Newborns

5 Styling Tips For A Modern Nursery

Becoming the parent of a newborn doesn’t leave you with much time for anything else, especially decorating the nursery! So take advantage of the time you have before the delivery to gather some essentials for the baby’s room.

RELATED: Introducing Your New Baby To Siblings

If you’re struggling to create more of a homely feel, try some of our styling tips which are perfect for both boys and girls.

Armchair

A big and comfy armchair is the perfect way to fill up some space and give the room some extra charisma. Also, just think about all of the hours you’ll be rocking the baby to sleep. Invest in a large armchair (and matching footstool), so you can sit back and feel comfortable.

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Shaggy rug

As the baby grows a little older, you’ll be doing tummy time on the floor. So why not choose a shaggy rug? If you can’t find one at your local store, there are hundreds of sellers on Etsy who sell stunning rugs at discount prices.

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Sun-blocking curtains

Since the baby needs so much sleep during the day, it’s important to invest in a pair of sun-blocking curtains. Shutters are also another great way to control the amount of sun that comes in and also keep your baby well-rested.

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

Storage

Since the baby will be needing a change of clothes quite often (between bathing, accidents, etc), it’s good to have some quick and easy storage in the nursery. Rather than keeping clothes in a conventional drawer, use storage baskets which are easy to access and don’t require much tidying up afterwards.

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Decals

Bring some personality to the room with some bespoke pieces of art. If you already know the name and sex of the baby, personalised art works or throw pillows are cherished pieces that they’ll have for life.

If you want to keep the theme slightly neutral, then decals, stickers or other wall decorations are great ways to spice up any room. They are also easy to remove and don’t cause any damage to the wall.

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Images via Rebecca Judd, Homemade in Heaven, The Minimalist Home, Container Store, Etsy

April 16, 2015

Baby Wearing – Safe or Not?

Carrying babies in slings and pouches is a widely debated topic due to a number of babies suffocating in the past whilst being carried in one. But if worn correctly, they can be an effective, soothing and comfortable way to carry your child. So the short answer to the question, is baby wearing safe, is yes – provided that you are using a safe baby carrier and are using it correctly.

These days there are so many different types of carriers to choose from so it’s important to know what to look out for when you’re considering buying one and how they should be used safely.

  • Do your research – there are certain types of carriers that are deemed to be less safe than others (ie. bag/duffel slings tend to have a bad name because of how the baby is positioned when inside).
  • Find out if any carriers have been recalled for any reason and if so, avoid these at all costs
  • Make sure you buy the correct size – if it’s too big or too small, you may be putting your baby in danger
  • Try before you buy so you know how it feels on your body
  • Read the instructions carefully before use
  • Ask for a demonstration of how it is used correctly
  • The carrier should keep the baby close to your chest, not down by your hips
  • Ensure that your baby’s face remains uncovered by the carrier and that you can see your baby’s face at all times
  • Make sure that your baby’s chin is not resting on their chest as this can compress the airways and lead to suffocation
  • When your baby is in the baby carrier they shouldn’t be curled up in the foetal position, their back should be straight, just like it would be if you were holding them in your arms
  • Check your baby frequently to make sure they haven’t changed positions

As well as ensuring that your baby is safe in the carrier remember that it’s also important to make sure that it’s comfortable for you to wear. At the end of the day you’re going to be carrying around this cargo, possibly for hours on end so make sure it feels right.

Image Source: naturalnursery.co.uk

By Karyn Miller

July 5, 2014

Survival Tips For Parents Of A Newborn

Caring for a newborn child isn’t as easy as dream-feeds, naps which seem to go on for hours and taking cute pictures while they sleep. It’s often a difficult transition which sees you going from parent to none, to parent to one. It’s best not to lose sight throughout the entire experience, and savour the precious moments with your child, while also maintaining some important ‘me’ time.

Have a nap

Whenever you put your baby down for a nap, try to do the same. The odds are that they won’t be getting in a full night’s sleep for a while, and it’s best to at least have a short nap when they do. Even relaxing with a good book or a cup of tea is enough to re-energise your body for the next few hours of the day.

Accept help from family and friends

Family members, friends and relatives will mostly like be offering to cook dinner, tidy up the house and offer support over the next few weeks. It’s a great idea to take up any of these offers which come your way, since it will be easy for you to adjust and not worry about menial tasks such as making the bed or cooking an extensive dinner for a while. Try to get some rest and focus on yourself and your infant.

