Looking for donations for P2B Solomon Islands Tour with Solutions Pa Marovo

In November I am heading to the Solomon Islands with the Marovo Medical Tour through Solutions Pa Marovo (http://www.solutionspamarovo.org) Access to healthcare is extremely difficult in the Marovo Lagoon. The nearest doctor may be 160kms away, across open ocean. Even if a journey is successful, the costs of reaching and remaining in a hospital centre Read More

Black& White for Newborns

Did you know? In the first 3 months, babies can focus on objects that are 8-11 inches away. This is more or less the distance from their parents’ faces while nursing or feeding. Bold black-and-white images stimulate the development of the optic nerves and encourage young babies cognitive development without over-stimulating them. After a few Read More

Ditching the Dummy

Studies have shown that prolonged use of dummies may result in increased ear infections, malformations in teeth and other oral structures, and/or speech and language delays. There is conflicting advice as to when is the right time for ditching the dummy – ranging from 6 months to 4 years of age. With this in mind Read More

Avent Natural teats

This is something P2B is seeing a lot (in fact 4 times over the past fortnight) …. Parents are not using their bottles correctly. Please make sure you pull the teat through until its lower rim is even with the screw ring. See photo. For optimal performance, massage and pinch the valve/teat a few times Read More

Toddler Independence

At a recent toddler + 1 class, mum was expressing her frustration with her toddler wanting to walk over sitting in the pram…. leading to a toddler running loose! P2B suggested attaching a ribbon to the pram for the toddler to hold when walking. This gives the toddler responsibility, some ownership and keeps them next Read More

Toddler + 1

A P2B recommendation when there is a toddler and newborn in the home, a inside dog and baby or all the above scenario ….. Parents often worry about a toddler and a newborn being left unsupervised or their little one and the family dog (and before people jump up and down, I am not talking Read More

Ditching the Dummy

I recently posted about ditching the dummy. This generated a lot of questions from the P2B community on the who, when & how about ditching the much-loved dummy. Studies have shown that prolonged use of dummies may result in increased ear infections, malformations in teeth and other oral structures, and/or speech and language delays. There Read More

Can you breath through your mattress protector?

SIDS guidelines recommend always putting your baby to sleep on their back and allow them to find their own sleeping position. So when your little one can roll, and if they choose to sleep on their tummy the cot surface needs to be breathable. Can you breath through your mattress protector? P2B recommends if you Read More

Should you reuse old bottles?

This is a collection P2B sees on a regular basis. Bottles given to parents by well meaning friends aka “hand me downs”, or on a visit mum is starting to express or give a bottle or sipper cup so she pulls out the bottles she used on baby #1 (usually 2 + years ago). You Read More

JUST KEEP ON SCROLLING

Before I even start – THIS POST IS NOT ABOUT BREASTFEEDING! Please read the entire post before eating me alive! Last night I was scrolling though Facebook (as you do) and I came across a ‘pro breastfeeding’ post. What got my attention was NOT the pro breastfeeding post itself BUT the comments made by others Read More

Let’s talk cups!

By 6 months your little one should be offered water with meals. Until then your baby’s hydration comes from breast milk or formula. Many parents P2B see say they are offering their little ones water but they struggle to drink from the cup. Why is this? Firstly, it takes time to learn to drink from Read More

To burp or not to burp is the question! What is the answer?

P2B isn’t a big believer in burping babies. P2B recommend 3 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes of sitting upright and if your baby burps – fabulous! If they don’t – fabulous! It’s OK that your baby doesn’t burp! . Here is some great research explaining why baby’s don’t need to be burped. https://mcgill.ca/…/did-you-know/did-you-know-you-dont-need… Read More

I wanted to share with you how Parents 2 B differs from purchased online programmes

This week alone I have had multiple mum’s contact me saying they are in desperate need for help in relation to their baby’s sleep … but are skeptical because they have already purchased another company(s) online programme that did not work! Does this sound familiar to anyone else? I wanted to share with you how Read More

The Smoothie debate

Blended smoothies are a popular trend with both parents and kids. They are fast and simple, and can allow parents to get foods into a child that they otherwise would not eat. I have lots of parents giving their little one smoothies every day. Yes, these smoothies are packed full of fruit & greens and Read More

The Thompson Method

P2B recommends the Thompson Method to many of my breastfeeding mum’s. The rest and digest is believed to reduce reflux and colic symptoms. Cradle baby: comfortably in your arm, elbows relaxed by your side First breast: roll baby onto the side to face your breast Align baby: baby’s lips to mother’s nipple Baby self‐locates: tongue Read More

Tummy Time

Tummy time is so important for your baby. Tummy time strengthens your baby’s head, neck and shoulder muscles and builds their upper body strength so they are able to sit up, crawl and walk! Tummy time should be initiated as part of your baby’s play routine from hospital discharge. P2B always asks the question… can Read More

Ditching the dummy to Santa?

