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#worldbreastfeedingweek

It’s World Breastfeeding Week. I congratulate anybody who has breastfed, tried to breastfeed or those who have chosen to bottle feed with the negativity towards this in our society. We know the benefits of breastfeeding but equally we know formula is there as a nutritious alternative.

Remember a happy, healthy baby is a fed baby.

 

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Safer Sleep by The Lullaby Trust

Within my job I am a keen advocate of safe sleep for babies. Around 5 babies each day die for no known reason. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) cannot always be prevented, there is not enough research out there yet to know what exactly causes an infant to suddenly die, devastating whole families.

There is however some key things that parents can do to make sleep safer.
The Lullaby Trust is a great website with a lot of information for new and experienced parents. Guidelines change regularly and this charity carries the most up to date facts and figures. New equipment, bedding and toys are always becoming available and The Lullaby Trust is happy to answer any questions you may have.
Check out the website here: www.lullabytrust.org.uk

Here is a short video with the basics of reducing the risk of SIDS, share with as many people as possible!

 

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Our nappy review

After having 2 children in nappies (one still is!) I feel I’ve worked my way through them all! So here is a quick low down of how we found the different brands:

Pampers – these are meant to be the best.. However we found them the worst for leaking. They never held much urine and quickly were sagging at their knees!

Huggies – I had stocked up on these with my first and ended up giving away or binning them. They were so rigid and again didn’t hold up much to newborn poo!

Lidl – these were ok but reminded me of cheap plastics nappies from when my sisters were young 20 years ago! They could easily cause rashes due to sweating of the plastic. 

Tesco own brand – great nappies and great price. Have had no problems with these at all!

Asda own brand (little angels) – would steer clear of these completely. I can only describe these as having burnt my sons bottom. I wasn’t the only one that found this and I was informed it was a common problem. I was reimbursed from Asda for the discomfort they had caused. 

And now to the ones that I can’t fault at all and they are:

Aldi Mamia nappies – they are very reasonably priced, feel comfortable and hold a lot of urine! They don’t sag like the pampers and the pull ups are equally impressive.  I would highly recommend them for newborns and older toddlers! 

Petition to give the meningitis b vaccine to ALL children!

Being in a profession where I work with children, I really support this petition to give the Meningitis B vaccine to ALL children. At present its only given to babies age 2-5 months and only if they were born after may 2015. 

Meningitis B is rare but more and more cases are being seen and the outcome is poor for these children. 

Please sign the petition for the government to reconsider the vaccine schedule! Sign below:

PETITION – give the meningitis B vaccine to all children!

Connecta Baby Celebrates Living Wage Commitment

We have used Connecta baby carriers since my eldest was first born.

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We love their carriers, they are so comfy and come in some lovely designs. So it was great to hear that they have signed up to the living wage. Their employees will receive a higher rate than the national minimum wage helping families in the current economic state.

Buy from the Connecta store HERE

Read more below:

The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Connecta Baby ltd, has today accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Connecta Baby Ltd, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Connecta Baby Ltd Managing Director, Sarah Sadler said: “We are very excited to be accredited as a Living Wage employer. At Connecta we take pride in running our business in an ethical and sustainable way and making sure all our employees are paid a fair wage is a big part of that.

“Connecta Baby Ltd is the first UK baby carrier manufacturer to join the scheme and we hope it will inspire many others in our industry to follow in our footsteps.

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Sarah Vero said: “We are delighted to welcome Connecta Baby Ltd to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited over 2,000 leading employers, including Connecta Baby Ltd, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that. “

Car seat technology

I’ve always been passionate about car seat safety. I have bought the best car seats I could afford to ensure y children are safe in the car at all times. Bear at 19 months is still rear facing in his Britax dual fix and dude uses an isofix high back booster and will continue to do so till he is 12. 

4 out of 5 car seats in the uk are installed incorrectly and at present there isn’t a great deal of support out there to help with this. A company in the states have developed a great new piece of software built into a group 0 car seat and base to help with this problem. It has technology to level itself, create tension and ensure that the seat is correctly fitted at all times. It can relay the information straight back to smartphone app. 

I think this is great and will hopefully go on to be sold in the uk. Car seat safety is key to prevent serous injury and deaths and technology is advancing to help with this. 

Here’s a great video showing the seat in action 

Brit Mums! Now part of the Community!

I’m now part of the BritMums community!

Head over to http://www.britmums.com to join the blogging community and find out about BritMums Live 2015!

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