Featured products :: TIPS-tested baby skincare products 2010
7 types of products tested.....
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For a chance to win one of many baby skincare prizes check out mini-competitions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5....
Featured website :: www.thefoodstork.com
Launched in November 2009, The Food Stork provides a tailor-made food delivery service for new parents. Home-made, healthy, freezer-ready food is delivered to their door, allowing more time for mums and dads to enjoy precious time with their newborns.
Fleur Sladen was inspired to launch The Food Stork following her sister's pregnancy. Fleur realised that no one was offering ready-made food especially prepared with new mothers in mind. Getting food cooked and stored for her made such a difference to her sister that Fleur was sure that many new mothers would also enjoy getting such a service.
Inspired by the preferences of many new mothers, The Food Stork's food choices are packed with nutrients and healing antioxidants. This helps nourish and nurture both breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding mothers. The Food Stork is based in the beautiful Cotswolds. All the ingredients are locally sourced and the meat is organic and free-range. Most vegetables are home-grown in The Food Stork's kitchen garden or sourced from the famously fertile Vale of Evesham. The food choices include a sumptuous fish pie, a soothing braised lamb stew with leeks and butter beans and an utterly delicious banana and poppy seed bread - all of which are overflowing with natural energy and mood boosters to help invigorate and revitalise.
Sending a Food Stork Box to new parents makes a fantastic and original gift. Often new mums are far too preoccupied to think about cooking for themselves at a time when food is so important for them. One mum who received The Food Stork Box as a present said it was "the best by a LONG way". Another happy mum said "As a new mother, The Food Stork was the single most important decision I made for myself. Having such delicious and nutritious food delivered to my door freed up extra time for me to be more available for my daughter. I never stressed about eating well and having time to cook. Fleur Sladen has a talent in the kitchen that goes beyond words". The gift boxes are beautifully presented and come with a personalised hand-written card. As each order is made from scratch, delivery is a minimum of 48 hours. The Food Stork currently delivers throughout London, the Midlands and the South West. Prices start at £85 per box.
About The Chef: Fleur Sladen has been cooking for private clients for over eight years. Fleur's passion for food stems from her childhood. She grew up in the Cotswolds eating from the family's kitchen garden and helped her father raise their rare breed St Kilda sheep which she still continues to keep.
For more information, please contact Fleur Sladen on 01386 858701 or email
or visit www.thefoodstork.com
For a chance to win a gift box from The Food Stork check out our e-newsletter competition....
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Featured website :: www.ot4kids.co.uk
www.ot4kids.co.uk ot4kids – Treatment for Infants and Children in London
Munira with one of her
Munira Adenwalla is an American Trained Paediatric Occupational Therapist. She has been treating children from birth to 7 years of age for the past 12 years. Munira specialises in monitoring, assessing and treating children with a wide range of conditions affecting their movement, learning, social interactions, and development. Treatment takes place in the child's natural environment where they are most comfortable.
Your child may benefit from therapy if they:
- were premature
- are slow to reach motor milestones
- suffer from stiffness or floppiness in arms or legs
- have difficulty grasping or manipulating objects
- are unable to calm and self-soothe
All children develop at different rates. However, if you are worried about your child's development, seek professional advice early. They will be able to tell you if your child needs treatment and help put your mind at ease.
Using advanced treatment techniques and applying the latest research, Munira helps children:
- reach their developmental milestones
- increase core and upper body strength
- acquire fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination
- become more confident
Munira uses a fun and playful approach to help children become independent.
Treatment through play…
Munira strongly believes in the benefits of Early Intervention. Research and personal experience have shown that early therapy helps children improve their movement, increase their independence, and minimize or prevent disability. It is never too early to get advice or treatment, even for babies. Visit www.ot4kids.co.uk for useful information on occupational therapy for children.
To book an appointment call: 07540 113 126
For a chance to win a free 45-minute consultation in your own home (conditions apply*) check out mini-competiton 6.
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Featured book :: Hold it Sister
By Mary O'Dwyer (pelvic floor physiotherapist)
Published by RedSok Publishing, Queensland Australia www.redsok.com.au
RRP: AUD $24.99 from www.holditsister.com or £14.99 from www.incoshop.co.uk
As a midwife I know a fair bit about the pelvic floor (or 'flaw' as Mary calls it). I am well aware of the importance of pelvic floor exercises but I must admit that I have learnt quite a lot from this wonderful book. Mary O'Dwyer uses a warm turn-of-phrase throughout; to perfectly describe how to achieve the best from the equipment nature has given you!
I am pleased to say that (mainly by chance) I have been doing many of the right things - this must explain why my pelvic floor is not yet round my knees - after one section and four vaginal deliveries of very large babies ranging from 8-12lbs!. I do however need a little help to strengthen what I have been left with and this is where Mary's book comes in so useful.
I was not expecting to find this book entertaining but it was. I was not expecting this book to be funny but it often made me chuckle! Most of all I was pleasantly surprised at Mary O'Dwyer's refreshingly informal and friendly approach to what can be a highly sensitive issue: female incontinence.
