baby play mat non-toxic?

All play mats are not created equal. When searching for the best play mat there are some things you want to check. Look for a baby play mat that is free from BPA, PVC, heavy metals and phthalates. Unfortunately, many of the cheap foam play mats on the market cannot guarantee this. However, high quality TPU (thermal polyurethane) play mats comply with international standards with no traces of lead, mercury, cadmium etc detected. Want to view our independent testing? Just ask us.

We are combining two key factors here. Because, let’s face it, right from birth babies are messy. Dribble and vomit are just the beginning. Just wait until they start smearing food, playing playdough or asking for messy play activities. You are going to want a play mat that is quick to clean and ready to go again. TPU play mats are waterproof meaning a quick wipe with a damp cloth takes care of most messes, with gentle detergent for the stickier days. Instructions on how to clean your play mat can be found here.

Padded play mat means plenty of cushion

Right from the first push ups of tummy time babies need somewhere soft to explore their world. To create the ultimate safe play environment a baby play mat should have enough cushioning and support to provide shock absorption for your little one as they learn to sit, crawl, stand and walk. The soft padded TPU playmats have the added bonus of providing new cushion when you’re down on the floor playing too.

Play mats should be designed for children:

Who is your baby play mat really for? Your play mat should be designed with your little one in mind. At the end of the day there are lots of beautiful TPU play mats on the market. And while we agree these looks stylish in your home, we recommend you buy a play mat that combines both style for you and an invitation to play for your child. Reversible TPU baby play mats allow you to cater for the whole family with one side dedicated to a child focused design, and the reverse a stylish neutral design to suit your home. That way your design isn’t trend driven and will give the whole family enjoyment for years to come.

Shop our full range of baby play mats designed in Australia.

Pelvic Floor

Ah pelvic floor muscles… I wish I’d known more… Here is the thing about having kids, so often it’s only in hindsight that I realise I didn’t know, what I didn’t know. And in this case what I really didn’t understand well was what pelvic floor muscles were and why it is so important to […]

Read more

What are the benefits of a Mother’s Group?

The Benefits of a Mother’s Group I’m the first one to preach the benefits of a Mother’s Group. I’ve been having a bit of a rough couple of weeks and was starting to feel all of the overwhelm, and I realised that I haven’t seen my Mother’s Group girls in a few weeks. Who better […]

Read more

Christmas in July in Australia

Well, it’s July. A long way from Christmas and the holidays. And with all the lockdowns we have been having lately we thought it was time to have some fun. So this year we are celebrating Christmas in July. Here are some easy ways you can celebrate too.

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Cleaning baby play mats

play mat cleaning

How to clean your baby play mat?

Drool, food, and messy play. Let’s face it babies make plenty of mess. If you want your play mat to last, it is going to be important to keep it clean. Cleaning baby play mats is important so today we’re going to get down and dirty on how to clean your play mat. While we do mention that your play mat will change colour overtime, regular proper cleaning will keep your play mat in its best condition.

Messy Play

Why cleaning baby play mats is important?

Keeping your play mat clean is important for its longevity. Baby play mats that are not regularly cleaned can become prone to stains, mould, and discoloration. So, to get the best out of your baby play mat this is how we suggest you care for it.

How to clean your play mat?

Each time your baby play mat has a small spill, drool or it is important to wipe it up immediately. Some liquids can stain, particularly those that contain food colouring so we don’t recommend having them on your play mat. But if a spill does occur, firstly, we suggest removing the liquid with a paper towel. Then complete a thorough clean of your play mat.

play mat cleaning

For a thorough clean:

  1. Add a few squirts of dish washing liquid to a large bowl.
  2. Fill the bowl with warm water.
  3. Dampen a soft cloth, microfiber is best,  using the solution.
  4. Start at one end of the mat and work to the other end rinsing the cloth regularly.
  5. Allow your mat to dry fully before turning it over to do the other side.

Finally, always check that any spills around your play mat are also cleaned up. If water or liquid seeps underneath your mat this needs to be cleaned immediately.

