Bringing a child into the world is one of the greatest things you’ll ever experience — and also one of the hardest.
Many new mums expect to feel euphoric once they finally welcome their little one into the world — but the postpartum period is not always blissful. Renegade hormones, sleep deprivation, and the shock of a drastically changed reality is hardly the stuff of Pleasantville, and so the baby blues can hit you hard, even if you’ve never been prone to depressive moods before.
How you take care of your physical and mental health during the prenatal phase is key in forecasting your chances of suffering from postpartum depression. Mother of four and blogger Jenna Orme shares her top tips for beating the blues and preventing PPD before delivery: Continue reading
Contrary to what we may wistfully remember from the days of our youth, or what we hope for our own kids’ childhoods, worries, sadness and other difficult emotions are part of life — almost from the very beginning. The only difference between ourselves and our children is that we have all the necessary communication tools at our disposal. Little ones (and older ones!) are still learning to express and articulate their feelings about the world, so internalising negative stuff, rather than voicing it, is always a danger.
Which is why Worry Eater dolls, whose purpose is to help kids address and handle stresses with friendly support, are an invaluable parenting resource.
Lame games, awkward conversation, nappies doubling as ‘decor’ and bucket-loads of pastel puked on every available surface — baby showers are definitely not for everybody.
It’s not necessarily the theme of ‘babies’ that might have one cringing when yet another insipidly pink invite manifests itself; I, personally, dig babies. In fact, I dig them so much I even have one of my own, and I totally get the desire to celebrate this most momentous time in life with a big ol’ partay. But – parties, by definition, are fun, and baby showers, by design, are not.
It’s hard to imagine that as a new parent there would be developmental milestones that might go unnoticed. But in today’s crazy busy world, and especially if you’re a mum (or dad) with more than one child, things are easily missed, or taken for granted.
And, of course, we’re always looking out for the big stuff; sitting, crawling, walking, talking, teething…