Some thoughts on getting breastfeeding off to a good start

If you have been to buy a new pair of trainers in a Sports Direct store somewhere in England, chances are you have bumped into a group of protesters sitting on the floor (and quite deliberately in the way) while openly breastfeeding their babies. We can only congratulate these ladies on making a stance that …

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Caring for your baby’s skin the green way

Let's be honest: you won't need a whole battery of products that are enough to stock a wellness and beauty studio in order to keep your little one's skin soft, supple and sweet smelling. As we walk through the aisles at the local supermarket we come to realise, that a baby has about as many …

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On Cloth Nappies

I was usually met with either horrified looks or on the other end of the scale almost roaring applause when I announced that I was planning to use cloth nappies instead of disposables on my new baby. My daughter is now 7 weeks old and I have been using them right from the start. To …

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Rite of Passage, or: An Ideal Labour

It is true what they say, everything changes, your life as you knew it has gone. You're constantly improvising, like writing for example with a nursing baby on your lap as I am now. I never would've thought it was be possible to do that: writing, the clicks on the keyboard accompanied by some snorting …

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A poem for baby

As the due date for your baby to be born draws near, all you seem to do is attend appointments (midwife, antenatal classes, pregnancy yoga perhaps, maybe another scan, hospital tour) and making the final arrangements. You're trying to be on top of everything, getting organised to the "nth" degree only to realise "this" cannot …

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Conception, Pregnancy and Childbirth Books – a Shortlist

Why would you put something on "shortlist"? Of course, there is still always the "longlist", and lots of it on there would undeniably still be worth reading. This shortlist however contains titles which I found eye-opening and essential for every mother-to-be (and their husbands/partners/parents) to read or dip in and out of. This is for …

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The Continuum Concept – the book that might very possibly change your life (and your baby’s)

While I was translating a very comprehensive, highly readable and basically brilliant book by Katy Elphinstone "Autism and Asperger's, Advice for Parents and Carers" into German, I also came across some other very helpful and inspiring titles. One of those is the Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff. In the 1970s she spent some years living …

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The “things” baby needs…

You hear it time and time again: “Children are just so expensive!” You need new furniture, all the clothing, a complete sterilising system for the bottles (ever heard of breastfeeding?), bucket loads of pampers (ever heard of old fashioned cloth nappies?), decorate the nursery (coupled with a lot of anxiety if it should be pink …

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