Happy Days

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4 week old needs movement to sleep My baby is 4 weeks old. I find that he wants movement in order to settle for daytime naps. If I leave him, he stays awake longer than he should...so I have to walk with him in his pram, drive in the car, put him in a sling or rock him in my arms... Nighttime sleeps are easier, because he falls asleep while feeding. It seems like I am doing the two things everyone says not to do: rock or feed baby to sleep. Is he still young and is it ok, or what advise do you have? This is such a common concern and we ask Meg Faure, Occupational Therapist for her take on this...

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Allergy concerns Last month we got a very interesting question on allergies on our Facebook page and asked our expert dietician, Kath Megaw for a sensible approach to the issue of allergies: Question: My husband’s brother is very allergic to Brazil nuts (causing him anaphylactic shock). My husband is not and eats plenty of nuts with no other allergies as far as I am aware. I have allergies to certain plants but not food. We haven’t yet introduced nuts to our almost 9 month old baby because we have been trying to find somewhere he can be tested for nut allergy first, just in case (my husband...

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In this clear visual pictogram, Meg Faure (OTR) looks at the basics you need to know for day 1

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We asked paediatric dietician, Kath Megaw for her advice on Picky Eaters. Picky eating is such a broad term and something that may mean different things for different people. So what actually is a picky eater? • A picky eater is a child who will have a decreased range of foods but still eat quite a variety. • Foods are eaten for a while and then lost due to ‘burn out’ and then often regained after a break from that food. • Picky eaters are often able to tolerate new foods on their plates even if they won’t eat them but will be selective about what they choose to taste...

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No one tells you even half the story when you are pregnant! No one mentions what it’s like to hold an inconsolable baby - not knowing why she is crying. No one mentions sleep deprivation or if they do you have no idea how tearful it can make you. And no one mentions maternal guilt – the overwhelming feeling that you are failing your baby and the turmoil you go through to make the ‘right decision’ all the time. The old adage -  “Maternal guilt, it comes with the placenta” is completely true. Being an expectant mom is an overwhelming experience and as a mom of a...

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The start of a new year is a time for making changes and new starts. As parents we often look for ways to do things better and improve on our parenting skills. The pressure is immense to be a great parent. As a full mom of three and part time baby scientist, I regularly consider what should be prioritised as key elements to ensure a baby’s optimal development. Now, before I tell you what I think the top 5 fundamentals are, I want to preface my ideas by focusing on what makes for healthy emotional development in infants. Firstly, enhancing optimal development involves specific interactions or...

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