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  • No Mumsy Maternity Wear For Fearne

    FEARNE COTTON says she loves being pregnant and won’t be wearing mumsy maternity clothes.
    The TV presenter and DJ, who is expecting a baby with partner Jesse Wood, has her own clothing range at Very.co.uk.
    This week she told Company magazine: “I’m not keen on elasticated waist bands so I’m sticking with clothes I like but in bigger sizes. Maybe I’ll go a bit more boho, but nothing too far off the beaten track.”
    Fearne also admitted to be suffering from some nausea. She said she wasn’t having any cravings: “I’m still at the sicky stage.”

  • Baby Steps to Sweet Dreams

    There’s nothing sweeter than capping off a long, active day with some special bonding between you and your baby. Fill your child’s bedtime routine with some simple, loving steps that will naturally build beautiful memories for the both of you, and hopefully make way for a peaceful night of sleep.

    Bathtime Beginnings
    A nice warm bath is a wonderful ritual to kick off your bedtime routine. It offers Baby the chance to splash, play and get those last wiggles out of his system, but the water also provides a warm, calming environment that cues him it’s time to wind down. Engage your child with squirty bath toys or finger puppets to make the time together even more fun. Fill small storage containers with various dry goods like noodles and beans and you have instant shakers that babies will love.
    Pajama Party
    Get cozy with your cutie by snuggling him up in comfy pajamas and, if possible, throw on some of your favorite lounging clothes, too. The wardrobe change will put you in a relaxed frame of mind that will shine through to your child. A calm Mommy and Daddy lend themselves to encouraging a tranquil mood for Baby.Setting the Scene
    Once Baby has been outfitted in her jammies, do your best to keep outside disturbances or stimulation, like the glow and sounds of a nearby television, to a minimum. Create an environment that suggests sleepy time is not far away by turning the lights down low in her room, lowering the volume of your own voice and keeping your tone soothing. At this point activities should be gentle ones, and while giggling is always welcome, it’s not the time for a rabble-rousing tickle session.

    Let the Music Play
    You’re constantly trying to get to know your baby, but let him into your world by sharing some of your favorite tunes. Music can be so soothing, so choose a playlist of mellow songs that you love and introduce him to the artists that he’s bound to hear for years to come. Sing along or hum the melodies to really put a smile on your child’s face.
    Bookworms
    It’s the perfect time to turn your child on to reading – while they’re still a captive audience! At this age, while they may be teething wildly, it’s probably best to stick with board books because your baby will inevitably start trying to chomp on the pages and those certainly hold up best to bite marks. Choose books with lots of color that have an almost sing-songy rhythm to them to help lull your child into a sleepy state.

    Picture Perfect
    The quiet of the evening is a nice time to sit with your baby and go through family photos, pointing out familiar faces and reconnecting your child with relatives that she may not get the chance to see very often. You’ll be sharing a part of your history with her and she’ll enjoy looking at all of the smiling faces. It’s a tender touch to add to the bedtime routine.

    Rock Out
    Find a cozy spot, like a glider or rocking chair if possible, where you can read to baby or simply cuddle while you prepare him for a night’s rest. Rocking will pacify the both of you. You might be swaying to settle your child down, but it can’t help but provide you with a little bit of peace after a long, hard day, too. If neither is an option, simply find a comfy chair where you can curl up and make that your relaxing spot with Baby where he knows he can go to calm down, whether before a nap or before bedtime.

    Sign-off Sweetly
    Whether you purely wish your baby a good night or have your own unique catchphrase for her, uttering the same words each and every night at bedtime offers a reassuring touch of familiarity. These words strengthen your bond and quietly let your baby know that you’re always there for her.Treasure Everything.

  • Best flight tips for babies

    When is it safe to take my baby on a plane?
    The thought of facing an airport and a flight soon after giving birth may fill you with horror. But there's actually no standard minimum age restriction for babies to take to the skies.

    Each airline sets its own minimum age and this can range from two days old to 14 days old. For a premature baby, this is usually counted from the due date, not the day they were born.

    Some airlines may insist a newborn baby, and mum, have a GP's note to say they are fit to fly before they will allow them on board. So do check with the airline before booking your tickets.

    If you're travelling abroad, your baby will need her own passport. This can take a few weeks, so it's best not to book that exotic trip away before the paperwork is organised.

