What’s really hiding inside your baby’s wet wipes?

20161010_145107In our BabyNatal Practical Baby Care classes we discuss nappy changing, washing baby clothes, and bathing amongst other things, and one aspect that invariably always comes up is around the usage of ‘baby products’, be it soaps and shampoos, wet wipes, detergents etc. You’ll never hear us recommend one product over another one, but you’ll hear us say is that we encourage all parents and parents-to-be to make informed choices, which are right for their families, their babies and their own unique circumstances. Continue reading

Six things you should know about your baby’s umbilical cord

In our BabyNatal Practical Baby Care classes we cover newborn appearance, and a key part of your baby’s appearance after birth (besides the fact that they are so cute, cuddly, beautiful and absolutely perfect) is that they will have some umbilical cord still attached to their tummy. Umbilical cords are not the typical thing that’s shown on TV, where babies who are meant to be newborn are in reality a few months old, so unless you’ve had a baby already or had the pleasure to be the birth partner for someone else, chances are that most of us haven’t seen one before and don’t know much about it. Continue reading

Diary of a sleep deprived mum – Laura’s story

The situation

My daughter Emily is 19 months old, and up until a couple of weeks ago, she would wake somewhere between 1 to 4 times in the night between 9pm and 7am. The wakings would vary between 20 minutes to over an hour at times, and with each waking she would only settle with me (mum) with a breastfeed. We tried having Daddy going in to her to settle her back to sleep, but she would just screams and screams until I would go and feed her back to sleep. We tried many different ‘gentle’ things to help her sleep – later bedtime, earlier bedtime, later naps, earlier naps, baby massage, more food, banana before bed, more drinks, warmer clothes for bedtime, a comforter, white noise, night light, bedtime routines, bedtime story, no TV in the run up to bedtime… You name it, we tried it! Continue reading

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

Natal Top Tips – Introducing your family pet to your new baby

baby with dogIn classes that The Natal Family run we often get asked questions by expectant parents and one of the regular ones is how best to introduce their dog or cat to their new baby. There is every chance that your dog or cat will know that you are pregnant long before your baby arrives; they have a highly developed sense of smell that can sometimes detect subtle hormone changes in a Mum to be. You may have noticed that your pet has already started behaving differently around Mum; whether it’s keeping their distance or wanting to have extra cuddles, or just being more attentive. Continue reading

The Natal Family, Boba and why you should learn about wearing your baby!

IMG_1705We are very excited to announce that we have agreed a partnership with Boba, who have come on board to support our fantastic BabyNatal programme! Boba is a well known babywearing brand, with a range of wraps, carriers and other products to support parents to ‘wear’ their babies. They started as a family-run business, just like The Natal Family did, and have grown to be a very well-known brand, which is respected internationally. Continue reading

My return to work breastfeeding journey

In celebration of International Breastfeeding Week, one of our Natal teachers shares her personal story of returning to work while breastfeeding. Thanks to Laura for sharing this story of how she made breastfeeding and work, work for her! 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