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  • Baby clothes hanging on a rack A simple guide to buying practical baby clothes

    A mother will change their baby’s clothing several times a day so don’t complicate it.  Below is a list of a few simple rules to keep in mind when shopping for baby clothing:

    • Know how the sizing works and don’t get too carried away.  It’s hard to predict what size your baby will start at and how long they will be in the newborn or 0-3 month clothing.  So the best tip is to only buy a few garments in the smaller sizes.  If in doubt then go larger; you can always roll the hem up.
    • Choose soft fabrics to protect your infant’s sensitive skin.  Keep it simple and stick to cotton or bamboo.  Tip: Organic cotton and bamboo are the softest and safest fabrics for dressing your baby
    • Ensure the clothing is comfortable, i.e. when dressing your baby make the clothing fit the infant and not vise versa.  Opt for items with a lap neck design for comfort and ease of changing.
    • Avoid any garments with irritating tags or seams.  Look out for brands that use inner neck heat stamps which replace conventional tags.
    • Make sure the garment is safe. Take special note of how secure the buttons, tags, zips, ribbons or decorative detailing is.  If anything comes loose it is a chocking hazard.

     

  • Crying baby boy in checkered shirt How I survived the Terrible Two’s

    Toddlers are continuously frustrated because they can’t quite articulate what they want.  This leads to very testing times for us parent’s and hence it’s super important to learn how to manage these tantrums without letting them ‘rule the roost’.  As tempting as it may be to reach for that bottle of wine, it’s really just going to mean that you have even less patience when they do misbehave.

    These are some of the tip’s that worked for me and my toddler Indie:

    • Give your toddler attention in positive ways which will in turn provide them with a sense of belonging.  Read the signals.  For example, I found that when Indie started to whine I was best to give her immediate attention.  If I was busy doing something then I would find a way to include her, alternatively I’d read one of her favourite books or play a game like hide and seek.
    • Allow your toddler to make some decisions which will give them a sense of significance.  For example let them choose what clothes they would like to wear or ask them if they would like to brush their teeth before or after getting changed into PJ’s.
    • Try to remain calm and rational.  The less upset and frustrated you get as a parent, the quicker the meltdown will pass. This is because the more emotion you portray, the more likely it is that they will think it’s a game and want to continue.
    • Master the art of distraction.  When I saw a temper tantrum brewing I’d become really engrossed in a nearby object or toy and wait for Indie to come over to see what I was doing.

    Finally, possibly one of the best tips I received was that consistency is key.  If your punishment is to send them to the naughty corner, then make sure you do so every time they misbehave.  And remember – there really is light at the end of the tunnel!

  • Close up of a toddler boy showing his teeth Teething

    Most babies start teething anywhere from 3 and 7 months old.  In special cases a newborn could have a tooth at birth or could be as late as a one year old.  Teeth can break through one at a time or several can come through at once.  For some of the lucky babies there are no teething signs at all but for most there is some level of discomfort.  The most common signs of teething can be refusing to eat, pain waking them from sleep, drooling and gnawing.  Soothing your babies pain can be as simple as buying a rubber teething ring which you keep in the fridge or freezer for them to chew on or it can be as extreme as soothing gel that you buy from the chemist.  Just keep reminding yourself that it won’t last forever and is part of natural progression.  By the time your child reaches the age of 3 he or she should have a full set of 20 baby teeth.  Their permanent teeth should start coming in around aged 6 and they shouldn’t fall out until then.

  • Baby swaddled in white blanket while resting on blue sheets Swaddling your Baby

    Did you know that swaddling is one of the safest, beneficial and gentle practices for parents and their babies?

    During the first few months, professionals recommend that your baby spend’s most of their time wrapped in a swaddling blanket.  This will assist with keeping them warm as well as mimic the security of the womb and help to reduce their startle reflex.

    These days there are so many swaddling blankets to choose from so it’s important to know what to look.

    Firstly make sure it’s a finely woven breathable fabric such as a gentle 100% Organic Muslin.  Not only is organic muslin one of the softest and most natural fabrics in the world but it is also the safest fabric for swaddling your baby.  The soft muslin helps trap the body heat and restrict movement whilst also creating a temperature womb-like environment that can help babies sleep.

    Secondly make sure it’s no smaller than 120cm x 120cm otherwise your baby will outgrow it in the first few months.

    Finally if you’re not prepared to buy an Organic Baby Muslin Wrap then at least buy a cotton muslin as opposed to a synthetic fabric.  Cotton is softer, more flexible and durable than synthetic fabrics.

  • Environmental picture with various descriptive words to represent Eco-friendly and green 5 Easy tips on creating an Eco-Friendly Home

    1. Use rugs on wooden floors to save 4-6% on power bills.

    2. Have a shower instead of a bath to save up to 86% on water consumption.

    3. Clean with Vinegar – its SO cheap and is a natural way to kill bacteria, germs & mould.

    4. Sleep on organic sheets because conventional cotton fabrics account for 25% of the world’s insecticide use.

    5. Remember to turn the water off when brushing your teeth.