Time out

To avoid feeling like a zombie, take some time out and get some fresh air. Even going for a small, brisk walk can make a great difference and shift your mood. Arrange these activities around your babies feeding schedule, and try to leave the baby with a responsible adult while they’re taking a nap.

Parents group

Joining a local parents group or keeping in touch with other parents who also have newborns is fantastic to your child’s wellbeing. Get together for a coffee to discuss how your kids are holding up, or chat away via text message if there’s something you need to ask. The more support you can get, the better.

Eat three balanced meals

Keeping to a balanced eating schedule can prove difficult for the first few weeks after baby is born. This is especially important if you are breastfeeding, as this is the fuel which will keep you energised all day and will carry through to your child through the breast-milk. Avoid coffee, tea and soft drinks if you are breastfeeding as this could decrease your milk supply.

What are some of your tips for new parents?

Image via nymomsworld.com

By Felicia Sapountzis

June 6, 2014

Survival Tips To Parents Of A Newborn

Caring for a newborn child isn’t as easy as dream-feeds, naps which seem to go on for hours and taking cute pictures while they sleep. It’s often a difficult transition which sees you going from parent to none, to parent to one. It’s best not to lose sight throughout the entire experience, and savour the precious moments with your child, while also maintaining some important ‘me’ time.

Have a nap

Whenever you put your baby down for a nap, try to do the same. The odds are that they won’t be getting in a full night’s sleep for a while, and it’s best to at least have a short nap when they do. Even relaxing with a good book or a cup of tea is enough to re-energise your body for the next few hours of the day.

Accept help from family and friends

Family members, friends and relatives will mostly like be offering to cook dinner, tidy up the house and offer support over the next few weeks. It’s a great idea to take up any of these offers which come your way, since it will be easy for you to adjust and not worry about menial tasks such as making the bed or cooking an extensive dinner for a while. Try to get some rest and focus on yourself and your infant.

Time out

To avoid feeling like a zombie, take some time out and get some fresh air. Even going for a small, brisk walk can make a great difference and shift your mood. Arrange these activities around your babies feeding schedule, and try to leave the baby with a responsible adult while they’re taking a nap.

Parents group

Joining a local parents group or keeping in touch with other parents who also have newborns is fantastic to your child’s wellbeing. Get together for a coffee to discuss how your kids are holding up, or chat away via text message if there’s something you need to ask. The more support you can get, the better.

Eat three balanced meals

Keeping to a balanced eating schedule can prove difficult for the first few weeks after baby is born. This is especially important if you are breastfeeding, as this is the fuel which will keep you energised all day and will carry through to your child through the breast-milk. Avoid coffee, tea and soft drinks if you are breastfeeding as this could decrease your milk supply.

What are some of your tips for new parents?

Image via nymomsworld.com

By Felicia Sapountzis

June 4, 2014

The Newborn Baby Manual Really Does Exist

New mothers (and fathers for that matter) have often been heard to cry, ‘If only this light bundle of joy came with a manual”. Before the birth of your first baby you tend to read everything you can get your hands but you often don’t think about all the information you will need once the baby is actually born and the reality can be overwhelming no matter how prepared you feel you are.

The people you often turn to for advice are your midwife, lactation expert, friends and family (especially those with young children) and, of course, your mum. But now you can get the expert help as soon as you need it with the new app and ebook, New Baby 101.
 
New Baby 101 is the creation of Lois Wattis, a registered midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Fellow of the Australian College of Midwives. Lois is also a mother and grandmother herself. With more than 20 years’ experience working in hospital and community settings, Lois has provided woman-centred care to hundreds of mothers and babies.

  
New Baby 101 covers all the baby essentials for first time parents, including preparing for baby’s arrival, breastfeeding, bathing and settling techniques. Filled with answers to the most commonly asked questions, it also contains videos for how to change a nappy (both cloth and disposable), swaddling techniques, breastfeeding techniques and more. It’s reliable and credible information in an easily accessible format.

 
Lois says the idea to share her knowledge came about a couple of years ago following the birth of her daughter’s first baby: “I was on hand to help with my grandson’s birth and support my daughter as a new mum.  She realised many people have to figure all that stuff out for themselves, so she encouraged me to write a book.” Lois and her daughter soon realised that “the first place people turn for help today is their phones, so we decided to create an app and ebook first.”

 
New Baby 101 is a free app which includes videos on swaddling and changing your new baby. You can then unlock individual topics for 99c or all 50 FAQs for $6.99. New Baby 101 ebook is just $19 at newbaby101.com.au.
April 19, 2014