When Baby Boo first started crawling I was beside myself with excitement. However, that euphoria was quickly replaced by dread when I realised that pretty much every area of our house posed some kind of threat to her. In the months since I’ve gradually turned what was a hazardous home into a safe haven. Read on for my top tips for basic babyproofing.
Colic. A word that will strike fear into mums and mums-to-be everywhere, and one of the few things capable of blowing a hole in your new-baby bubble. But what exactly is it? Well, rather than a diagnosis, ‘colic’ is a type of behaviour, and refers to babies that cry a lot for no apparent reason. They’re not sick, hungry, wet or tired but are utterly inconsolable for more than three hours at a time, during episodes that occur three or more days a week, hence the term, ‘rule of threes’ . Ultimately it’s something of a mystery and can be maddening, saddening and baffling all at the same time. To help relieve some of the stress associated with colic, here are five answers to common questions, starting with the biggy – does my baby have it?
They’re not little for very long, so you may be thinking about booking in for a newborn photography session. However, when you suddenly find yourself in charge of a tiny human being, remembering to brush your teeth is a monumental accomplishment, so getting out the door for a photoshoot can seem like a daunting prospect. Fortunately it’s not as scary as it sounds and thanks to the expert photographers at Pink Pepper Photography, the whole experience is designed to be as seamless and enjoyable as possible. I sat down with baby photographer Ancke Moolman to get all your questions answered.
Most mums will be nodding their heads knowingly at this one, as a fear that your breastfeeding baby isn’t getting enough milk is a very common anxiety for new mums. After all, you want to make sure that your baby’s getting all the nourishment she needs from you breast milk and, well, as you can’t actually see how much she’s swallowing, it can feel as though you’re flying blind. However, there are a few fool-proof ways to tell if your baby is breastfeeding well and I asked Dru Campbell, midwife and lactation consultant at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai, to talk me through them. Here’s what she had to say…