We all enter parenthood without a manual, and no matter how many parenting books we read while expecting, nothing truly prepares us for the onslaught of real life parenting once our little ones arrive. Most of us can admit to having had preconceived notions on what kind of parents we will be before we have kids – how our kids will behave, what food we’ll feed them, how much screen time they will be allowed, whether we will breastfeed or bottle feed, co-sleep or sleep train…and yet it’s only when we are in the thick of real life parenting that we realise how unrealistic our ideas of parenting really were.
I can still clearly remember an evening when my husband and I, newly engaged and yet to have kids, were having dinner out in a restaurant with some friends who had a 2.5 year old – their little one couldn’t sit still, was noisy, clambering on and off his seat and under the table in between bites of food. I remember thinking that I would never allow MY future child to do that and scoffed silently when the dad said “ah he’s such a boy” and that he didn’t believe in raising his voice to children. Looking back, I can now see that this little one was in fact being extremely well behaved for a boy of his age and that his parents were doing an amazing job taking him out with them, staying calm and collected throughout the entire meal.Continue Reading →
As a mum, you’re always feeling guilty about something. You’re constantly questioning yourself, wondering if you are doing it right. You’re probably always feeling like you could be doing something better. While you run around taking care of everyone else, who is there to take care of you? While it would be nice to have a designated carer, most of the time it comes down to you needing to take care of yourself. But I’ll bet that as a Mum you don’t quite know HOW to take time for yourself (away from the kids) without feeling guilty, am I right?
Today we have Nursery Collective Eco Mama & Wellness Coach Sig Chapman sharing her top tips on how to boost your child’s immune system this winter, naturally!
Winter isn’t coming – it’s here. Having a sick kid really isn’t fun and on top of that can impact the wellbeing of the whole family. So, what can you do to combat the germs coming in from day-care, kinder and school, and boost your child’s immune system this winter?
The good news is that there are some simple and natural ways to help boost immunity and help them stay healthy in the cold and flu season, so if they do get hit with any nasty bugs, it doesn’t linger and they recover quickly. These are my secrets to increase immunity, keeping my kids healthy during winter.Continue Reading →
Do you have a child who is anxious? The lovely Alexandra Newmarch, Psychologist from Phoenix Place Play Therapy & Counselling shares her thoughts on parenting an anxious child and just how to recognise anxiety in kids.
True fact: parenting an anxious child is not easy. I remember the mother of one of my little therapy clients exclaiming to me once, “It’s non-stop! I know she’s not doing it on purpose, but I’m so tired of trying to be sympathetic. I wish she’d just grow out of it.”
She was right – it is non-stop. It is tiring. And because anxiety often manifests differently in young children than it does in older children and adults, it can sometimes be hard to know if that’s even what’s going on! So how do you know, and if you do have an anxious little person, what can you do to help them?Continue Reading →
It’s time for our End of Financial year Sales Wrap Up! Can you believe we are almost a the half way point for 2018! Time is flying, my baby girl is turning 4 next week (sob!) and before we know it we’ll be counting down to Christmas! As this financial year comes to an end, I am super excited to bring you this round up of some fantastic EOFY offers from our favourite Nursery Collective brands! Enjoy the shopping, there really is something for everyone!
Offers are valid until midnight June 30, 2018 unless otherwise indicated.Continue Reading →
Today we are chatting to Mum Sarah Stacker about infant reflux. Sarah is a dear friend of mine, and I have a huge amount of admiration for her after watching her journey through infant reflux with her daughter, which can only be described as she once put it , as “hell on earth”. I’ve been wanting to share her inspirational story for some time, to help raise awareness with new mums on how to cope with an infant reflux diagnosis. Thank you Sarah for sharing your story.
Infant Reflux : One Mum’s Journey through Silent Reflux
Thanks so much for joining us Sarah! My daughter had a very mild form of infant reflux which we were able to manage without medication, but I know there are very differing degrees of reflux that a baby can suffer from – some that absolutely require medication to survive the emotional and physical onslaught reflux can bring. Can you tell us about your experience with your daughter, Amedee?
Where do I start in trying to describe our experience? It was like being in a boxing match – but imagine not being a boxer and not knowing how to defend yourself, and taking hit after hit after hit with no one able to rescue you, and no bell at the end of the round so you don’t know when it is going end. You might get a reprieve for a day and you latch on to the thought “maybe things are changing”, “maybe she’s growing out of it” (which is what all the doctors kept saying) until the crying, the screaming, the not sleeping and the pulling off the breast return – and just keep coming.
Amedee was an extremely unsettled newborn, but as a new mum with nothing to compare it to, you just roll with the punches thinking it’s normal – and that you’re stuck in this hell hole. She was formally diagnosed with silent reflux at 3 months along with failure to thrive, and finally the paediatrician prescribed medication and we were admitted to hospital for tube feeding. However, that was just the beginning of our reflux hell hole.
I’ve always been the kind of person who hates mess. While I’ve never been titled a “neat freak”, there is something about muck and grime that really bothers me. As a primary teacher and someone working with children for over 10 years, this was bad enough. (I’ll give you one word – glitter!).
However becoming a parent opened my eyes to a whole other ball game of mess. Many people tell you that there is so much that you’re unprepared for in motherhood. And to some degree, I guess I knew mess would be involved (cause, babies). BUT I didn’t realise the degree of messiness would steadily escalate over the coming months – and years.Continue Reading →
Thinking about packing your hospital bag and not sure where to start? If you’re in your third trimester, this is one of the most important things to do in the lead up to the arrival of your new baby, and early in this trimester is the perfect time to get all the essentials together!
Working out where to start can be a little overwhelming – you want to make sure you have all the must-have’s covered, but there’s also no reason to go overboard either! Read on to find out what you really need in your hospital bag, and when to pack it!
Are you looking for the perfect, non-chocolate Easter gift for your little one? We're delighted to bring you our 2018 Easter Edit, presented by Twenty One Moore and their wonderful Easter Collection! Our edit is choc-a-block with fabulous Easter gifts for Baby and Kids (and Mum!) from some of our favourite Nursery Collective brands! You're sure to find the perfect gift right here, so enjoy and get hop-hop-hoppity shopping!
Learning to crawl is an exciting milestone for your baby in the first year – up until they crawl, their only way of getting around is with your help (being carried or pushed in a stroller). It’s their first real taste of moving independently and opens up their little world to so much more exploration and discovery…eventually paving the way to pulling up, kneewalking, standing, walking and one day running!
Crawling is just as important for your baby’s development as it is cute to look at. Crawling develops babies’ gross motor, visual, spatial and cognitive skills – your baby needs to use their body and their mind to achieve this milestone! Their core must be strong, as well as their back, neck, shoulder and arm muscles to stay balanced. Their vision also develops as they switch between looking into the distance and down at their own hands. They also start developing ways to navigate, and remembering where things are also aids their memory development.
As Mums, we all love seeing our babies achieve milestones, and you might be wondering if there are ways to encourage your baby to crawl. Babies typically begin to crawl anytime from 6 to 10 months and there are certainly ways you can help your little one with this milestone. Here are our Top 5 Ways to Encourage Baby to Crawl!