In this section of our website we have put together information supporting gentle and informed parenting. The way we parent our children has a life long impact. Topics include: Co-sleeping, baby wearing, gentle discipline, informed vaccination choices, natural therapies and gentle parenting philosophies. At Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond we support parenting philosophies that raise children with kindness and respect.
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Gentle Parenting Articles
Emotional Wellbeing of Mums By Melanie Strang As a mum of 2 young children I try to not only look after myself physically (healthy diet and exercise) but I try also to nurture my emotional wellbeing- this takes time and effort, just like scheduling in some exercise or preparing a healthy meal. Here are my top 5 favourite tips to help care for mum’s emotional wellbeing: Rest is not idleness Taking time to recharge your batteries is a priority-
5 Key Strategies to Keep Your Relationship Growing By Alison Valenti Secrets of Relationships Once the baby’s on board life changes! Oh man, does it change… It is an amazing stage of life, becoming a parent. And just like many of you, I wondered, ‘How can I be the very best mother possible?’ There are countless ways we care for and love our children and help them learn about life. But ultimately it’s about mentoring them to become a
Five tips for managing your expectations of motherhood By Melanie Strang Be flexible: It is common for mums to struggle with coming to terms with what they planned versus what reality serves up. For example you may have planned to return to work by 3 months yet circumstances change when bub arrives. Don’t believe the hype: The media portrays a romanticised version of motherhood: Understand that life with a young baby does not look like a Huggies ad! There
The Sacred Family - Surviving The Day With Over-Tired Children! By Jennifer McCormack When my children are in good form they are dynamic and funny, adventurous and just really good company. Sometimes though, particularly at the end of the week when we are all a bit worn out, I know it isn't going to be one of those blissful days. I find days like this a little easier to cope with when I am prepared mentally for them. When
Co-sleeping, is it part of bonding? By Pinky McKay When my own babies were small, neither social ideology nor wakeful babies caused me a lack of sleep – my babies slept snuggled up with me at night. My choice to co-sleep wasn’t based on research studies, it was simply ‘best practice’ for our family - or, where we all got the most sleep. Now there is a plethora of research about infant sleep and I find it fascinating to
Sweet Dreams – Pinky's top tips to help your baby (and you!) sleep better By Pinky McKay Just like us, babies are individuals –and this goes for sleep requirements too. It may help (or not, if you are suffering from sleep deprivation) to realise that in most infant sleep studies, ‘all night’ is defined as five hours. If you are thinking that even five hours uninterrupted sleep would be a dream come true, there are some gentle strategies you
UpDowns Book Review by Jane Palmer My four year old daughter Lia and I explored UpDowns from cover to cover. The book is well written and easy to follow. There are clear explanations to simple activities designed to encourage your child to explore the world of letters and encourage a love of reading. With seven beautifully illustrated stories included - there is plenty of opportunity to practice the proposed activities. Lia just loved the stories and seeks out the
Choosing a School By Pinky McKay During one of the Pregnancy and Parenting Network get togethers, we discussed ways on choosing the best preschool or school. We thought it useful to share information on this important issue. Pinky McKay has kindly given permission to publish this article. Education isn’t necessarily a matter of ‘getting what you pay for’ When we sent our first child off to school, private education wasn’t an option. It hadn’t occurred to me to shop
The Con of Controlled Crying By Pinky Mckay Although many baby sleep trainers claim there is no evidence of harm from practices such as controlled crying, it is worth noting that there is a vast difference between ‘no evidence of harm’ and ‘evidence of no harm’. A policy statement on controlled crying issued by the Australian Association of Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI) advises, ‘Controlled crying is not consistent with what infants need for their optimal emotional and psychological health,
If only babies could tell us how they are feeling. While from birth babies seek to communicate with us, at least for their first year or so your baby will be dependent upon you to observe cues of both physical and emotional wellness. This responsibility can seem daunting, especially if this is your first baby. However there are a number of cues which can assist you to develop a sense of knowing about your child’s health and wellbeing, which
By Jane Palmer Birth - 3 months No one can tell you what it’s like to be a mum for the first time until it happens to you. Life as you know it has changed forever. Every women finds new motherhood different. Motherhood can be rewarding, exciting, exhausting and overwhelming. You will most likely spend lots of time baby gazing. My number one tip is seek help when you need it – don’t try to be a supermum. Your
By Adam Devcich Amongst all of the excitement and anticipation of having a baby there are many decisions to make. One of the more important ones is where am I going to get my baby to sleep? Many parents and parents-to-be love the idea of having their baby sleep close to them but have some fears around bed-sharing. So, what some of the benefits of close infant-parent proximity? What are some of the dangers that can be associated with