Month: December 2013

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Bang! Crack! Whizzzzzzzz! Pop! Fizzzzz! As the fireworks soar and the champagne corks fly, we look back at our top 10 favourite blog articles on Essex Baby in 2013, and say a BIG thank you to all those writers who have contributed. If you missed any of these great articles, take a look! There are some crackers! 1) The aftermath of a traumatic birth, by Lyndsay North This was a very popular article by regular blogger Lyndsay who bared her soul in this heart wrenching account of giving birth to her fourth child. Tissues at the ready… 2) Toddler mealtimes – cook, serve, throw in the bin, by Dr Gemma Witcomb and Dr Emma Haycraft from the Child Feeding Guide This is a really useful article to help you get through the hard times of feeding your toddler! Stay patient, keep relaxed, breathe… 3)My Fantastic birth doula, by Lauren Derrett Lauren had given birth a number of times already, but after three bad experiences and a fourth birth looming, she began to think that if she “gave birth alone in a bush it would be preferable to going into a hospital”. Lauren didn’t decide to give birth in a bush, but she did decide to hire a doula! Read about her experience here. 4) Childcare options and finance, by David Vaughan David has written some useful finance articles for...

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Making the living room a safe haven

The living room is a great place for family time – comfy sofa, feet up, cup of tea and our favourite soaps! Even though your little ones may not appreciate the gripping Corrie storyline, they’ll still enjoy the living room by finding other ways to entertain themselves – some of which may not be the safest of activities. Sian Peak, our EssexBaby.co.uk safety blogger, shares her top tips on how to keep your living room safe for little adventurers. You may not think there are too many dangers in a room predominantly made of soft furnishings, however we’ve put together a few tips on protecting mini explorers from everyday items that could cause them a drama of their own! Furniture If you’ve ever bumped your knee on a table corner you’ll know just how much it hurts! Protect small children with corner cushion guards which can easily be placed on the edges of sharp furniture.Little explorers love to root about the sofa cushions. Check your cushions regularly for loose change or other small choking hazards which can get pushed under furniture without knowing, but will still be in reach of small hands. Regularly check underneath the sofa and down the sides of cushions to prevent small items from being found. Amateur mountaineers love to climb! A child can topple a bookcase simply by reaching for a book or climbing...

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In defence of Santa

Guest blogger Catherine De Bie has recently noticed a movement against Father Christmas amongst playgroup mums and dads, and believes the old chap in the red suit is not as welcome in the homes of the modern parent as he used to be. Take a look at her article to see why, and then let us know what you think! I have noticed recently, amongst the play group mums and dads, a movement against Father Christmas. It seems as though the old chap in the red suit is not as welcome in the homes of the modern parent as he used to be. Comments such as “I don’t want to lie to my child” and “the idea of an old man wandering round the house at night is just a bit creepy” are used to justify why Santa is not featuring so highly in certain households. I nod in agreement, after all they are pretty sound arguments. We want to lead by example so an outright lie like “there’s a magic red elf that brings you gifts”, seems wrong. We are also moving out of the age where threatening our children is also seen as wrong so you won’t find “be good or Santa won’t bring you any presents” in any parenting guide these days. There is however one argument that I don’t agree with: “I want my children...

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The sexy secret of sprouts

Brussel Sprouts – you either love them or hate them. According to a London-based fertility clinic, you should try to love them and not push them away at Christmas if you’re trying to conceive as sexy sprouts are a great baby-making super food! Don’t push away those sprouts at Christmas if you’re trying to conceive. Apparently sexy sprouts are a baby making super food! Did you know that December is officially the sexiest month of the year in the UK calendar? According to studies over nine per cent1 of all conceptions take place in the period between Christmas and New Year, so the festive season is definitely the fertile season! Although parties and over- indulgence could be factors in Christmas conception; research suggests that it’s more than a sprig of mistletoe that ignites the Christmas baby-boom! In fact scientists believe that the colder weather could also contribute to a man’s fertility levels2. Moreover, other factors associated with enhancing a person’s fertility often happen at this time of year- such as socialising, relaxing and eating brussel sprouts -yes brussel sprouts! Guest blogger for EssexBaby.co.uk, Neema Savvides, Nutritional Therapist with the Harley Street Fertility Clinic says: “Believe it or not this green micro cabbage is a baby making super food. Firstly, they are bursting with folic acid which is essential for boosting fertility in both men and women. This vitamin rich...

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