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

The Early Morning Wake Up – Toddlers!

The cause of early morning wake up in toddlers is generally one or all of the following: Your toddler’s inability to self-settle, the timing and length of your toddler’s daytime sleep, their sleep environment and/or their diet. Let’s break it down! If you are putting your toddler to sleep (aka feeding – breast or bottle, 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

Solids … when??

Solids and when to start them seems to be huge debatable topic amongst parents. So today I would like to share my opinion on the topic! Every baby develops differently so there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to the ‘best’ time to introduce solids. It’s like rolling, sitting and walking – Read More

Some food for thought!

I know many parents are currently using similar products to feed their baby. P2B is not a fan. Let me explain why ….. Things parents may not have thought of: When introducing solids, your baby’s need to learn the skill of eating real food. It is a slow, (can be) frustrating, but also a fun 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

P2B preferred swaddle

This is P2B preferred swaddle. Yes that is one hand out. Let me explain … I find (most) baby’s like the freedom of one hand out. Remember they had 2 free hands in utero that they could suck and flap around. Having a hand out early allows them some familiarity, a hand to suck on 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

The Cause of Early Morning Wake Ups

Early waking can be directly associated with your baby’s sleep DAYTIME schedule. One of the main reasons cortisol levels can be too high, is from sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation can lead to stress – which can lead to increased cortisol levels. Babies with poor day sleeps mean they can be going to sleep at night 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

My Birth Story!

For those who don’t know me …. here is a little about my birth story! Apologies in advance – it’s long What a ride it has been. What a learning curve … sometimes a very steep one! For me personally motherhood hasn’t always been easy. Far from it. We have had many little hiccups just 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

Sleep regression. Myth or real?

I am sure there will be many of you who will disagree with me – and that’s OK. If we all agreed life would be boring! BUT I am not so much a believer in the term ‘sleep regression’. Sorry. To me, terms ‘Sleep Regression’ and ‘Wonder Weeks’ belong in the same box. Let me Read More

3 Keys to successful sleep training

All parents out there would agree with me about the large amount of differing and often confusing opinions, techniques and ideas when it comes to ‘advice’ on sleep & settling associated with babies. Why is there so much conflicting advice when it comes to sleep training? I am sure many of you have heard of Read More

The Sleep Window!

A Cortisol rush is the body’s natural defence mechanism when it has run out of energy and needs to keep going. As adults we have all experienced a cortisol rush: working all day and then going out all night. On your way home you think you will sleep for hours because you are exhausted. BUT 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

CHALLENGE! Turn the monitor off!

Why turn the monitor off? I get so many phone calls of mum’s stressing that their baby isn’t sleeping ….. “because they can see them on the monitor”. They describe that their baby is moving, opening and shutting their eyes, making noise and easily disturbed. Not crying or distressed – just active / moving.   Read More

Parenthood: The Simple Truth!

PLEASE don’t get me wrong … having and bringing home a baby is the most exciting time of your life. You will never realise how much you can love something until you hold your baby in your arms (admittedly it may not be immediate as some babies, like my first, wasn’t how I had pictured Read More

Sleep and settling = time and consistency.

I am sure all parents out there would agree with me about the large amount of differing and often confusing opinions, techniques and ideas when it comes to ‘advice’ on sleep & settling associated with babies.  Google, Facebook, publications, friends, family, health professionals … the list is endless when it comes to this ‘advice’. Parents 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

Some newborn basic tips!

Sleep promotes sleep!  Babies thrive on predictability and learn from repetition Consistency is the vital key when it comes to sleep and settling. A good routine to follow is: Eat, play, sleep!  Did you know that newborns to 6 weeks can only manage to stay awake 45 minutes to MAX 1 hour and should sleep Read More

Your baby .. did you know?

When you have limited experience with babies everything about your baby seems unfamiliar, it is hard to have confidence to know what is normal and what is not.  Besides this, healthy babies can cry for a couple of hours each day.  In fact newborns can cry for no apparent reason for up to 3 hours 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 is infection within your breast.  Typically the signs are red, swollen, very tender breasts, fevers and flu like symptoms and/or blood in your breast milk.   Early signs are often just a red area on your breast.  This can be in the shape of a triangle as that is the area of breast tissue involved.  Read More

10 basics on ‘How to Breastfed’

We as women are not magically born with the knowledge to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is natural …. but so is walking and talking and neither of those skills happened overnight! Breastfeeding is something both mum & baby need to learn together. It takes time and persistence and sometimes a little extra help to get it right Read More

Exercise During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time when most women want to improve their health and regular physical activity can provide pregnant women with many benefits including health, social and emotional. The good news for those of you who were already active before conceiving; if you are healthy and have a non complicated pregnancy; you can generally continue Read More

You are AMAZING!!!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret – newborns present plenty of challenges. Don’t get me wrong …. You will love your baby more than life itself but many parents I see (and am one of those myself) say that having a newborn is harder than they expected. So I am putting Read More

The good bedtime routine!

The good bedtime routine is as follows.  This routine should be followed EVERYTIME you put your baby to bed! Prepare the room (close curtains/blinds, turn off lights etc) Change your baby’s nappy – business like. All play time is done outside! Use your chosen swaddle/sleeping bag – MUST be same day & night! Sit quietly Read More

Estimated Sleep & Awake Times

Estimated Sleep & Awake Times A Cortisol rush is the body’s natural defence mechanism when it has run out of energy and needs to keep going. As adults we have all experienced a cortisol rush: working all day and then going out all night. On your way home you think you will sleep for hours 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