Cleaning Baby’s bum – cotton wool, disposable or cloth wipes?

Over the last few years reusable / cloth / washable or real nappies have become a more and more popular choice for parents, and it’s only natural that a range of options has recently opened up in the realm of wipes too. A wide choice is now available when it comes to wipes, and we’re not just talking about different brands of baby wipes (scented vs unscented, water-based etc.), but also about reusable / cloth / washable wipes now becoming a more wide-spread reality, as parents are becoming more aware about the chemical content of disposable baby wipes and are choosing more eco-friendly and natural options. Continue reading

My choice of nappies – cloth AND disposables

11041262_810707832349488_6706215945279802322_nIn celebration of Real Nappy Week this April, we asked our BabyNatal teacher Sara to share what choices she and her husband made for each of their 3 children when it comes to using cloth or disposable nappies. Read on to find out how Sara first came across real nappies and how they worked for her in different ways for each of her children.
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Babywearing and the stretchy wrap

Many of us here at The Natal Family have used or are using stretchy wraps with our babies, and if you’ve been to one of The Baby Shows lately, you would have also seen our 12096024_926619247407210_6726738552820438904_nteachers wearing and demonstrating stretchy wraps for parents. We have noticed that stretchy wraps seem to attract a lot of attention from other parents, so we thought we’d tried to explain why we (and our babies!) love them so much! Continue reading

What to consider when buying a Pushchair… Plus a review of the Stokke Xplory

Last month we broke from the norm and wrote a review, which over 200,000 people visited to read within just two days! Something I have been asked since is why we don’t do more reviews to support parents weigh up some of the options when looking at particular products… so once a month that is now what we will do!

The first item I have chosen to review is something that generates a lot of discussion when I am out and about, I literally couldn’t walk into a shop over the Christmas period without being stopped to be asked about this item… and that is my pushchair.

brokebuggysmWe use the Stokke Xplory, and even though I babywear often, I have found myself using this more than I would have expected simply because it is so well designed. I’ve been through the experiences of the pushchairs which look good, but are too heavy to lift in and out of the car, those which are really multifunctional but badly designed so I regularly would trap my fingers in the mechanism, those which had nowhere to store stuff, etc. In each case, I ended up hardly using them… Continue reading

How I learnt to trust my instincts…

Dany che dorme Nov 2013I was 28 when I became a mum for the first time – I felt that I was ready, and I felt that I was in a good position to start my own family. But… I was also very aware of the fact that I knew very little about babies, and learning how to look after my own baby would be a steep learning curve. I imagined it’d be exciting, for sure, but also challenging, at first.

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Story of a home birth (or two!)

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Baby Harrison born at home – how broody does this make you feel?!

“A HOME BIRTH!?” Most people cried once I’d told them my plans. Not surprising really since only 1.4% of births in my hometown of Warrington are home deliveries.

Another gem somebody said to me was: “Trust you to be different!” No, trust me to do my own research and decide for myself. Continue reading

The story of one woman, one journey into motherhood and many lists!

4 -pen and paperI’d always considered myself an organized person. I was a self-professed List Queen.

I made lists in my professional life to help me keep organized and time savvy. I made lists in my private life of to-do’s so that I could cross things off and feel satisfied at my productivity. I made shopping lists, wish lists, if I won the lottery lists.  Continue reading

Interacting and playing with your newborn baby

Contributed by Sara Bussandri, BabyNatal West London

Picture this: a 39+weeks pregnant woman, limping up and down the aisles of a toy store looking for rattles suitable from birth. Well, yes, hands up – that was me, approaching my due date and panicking because I didn’t have any toys for my baby! What was my baby going to play with? I needed toys! I needed 0+ months, colourful, squeaky toys to keep my little boy busy! Luckily I found a few and happily returned home to carry on with more crazy activities brought on by my nesting instinct!  Continue reading

The crossroads of motherhood

SamBsmallWe are delighted to share this guest blog from Sam Butterwick, founder of the award winning nursery Simba’s Den in Bulwick, Northamptonshire. Sam is a familiar face at BabyNatal, as she supports our training programme with her expertise on early years development. In this blog, Sam shares her own experiences and reflections on becoming a mum.

Becoming a mother, to me, was like being at a constant crossroads; spinning around wondering if the road you are about to take is wrong or right, in the best interests of you or your child, a constant emotional battle of wanting to get it all perfect. In today’s society families are faced with tough lifestyles; balancing work and children at times seems to be a real battle. We all want the best for our children; it is our innate instinct, but what is the best? And when do we know we have chosen the right path? How do we get the balance of working to support our children and having a traditional idyllic family life too?

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