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8 Benefits of the Bednest: A Review

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We got a Bednest for my son when he was around 2 months old.  I wish that I had known about it earlier because I would have definitely used one from birth.  In fact, as soon as we got it, I sold the Moses basket! Continue reading “8 Benefits of the Bednest: A Review”

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Why do Children’s Teeth Matter?

Children’s teeth fall out  don’t they? So why do we need to look after them? Kids get a second set, a second chance to have clean and healthy teeth so why do we need to invest our valuable time looking after  baby teeth that will be replaced anyway?

Trust me!

Those baby teeth are precious and a whole host of problems can develop if they are not looked after from birth.

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Looking After Your Dental Health During Pregnancy

Looking after your teeth is essential at all times but it is of particular importance when you’re pregnant.  Many people blame pregnancy for the deterioration of their gum health, the development of cavities and even the loss of teeth and this may be true, indirectly.  It is likely that the increase in dental health problems during and after pregnancy are probably due to a change in oral health habits and diet during pregnancy and therefore is entirely preventable.

Read on to find out how you can prevent your own dental problems from developing as a result of pregnancy. Continue reading “Looking After Your Dental Health During Pregnancy”

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Should we be more like our toddlers?

I have a 2 year old son who is strong willed, high energy, tenacious and loud. He never walks anywhere but prefers to run everywhere instead. He hates to be restrained and he makes A LOT of noise! He is exhausting!

To many people he is a ‘naughty child.’ He doesn’t listen, he rarely does as he’s asked and he laughs when I raise my voice.

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Top Ten FREE Things To Do with Toddlers

Entertaining an energetic toddler with a short attention span can be quite testing at times so it is useful to have a few ‘failsafes’ in your pocket for when your little one needs entertaining and you’re low on ideas.  Sometimes it’s not possible to get outside, although I am a great believer in ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes’ or money is tight which limits the options available.
I’ve included my top ten for things to do in these circumstances, they may not suit everyone but they work really well for us.

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My Idea of a Perfect Mother’s Day

Ahhhh, Mothers Day.  I have fond memories of the homemade cards I presented to my mum when I was at primary school and she always looked delighted to receive my colourful splodges. When I got  a bit older I even used my pocket money to buy her a box of chocolates and a bunch of carnations.

Now, as a mum myself I have my own idea of what a perfect mother’s day would involve and surprisingly, it wouldn’t cost the earth!

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Breastfeeding and Tooth Decay. Are they linked?

As a dentist and a breastfeeding mum this is an area that I did a lot of personal research into following the birth of my son and when I decided to continue breastfeeding beyond 6 months. During my training at dental school we were told that ‘extended’ breastfeeding beyond 18 months, especially at night, increased the risk of developing tooth decay. My 2 and a half year old son still breastfeeds and only stopped feeding at night after turning 2 so this is a topic that is very important to me.
Whilst researching this subject I was shocked by how little relevant, up to date, high quality research is actually available on the subject and this disappoints me greatly.  Surely, this is an important subject that deserves to be well researched especially due to the shocking number of children who are admitted to hospital in the UK to have teeth removed.

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Why I’m not potty training my 2 year old

Potty training is a hot topic amongst my friends and acquaintances at the moment with some early accomplishers and others who are older and still in nappies.  There is definitely an element of competition and pressure to conform especially as some nurseries will not allow children into preschool if they still wear nappies.  This baffles me, as the average age for daytime dryness is 3 years old, which is the age that preschool starts.  Now, please note, that  this is the ‘average’.  This means that some children will be closer to 4 or possibly even older when they are consistently dry during the day.  I do appreciate that there can be medical causes for a delay but those are not sufficient to skew this average.

I think there is excessive pressure placed on parents to start potty training when their kids aren’t ready.  This pressure  may be passed on to the children and can lead to anxiety in both parent and child. I don’t think this is a healthy place to start developing a new skill  and that is why I will not bow to the pressure just to conform.  I will wait for my little boy to show me when he is ready.

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World Book Day! Reading ideas and recommendations for babies and toddlers

At the time of writing this, it is world book day and I have sent Z to nursery in the ‘Big Bad Mouse’ costume that I lovingly created for him (it was a VERY basic pattern, my sewing skills are nothing to write home about).  I love the thinking behind World Book Day; to promote reading to the generations that will grow up in a world of technology and ignite a passion for reading. My family has always had a great love of books and our dining room has shelves upon shelves filled with all sorts of reading material, both fiction and non-fiction.

A love of books and reading was instilled in me from a young age, my mum was a librarian and regularly brought home books for me to tuck my nose into. I always loved going to visit the library where she worked and would happily take home a stack of books to enjoy  as many times as I could before they had to be returned. Continue reading “World Book Day! Reading ideas and recommendations for babies and toddlers”

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Chronic Sleep Deprivation and How to Survive It

If you carry out an internet search on ‘coping with sleep deprivation for parents’ the majority of what you will find is targeted at the newborn stage.  Those early months with a brand new human are meant to involve significant tiredness and I think all new parents expect this.  What a lot of parents, myself included,  don’t expect is for this stage to last beyond a short while and anticipate that after a few months of a bit of tiredness they will get back to  their 8 hours of sleep a night, every night once again.

If you are one of those lucky folk (and I know you are out there!) then fantastic! That’s super! Just please, don’t go bragging to the mum of a two year old who has her top on backwards, dark circles under her eyes and a random empty yoghurt pot in her bag.  She will not be accountable for her actions if you do!

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