Attachment Parenting vs Gentle Parenting

I wrote in this post about the future of my blog that I wanted to write more about our parenting style so here goes! When I got pregnant for the first time I was given a whole bunch of books from various people and one of them detailed a daily schedule, almost to the minute (something about being contented, I’m sure you know the one!). I read this naively thinking that this was how parenting is done, and cringing of the idea of getting baby up at a certain time and making it nap at a certain time, what if it didn’t want to? Not long after we arrived home from the hospital with a brand new baby I realised not only that babies do not fit into a schedule…

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Baby Loves: SnuzPod cosleeper

Meet the SnuzPod. It’s a bedside crib that has three functions; Co sleeper attached to the parents bed, a stand alone crib, and as a bassinet that can be moved from room to room as required. We currently use it as a co sleeper, the level of the cot mattress is level with our own, and the side is drawn down for easy access. The Snuzpod was a godsend in those early weeks after a C-section as I didn’t have to lift him in and out of something with sides and I wish I had known about them when I was recovering from my first C section! As the crib has an open side I can just slide Arlo in and out gently without having to get up properly. It…

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Breastfeeding: Expressing with Medela

As part of my role as a Medela Mum I was extremely lucky to be given both an electric and a manual pump to test out and to help with breastfeeding. With Athena I expressed rarely, partly because I didn’t really need to (Sam was working 5 nights a week then and I didn’t have an older child to spend time with!) and also because I had a second hand manual pump that made expressing pretty hard work! This time round I planned to wait until 6 weeks to start expressing regularly, so my milk production had a chance to level out. In fact I used the pump earlier than anticipated, 3 weeks post partum. I woke up with one boob in agony, and not for the nice-ish reason that I was engorged…

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Babywearing: A Rockin’ Baby ring sling

Although we will eventually get a buggy that will hold both children at some point (when we have decided which one we want, and we’re running out of time!) I am really hoping to do a lot more babywearing earlier with this new arrival. That way I can take Athena out with our normal single pushchair and not have too much to faff around with. The newest addition to my sling-stash is this absolutely gorgeous ring sling from Rockin’ baby. Check out the gorgeous Liberty-esque print! There are lots of unusual and eye catching prints to choose from, as well as a range of block colours if prints aren’t your thing! I’ve never used a ring sling before, so tried it out with Athena a couple of weeks ago and…

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Breastfeeding myths with Medela

I talked about my intent to breastfeed this baby when he arrives in this post: Preparing to breastfeed a second baby, and now we’re getting closer to my due date I’ve been thinking about it a bit more! Medela very kindly let me ask their lactation consultant Sioned some questions about breastfeeding, and two of them very much focussed on my worries about feeding for a second time. If You’ve got any questions you’d like to ask then follow the Medela UK Facebook page and join in with the ‘Breastfeeding Cafe’ on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. They also run competitions from time to time too! 1. In your experience is the breastfeeding journey easier the second time for mums? In terms of how breastfeeding works as with every pregnancy your body…

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Pregnancy: Comparing Co Sleepers

I wish we’d used a co-sleeper with Athena, it would have made life so much easier especially after a C-section. However I had no idea they even existed when I was pregnant the first time round! We had a moses basket (but it rocked from head to foot, and as babies have heavy heads it seems a bit daft, she was always head down!) and then a swinging crib (that you could put pegs in to stop the swing) but she grew out of that quickly as she was so long! I also still had to lift her in and out of it as it wasn’t level with our bed. As there will inevitably be a point where Athena has a disturbed night and ends up in bed with us…

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Why I’m choosing a second Cesarean Section

Athena was born via an elective C section (you can read her birth story here) because of ‘maternal anxiety’ according to my hospital notes. In brief, my husband was a big baby (11’7lbs) and was born via an eventual C section, I was a very small baby 5’11lbs but my mum had a difficult labour and birth and required an operation after I arrived. Sam’s brother was also born with a brain that hadn’t formed properly during pregnancy, and although he lived till he was 18 he needed constant care and had the mental ability of a six month old. All these factors combined meant that I was worried about the actual process of giving birth, and eventually my very supportive GP referred me for counselling to discuss my worries.…

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