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Will prams and car seats damage my babies back?

Understanding Infant Spine Development

As adults we have an ‘S’ shaped spine with four slight curves that aid balance and create flexibility as well as absorbing stresses placed on our back. Babies however are not born with the ‘S’ shaped spine, they have a long ‘C’ shaped spine this is due to spending nine months curled up and gravity hasn’t yet altered their spine. When you place your baby down they will curl up, this is when you will notice the ‘C’ shape of a babies spine. Your babies spine develops as he grows, when he learns to hold his own head he will begin to develop the first curve at the top of his spine, when he begins to walk unsupported, the ‘S’ shape of his spine will develop.

Prams and infant spine development – Newborn babies do not naturally lie flat. They will have their legs pulled up to allow the spine to adopt the natural ‘C’ shape discussed above. Lying your baby down in a horizontal position for long periods, such as in a pram or cot, forces the ‘C’ shape to flatten, putting pressure on the undeveloped spine. Babies can often be contained in prams for lengthy durations during the day. If the pram is used for the duration of a day trip, the baby could spend a long time lying flat. This would put a lot of pressure on the developing spine, and even prevent it from developing properly.

While this doesn’t mean that you must never lie your baby flat, it does mean you should try to reduce the amount of time your baby spends in this position. This doesn’t mean, however, that you should relocate your baby to the car seat as an alternative.

Car seats and infant spine development – Car seats, while allowing the baby’s spine to stay in its natural ‘C’ shape, are still problematic for infant spine development. Babies who are restricted in car seats for long periods may find that their spinal development is delayed. If sat upright in a car seat, the baby may not strengthen and learn to use the muscles to hold up and control his head. Experts advise that babies should spend no longer than two hours a day in a car seat.

What should I use? – Obviously, a car seat is a legal requirement and should always be used when in a moving vehicle. However, you should try to reduce the amount of time your baby spends in his car seat outside of the car. 

To avoid your baby spending a lot of time lying flat in a pram, you could invest in a sling. Slings hold babies in the foetal tuck position which supports the natural ‘C’ shape of your baby’s spine. Being held upright allows your baby to develop and use muscle control to stay upright, get comfortable and look around. Baby wearing is a great way to support the natural development of your baby’s spine.

Baby Hammocks and infant spine development – If you take a look at the Poco baby hammock you will see there is a clear but long subtle ‘C’ curve. This is a great benefit to your growing baby, giving a firm and slightly curved surface, supporting your baby with a firm mattress yet allowing for healthy growth and spine development.

 

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Baby equipment on sale

Looking for baby equipment on sale, here’s one not to miss out on. The Poco is currently on sale online at a bargain price. Suitable from birth to 12 months and its portable so forget about looking for a travel cot, take this with you and use it in the nursery. Babies simply love the natural motion of the Poco baby hammock, designed to mimic the mothers womb you will find not better sleep solution for your baby. Don’t miss out on this fabulous offer.

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Poco baby hammock endorsement

Dear Chloe

Thank you so much for selling me this wonderful and frankly miraculous product. It is the best baby bed ever!!!

My baby daughter Roxy was three months old and literally hadn’t had more than a couple of hours sleep at any one time since she was born. She was exhausted and we were exhausted. It was a nightmare.
At my wits end one night I came across your website and two days later the miracle arrived. Having assembled it that morning we put the cranky tired baby into it just to see whether she would like it or not and two minutes later she was fast asleep. It was incredible! This was a baby who never napped during the day unless being driven around the block and it didn’t stop there. My husband and I hadn’t had a night together since she was born. We were constantly
having to walk about with Roxy until she fell asleep in our arms downstairs, waking up the instant we put her down. That night just as a trial we put her in the hammock at seven thirty and lo and behold she fell asleep until her 6am feed!
She is now 7 months old and loves her hammock just as much. We have a beautiful and extremely well behaved baby now who sleeps all night and smiles and laughs all day long and I really think we owe it all to you.
I am an interior designer and my home is often photographed for magazines and I always have the natures nest proudly on display in the nursery. It is beautiful as well as practical. I have a very hectic schedule being a TV presenter of many makeover shows on UKTV Style and I was seriously wondering if I was able to continue my job whilst never sleeping!
Basically I can’t praise this product enough. Every baby in the country should be sleeping in one!

All the best and good luck in the future.

Kathryn Rayward

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How to help babies with reflux

Emma’s baby reflux diary blogger

I’d come to the conclusion that there were 3 areas we should try and tackle;

  1. Keeping her upright. The Doctors told us that lying her flat was a no no, especially after feeds and that propping her up would be better in combating the acid flowing back up her Oesophagus. (Thus keeping her ‘fits’ at bay)
  2. Helping her sleep. She was more likely to have her turns when she was overtired so anything that might comfort her or sooth her to sleep was something I wanted to look at.
  3. Monitoring her at night. How were we going to get a wink of sleep now that she wasn’t hooked up to machines that would alarm if something were wrong?

