Things to do with Your Baby in the First 6 Months – Part 2

Things To Do With Your Baby Part 2

Kathy Stirrup, our resident Mental Health and Parenting Expert, shares some great ideas of things to do with your baby in the first 6 months, in this 2 part blog series. READ PART 1 HERE

8. Things to do with your baby: Roly Poly

Babies often enjoy the sensation of rolling even before they can do so by themselves. Help your baby to develop this skill by gently rolling them over on to their tummies and then back again to their backs. Make sure that the surface that you have placed your little one on is a soft surface such as a rug or blanket. Keep going as long as your baby seems to be enjoying the activity. When your baby starts to make attempts at rolling themselves then you can encourage them to do so by putting toys just out of their reach so that they have to move to reach it.Continue Reading →

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Things to do with Your Baby in the First 6 Months – Part 1

Things To Do With Your Baby Part 1

Kathy Stirrup, our resident Mental Health and Parenting Expert, shares some great ideas of things to do with your baby in the first 6 months, in this 2 part blog series.

Nine months of pregnancy ✓
Spent a small fortune on all the equipment required for a small person: clothing, nappies and changing stuff, pram, bath, cot, bassinet, etc. ✓
Birthed a baby ✓
Ran the rampart of conflicting advice on baby care and feeding from the hospital, assorted relatives and friends ✓
Survived those first days, or weeks, at home in a haze of birth recovery, sleep deprivation, new routines, and endless feeding ✓
Now what to do with this new little person when they AREN’T sleeping or eating? Continue Reading →

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Breastfeeding Confidently and Comfortably with Smylyn Bubby Covers : Review by Fi Morrison

Smylyn Bubby Cover Review

Fi Morrison, Nursery Collective Mama Blogger Expert, reviews the Smylyn Bubby Cover.

I recently welcomed my second son to the world, embarking on my second breastfeeding journey with a (slightly) clearer idea of what I was doing. After breastfeeding my firstborn for 14 months, I was aware of the different types of holds, the mechanics of getting a baby to latch, and how to express for bottle feeds. I thought I would feel confident and comfortable breastfeeding the second time round.

However, that hasn’t necessarily been the case, because what hasn’t changed for me is my discomfort feeding in public.Continue Reading →

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5 tips To Embrace Your Body After Baby

body after baby

So, you’ve had a baby. Like most new mums, you were probably super ready for the new arrival. You prepped the nursery, you read all the books, you even prepared yourself for the lack of sleep and thought you knew all about the affect it would have on your relationship with your partner. You thought you had this whole new mum thing in the bag. But then something took you by surprise. You didn’t realise how it would affect your self-esteem. You didn’t factor in the toll it would take on your body and the resentment you might feel now that things have changed.

If you’re struggling with the physical changes in your body post baby, here are some (no BS) ways to learn to love your body again, after baby.Continue Reading →

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Why Self Care isn’t Selfish: How to take time for yourself without feeling guilty

Take Time For Yourself

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?

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Infant Reflux : One Mum’s Journey through Silent Reflux

INFANT REFLUX

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.

INFANT REFLUX - ONE MUMS STORY
Amedee at 3 months – sleeping upright in hospital to stop her refluxing, and being tube fed

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BIBaDO Catch-It-All Cover-All Bib : Review by Fi Morrison

BIBaDO review

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 →

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The Cost of Having a Baby – How to Budget For Your New Addition

Cost of Having A Baby

by Catherine Fowler - Nursery Collective Money Expert

The cost of having a baby is something all new and expecting parents need to consider - and the earlier you are prepared, the better! I am super excited to share our first blog from our Nursery Collective Money Expert, Cath Fowler,  with her top tips around the cost of having a baby, and the best ways to budget for the newest member of your family. 

The Cost of Having a Baby

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Five Ways to Make Bath Time Safe and Easy!

5 Ways to Make Bath Time Safe & Easy | The Nursery Collective

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

As parents, we all want ways to make bath time safe and easy – as well as fun and relaxing, right? Whether you’re a Mum of a newborn or toddler (or both!), bath time is a time Mums often dread - and look forward to in equal measure! It signals the end of the day and the impending peace of bed time (on good days when they actually go to sleep quickly, and stay asleep!), but can also coincide with the dreaded witching hour - resulting in crazy, hyper kids and a bathroom resembling a splash pad!

Both my kids loved bath time as newborns, and both also went through a phase of suddenly hating it – a very common occurrence most Mums can relate to. But like all things in early motherhood, phases pass and all we can do try our best to get through these times (sometimes with a glass of wine in hand!) and make our lives as easy as possible! So here are 5 ways to make bath time safe and easy – hopefully these tips will help you enjoy the bath time ritual with your little ones!

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Creating Your Own Christmas Wrapping Paper

Create Your Own Christmas Wrapping Paper | The Nursery Collective

Guest Post by Mandy Ferry from Party Remedy

If there's one tradition that everyone partakes in at Christmas time, it’s gift giving – and a great way to get the kids involved is by creating your own Christmas wrapping paper!
Creating your own Christmas Wrapping Paper is pretty simple, and if you’ve got young kids it’s a great craft you can complete together during the festive season.

Creating your Own Christmas Wrapping Paper

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Ditching the Dummy … why my 3-year-old still has one!

Ditching The Dummy | The Nursery Collective

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

My daughter turned 3 at the end of June, and ditching the dummy is a milestone we still haven't reached.

I was thinking about this recently and how different things are the second time around. As a first-time Mum, I was adamant about getting rid of the dummy and bottle early, as per the pediatrician’s instructions. Giving up the bottle was easy enough as my son was one of those kids that preferred solids to milk so he easily stopped using his bottle soon after he turned one. Ditching the dummy however was another matter!

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Five Ways to Make Childhood Memories Your Children Will Remember!

Top Ways to Make Childhood Memories | The Nursery Collective

by Catherine Nelson-Williams

As a parent in an increasingly faster paced world, I often find myself struggling to find ways to make childhood memories with my kids that are truly meaningful.  I see a lot of other parents around me doing the same. Suddenly as parents, we find ourselves overdoing it to try and “make memories” - like trying to get the perfect family holiday photo so we can pop it on Facebook or Instagram (c’mon admit it, we all do this), and stressing out when our kids won’t co-operate. Or going a little crazy trying to fit in “memory making activities” by doing activities or visiting attractions we can’t even guarantee our kids will even remember.

See the thing is, memories don’t actually have to be made. Memories just ARE.

We can’t choose what our kids actually remember, just as our parents couldn’t choose what we remember from our own childhood. Most kids can’t remember much before the age of 3. If you think about your own childhood memories, you’ll probably remember feelings and moments, times you spent with your family, funny stories and events, right? 

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