As well as water and milk, Rooibos tea has become a staple drink for my fourteen-month-old daughter. She has it with breakfast, lunch and dinner and thinks it’s DElicious. Rooibos, more commonly known as ‘Redbush’ in the UK – a direct translation from the Afrikaans “Rooibos” (pronounced Roy-Boss) – is a flowering shrub that grows in the Cedarberg mountain region in South Africa’s Western Cape, about 250 km north of Cape Town, and is thus popular in the region of southern Africa. Read the rest of this entry »
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Zombie – a term that has embedded itself in my vocabulary since the birth of my fifteen-month-old daughter. I love my little lovely most dearly but she has done nothing to improve my complexion. Bags and wrinkles are the story of my life.
In light of the aforementioned I think that I can safely assume that cosmetic brand ZombieMomz is designed especially for moms like me – to remedy that all too familiar Night of the Living Dead look. Read the rest of this entry »
My baby girl has just recovered from her first of the season’s colds. Being a hippy at heart and cursed with an irrational fear and mistrust of doctors and all things pharmaceutical – I blame my mother – I made my way to Whole Foods to see if I could be advised on a natural immune booster suitable for babies. Amelia gets enough vitamins and minerals from the masses of fruit and veg that make their way into her mouth, so I was looking for something other than supplements. The natural remedy specialist at the shop suggested Organic Virgin Coconut Butter. Here’s why: Read the rest of this entry »
…and Medela pump gets thumbs up
I wrote a post a couple of months ago I wrote an article entitled Tommee Tippee to the rescue. Well, I spoke too soon. My pump broke shortly thereafter. I can’t be sure what the exact problem was but I think that it had something to do with water being sucked through the pipe into the swing and eventually destroying the electronics. I have since purchased the Medela breast pump, which was a budget stretch but definitely worth it. Read the rest of this entry »
My baby started with a patch of eczema on her chest, which then developed into several other patches – most of them concentrated around her joints (elbows, back of knees). I am not sure what causes the eczema but I am fairly certain that it is aggravated by certain foods. I have changed my washing powder to the more gentle kind that is suitable for sensitive skin and I monitor what my baby girl eats quite carefully in an attempt to remove anything from her diet that seems to provoke her eczema. There is a lot of hit and miss that goes on and just when I think I have found a trigger, I am proved wrong. The eczema flares up and calms down at intervals and although the dry patches don’t seem to bother my baby girl (she doesn’t scratch at them), they do require treatment. Read the rest of this entry »
Colic is commonly perceived as an incurable, illusive illness that plagues small babies and sends parents into a deep, dark pit of desperation. The aforementioned view is both true and false; colic is not an illness and although it often can be extremely stressful for parents and uncomfortable for babies, there are ways to manage the condition. Bupa describes colic as “inconsolable crying in a healthy newborn baby with bouts of fussiness and irritability. The condition has no known cause but is harmless, although it can be very distressing for parents or carers.” Colic is quite common, affecting up to two out of every 10 babies, and it usually desists after about 4 months. Read the rest of this entry »
The verdict on my Tommeee Tippee breast pump is in: it’s awesome. Why? Because it makes expressing milk as non-weird, convenient, quick and painless as possible. I decided as soon as I fell pregnant that I was going to breast feed and that my lifestyle would demand that I express milk – a thought that completely grossed me out. I am not keen on the whole idea of milking myself like. I am no bovine. I knew that expressing by hand was a big no-no and even expressing manually with some sort of device was out of the question for me. So it had to be an electric breast pump that would allow me to maintain some semblance of a social life with my newborn. I purchased a Tommee Tippee breast pump because it was the one on special when I went pump hunting. And the decision paid off. Expressing takes little concentration and effort and I usually do it in the company of BBC iPlayer to alleviate boredom. So thanks Tommee Tippee for a great device that has helped me maintain some independence as a new mom.
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It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s healthy. And it’s yum yum yummy. As the new parents of a wriggling, guzzling, wailing newborn, New Covent Garden soup saved the day … actually the last month! NCG’s fresh soup range boasts a host of mouth mouth-watering flavours. As new parents spending much time trying to figure out what to do with our little cutie, NCG soups have been a five minute breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack option within the mad frenzy of parenthood. Read the rest of this entry »
I remember a friend telling me of a vision she had as she was bringing her new born son home from the hospital: masses and masses of mounds of nappies … nappies that are not biodegradable but just hang around for years and years. She told me that the guilt she felt was insurmountable before she had even committed the unforgivable act of using disposable nappies in place of the ‘towlies’ that all of our parents used. Read the rest of this entry »
My non-pregnant best friend keeps nagging me to show her my breast pump. Lurking beneath the inquisitive nature of the request is the undoubted desire to mock. The whole notion of a breast pump is rather bovine – the use of a contraption to extract milk … it’s bizarre. Info everywhere says that breastfeeding is the best. I am keen to try it and it’s a cheaper alternative to formula. This being my choice, I have acquired a breast pump so that I can retain a semblance of a life after my baby girl is born. So while I spend the money that I would have spent on formula on financing gigs and babysitters – my baby will feed away happily on mom’s milk from her bottle; I’m happy and baby is healthy (assuming, of course, that breastfeeding and breast pumping are skills that I am able to master). Read the rest of this entry »