Cleaning baby play mats should also be done weekly to keep your play mat in optimal condition.

Pelvic Floor

Ah pelvic floor muscles… I wish I’d known more… Here is the thing about having kids, so often it’s only in hindsight that I realise I didn’t know, what I didn’t know. And in this case what I really didn’t understand well was what pelvic floor muscles were and why it is so important to […]

Read more

What are the benefits of a Mother’s Group?

The Benefits of a Mother’s Group I’m the first one to preach the benefits of a Mother’s Group. I’ve been having a bit of a rough couple of weeks and was starting to feel all of the overwhelm, and I realised that I haven’t seen my Mother’s Group girls in a few weeks. Who better […]

Read more

Christmas in July in Australia

Well, it’s July. A long way from Christmas and the holidays. And with all the lockdowns we have been having lately we thought it was time to have some fun. So this year we are celebrating Christmas in July. Here are some easy ways you can celebrate too.

Read more

Descriptive Praise

descriptive praise

Descriptive Praise.. Where have you been all my parenting life?

Five years into my parenting journey and I’m still learning new things all the time. I’d never heard of descriptive praise until recently. The boys were fighting and not listening when I was talking to them and we were having a tough afternoon. That night I downloaded an audiobook Calmer, Easier, Happier Boys (she also has a non-gendered version which I’ve linked below). It was within the first hour of listening to this book that I found this hidden gem and it has made a huge difference.

calmer easier happier

Here is a little of what I learned. There are lots of types of praise and it has many purposes. Praise is when you are telling your children that they are behaving or demonstrating behaviours that you like. It is great at boosting self esteem and confidence and helping your little one feel seen and heard. But descriptive praise takes it to the next level.

What is descriptive praise?

Descriptive praise is so powerful because the child knows what it is they are doing that you like. For example if the boys are playing well and I say ‘good job boys’. They are happy and feel great but they don’t really know what it is that they are doing well. But if I say ‘it is great that you are using your gentle hands’, they recognise that being gentle to each other is good and they feel good about themselves for doing this.

boys playing nicely

The book goes further to say you don’t have to tell kids that normal and expected behaviours ‘like not hitting each other’ is great, because we can save words like excellent and great for those for really big achievements. Instead just recognising the behaviour can be enough. E.g  ‘I’ve noticed you were really gentle when you pushed your brother on the swing’ or ‘I can see you are sitting well at the dinner table tonight’. This still builds self confidence and esteem.

Anyway for us personally this has been game changing. As the book suggests we aim to do a minimum of 10 descriptive praises per child a day and you end up doing far more because their behaviours continue to improve. Often when we are now having a tough afternoon and they are fighting I realise I haven’t been praising enough the last few days. So I wait for the most mundane thing to notice like picking up something off the floor and I recognise it. Boom the behaviours all start to shift.

tummy time

I must admit, I haven’t finished the book yet but for us just this small change has made a huge difference.

And if you’re looking for the books… here they are.

Calmer, easier, happier parenting

Calmer, easier, happier boys  (the one I’m reading)

Pelvic Floor

Ah pelvic floor muscles… I wish I’d known more… Here is the thing about having kids, so often it’s only in hindsight that I realise I didn’t know, what I didn’t know. And in this case what I really didn’t understand well was what pelvic floor muscles were and why it is so important to […]

Read more

What are the benefits of a Mother’s Group?

The Benefits of a Mother’s Group I’m the first one to preach the benefits of a Mother’s Group. I’ve been having a bit of a rough couple of weeks and was starting to feel all of the overwhelm, and I realised that I haven’t seen my Mother’s Group girls in a few weeks. Who better […]

Read more

Christmas in July in Australia

Well, it’s July. A long way from Christmas and the holidays. And with all the lockdowns we have been having lately we thought it was time to have some fun. So this year we are celebrating Christmas in July. Here are some easy ways you can celebrate too.

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Baby’s vision development

baby eye sight

Your baby’s vision development over time

Most people are aware that babies do not have full 20/20 vision at birth. However, as a new parent, you might be unsure of how and when your baby’s vision development will occur.

