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Tips for expressing milk

Being able to express breastmilk can bring you a little bit of freedom when looking after an infant. Whether it is so that you can get someone else to feed your baby so that you can have a break or get stuff done, or to give your boobs some respite during those periods where your little one seems to eat all day, giving your baby expressed breastmilk ensures that they have the best source of nourishment possible.

The delusion of time

I don’t know about you, but I get mildly excited when my baby plays happily in his activity centre or motion gym for longer than five minutes, because it means I can actually heat up my lunch, or do some laundry, or take a decent shower. And when he naps, it almost feels like a reward – a small portion of your day that’s just for you. You don’t necessarily get one of these every day, so when you do, you make the most of it.

Fingernail Fancies

Yes, it’s a bit of a strange topic, but until I had a baby, I’d significantly underestimated just how useful having long – or longish – fingernails can be.

I don’t have particularly strong fingernails, so when they get a tad long they sometimes break along the side, close to where the nail joins the skin. It hurts! When this happens, obviously I clip the broken nail, and then inevitably trim them all to avoid any others breaking. Simple, right? Wrong. When you have short nails, so many things become that much more difficult.

“Mummy benefits” of naps vs. overnight sleeping

I know I’m pretty lucky. When my baby was about 3 months old, he started sleeping through the night. He’d go down around 11pm and sleep until around 5am. I thought that was excellent. He didn’t even really go through the dreaded sleep regression at 4 months (although there were a few days around that time when he’d sleep only three or four hours and then wake up for a feed). After this, his sleep improved, and he started sleeping from 10/10:30pm until 6/6:30am (or waking up quietly and letting me grab a few extra winks). I don’t always feel rested, but it’s great to be able to sleep through the night myself.

The thing is, my little man doesn’t like napping.

When do I stop sterilising baby’s bottles?

The other day, as I scrubbed my breast pump and packed the steriliser full of baby bottles for the umpteenth time, I began to wonder how much longer I need to continue sterilising my little man’s bottles. A Google search brought up lots of forum threads about this but not a lot of authoritative sources.

Here’s the lowdown

Cold & flu, and baby, too …

It is heartbreaking to see your child suffer, especially when they don’t understand what is happening to them. So, what can you do to help your little one?

Tips for nappy time

When you have a baby – particularly an infant – you tend to feel like you’re changing nappies nonstop! It can be a challenge if your little one fusses a lot at nappy time.

In the first couple of months, my little man hated nappy time because it meant having a bare bum. He did not like being naked, even in preparation for a warm bath. He’d cry inconsolably, which would stress me out and make me dread nappy time, too.

Here are some tips and tricks that I find helpful to keep bub happy while changing his nappy!