The text is easy to follow. Excellent descriptions and simple diagrams help explain what the pelvic floor is and how it works. The book is split into sections: possible damage; three steps to learning the correct pelvic floor action; ten healthy habits for the pelvic floor; sex; pelvic floor surgery; menopause and exercises to find and strengthen your own muscles.
Here are a few interesting but maybe little known facts:
- 50 per cent of women have pelvic organ problems after childbirth
- 30 per cent of operations to repair the pelvic floor need be repeated
- if your orgasm is weak so are your pelvic floor muscles
- bad toileting habits, bad posture, coughing and heavy lifting all prevent the pelvic floor working properly
- you can greatly improve your pelvic floor muscles by learning to locate and co-ordinate them.
I can honestly say this is a 'must have' book for ALL women from puberty to the menopause. Don't take my word for it: buy Hold it Sister for your daughter, your mother, your friend or your relative. I promise you won't be disappointed.
For more information on Mary and her practice go to www.holditsister.com
Review by Sharon Trotter
For a chance to win one of three copies of this book check out mini-competition 7
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Featured book :: INFANT MASSAGE: a handbook for Loving parents
By Vimala McClure
Published by Souvenir Press Ltd; New Ed edition (4 Sep 2001)
This book is the 'Bible of baby massage'... crammed full of information and pictures demonstrating how parents can communicate, through massage, with their baby. There is incredible wisdom in such a little book. The International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) uses it world wide as their instruction guide. The IAIM training is endorsed by leading specialists in infant development - www.iaim.org.uk
Review by Cherry Bond - RSCN, RGN, CIMI
Developmental Care Educator, St Mary's Hospital, London
Positive Touch Specialist
- phone 0208 398 6551 - www.cherrybond.com
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Featured event :: National Breastfeeding Awareness week
21 - 27 June 2010
You can find out more about National Breastfeeding Week here....
This information has been collated over the past 3 years and we are delighted to show you the results in a chart. You may be surprised to see that 92 per cent of the 1050 problems Mums told us about were directly or indirectly associated with conflicting advice and insufficient support! You can view the TIPS chart here…
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Featured articles :: by Patrick M. Houser
Patrick M. Houser is author of the Fathers-To-Be Handbook; a roadmap for the transition to fatherhood (reviewed in TIPS e-newsletter 10). He is also a writer, educator, keynote speaker, Social Architect and activist for the family and Director of Fathers-To-Be.
This unique website continues to provide excellent materials for new fathers in a bid to provide a greater understanding about the birth process and the transition towards fatherhood. Patrick writes with sensitivity and a wealth of experience. I would like to thank Patrick for offering to share the following articles with us which I guarantee you will enjoy reading:
Article written for La Leche League Magazine, New Beginnings, August 2009 edition.
You can find out more about Patrick's work or buy the Fathers To Be Handbook here
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Featured video clip :: Newborn breast crawl
One of our observant TIPS members sent me this wonderful clip of newborn babies making their way to the breast just after birth. This Lennart Righard film is based on a study which was published in the Lancet* in 1990.
Seventy two mothers and their infants were split into two groups. Each group included babies from medicated and unmedicated labours.
- In the first group, babies were left naked on their mother's tummy for at least 50 minutes - enjoying skin-to-skin contact. These babies began crawling after 20 minutes and were sucking by 50 minutes.
- In the second group, some babies were separated from mothers and medicated: they never managed to self-attach. Half the mothers who were separated and unmedicated displayed a poor suck in half of the cases. None of the babies who were separated and medicated during labour managed to suckle well.
A baby's reflex baby to crawl to the breast remains intact for several weeks after birth. This film and the research behind it clearly show that leaving mother and baby undisturbed for at least the first hour after birth greatly increases the chance of successful breastfeeding.
You can watch these beautiful images of babies doing what comes naturally here...
Added on You Tube™ on 7/4/10 - Video by Lennart Righard and Kittie Frantz © 1995
*Righard L & Alade M (1990). Effect of delivery room routines on success of first breastfeed. The Lancet; Vol 336: 1105-07.
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Featured video clip :: by UNICEF and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action
This You Tube video clip was published by UNICEF and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action in July 2009. This was to commemorate World Breastfeeding Week in August 2009. The three minute film highlights the importance of breastfeeding to all infants, especially in the developing world and during natural disasters. You can watch it here
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Featured podcasts :: My Baby Radio
www.mybabyradio.com - launching on DAB digital radio in April 2010 - Broadcasting across Cheshire, Staffordshire and North East Wales.
Sharon's latest interview on Tongue-tie is now being featured online. Previous interviews on breastfeeding, baby skincare, cup feeding, baby baths, cuddle towels, decongestants and many more are regularly broadcast on www.mybabyradio.com on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11am and midday and between 5 and 6pm (in the 'ask an expert' slot). You can listen online here...
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