Let’s go through what you need to know, including a timeline for how your baby’s vision will change during their first year.

How does your baby’s vision change during those first few months?

Babies can distinguish between light and dark even when still in the womb. They see shapes at birth by following the lines where light and dark intersect. However, they must be several weeks old before they will see their first primary color, red.

Babies learn to use their sight in their first weeks and months – or, more accurately, their eyes “learn” how to see. Although each eye has the physical structure required to begin seeing correctly, the two eyes have not yet learned to function together – and this “binocular vision” develops during the first few weeks and months of life.

binocular vision

The Stages of Baby’s Development

Newborns

Initially, your baby’s vision would be limited to the space between your arms and your face (about 8 to 10 inches). This means your baby can see your face when you are holding them in your arms. These images are not yet clear though.

black and white vision

Few weeks old

By a few weeks old, babies enjoy staring at people’s faces, so make sure to allow them plenty of one-on-one attention. However, they are still unable to detect moving objects.

Baby eye contact

2-3 months old

Some babies can begin to recognize faces at this age, but their vision is still somewhat fuzzy. Although researchers are unsure how many colors newborns will see, they are expected to notice different colors around this age.

baby eyes

3 to 4 months old

Babies at this age can see several feet in front of them and across the room. At four months, the baby’s eyes can detect faster movements, sense depth, and even grasp at moving objects. You may notice them following moving objects. Their eyes are beginning to work together, and they’re learning distance perception. Babies may detect variations in color shades (especially red and green) and can start to prefer certain ones.

3- 4 month

 

12 months old
Your baby is finally able to see as much as the people around her, though their eyes are still undergoing  developmental changes.

baby eye sight

Babies can’t see pastel tones 

The part of the eye which is responsible for seeing colour, is underdeveloped at birth. This is why babies show more interest in contrasting dark and light colours in the early months. This suggests that they have very little contrast sensitivity when presented with similar colours.

As a result, at birth, babies can only differentiate between red, white, and black. In terms of what newborn babies will understand, the practice of pastel tones and light colors is unrealistic. So, to encourage your babies vision development contrasting colours such as black and white and deep colours including red, green etc will be easier for your baby to focus on.

colours

Importance of Stimulation 

Your baby’s brain and eyes continue to coordinate objects to recall what they’ve seen during this crucial first year. As a parent, you may take an active role in your baby’s eye growth and well being as part of your daily routine. The appropriate stimulus may enhance imagination, attention span, memory, and nervous system function. So, make sure your kid has lots of fun stuff to look at.

Ideas to support your baby’s vision development

  • Playing with your child is, unsurprisingly, one of the easiest ways to foster vision growth.
  • Keeping your baby engaged with the world around them will help them improve vital hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
  • Encourage exercises such as tummy time to help infants discover their surroundings.
  • Provide a visually stimulating environment including, toys, books and a play mat that encourages vision development.
  • Spend time cuddling with them, conversing with them, and playing with them.
  • Continue to indulge your kid in friendly games like peekaboo as he or she grows and develops motor skills.
  • You can also play with blocks or other construction toys together to support development.

 

Pelvic Floor

Ah pelvic floor muscles… I wish I’d known more… Here is the thing about having kids, so often it’s only in hindsight that I realise I didn’t know, what I didn’t know. And in this case what I really didn’t understand well was what pelvic floor muscles were and why it is so important to […]

Read more

What are the benefits of a Mother’s Group?

The Benefits of a Mother’s Group I’m the first one to preach the benefits of a Mother’s Group. I’ve been having a bit of a rough couple of weeks and was starting to feel all of the overwhelm, and I realised that I haven’t seen my Mother’s Group girls in a few weeks. Who better […]

Read more

Christmas in July in Australia

Well, it’s July. A long way from Christmas and the holidays. And with all the lockdowns we have been having lately we thought it was time to have some fun. So this year we are celebrating Christmas in July. Here are some easy ways you can celebrate too.

Read more

When should babies start floor time?

