Top tips Think snacks and things to do that fit with travel, fuzzy felts and magnetic sketch boards are great Break up long journeys with short breaks plan ahead Avoid rush hour if you can…eek nothing worse Tweak your journey to fit with nap times If you have two adults on board, switch about when things get a bit fraught and have an adult in the back Have a carrier bag and wet wipes on board for mishaps and mess.
Wondering when to move on to booster seats, check out this link:
Land on this page to do your homework about buying and fitting car seats safely: www.rospa.com/roadsafety/resources/videos/child-car-seats.aspx
This can be an intimidating project with so much choice on the market. Start by thinking about how you will use your set of wheels. Will you need to lift it in and out of the car on a regualr basis? If so collapse those you like in store a few times and lift to check the weight and ask if you can see if it fits in your car boot and will allow for shopping etc!
Fancy a tipple? The alcohol from a drink ends up in your blood system and as breastmilk is made from blood some alcohol will end up in breastmilk. No need to panic if you are going out for a celebration and want a drink, The Breast Feeding Network is a fantastic resource regarding drugs and alcohol in breastmilk and what , if any, the effects may be. www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/drugs-in-breastmilk-information-and-factsheets
Baby massage, baby yoga and sing and sign classes are run from nearly all children’s centres. Good for mums, dads and babies. find your nearest centre www.gov.uk/find-sure-start-childrens-centre. Alternatively check out your local library or ask other mums you meet.
Buggy walks are a great way to keep fit and meet other mums. Children’s centres often run buggy walks as well as indoor stay and play for little ones at very little cost or free. Find your local centre here https://www.gov.uk/find-sure-start-childrens-centre
Autumn Is upon us in the northern hemisphere and the weather is changing. It’s still an idea to keep getting out in the fresh air with your little one . Wrap up warmly and get your wellies on and watch the leaves fall and maybe a bit of puddle jumping is in order.
The early days when your partner goes back to work can be a bit daunting. In advance think about who else can pop round. If you can get outside pop you little one in a sling or the pram and go for a walk in the park. Take your time an reconnect with nature , treat yourself to a coffee or an ice cream, enjoy
Take a photo once a week of your new family and create your own time line. In a few weeks look back at the photos and see how far you’ve come. In the confusion of conflicting “advice” and “helpful ” relatives.
A great day out doesn’t have to be expensive, a picnic in the park, feeding the ducks, an afternoon in a friends garden. It’s all about being with friends. Babies love sensory play so a bowl of water and a few plastic cups will probably keep them busy for a good while.
Looking for gentle products for sensitive skin, with no chemicals? Check out www.cheekywipes.com These environmentally friendly cloth wipes are reusable and come with wet and dry storage bags. Although they seem like an expensive outlay they claim to save mums £250 against disposable baby wipes.
To find out more about and try cloth nappies, why not contact your local nappy library, there are lots now all over the UK Check out this lovely website that has lots of fab information and locations: http://www.clothnappy.info/29-11-2012/uk-cloth-nappy-libraries/
After your little one arrives you may be tired but at the same time keen to get going with a little exercise. Be kind to yourself the more rest in the beginning the more chance your body has to repair. Check out this link about exerise after having a baby: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/keeping-fit-and-healthy.aspx
Unbiased financial information about childcare options https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/categories/childcare
Even if you think your little one has your dark complexion, baby skin is so sensitive they really do need to stay in the shade. Perhaps you can take it in turns to sit in the shade with your little one. Explore pop up sun tents for the garden not just holidays.
If your little one likes sleeping in the outdoors you might want to invest in a net for your pram to prevent cats and bugs from joining them.
All babies are social, they learn from their immediate carers rather than other little ones. Check out the book by Penelope Leach ‘The Essential First Year.’
Why not keep it simple and maybe celebrate your achievement as a family unit. Lots more birthdays to come that your little one will actually remember.
The joy of summer, a trip to the beach ! If you are wondering about swim nappies and what to look for, check out this handy guide before you buy: http://www.goreal.org.uk/guide/index/view/id/78
Love the idea but feel overwhelmed that it will be more effort. Why not try doing a bit of both, real nappies in the day or when at home and disposable at night? Think of the savings just by doing this. Check out this link for more information: http://www.goreal.org.uk
You may feel a bit of a fraud visiting baby groups antenatally, but this is a great way to check out those you fancy for when baby arrives ( you don’t have to stay for the whole session). It is also a great way to meet other mums and pick their brains about the types of things they have bought and found handy or never used.
We need SUNSHINE! The hormone melatonin, which is produced when we are exposed to sunshine and released when we are in a dark environment, helps us sleep! Getting plenty of daylight will help to reset yours and your baby’s body clock. Most little ones start to readjust after a few days and achieve a normal pattern after about a week.
Remember, you may need car shades for the window (you can create makeshift shades by tucking baby muslins in the top of the window) and some baby ‘singalong’ music to calm everyone.
Try making up a small ‘quick change’ kit as well as your ‘all singing, all dancing’ changing bag. This should include two nappies, wet wipes and nappy bags.
Plan some stops on your route for feeding and nappy changes and to stretch your legs if going on a long journey. This is especially important if you haven’t had much sleep before leaving home. Check out more on this topic: http://babywisdom.co.uk/out-and-about/road-trip/
Check out this article that talks about the difference it makes to both mum and baby http://onyababy.com/blog/2012/06/benefits-of-babywearing-vs-carseat-carrying/
Follow this link for a great workout whilst wearing your baby in their sling. http://onyababy.com/blog/
With the extra weight of pregnancy and the strain of looking after a new baby your upper body can get tense and tight. Try to open up your chest as much as you can by stretching your arms up and backwards and taking a deep breath in. Do this stretch when you wake up, when you wait for the kettle to boil, or while waiting for the bus… (link to http://www.pilatesod.com/classes/class-030
Probably not. Avoid feeling deflated that you can’t party like your friends without kids. Treat yourself to an early New Year and tuck up with your baby the best little present. This time next year things will be different again. x
Travelling a distance with your little one between Christmas and New year? Prepare well for your journey. A condensed changing bag with one or two nappies instead of the full kit, makes it easier to do quick pit stops especially when packing is tight on board. In your head plan a few stops into your journey and if you get there quicker its a bonus! x
Extended family Christmas gatherings are often an opportunity for everyone to ask how you are doing and offer some well meaning advice. When everyone goes home and you switch off the fairy lights, take a deep breath, shelve the stuff you don’t agree with and rejoice that Christmas comes but once a year! x
It is easy to be swept along on the tide at christmas with extended family requests to see their new family member. It may be too late to change arrangements for this year, but make a resolution to prepare family and friends well in advance that you may do things differently next year.
Feeling pressure to keep putting your baby down? Cuddling and keeping your baby close is known to help shape your baby’s brain and their development and make for a social and confident baby and toddler. Check out http://www.continuum-concept.org/cc_defined.html