The First One Thousand Days – The Importance of Protein in Breast Milk

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The first one thousand days of your baby’s life, right through from conception to toddlerhood, are not only the craziest, and often toughest days, but also the most important days for both baby and parents. During these days you will form bonds, discover new roles, and also set up your child’s nutritional foundation for life.

The first one thousand days are also the hardest days, the days when it is near enough impossible to think about getting through until the end of the day, let alone worry about health and nutrition. Thankfully these clever bodies of ours do all the hard work for us.

Fellow sleep deprived mama, do not fear, your breast milk is enough, your breast milk is packed full of good quality protein and will see your little baby flourish, as they’ll get the right amount at the right time.

In fact, breastfeeding has been proven to support an appropriate rate of growth* in infancy (*UK-WHO growth charts based on the growth of breastfed infants, and World Health Organisation/Department of Health advice to exclusively breastfeed for 6 months). The protein level in breast milk changes and decreases as babies grow, meaning it contains the right quality and quantity of protein to help them grow at a steady rate.

Over the past 90 years, SMA® Nutrition has invested in early life nutrition research, and is committed to supporting good nutrition for babies during the first 1000 days which is why they have created this fab little infographic showing just how amazing protein in breast milk is.

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The Six Stages of Toddler Induced Sleep Deprivation

1.Denial

It’s just a phase. It will pass. She must be teething. Maybe she’s having night terrors? Yep, it’s a one off, a one off year maybe, but a one off all the same.

2.Woe is me

“My baby has never slept through the night, not once, so I’ve been sleep deprived for *insert years/months/days here*.”
“My baby slept through the night from six months and only started waking during the night again at 1 & 1/2 years. I had a taste of the good life, I knew what sleep was and I got used to it. Now it has been snatched away from me. At least you’re just not used to it full stop, you don’t know what you’re missing by now and I do. I’m much worse off.”

3.Solidarity

The parents of the sleep thieves come together. We laugh, we joke, we share funny memes on facebook. We eat cake. If we don’t laugh we will break.

4.Optimism

It will be easy to crack, we just need to settle her back down instead of giving her a bottle. If we persist we can easily crack this and she will be sleeping through the night again in no time at all. Night one, 4am toddler alarm sounds. I’m exhausted, I’ll just give her a bottle this once so that she goes straight back to sleep. I’m too tired to start tonight. We can start refusing from tomorrow.

5.Loathing

You deal with the night feeds because your husband has to get up to work in the morning, you’re on maternity leave so it’s only fair. You hate him. You deal with the night feeds because your husband dealt with them last night and you take it in turns. You hate him. Your husband snores. You hate him. Even though he does his fair share of wake ups he falls asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow, you can’t switch off. You hate him.

6.Fear

Will it ever end? Will I still be giving her a bottle during the night when she is sixteen, will I???? Really???? I NEED HELP!!!

 

Two Under Four Is What I Am Hoping For

Two under two will never be. Two under three is unlikely. Two under four is what I am hoping for.

For probably the first six months of Aria’s life I was broody. I would see expectant mothers bumps and be super envious, despite having an awful pregnancy I wanted to be pregnant again. I would see happy couples excitedly showing off their scan photos and wish that the excitement was mine again.

Then things changed. Aria needed feeding actual food, she slept less and needed entertaining more. Motherhood was now all consuming. The thought of another no longer entered my head. It wasn’t that I didn’t want another, I just had no time to think about wanting another.

Fast forward another year, Aria is two and I am broody again. She is still all consuming but I have realised that a little brother or sister could be the making of both me and her, the making (and possibly completion) of our little family. Aria would have someone to play with and someone to laugh with. She will also have someone to fight with, I’m not naive after all.

 

I want another baby. There I said it. Spencer doesn’t want another baby, not just yet.

 

On our recent holiday we went with a friend and her eight month old daughter. Watching Aria with her daughter melted me. She tucked her in, cwtched up with her and even shared toys with her. She was like a different child and every morning the first thing she would say was ‘baba’, she was so excited to see her and to spend time with her. It changed her. Or at least it temporarily changed her until we came home, back to reality.