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Free the Babies – When should babies start floor time?

It’s important babies start floor time from an early age. Babies are raised in a world full of capsules, prams, swings, bouncers, hammocks, docks… the list is endless. More and more parents look for items to support, hold, and comfort children that it is preventing children from simply lying on the floor to play.

Children who spend most of their day in angled seats or swings are missing the valuable opportunity to stretch, play and work on their gross motor skills. Babies need the opportunity to stretch out and explore their physical world right from the newborn stage.

Let’s learn more about the benefits of baby floor time!

floor time

Benefits of Floor Time

Growth of the Skull: 

Your baby may spend plenty of time lying down in the swing or in their bassinet or cot on their back. Spending time on the floor, encouraging the baby to move head from side to side and providing lots of opportunity for tummy time is important. A change in posture, such as tummy time, will enable the head to form into a natural shape.

tummy time

Alleviates Gas Pain:

Parents are far too familiar with their baby’s toilet routines, and gas is an unfortunate occurrence at times. Being gassy is both expected and safe. The issue is, of course, sometimes babies need some help moving the gas along. Tummy time, can help as it places gentle pressure on the tummy which can alleviate gas. Lying on the back and allowing the baby to move and kick their legs can also help move gas along.

tummy time play

Spatial Intelligence: 

Allowing your child to feel the floor and play on it will help him or her develop spatial awareness. The child will appreciate and learn to recognize the environment better and gradually as they become older will be mindful of barriers such as tables, couches, or stairs.

tummy time

Balancing Act: 

Your child can learn to balance while lying on the floor. It is a natural phenomenon for your baby to turn sideways, backward, or upwards when lying on his tummy or back.

balancing tummy

When to start floor time:

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, tummy time can begin when your baby is a newborn. Begin by putting the baby belly down on your chest or over your lap for a few minutes to get them used to the pose. Only don’t do it right after a feeding because the pressure on their full belly can cause them to spit up. You can do so while they are most awake and alert, such as after a diaper change or nap.

play mat time

Ideas to help babies start floor time

  • Get down on your belly with your face next to your baby’s face while he’s on his tummy.
  • Make silly gestures, coo, and other sounds to your baby.
  • Encourage your baby to grab for you with one hand at tummy time.
  • Also, inspire your baby to reach for you.
  • Choose toys about level with the floor to entertain and inspire your baby when he or she is on the floor. This allows your baby to reach out and explore the toy.
  • Toys that light up and make noise when touched are the best for keeping your baby’s attention and desire to reach for the toy and play with it.

tummy time

When to pick up the baby:

When your baby exhibits cues like yawning, looks away from your face or the toy, or can no longer support himself when raising his head straight off the floor, remove them from floor play. If your baby is repeatedly distressed and continues to be continues to be upset when doing tummy time, ensure you seek support from a health professional.

 

Pelvic Floor

Ah pelvic floor muscles… I wish I’d known more… Here is the thing about having kids, so often it’s only in hindsight that I realise I didn’t know, what I didn’t know. And in this case what I really didn’t understand well was what pelvic floor muscles were and why it is so important to […]

Read more

What are the benefits of a Mother’s Group?

The Benefits of a Mother’s Group I’m the first one to preach the benefits of a Mother’s Group. I’ve been having a bit of a rough couple of weeks and was starting to feel all of the overwhelm, and I realised that I haven’t seen my Mother’s Group girls in a few weeks. Who better […]

Read more

Christmas in July in Australia

Well, it’s July. A long way from Christmas and the holidays. And with all the lockdowns we have been having lately we thought it was time to have some fun. So this year we are celebrating Christmas in July. Here are some easy ways you can celebrate too.

Read more

Preparing for childcare

childcare

It’s in the preparation… preparing for Childcare

Is your child about to start childcare? Babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, it doesn’t matter the age starting daycare or type of childcare, the first time can be hard on both kids and parents. Preparing for childcare can help you and your little one make a smooth transition.