We got to work and narrowed down which items to go for and then I had a right old spend up on Amazon and the likes. I hadn’t a clue if any of it would work but it made me feel good, like we were doing something and not just relying on her meds. It also meant that after lord knows how long, I. WAS. SHOPPING!

So what did I buy for our little refluxer? Well I’ll tell you…

Poco Baby Hammock

Yep. My baby slept in a hammock. I can’t tell you how much I loved this bad boy and how much it changed things for us. I was a tad dubious to start with but once we put her in it, she looked so adorable and peaceful that I fell immediately in love. It stood next to my side of our bed and if she stirred in the night, I gently rocked it to send her back to sleep. She definitely slept more in this and it did the perfect job of keeping her upright enough to ease her Reflux.

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Pabobo musical star projector

I was looking for something that would play music and make pretty patterns on the ceiling to use as a ‘sleepy-time’ cue and this little beauty worked a treat. I used it until the she was around 18 months old and she loved it. (The lullabies sent me to sleep too)

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Ingenuity Gentle Automatic Bouncer

The bouncer we used at the hospital made her look much less helpless and more alert so one of these was top of my list. We went for this one because it looked cosy, it vibrated and I liked the little lion thingy hanging from it. (My husband looks like a lion. One of his nicknames is Simba.)

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For the full story of Emma and how she managed her babies reflux visithttp://www.mamabeokay.co.uk/2016/01/03/more-than-meds/

 

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My baby has colic and wont sleep

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What is colic?

Doctors define colic as repeated episodes of excessive and inconsolable crying in an otherwise healthy and well cared-for baby. While anyone who’s seen a baby with colic will agree it definitely exists, why it happens is still unclear.

‘One theory is that a newborn’s immature gut struggles to cope with digestion,’ says GP Louise Knight. Some medical professionals think trapped bubbles of gas in your baby’s digestive system cause colic. ‘Another possibility is that it’s triggered by a sensitivity to cow’s milk,’ adds Louise. However, breastfed babies can also get colic so many experts disagree with this theory.

Some believe that colic is caused by over-stimulation – too much light or noise throughout the day meaning your baby gets over-tired and cranky in the afternoon and evening. Bouts of colic can occur from birth but gradually settle down and usually disappear by four months, with no lasting ill effects.

What can you do to help?

Rule out any potential problems, such as your baby feeling hungry, tired or cold. ‘If you’re using formula, try switching brands or a different bottle,’ says Louise. Specially designed bottles and teats reduce the amount of air a baby takes in while feeding.

Some babies respond well to cranial osteopathy or massage for treating their colic, or you could use colic drops which reduce the amount of gas in your baby’s gut.

Paediatrician and renowned US baby expert Dr Harvey Karp believes that colic is a baby’s reaction to being out of the safety and comfort of the womb and recommends replicating pre-birth conditions to soothe a crying baby. He suggests “The five Ss” approach:

  • Swaddling – wrapping up your baby snugly in a swaddle to make him feel secure. Watch our video on how to swaddle.
  • Side (or stomach) position – holding the baby horizontally sideways across your stomach with lots of bodily contact for reassurance.
  • Shhhhh – making a shushing noise like the sound of blood rushing around the womb.
  • Swinging – he’s used to movement inside his mother.
  • Sucking – a thumb, dummy, bottle or breast all soothe newborns.

If your baby is suffering from colic and you need more advice and tips on helping your infant we recommend visiting mom loves best a very helpful guide for parents.

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Why should I protect my baby against Meningitis B?

 

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The importance of being well informed about all strains of Meningitis

We know that babies and children are vulnerable to infections. Meningitis can kill within hours and newborn babies are particularly at risk. Twenty five per cent of those who survive, can face devastating challenges like hearing loss, epilepsy, cerebral palsy or losing a limb.

There are different types of bacteria that can cause meningitis and blood poisoning. Vaccines are already available to protect against some of them but they don’t work against all. In the UK more than 90 per cent of cases are caused by a bacterium called MenB. MenB kills more children under five than any other infectious disease in the UK and can dramatically change the lives of those who survive.

When will my baby receive the Men B vaccination and how will I be notified of this?

Men B is a new vaccine and was added to the childhood immunisation programme from 1 September 2015. The vaccine will be offered to babies born on or after 1 May 2015 and doses will be given at 2 months, 4 months and a booster at 12 months. Men B vaccine will offered at GP appointments alongside other routine vaccines and parents will be contacted in the usual way.

Will the vaccine offer total protection against meningitis to my child?

There are many different MenB strains. This vaccine has been developed to offer protection against as many as possible. Once it has been in use for some time, it will be possible to calculate the coverage and continue with vaccine research to improve the protection it gives. Other vaccines exist to protect against other types of meningitis and septicaemia, however, there is no vaccine to protect against all types, so remaining vigilant is vital. Learn the signs and symptoms today.

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