Baby Sense

Baby Sense 2017-08-28T21:40:21+00:00

Seven Soothing Secrets

If you are faced with a fractious little baby, you will find yourself grappling for reasons for the fussing and urgently seeking solutions to stop the crying. Colic and crying is very common in the early days and by 12 weeks most little ones have outgrown the stage and are more settled. But while it lasts, you may feel desperate to stop the crying! It’s important to remember that your little one has emerged from the ideal womb world and by replicating aspects of this soothing space, you will be [...]

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The best Bathtime Routine for your Baby

Is your baby waking at night and needing to be fed or soothed to sleep? Does your toddler wander down the passage after story time, needing another story or one more bottle? These issues are so common that they are almost within the norm for many parents. The good news is that while sleep is multi-faceted, it is often the smallest change that can make the biggest difference. “It has been documented widely the importance of bath time particularly evening bath time towards ensuring a goodnight sleep for baby. This [...]

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Make it easy, Moms

Becoming a new mom is like being in the MasterChef kitchen, with a box of ingredients and given 90 minutes to produce a gourmet dish in competition to a chef you idolize! It’s a pressure test without a recipe– no wonder we have those days when we are more than a little overwhelmed. There are three ways we can gain a semblance of control over the pressures of motherhood: Managing time pressure – Like a cake in the oven, your little one will seem to need immediate attention and unless [...]

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The breastfeeding / bonding connection

It’s February – the month of love. While most of us have experienced the love of a parent or the passion for a lover, we are generally unprepared for the overwhelming love we have for our babies. It’s this love that is the key to the survival of the human species. Our immature young are nurtured for a long time and with great vigilance simply because we fall illogically, utterly in love. The brain is masterfully designed to release the love hormone, Oxytocin, exactly when we need it – when [...]

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Sensory Care for your prem baby

For 40 weeks of pregnancy, the womb is the perfect sensory world for development. If your baby is born early, you will be acutely aware of how different the sensory environment of the neonatal unit (NICU) is. The lifesaving procedures your baby goes through can be overwhelming on a sensory level – Touch in the NICU often involves pain – needles, tubes and just being touched can be painful for your prem baby The sterile smells of the unit can overwhelm his sensitive sense of smell The bright lights and [...]

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Your body for your baby

I am sitting on an airplane – about to take off and I am managing to tune out of the boring safety briefing. Until the moment the airhostess says (as she always does) “Parents of small children please put on your oxygen mask first, before you help young children and others needing assistance.” It’s a familiar request and one that highlights two things for me: Firstly, this statement is completely counter-intuitive! Which mother in all honesty is going to help herself before her baby? Not one of us – we [...]

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Baby skincare in the sun

Summer is around the corner and we are all looking forward to spending more time soaking up the warm rays in the long sunny days. Summer means wonderful new experiences for your baby as you spend more time outdoors and may even go to the beach or swimming pool. Now the thought of taking your baby near water should bring to mind the critical safety elements one need to consider in summer. Obviously, all babies need to be closely monitored whenever near water. In addition, the long sunny days and [...]

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Potty Training

Potty training is a stage of parenting that many moms dread, having no idea how to proceed. This need not be a time of anxiety and can be managed with a few simple tips: You will know when your baby is ready to potty train, when she starts to show an interest in going to the toilet or taking her nappy off. When this happens, talk about her going to the potty and start to consider potty training. The right time to potty train is usually the first warm period [...]

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Choosing Toys

As an Occupational therapist and mom to three, choosing toys has been more than a passing interest of mine. The toys I buy have to achieve very specific goals, appeal to a wide range of kids (my patients vary from 6-week-old babies to 3-year-old toddlers) and be very durable. In a day in my practise, I frequently use toys to achieve a developmental outcome. For instance, a one year old who is not crawling will need to be enticed to move with rotation from her sitting position by an interesting [...]

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Newborn Skincare

“Skin health is often overlooked, as it is seen as non-life threatening and thus tends to be shrugged off. Healthy skin is critical to the development of healthier babies because they will be less vulnerable to infection and free from the discomfort and inhibitions of skin problems.” Dr Carol Hlela, Paediatric Dermatologist Reading this quote by Dr Carol Hlela the other day prompted me to write this article, not only because I am a huge supporter of the Healthy Skin project she has launched in association with JOHNSON’S® Baby and [...]

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