Preparing for The First Day at Childcare

Are you concerned about how your child will go from being in the attention and care of close family and trusted friends to a room of strangers? Will they adjust from constant cuddles in a familiar environment to a foreign space with unknown carers? The world of parenthood is full of firsts, incredible moments, and unforgettable milestones, all of which are usually accompanied by a flurry of emotions. Each new achievement is both thrilling and daunting, and enrolling your child in daycare for the first time is no exception. At least it hasn’t been with us with a full range of experiences, centers, babysitters and family daycare we have found a few tips that work for us. So here are a few suggestions for making the transition to daycare smoother for both you and your little one.

childcare

Photo credit: @playthedayaway

Transition days and play sessions

This one is all about removing the fear of the unknown. A new environment can be unsettling so slowly introducing your child and building familiarity can be one of the most powerful strategies for preparing for childcare. new environment where your kid does not know the teachers or the surroundings can be daunting. So, take it out of the equation by visiting at least once before their first day, preferably a few days in advance, to keep it fresh in their minds. While you are there try to relax and enjoy it, play with your little one and interact with other children and carers. Your child will be very good at reading your non-verbal cues so make sure they see your enjoying the experience. Furthermore, this visit also gives your child a chance to become familiar with the educators and the environment. Make sure if you are in a larger center that your child’s main educator is there when you do these sessions.  This also gives the educators or caregivers the opportunity to learn about your child and your family to help support your child as they transition.

daycare goodbyes

Preparing for childcare through talking

Communication is key. Imagine if you were dropped off in a foreign place with no idea of what was to happen. The more you talk about things, the more at ease your child will be about daycare. Depending on your child’s age, you should describe all that will happen to them. Talk through routines, what to bring and what will happen during the day. You can play pretend to introduce the concept or show them photos etc. Our local daycare center is next to a park so we started going to play at the park while the children were outside playing. This meant both Freddy and now PJ are able to watch the children playing and they want to be a part of it. In fact PJ has just started asking when will he get to start.

Build a relationship with educators or caregivers.

Before the first day, start building a bond with the teachers/caregivers this can be done through communication with the center. As mentioned transition sessions and play visits give you the opportunity to chat and find out the best means of communication. Many centers welcome you to call during the day to get feedback on how your child is going. This can help to put your mind at ease. Maintain open parent/teacher contact, ask plenty of questions, and express any concerns you might have about your child beginning childcare for the first time. Many carers now also utilise Apps such as Storypark to share your child’s day with you.

Tips for saying goodbye (don’t sneak off)

As enticing as it is to flee, it is important to always say goodbye to your child before leaving and not simply vanish! This sets a pattern for the future. It lets them know you’re going rather than scaring them when they can’t find you. For some children sneaking off can be a break in trust. However, don’t drag out the good bye either. The more confident you are, the more confident your child will be.

Bring something familiar from home.

Finally, allow your child to take their comforter, blanket or teddy to snuggle when they are homesick. It will provide them with a great deal of comfort and help the new environment feel more familiar.

It takes time to build confidence. So be gentle with yourself and flexible with the process. It does get easier!

 

Pelvic Floor

Ah pelvic floor muscles… I wish I’d known more… Here is the thing about having kids, so often it’s only in hindsight that I realise I didn’t know, what I didn’t know. And in this case what I really didn’t understand well was what pelvic floor muscles were and why it is so important to […]

Read more

What are the benefits of a Mother’s Group?

The Benefits of a Mother’s Group I’m the first one to preach the benefits of a Mother’s Group. I’ve been having a bit of a rough couple of weeks and was starting to feel all of the overwhelm, and I realised that I haven’t seen my Mother’s Group girls in a few weeks. Who better […]

Read more

Christmas in July in Australia

Well, it’s July. A long way from Christmas and the holidays. And with all the lockdowns we have been having lately we thought it was time to have some fun. So this year we are celebrating Christmas in July. Here are some easy ways you can celebrate too.

Read more

Baby Nicknames

Patrick Jackson

Did you have a baby nicknames for your little one when you were pregnant?

