Your microbiome is the diverse community of microorganisms which live within your body. These microbes are vital to our existence. They aid digestion, produce vitamins and neurochemicals, interact with our hormones, and protect us from infection. In return we give them an ideal place to live. We couldn't live without them, and they couldn't live without us. Emerging research shows that how we birth and feed our babies can have a life-long impact on their microbiome and their health.
'Fed is best', 'Breast is best'. Go to any article or Facebook post concerning infant feeding and you'll more than likely see one of these two phrases, and no doubt a lot of arguments about it in the comment section. I hate them both. Neither is true, and neither is remotely helpful to a woman who is trying to decide how to feed her baby, so isn't it time we started moving away from such restrictive language?
Easter is just around the corner. In my house, that means its time for Easter themed messy play, decorating my mantle and walls with my kid's artwork, and making delicious treats! Here's a run down of my favourite ideas for Easter fun with babies, toddlers, and older kids.
Formula milk companies exist to make profit–lots of it– and they often use misleading marketing techniques to make that profit at the expense of women and babies. Find out how formula companies are undermining informed choice here, as well as independent and evidence-based information on the different types of formula milks available.
What child doesn't love painting? Using a paintbrush is great, but switching it up with different materials is even better! Here's how to make a spaghetti paintbrush to encourage your child to get creative with different colours, textures and patterns
‘he won’t let me put him down’ ‘she’s using me as a dummy’ ‘he wants to feed all the time’ ‘she will only sleep on my chest’ Why does my baby want to be constantly attached to me? Why is it called 'the fourth trimester'? And how can I cope?
There is nothing like messy play to foster your child's curiosity and imagination. Edible sand is one of my all time favorites. It's quick and easy to make, makes perfect sandcastles, and is great for kids of all ages, including babies from 6 months plus. here's how to make it!