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hugging a baby

So today is National Hug Day

I am a very huggy person. I hug strangers. I hug anyone when it is appropriate. I am a great hugger. Apart from my husband and children, I recently hugged a grieving mum at her son’s funeral and that’s it during the last 10 months. If someone had announced a year ago what 2020 was going to be like, we would not have believed them, we would have labelled that person insane and gone about our day, doing all the things we took for granted. When I read it was Hug Day (which is a nonsense day anyway, let’s face it) I felt a bit sad at how different the world is for many of us right now but I have to have some hope. I have to look at Insta stories from places like Australia where life seems to have resumed and I have to hope for that again, we all do. I have hugged and held women in antenatal classes, during birth and as new mothers who have sobbed when they have felt …

online baby massage

Create your own baby massage group

If you are a group of 4 or more mums you can arrange your own online baby massage sessions with a 10% discount per person. You can arrange morning or afternoon sessions – just get in touch to find out availability. Each session is 90-minutes long and includes: baby massage handouts to use at home access to baby massage videos being added to the private Facebook group 6 online sessions, which run over Zoom massage oil If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to send me a message here. A specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting | working with parents since 2002

Making online baby massage sessions work for you

After running small group baby massage courses almost monthly since 2010, I am now doing things a little differently with online baby massage sessions. Online sessions are a great way to learn baby massage, to ease isolation and to stay cosy with your baby – this can be really beneficial when your baby is new or on those tired days. Here’s how it all works and how you can make the most of your online sessions. Making your online sessions work for you My baby massage sessions are 90 minutes long and will run over Zoom, which you can access on a laptop, tablet or phone. Make a comfy space for you and your baby: In a warm room, set up a changing mat with a blanket Sit on a cushion so you are comfy and can sit back and feed/cuddle your baby Have everything you need within reach – a drink, a snack, baby changing items and your baby massage oil Have your phone, tablet, laptop in a position where you are can see …

cuddling a newborn

A checklist for new parents in the pandemic

We are living in strange times and anyone having a baby right now might be feeling isolated and unsure of where to go for support and reassurance. At the end of your pregnancy Ask you midwife what happens when you bring your baby home. Will there be home visits and how many? When will you get to meet/speak to your health visitor? Your health visitor Ask how the postnatal checks will work – are any face-to-face appointments? When will your baby be weighed? Can you contact her if you have any concerns and how do you do this? Weighing Ask your health visitor if your baby can be weighed? Look for the signs that your baby is putting on weight: getting bigger, healthy skin, wet & pooey nappies, alert and settled in-between feeds. If your baby can’t be weighed by your health visitor and you would like some reassurance of weight-gain, you could use some bathroom scales for an indication. You or your partner can stand on the scales – so you know your weight …

support small businesses

#shopsmallsavelocal

There are so many brilliant small businesses who are challenged by the pandemic and the lockdown restrictions, they are having to think differently, creating new ways of providing services online and selling their goods. While it might seem easier to shop at Amazon, Jeff has enough cash right now and using a small business means that bills get paid and hopefully businesses don’t go under. Here’s how you can help: Follow your favourite small businesses on social media and engage with them so you can find out what they have on offer. The engagement from following, sharing and liking posts could mean they reach more people who will want to buy/use their services. Buy gift vouchers – this will really help businesses who can’t open at all during lockdown Please don’t assume that everything is just closed – services could now be online, shops may be selling online or offering delivery/collection services, restaurants could be providing takeaway and hopefully pubs and breweries are able to do that as well. Ask what you can do to …