Infant acne affects around 40% of newborns according to the NHS website, although in my experiences with the hundreds of babies I have worked with, I would say the figure is much higher than that and very common with the majority of babies. I have only had 2 babies in my whole career (including my own 3 children,) who weren't affected by it. [Read more...]
Bringing your baby home from the hospital for the first time can be very daunting and can create feelings of anxiety in parents. No matter how prepared you may have felt before the birth, suddenly you are completely responsible for this little person and that can feel overwhelming.
It's ok to admit you are scared (even terrified!) It's ok to ask for and accept help. That doesn't mean you are failing as a parent, more, it shows strength and love for your baby that you want to do your best for them.
Listen to advice from trusted family members or friends, read books to help guide you if you want to, but ultimately, TRUST YOUR INSTINCT and go with what you and your partner feel are right for you all as a family. [Read more...]
Having just finished working with a 12 week old who has just been fitted with a Pavlik harness to treat Hip Dysplasia, just like her sister was 2 years ago, at the same age, I thought it would be helpful to write a blog post on the condition, to help other parents and Maternity nurses, who may end up working with a baby in the same predicament.
Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a condition where the 'ball and socket' joint of the hips doesn't properly form in babies and young children.
It's sometimes known as congenital hip dislocation or hip dysplasia. The hip joint attaches the thigh bone (femur) to the pelvis. The top of the femur (femoral head) is rounded like a ball and sits inside the cup-shaped hip socket.
In DDH, the socket of the hip is too shallow and the femoral head isn't held tightly in place, so the hip joint is loose. In severe cases, the femur can come out of the socket (dislocate).
DDH may affect one or both hips but is more common in the left hip. It's also more common in [Read more...]
We were lucky to be sent a Baby Annabell I Care For You Doll to review.
My daughter Loren has been a HUGE Baby Annabell fan ever since she started to play with babies and dolls at around 15/18 months, so she was thrilled when I asked her if she would like another one to try out and see what she thought.
My First Baby Annabell I Care For You is a 36cm functional doll that combines traditional nurturing role play with the option of a free app, that teaches children how to care for a baby.
Adorable Baby Annabell combines a range of realistic features with a' Day in the life of baby' nursing app playable in both online and offline modes and is suitable for use on both Apple and Android devices.
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3 years today since the book was published
It has been another amazing and busy year and I'm very thankful for all of the support and encouragement I've had from so many along the way.
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