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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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There are few sounds that penetrate our ears in quite the way the sound of crying baby does! Just spend a little time on a flight near a bawling newborn or screeching toddler to feel the levels of tension and panic rise for all nearby. As a parent you are preprogrammed to respond physically to your baby’s cry. You may find that your blood pressure rises, as a mom, your milk letdown can be induced and your heart beats a little faster when you hear your baby cry. New parents are often unprepared for the amount babies cry and the feelings it will induce. It may amaze you to know that many young...

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  For nine months your baby is nurtured in the ideal world of the womb. From this calm environment your baby emerges into a busy sensory world.  The transition to the harsh world can to be made smoother by you. Your baby’s brain acts like a sponge absorbing all the new sensory information of the world outside the womb. In the early days your baby is very susceptible to overstimulation. Becoming over simulated results in fussing and an unsettled baby, who won’t sleep. By keeping your baby’s world calm and mimicking the world of the womb your baby will be calmer and the...

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The process of interviewing and selecting the prefect nanny is potentially very challenging, there are many wonderful women (and men) with a passion for children looking for work as nannies. The key is to find the perfect nanny for your family and home. When looking for a potential nanny, there are a few considerations to make before you brief placement agencies or prepare to source potential candidates in order to set up interviews. Ask yourself the following questions, many of which are not entirely politically correct, however one needs to be honest with oneself when looking for someone to care for...

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