With babies? Or with your little people? I must admit I used the Resume Test when we named our children… pretending that they had to fill out an application or go for a high-profile job. So our children have a formal first name which are all family names, with tonnes of scope for nicknames as we aren’t really formal people. And the baby nicknames started right from pregnancy.

We had surprises so we needed baby nicknames

With all three of our pregnancies, we did not find out our babies’ gender until they entered the world. I wasn’t a huge fan of referring to our little ones as “It” when I was pregnant so naturally a whole list of baby nicknames emerged.

Frederick aka Freddy our first child was called Jellybean, I’m not sure how it started but he kept this nickname all through pregnancy. However, once he came out all roly poly and delicious a couple of new nicknames emerged. The two I remember most were Bear Cub and Man Cub (yes, it’s a reference to the Jungle Book). Finally, these days he gets Freddy, Fred Bear, Freddo Frog and just plain Fred.

Freddy

Patrick also had nicknames during pregnancy. With him I called him Little One a lot but he also got Jellybean and Munchkin as well. All pregnancy I was convinced we were having a boy so we had to put a lot of time into choosing a boys name as we’d already used our fave. What got us over the line with Patrick was our love of the nickname PJ. So Patrick Jackson became PJ, Peej, Peejy Parker (no idea where this came from), and Peaches.

Patrick Jackson

Ruby, is still really new to this world. Again she got jellybean, but I also just referred to her as little baby throughout the pregnancy as she felt smaller. Already she gets Baby Girl, Big Girl, Ruby Rubes and the other day one of her brothers accidentally called her Ruby Boobie. Hopefully that one doesn’t stick.

Baby nicknames

Whether your baby’s nickname was Munchkin, Bear or Baby Bear, we’d love to hear what nicknames you used. Tag us on Instagram (freddy.and.co) and share your nicknames.

Pelvic Floor

Ah pelvic floor muscles… I wish I’d known more… Here is the thing about having kids, so often it’s only in hindsight that I realise I didn’t know, what I didn’t know. And in this case what I really didn’t understand well was what pelvic floor muscles were and why it is so important to […]

Read more

What are the benefits of a Mother’s Group?

The Benefits of a Mother’s Group I’m the first one to preach the benefits of a Mother’s Group. I’ve been having a bit of a rough couple of weeks and was starting to feel all of the overwhelm, and I realised that I haven’t seen my Mother’s Group girls in a few weeks. Who better […]

Read more

Christmas in July in Australia

Well, it’s July. A long way from Christmas and the holidays. And with all the lockdowns we have been having lately we thought it was time to have some fun. So this year we are celebrating Christmas in July. Here are some easy ways you can celebrate too.

Read more

Baby Led Weaning

food to mouth

Baby Led Weaning

Let’s talk baby led weaning and the introduction of solids to your baby. Weaning your baby off milk or formula and introducing solid foods is one of the biggest milestones in your baby’s first year!

If you were to google ‘how to introduce solids to a baby’, you are bound to find many different recommendations and suggestions which can become confusing and hard to determine which one is right for your and your baby. While many parents decide to introduce solids as purees, there is another approach you can consider which is baby led weaning.

baby broccoli

WHAT IS BABY LED WEANING?

In a nutshell, baby led weaning is the introduction of solids by allowing your baby to feed themselves finger foods right from the beginning. This means skipping the puree spoon feeding stage.

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR BABY IS READY FOR WEANING?

One of the main concerns you might have about baby led weaning is when to start. It makes it all the more complicated when the recommendation for transferring your baby on to solids is an age range between four to six months.

Here are a couple of different signs you can look out for to know if your baby is ready for solids:

Your baby has good neck and head control

They are able to sit on their own or in a highchair / bumbo

Your baby keeps mouthing their hands or toys

They are reaching out or showing interest in your food

baby in chair

THE BEST BABY LED WEANING FOODS

Start simple by offering single ingredient foods for three to five consecutive days. This allows time for your baby to show any signs of allergies or intolerances.

Remember, you’re simply getting your baby used to new nourishments, textures and foods. Try not  to panic if she isn’t eating a ton from the very start, your baby will let you know if they are hungry. Most of the eating is only for play and to become accustomed to the experience.

