{Raising Little People} Single mother by choice, not circumstance

Having a child is a massive decision, probably the most important choice of your life.

So what happens if you don’t want to do it like everyone else?

Here is an interesting view on Being a Single Mother by Choice.

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No two families are the same and what works for one family may not work for another. At least this lady is honest. This is what she wanted and what she stands by.

Good luck to Katy Chatel with her son Jessey.

Happy reading Nesters x

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{Raising Little Birdies} 6 Signs you’re done having babies

They say you know.

That is it just a feeling you get.

Deep down in your gut, you know you’re done. cot

Essential Baby has put together a list of 6 Signs You’re Done Having Babies

I am yet to reach this point (which is brilliant considering I am expecting a new little bird in the next few weeks!) but I have some close friends who have and I am assured that this is definitely true!

Happy reading Nesters x

{Raising Little People} When Dads believe their baby doesn’t like them

Being a parent is tough. Especially if you aren’t the one that your baby is naturally drawn towards.

You may feel alone, isolated, unloved.

This can be the case for many fathers.

Here is an interesting article from Essential Baby that discusses what happens when Dads believe their baby doesn’t like themdad and baby

It helps give ideas on how to bond with your little one. How to create a connection. Little things that can make big differences.

Read it.

{Raising Little People} How do I know my baby loves me?

Through the heavy fog of sleeplessness.

Through the darkest of morning hours.

Through the endless minutes of howling.

Through the tears of frustration.

Having a newborn is tough. Some days are good. Some days are not.

Some nights are sleepy. Some nights are not.

Knowing that it is worthwhile can be a difficult concept to remember.

Essential Baby have put together a beautifully written article to remind you that it is worth it. That you are loved. That you are enough.

Five ways your baby shows that you are loved is an article that should be shared. newborn

Happy reading Nesters x

(p.s you are enough!)

{Raising Little People} 20 brilliant books for little birdies

There is nothing more perfect than little minds listening intently to a grown-up voice reading stories of adventure, fun and fantasy.

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It is a memory that I hold close to my heart. I remember my parents reading to me and I know my little birdies will have the same memory when they are grown.

Essential Baby have put together a brilliant list of the top 20 children’s books that all little birdies should read.

Happy reading Nesters!

{Raising Little People} When labour just doesn’t happen..

Holding your precious new bundle of love is the most incredible feeling in the world. The sense of achievement, the sense of relief, the sense of family washes over you.

Image Source: Essential Baby (Getty Images)

Image Source: Essential Baby (Getty Images)

So does it matter how your new little one gets here? Each and every delivery is incredibly different. But, what happens if your little birdie doesn’t want to come on their own accord?

Recently, there has been a tendency to diminish medically assisted birth experiences such as inductions, in favour of ‘natural’ births.

Here one woman shares her story about the fact that a less-than-ideal birth can bring a sense of loss, even if the outcome is positive.

From someone who is 2 from 2 in the induced births department I completely agree with her sentiments. Whilst I happily cuddled into my new little people I did feel a certain sense of disappointment in myself for not being able to experience spontaneous labour, but then, you realise why does it really matter?

Essential Baby – ‘When labour just doesn’t happen’

Happy reading Nesters x

{Raising little people} Age gaps between little birdies – is there a right answer?

Everyone has an opinion, like about everything.

So today’s big opinion is ‘Why did you choose to have such a big age gap between your little birdies?’

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I have a beautiful friend that chose to have a big age gap. There is five years between her little birdies and they are very happy, well adjusted children. It is what works for their family.

I have another friend who has 12 months and one day between her little birdies. That’s what works for them.

The talented Donna Webeck has put together an article on Essential Baby about the reasons why she chose to have a big age gap.

Surely, there is no perfect answer and it is simply what works for you and your family?

You can find the link here -> ‘Four things I love about a love age gap and the one thing I loathe’

What do you think Nesters, is there a perfect gap?

{Raising little people} Name me a name for life

It’s the start of a new year and some new little lives need names.

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Essential Baby have put together the top New Zealand names for 2013.

Is your little birdie’s name in the top 10? Here is the link -> New Zealand Top Baby Names 2013

While these lists really are useless (as I am assuming that most people will not need to know what the most popular names are to provide their infant a name for the rest of their lives), it really is fun to look at.

Enjoy x

{Recall alert} Angelcare Baby Monitor

As a parent you always try and do what is best for your baby birds which often includes using the latest in technology to monitor their safety.angelcare-300x0

If you (or someone you know) owns an ‘Angelcare baby monitor’ you need to read this article today published on Essential Baby.

It has been discovered that two babies have died as a result of strangulation caused by the cords attached to the cot monitoring system and a full recall has been ordered.

You can read more here -> ‘Angelcare monitor recall’

Please be safe Nesters x

 

Swaddling could be bad news for your baby

Do you swaddle your baby?

Photo source: Getty Images

Photo source: Getty Images

Essential Baby has published an article whereby Dr Hiscock of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute advises that swaddling your little bird can lead to walking developments and hip issues to some children.

Your swaddle should be tight around the top and lose enough for movement of the little bird’s legs.

You can read the full article here -> ‘Full body Swaddles Bad News for Newborns’

In our nest both our baby-birds have loved the ‘Love to Dream Wrap me up Swaddle’. We use it to encourage a peaceful sleep and also as sleep trigger when we are not at home. We definitely recommend it to anyone with a little one.

What do you use? A traditional blanket? A full swaddle? Nothing at all?wrap me up