The summer holidays are almost over, which means it’s back-to-nursery for your little munchkins. The amount of new things your child needs for the start of term can seem a bit overwhelming, especially if they’re attending nursery for the first time. To help you along the way we’ve put together this selection of things you’re likely to need. From super-cute bento boxes, to backpacks and snack bags, we’ve selected the coolest back-to-nursery products you could wish for. Here are 12 of our favourite back-to-nursery essentials.
While there is no strict definition of when breastfeeding becomes ‘extended’, the term is commonly used to refer to babies who are breastfed beyond a year. If it’s a route you’re planning to take you’re in good company as many famous mums, including Salma Hayak and Gisele Bundchen have practiced extended breastfeeding, and the science world also gives it a big thumbs up, thanks to the numerous physical, mental and emotional benefits. To get the lowdown on the benefits of extended breastfeeding we talked to Dru Campbell, midwife and lactation consultant at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai. Here’s what she had to say…
From talking to your bump and visualising your first meeting with baby, to creating the ultimate birthing experience, there are many ways to bond with your baby, before, during and after birth. To get the lowdown we talked to doula and hypnobirthing practitioner Nic Bambury to get her tips. Here’s what she had to say.
When it comes to choosing a nursery for your child, instinct plays a big part. However, while going with your gut is great, it’s also vital that you do your own research so that you’re able to make an informed choice and feel comfortable that your child is in the right place. One of the most important ways to do this is by asking the right questions during your nursery tour. Of course, knowing what to ask is half the battle, so to give you a nudge in the right direction we sat down with Chantal Ariens, Director of Growth at Blossom Children’s Nurseries. As the UAE’s first Cache qualified Nursery group, Blossom is at the forefront of nursery education and has an impressive reputation to match. Here Chantal talks us through the key questions to ask before choosing a nursery.
How can I increase my milk supply? It’s a question that most breastfeeding mothers will have asked themselves at one point or another. The good news is that for most women there is absolutely nothing wrong with your ability to produce enough milk. That’s not to say you won’t face issues, but these difficulties can usually be attributed to other factors such as bad latch, scheduled feeding and the amount you pump. Fortunately there are ways to rectify any problems that may arise. We caught up with Dru Campbell, midwife and lactation consultant at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai, to get her top tips on how to increase milk supply.
So your friend is expecting a baby. You know what else she’s expecting? An amazing baby shower gift. This is your cue to bag something that is cute, thoughtful, unique and useful. That’s right. While something for the shelf will look pretty in the nursery, what mama-to-be really wants and needs are practical pressies that she can use on a daily basis. We know what you’re thinking… Where’s the fun in that? Well, the good news is we’ve put together a list of useful – and adorable – gift ideas. Bag one of these useful baby shower gifts and mama-to-be will be very happy come baby shower day.
The day has finally come. Your little one is off to nursery. It’s a new and exciting phase and one that will bring many rewards. Of course, starting nursery can also be challenging and it’s perfectly normal for your tot to experience fear, upset and anxiety during those first few weeks. Fortunately there are a few things you can do to help munchkin stay as calm and confident as possible. We sat down with Chantal Ariens, Director of Growth at Blossom Children’s Nursery to get her top tips on how to settle your toddler into nursery. Here’s what she had to say.
Most toddlers start to say their first words by the time they’re 14 months old. But while speech is the single most powerful way for small children to interact, it’s a long road from those first few babbles to verbal communication. Consequently, parents still have their work cut out as they try to figure out what their toddler is trying to say. With this in mind we thought it might be fun to put together a list of things your toddler wants you to know, but can’t yet say. If nothing else, we hope it gives you a giggle.
Having a new baby is an exciting phase in your life. However, it can also be scary, lonely and frustrating. Just at a time when you could really do with the support of friends and colleagues, you’re alone, doing a new job and all your ‘boss’ does is scream at you. The good news is that you don’t need to feel isolated because there is a whole network of support available. From online communities to mum and baby groups, you can create the ultimate new mum support network.
Deciding between hiring a nanny and sending your child to nursery can be a real head-scratcher, mainly because there is no right or wrong answer. We all have different priorities and what works for one parent might not work for another. Ultimately all you can do is weigh up the pros and cons. To get the facts, we sat down with childcare expert Rachel Waddilove and child psychologist Devika Singh, and asked them to talk us through the pluses and minuses of the nanny vs nursery debate. Here’s what they had to say.