THE BENEFITS OF BABY LED WEANING

It gives your baby the opportunity to experience a greater variety of textures and flavours.

It’s an early and vital step for your baby to learn self regulation – figuring out how to stop eating when they feel full.

Your baby will also develop hand eye coordination and fine motor skills by figuring out how to grasp food and move it to their mouth.

It’s a lot more manageable to adjust what you are eating to suit your baby than to make a separate meal.

While your baby is eating, you can eat too.

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ENCOURAGING GOOD EATING HABITS FROM AN EARLY AGE

Baby led weaning teaches your baby good eating habits from an early age – sitting up straight, feeding from a spoon, resting among bites and stopping when they are full.

Good eating habits are being encouraged during this process however make sure you are prepared for and embrace the messy plate, gooey hands, sticky hair and sauce covered face during this process. Find a designated space for your baby to eat that is an area that can be cleaned easily. The Freddy and Co Playmat is a great spot for your child to sit and explore different foods. They are non toxic and because they are waterproof and easy to clean playmats, you don’t need to worry about how much mess they make or don’t make as a quick wipe with a damp cloth with have it cleaned up in no time.

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Taking your baby out for the first time

Baby Carrier

Taking a baby out for the first time is sometimes a worrying issue for most new parents, particularly first-time parents. The concern is that a newborns  immune systems has not adequately matured and therefore will struggle to fight off illnesses. Read our guide to taking your baby out.

So, When Is It Safe to Take Your Baby Out in Public?

You’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t take a baby outside for the first few weeks of theirBaby Ruby life. This information is typically provided by an old-school grandparent, aunt, or uncle who claims to believe they know it all.

The truth is, most pediatric health experts agree that infants can be taken out in public or outside as soon as their parents follow basic safety precautions. There’s no need to wait until the baby is six weeks or two months old. Getting out, especially in nature, is beneficial to both parents and babies. Sunlight and fresh air are beneficial to one’s health.

Tips on Taking Your Baby Out for The First Time

Feeling cooped up? Don’t worry! It’s natural for the new parent to be nervous. Every new mum has those “what if” concerns. Pre-parenthood, you walked out the door with nothing but wallet, keys, and your cell phone. You’re now in charge of a tiny baby who requires a plethora of items. What if you’re caught off guard and don’t have anything?

To help calm your nerves, we’ve compiled a list of tips for taking your baby out in public for the first time.

DRESS YOUR BABY RIGHT

It is critical to keep your newborn at the proper temperature. It’s a wise choice to dress your baby in layers, something you can remove and put back on. Dress them with one extra layer than you do.

If it’s cold outside, keep your baby warm with a blanket and hat. Remove a layer or two when you enter the warmth of your home.

When the weather is hot, you must take extra precautions to keep your baby cool and protect them from the sun.

DON’T BE IN A RUSH!

Don’t be in a hurry to get anywhere. Gather everything without regard to time constraints. It makes no difference where you go. Make it a habit to double-check everything and get out of the house only when you are ready, even when you have to be somewhere ‘on time’!

PLEASE GET THE CARRIER RIGHT

It’s common for parents to use baby carriers to transport their child out in public. A baby carrier is one of the safest and most effective ways of carrying an infant, even when you are only going for a walk. However, we want you to be aware that you should devote more time to the safety briefing. This is because many people will make mistakes on this. You may strap your child incorrectly or even miss something important, such as a mount, that keeps the entire thing in place.

Baby Carrier

PLAN AND PACK AHEAD OF TIME

Before the baby arrives, practice using the car seat and stroller. Pack the nappy bag with nappies, wipes, swaddles and extra clothing for both of you ahead of time. For your first solo journey, don’t go too far or plan ahead of time where to feed and change the baby.

Baby bag

TAKE IT SLOWLY

Our last and the best tip: Take it slowly and cherish every single second because time goes by so quickly. There will be many judgmental people in the world, so ignore them and do what is best for you and YOUR baby!

 

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