Monthly Archives: February 2013

#5. Top 10 things you don’t need for your baby.

The should-have-had-sooner

If you are using bottles to feed your baby you may want to warm them. There’s no reason why you need to; many babies happily take room-temperature or even cold formula, expressed breast milk (EBM), and water. But if warm the milk you must, there’s no need to buy an electric bottle warmer.

#5 Thing you’d be wasting your money on: A Bottle Warmer.

In the ‘olden days’ bottles would be warmed by sitting in a pan of warming water. After a few minutes the contents of the bottle is tested, usually on the wrist ( a very sensitive place where you’ll be acutely aware of the heat), and then given to the baby. In the 70s and 80s microwave ovens became increasingly common in homes. With them came both excitement at the prospect of fast heating and concern about the heating method; a polarity that continues today.

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Why your 8 or 9 month old is no longer sleeping well.

Did your 8 or 9 month old baby used to be a ‘good sleeper’? Or perhaps not so good, but you’d figured out some tricks and methods to get some approximation of good sleep at night and during naps? Only now you’ve found that suddenly little Tootle (imaginary baby name of the week) is taking ages to settle, waking quickly, crying, fussing, complaining, and generally making a mockery of your previous boasts and relief that she was sleeping fairly well?

It can be very frustrating to feel like something’s gone wrong, especially if you can’t seem to fix it. But if you know what’s probably causing these sleep habits to change then hopefully you can deal with it a little better.

Your baby is older now

Bottom line, even if it seems like a moment ago you learned a routine or a method or a style of babycare that worked, in the first year your baby moves into a different phase of life every few weeks. That means that you need to adapt to these changes every few weeks as well. It’s common to see parents still trapped in a thought pattern from a time their baby was younger, often also trying to combine with information they’ve found or been given about the changes facing their baby now. For example, babies who are eating solids also being pushed to drink frequent large amounts of milk around the clock; the new phase on top of the old.

There are some big things that are changing at around the 8 or 9 month mark that can have an impact on sleep habits. Continue reading


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Please don’t run over our children!

Yield to Pedestrians

(unless you don’t want to)

A few days ago outraged media outlets began playing a video showing a child dodging traffic as he ran across a busy intersection.

The video, shot from the dashboard of a car waiting several spaces back from the intersection, shows a woman with a pram begin hurrying across the crossing as the pedestrian light was flashing, urging a young child to follow quickly. She reaches the other side while the child lags behind. The traffic light turns green and cars begin to move forward while the child is still only two-thirds of the way across.

Cars continue to drive on and he is forced to dodge and swerve his way to the other side. Thankfully, he arrives safely.

You can see the video here

The blame for this near disaster was squarely and furiously laid at the feet of the woman (who is referred to fairly consistently as the mother, though there’s no way we know that is true).  I am yet to see or read any coverage that even vaguely hints that perhaps the drivers of the cars are also due some of this moral outrage. Continue reading

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Are you buying too much?

Box Fun

I’ve already started writing about the ten things you don’t need for your baby. But it shouldn’t stop there. What about the top 100 things? Top 1000? I don’t think it would be a list terribly difficult to populate.

It’s not just about specific items they don’t really need, it’s whether they need everything new, everything branded, and everything child specific.

  • Does your 5 year old learn to read faster when they read from a $20 book bought new from Amazon, or when they read from a $1 book bought second-hand from The Salvation Army?
  • Does your 6 month old seem happier when they wear $60 dresses from Country Road, or free dresses from your cousin’s older baby?
  • Does your 2 year old get better nutrition from $5 mini rice cakes, or $2 medium rice cakes?

I’ve seen kids that have every modern whiz-bang toy on the market who don’t know how to play. Don’t know how to play! Can you imagine it!? It’s because the toys mostly play with themselves and the kid watches, or barely interacts, or the parents who worry about being present and involved play with the toys to show the kid how to have fun. Continue reading


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