1. The thing about babies is that they’re so darn cute – who wouldn’t want to dress ‘em up and show ‘em off? Some mums bedeck their little ones in designer garb, others do personalised jumpers and some can’t resist those cute little baby converse even if the last only about a week.

    My guilty pleasure when it comes to ridiculous things parents do to fashion-up their babies is hair.

    As soon as my very bald first child sprouted a hair, I bought the teensiest clips I could find and clipped said strand with no shame at all. My second child, who so happened to be born with a very black mop on her head (yay!), has been decorated since birth, and my four-month-old son is currently the proud owner of a (dyed) red Mohican –hair putty and all.

    I’m probably a little eccentric when it comes to dressing my children but there are mums out there who are a lot more sensible than I – rather than observe and deny, they observe and apply.

    Baby gift store My 1st Years recently revealed the results of a poll in which UK mums named the stylish celebrity babies of 2014, that rank high on the trend-o-metre. The winner will come as no surprise; Prince George – duh! Traditional as pie. And those cheeks, who can resist?

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  2. So we all know that alcohol is a suggested no-no during pregnancy. There is some debate around a cheeky glass of red a couple of times a week but the hardtack liquor found in the likes of cocktails is not likely a good idea.

    Which is why mocktails have become a great favourite among pregnant women who like to participate in the social aspect of drinking without compromising their baby in any way.

    Mocktails, or mock cocktails – those that do not contain any alcohol, are great for serving the entire family and a nice alternative for party guests who prefer not to drink alcohol.

    More and more bars and restaurants seem to be including mocktails on the menu, as the trend grows in popularity. But if a home-grown party is on the cards, or perhaps a baby shower, impart.com’s 50+ Most Popular Mocktail app is a must!

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  3. I thought that placing the baby on the mother’s chest immediately after birth was standard practice.

    Whilst common in the UK, skin-on-skin contact immediately after birth is not all that common in the US – the number of hospitals that implemented skin-on-skin contact for women and babies within 2 hours after an uncomplicated vaginal birth or a caesarean section is below the 50 per cent mark.

    The importance of skin-on-skin contact after birth seems obvious. Sounds like health care professionals need to check out Kate Ogg’s story! – If one of you mummy pals has not yet referred you to the amazing video of Kate Ogg cuddling her supposedly deceased baby back to life you really must do a google search.

    The story goes: Kate Ogg gave birth to twins. One twin (a little girl called Emily) was born healthy but her brother was declared dead by doctors after failed attempts to revive the new little life.

    Wanting to say goodbye to her baby, to meet him and tell him that his mum and dad loved him, so Kate spent the next two hours holding him, skin-to-skin. Whilst cuddling son Jaime to her skin, the little guy started making twitching, jerking movements, which the docs explained away as reflex movements.

    But the movements became more frequent and then Jaime opened his eyes and started breathing. Doctors were shocked!

    Wow! – Right!?

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  4. Most babies love water and introducing them to regular bathing from an early age can mean the difference between bath time struggles and bath time bliss later on.

    Here’s some baby bath time preparations that may just help! Before you begin, be mindful of avoiding interruptions that might occur. i.e. pots on the stove or having your phone with you. Never leave your baby unattended in the bath, not even for a few seconds.

    Before you start your baby’s bath, gather all the things you’ll need. These may include:

    •A sponge or flannel and or cotton wool if you prefer

    •Baby cleanser, mild soap or bath emollient.

    •At least one clean, dry towel.  Hooded towels are good for wrapping up your baby from top to toe.

    •Test the water temperature with a thermometer or once experienced, your elbow. It should be around 38° degrees.

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  5. Perusing the web for interesting parenting fodder, I stumbled across an article (as one seems to do when perusing) about a woman who had delivered her baby by what is known as ‘freebirth. Intrigued, I read the story and discovered something new!

    What is freebirthing? 

    Freebirth or ‘unassisted birth’ is to have a baby without medical or professional help – on purpose; not because it’s your fourth baby and hanging tight (ha ha) for the fifteen minutes it’ll take to get to the maternity ward is wishful thinking or your waters break just as the elevator in your favourite department store comes to an inconvenient standstill…and your baby is born unassisted.

    Freebirth is the choice to give birth sans midwife or doctor.

    The whole thing sounds totally bonkers to me, mum of three. There’s no possible way that I would feel comfortable giving birth without a medical professional in my proverbial face. Lucky I so happened to be born into the privilege of modern, first world living.

    I mean, what did our ancestors do? They squatted in a mud hut and had their babies – maybe there was someone with knowledge of herbal remedies to assist but they did it. Sure, infant mortality probably wasn’t great but they did it…and many women around the world still do – have their babies without medical care or intervention.

    The UK’s Nursing & Midwifery Council says that although freebirth is perfectly legal (as long as the birth is not attended or the responsibility for care is not assumed or undertaken by an ‘unqualified individual’ – unqualified individual’ being a person who is not a registered doctor or midwife but acts in that capacity during birth), it us recommended that the pros and cons of ‘free birthing’ are discussed in detail with a suitably qualified person, and serious consideration is given to any identified risks that may be associated with freebirthing’ in light of personal, individual circumstances.

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