I recently posted about ditching the dummy.  This generated a lot of questions from the P2B community on the who, when & how, about ditching the much loved dummy. So today I thought I’d share my thoughts. Please respect that these thoughts and recommendations are based on my many years experience of working with babies and toddlers. Read More

Baby Sensory Play!

Sensory play for babies! Babies love to explore with their highly tuned senses. Sensory play is essential for their brain development. Everyday activities such as playtime, nappy changing and feeding offer a fantastic opportunity to develop your baby’s senses. P2B encourages parents to start their sensory journey with their baby through simple yet effective activities. Read More

Antenatal expression of colostrum

Before expressing colostrum antenatally it is important to discuss it with your midwife or obstetrician. Some potential reasons for expressing colostrum antenatally include if a mother has: Diabetes. A baby born to a mother who has diabetes (type 1 or type 2 or gestational) is at risk of low blood sugar after birth. Receiving extra Read More

Comforters!

Let’s talk about comforters! Love them or hate them … some babies need them. But before you start using one there are somethings you need to consider! 1. Your baby should be hands free when introducing a comforter. That way they can move the comforter freely .. and really, that’s what a comforter is all Read More

When to drop sleeps

As your baby grows they will naturally outgrow their routine. As your baby gets older and as they sleep longer at night, they will naturally need less and less daytime sleep. On AVERAGE … and I repeat ON AVERAGE (remember ALL babies are different). This overview maybe helpful. Day sleeps: 0 – 3 months average Read More

Swaddles!

Is it no wonder parents are often overwhelmed and confused with all things parenting. Swaddles/wraps are just the starting point. This is a photo was taken during a P2B private antenatal class today. These are just some of the swaddles and wraps that these soon to be parents had purchased. Yes, they had more (found Read More

Nipple Shields

I go to many homes postnatally and find mum’s using nipple shields. Nipple shields maybe a temporary solution for sore & crack nipples BUT they only mask the underlying issue: incorrect/poor attachment. We need to investigate why there is pain, why there is nipple damage and why the baby is not correctly latching to the Read More

Neonatal Testing

It is important to know that most babies are born perfectly healthy.  However, occasionally a very small number of newborns might suffer a disorder and/or illness that are not obvious through routine antenatal screening processes, or even immediately at birth. The aim of routine screening tests offered to parents and their baby(s) is to help Read More

Being Dad

Being Dad: For 40 weeks mum has the opportunity to gradually bond with their baby as the baby grows and kicks (unfortunately usually in the early hours of the night). After birth this bond is strengthened through skin to skin contact and breastfeeding. A father can not feel his baby growing and kicking inside him Read More

Listeria

Listeria is a bacterial infection transmitted from eating contaminated foods.  With Australian food standards, Listeria infections are extremely rare.  However, it is important that all pregnant women avoid high risk foods because of the significant risk they pose. Listeria crosses through the placenta to your baby and can lead to miscarriage, still birth, premature birth Read More

Postnatal Exercise

Being physically active is very important for our health and wellbeing.  This is especially true post pregnancy, though it is important to start off gently and progress slowly.  There have been significant changes to your body both during pregnancy, and the birthing process, some of which can take a few months to get back to Read More

Postnatal Depression

  Postnatal Depression; one of the most difficult parts? …. Asking for help. For the majority of women, childbirth is the most physical & emotional experience! Parents have mix emotions on the arrival of their baby: exhaustion (from the birth) and elation (following the birth). Men’s experience of pregnancy and birth is often different …. Read More

Mastitis

  Mastitis means inflammation of the breast. It can be caused by blocked milk ducts (non-infective mastitis) or a bacterial infection (infective mastitis). The causes of mastitis are varied and are not inclusive to poor drainage of the breast.  This can be caused by poor attachment of the baby at the breast or limiting the Read More

11 Overtired signs that are often overlooked and/or misinterpreted

11 Overtired signs that are often overlooked and/or misinterpreted Waking up after one sleep cycle (approx. 45 mins) Multiple daytime napping aka power-naps (approx. 20 mins) Early morning wake ups (3/4/5 am) Falling asleep when being held / on the bottle / on the breast Sleeping well until midnight then waking constantly until morning Difficult Read More

Labour broken down!

Labour is a journey into the unknown and every woman labours differently.  Generally, for first time mothers, labour will take anytime between 12 – 16 hours. Knowledge can go a long way in helping reduce the anxiety often felt by impending mothers before the birth of their baby.  Your antenatal classes will elaborate more on Read More