Birthmarks: what’s a Mongolian Blue Spot?

mongolian-blue-spotIn our BabyNatal Practical Baby Care classes we talk about newborn appearance, and one of the things we briefly touch on are birthmarks. These congenital irregularities of the skin can be present at birth or can appear shortly after the birth (generally within the first 2 months of life) – not all babies will have them of course, but some might, so it’s important that parents are aware. There are various types of birthmarks, and they can be caused by different factors.

Today we are going to focus on a particular type of birthmark called Mongolian Blue Spot, also referred to as “slate grey navi” or, formally, as “congenital dermal melanocytosis”.
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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

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 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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