    The main worry for you is your baby sharing the plane with other passengers and their coughs, colds and germs. Keep any bugs at bay by being extra scrupulous with hygiene, perhaps adding a travel size antibacterial hand gel to your hand luggage.
    Will my baby need a separate ticket?
    Your baby may not have her own seat, but she will still need a ticket. Different airlines do have different rules, but they like to know if you'll be turning up with a baby in tow.

    Very often, particularly if you're booking your trip before your baby is born, you may not be able to arrange your baby's ticket and seat online. You'll need to do this on the phone to the airline, and confirm nearer to the date, too.

    Sometimes children younger than two do fly for free, but not always. Most airlines charge a percentage of the adult fare if your baby is sitting on an adult's lap for the flight. It's usually more if your baby is having her own seat.

    You may not be able to travel alone if you have two or more babies younger than six months. Most airlines insist there is one adult with each baby.

    Double check too if your baby gets a baggage allowance. Most airlines realise a baby doesn't travel light, but some don't so you may have to pack your baby's things in your suitcase. Unless you're happy to bring another suitcase and pay for extra luggage allowance!
    What facilities do airlines have for babies?
    Feeding and changing your baby can be a challenge when you're away from home, even if you're just out shopping. But many airlines do try to make life as easy as possible for mums and dads.

    Most will have changing tables in the toilets. It may be rather cramped in there, but other passengers may not appreciate you changing your baby's bottom on the seat next to them.

    You may get a bulkhead seat, which is a row without seats in front. But obviously there aren't many of these and most parents with a baby will want one.

    Some airlines will have special carrycots so your baby can sleep on board, perfect for long haul flights. And there are often on-board baby seats that attach to the carrycot spots. However, these are usually given on a first come first served basis. Request a spot when you book your seats and try to confirm your seats before flying. Confirm the reservation again at check-in.

    If you have booked your baby her own seat, most airlines will be happy for her to use her car seat on the plane. It has to face forwards, and not overlap the seat. Some airlines offer a specially designed baby seat. Check with your airline when you are booking your baby's seat to find out what your options are.
    What supplies should I take on the plane?
    Lots of nappies and lots of spare clothes! Also bring clothes for you in case you spill her drink in a spot of turbulence, or in case air travel increases the amount she dribbles.

    Baby food and meals for young children are usually available on the flight. Also take along something you know your baby likes, and remember baby spoons too. If you are formula feeding, take your usual brand of milk.

    Cabin crew are usually happy to warm food and bottles, or boil water for formula milk.

    Passengers are not usually allowed in the galley, so don't expect to treat the plane kitchen like your own. Cruising at 30,000 feet is not the place to start trying to boil and puree carrots!

    Airlines sometimes say they offer nappies and wipes but it would be risky to rely on that. Even if they do have nappies, there's no guarantee they'll have the right size. Much better to take your own.

    While there are restrictions on the liquids you can take on a plane, they don't apply to food or milk for your baby. That means you can take what you need for the journey in your hand baggage. This includes:

    -expressed breastmilk, formula, or cow's milk
    -boiled water to make a feed (must be in a baby bottle)
    -baby food, including finger foods

    Do take extra for delays too. You may be asked to taste any milk or food you want to bring on board in the security checks at the airport. So you may prefer to breastfeed on board rather than taking expressed breastmilk in a bottle.

    Some airports now have a reserve-and-collect service for formula milk. This means you can book your chosen brand of formula with your airline and collect it in the departure lounge.

    The hand baggage restrictions do apply to nappy creams, so only take a small container, under 100ml, on board.

    Pushchairs are not usually counted as part of your luggage. Make sure a luggage tag is put on the pushchair at check in, and you've attached your contact details. You should be able to let your baby ride in her pushchair right to the plane door. Then hand it to the cabin crew and collect it when you land.

    The pushchair will have to be security screened, and that means your baby has to be taken out of it when you go through security.

    Do ensure your carry-on bag also includes:

    individual nappy packs that include wipes so you don't have to haul your entire hand luggage to the loo
    your baby's sheet and blanket as the smell will be comforting
    a couple of favourite toys, and a new one too
    enough formula milk and food for the journey
    a book for you, as your baby may fall asleep

    How can I keep my baby calm during the flight?
    You may find the hum of the engine makes baby drop off as soon as you take off and she's happy to snooze the whole way.

    You may be worried about your baby creating noise and havoc for hours. As you know, if you're calm, baby is more likely to be calm. So try to make it as easy as possible for yourself.

    When you book, tell the airline you'll be travelling with a baby, and opt for all the extras available. Note down any reference numbers given and double check with a phone call, and email, at least 24 hours before you leave.