For now I have put the baby on hold. There are a lot of birthdays in our family around February, including Aria and Spencer’s and so ideally I want a baby from April onwards, preferably in the Summer. I know from experience with trying for Aria that you can’t plan these things to the month but we can try. I have it all worked out, we will start trying in around five months time, it will take a month or two for us to catch and I will be blessed with a Summer baby. Now to persuade Spencer…

Review : Aveeno Baby Range
*Disclosure : I received these Aveeno products in exchange for an honest review*

At BlogFest16 I came across the baby range from skincare brand Aveeno and was pleased to find a sample of their Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Cream in the goody bag from the event. Aria has very dry, bumpy skin and I couldn’t wait to put the Aveeno cream to the test.

review of aveeno baby range - Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Wash - Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Cream - Baby Daily Care Barrier Cream

We tested the sample and honestly loved it, within two days of applying day and night her skin was noticeably softer and smoother. By day four Aria’s skin was as it should be, as soft as a baby’s bum! I was so disappointed when it ran out and intended to purchase more, despite the stack of various creams and lotions gathering dust in Aria’s drawers.

When Aveeno contacted me asking me if I would like to trial the full range I of course said yes. We’ve been using the barrier cream and emollient wash alongside the emollient cream for quite a while now, and they are a dream combination. Aria’s skin has improved so much, I really wish that I had discovered the range sooner.

The barrier cream is very similar to a popular brand of barrier cream that we have come to love, it works just as well for us and doesn’t cause any irritation. I love that it comes in a squeeze-y tube, no more white finger nails!

The Aveeno Baby range is specially formulated for baby’s sensitive skin, with natural colloidal oatmeal. It is scent free and paediatrician tested.

I highly recommend the Aveeno Baby range.

Family Fever

Tips for Photographing Newborns
*This is a Collaborative Post*

Newborns are new for such a short time that it’s really important to capture their soft, well, newness before it evaporates and they become more alert and part of the world. You’d think that photographing newborn babies would be easy – it’s not like they’re going to get up and run away, after all!

However, there are a few tricks you can use to get the most out of a newborn photo-shoot. If you or someone you know has a new baby, you can take some amazing shots and combine them in a collage canvas from Hello Canvas as a keepsake or gift.

Tips for photographing newborns - a blog post full of tips to capture great images of your newborn baby

Getting the baby ready

Of course there are countless special moments and firsts with a new baby, but you can’t arrange for them to happen when the light is ideal and there’s no milk dribble! These are more suitable for instant smartphone captures, whereas for a canvas collage, you need to get everything right, which entails planning.

Props

Everyone loves the current trend for photographing newborns in sleeping poses, covered with crocheted blankets and hats, or laid out on a sheepskin rug. It’s easy, really, as newborns are asleep a lot and a happy, well-fed sleepy baby is much easier to arrange into cute poses! If you’re planning a shoot, time it to coincide with a nap and make sure you have everything ready – blankets, hats, baskets and so forth. Then, once she’s all full of milk and is dropping off, you can strike!

You’ll need to have mum and dad on hand, as the unusual activity might make naps shorter, and a familiar voice and smell will help to relax the baby. The room will need to be warm, too, as few things make new babies as miserable as feeling cold.

What to use

Some people might want to do away with nappies and blankets for a few shots, and this can look adorable, but you need to box clever to reduce the chance of accidents and be prepared for – ahem – mishaps. One of the reasons for using woollen, linen or silky blankets with a baby is to accentuate the softness of the baby’s skin, especially if the props are in neutral colours.

A touch of fun

You don’t have to stick to muted neutrals, you can dress the baby in a fun costume if you want, for a bit of variety. It might be an idea to try out the costumes later in the shoot, when the baby is a bit more awake, as waking her up when she wants to sleep isn’t a great idea. Alternatively, you can try out different hats, as this doesn’t involve quite so much fussing, chopping and changing.

Long-lasting memories

You might be doing the photo-shoot for a fun experience, or you might be planning to print some canvases or portraits for yourself and for relatives to keep forever as a memento of those precious early days. Remember, they fly by in a sleep-deprived haze, so don’t tarry!