    If your baby is mobile, encourage her to wear herself out before you get on the plane. The airport may have a play area, but if this is busy find a quiet corner of the departure lounge where she can crawl about.

    Once on board, get yourself settled with everything within reach.

    Also try these tips to keep your baby calm and settled during the flight:

    Breast or bottle feed your baby on take off and landing. The swallowing will help prevent that uncomfortable ear popping.

    Remember your baby's dummy, if she uses one.

    If your baby is awake, take her for a walk up and down the plane so she get's a chance to look about and relax. If later she becomes distressed, a walk about may completely change her mood.

    Night flights are good for long-haul journeys. Look for flights that won't upset your baby's routine.

    If baby is wide awake, try to see the journey as a chance for playtime uninterrupted by chores. You may feel daft playing pat a cake, peek-a-boo and singing in front of other people, but she'll love it. A happy giggling baby is a far more pleasant passenger than an embarrassed mum with a bored and soon to be grizzling baby.

    Your baby's routine may be turned upside down, so she may be hungry when you'd expect her to nap.

    Ask for help from your partner, cabin crew or other passengers when you need it.

    Walking up and down the aisle with your baby may help if she is unsettled. But it may disturb other passengers if she is inconsolable!

    Let your baby look out of the window.

    If you have to change planes, ask for a courtesy cart between gates.

    If the flight isn't full, see if you can move to a spare row of seats.

  • Identical Triplets

    These are the identical triplets whose birth defied odds of 200 Million to one.

    Thomas, Edward and Harry Chalwin were so alike at birth that mum Claire painted one of each of their fingernails to tell them apart.

    The odds of triplets from a natural pregnancy are 4,000 to one. An identical set is almost unheard of.
    The lads were delivered by Caesarian section at 34 weeks at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Bucks, on April 13. weighing just 4lbs each.

    For the first three weeks the boys had to wear gastric feeding tubes.

    Now at home in High Wycombe, the brothers weigh 12lbs each and are using up to 20 nappies a day between them. Claire, a former nurse, and dad Paul, a recruitment consultant, were desperate for a sibling for three-year-old son William after a devastating miscarriage last June.

    Claire, 33, said: “Now I have no problem telling them apart — but it was difficult in the early stages which is why I came up with the colour coding idea. I’d apply it once a week to ensure we always knew which was which.”

    She added: “They are a wonderful gift, I love them all and I am blessed.”

    Triplets with parents

  • Breastfeed your baby to stay slim

    Breastfeeding has long been believed to help mothers get their figure back after giving birth. A new study claims it could also help them stay slim for decades.

    Researchers at the Oxford University found that women who breastfed their babies even for a few months after the birth were less likely to be obese 30 years later. They researchers claimed worked out that for every six months a woman gives her baby breast milk, she loses around two pounds, depending on her initial weight and height.

    Although this may not sound much, the researchers claimed it could help prevent thousands of deaths from cancer, heart problems and other illnesses related to obesity., the Daily Mail reported. The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, surveyed 740,600 women whose average age was 57. They had all answered questions about how many children they had and the total number of months they had spent breastfeeding.

    Experts have already established that breastfeeding uses up large amounts of energy which is equivalent to burning 500 calories a day -- the same as a typical gym session.

    Now, the researchers worked out that for every six months a woman breastfeeds her baby, her body mass index (BMI) -- the measurement of obesity -- falls by 1 per cent.

    An average woman who is 5ft 6ins tall and weighs 11st 1lb (70.30kg) would have a BMI measurement of 25, classified as overweight. But if her BMI was to fall by 1 per cent it would be about 24.75, which is deemed "healthy", and she would weigh 10st 13lb (69.39kg).

    Dr Kirsty Bobrow, who led the study, said: "We already know breastfeeding is best for babies, and this study adds to a growing body of evidence that the benefits extend to the mother as well -- even 30 years after she's given birth.

    "Pregnant women should be made aware of these benefits to help them make an informed choice about infant feeding."

    The researchers also pointed out that breastfeeding may help prevent thousands of deaths related to obesity from cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

    Prof Dame Valerie Beral, Director of Cancer Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University, who was also involved in the study, said: "Our research suggests that just six months of breastfeeding by UK women could reduce their risk of obesity in later life.

    "A one per cent reduction in BMI may seem small, but spread across the population of the UK that could mean about 10,000 fewer premature deaths per decade from obesity-related conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers."

    The research also found that women were more likely to be obese if they had several children.

    This backs up the concerns of health professionals that many gain weight during pregnancy which they don't lose after the birth of their babies.

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