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TIPS e-newsletter 23

:::::June 2011::::

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Summer holiday issue!

 

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We would like to wish all our members a very happy holiday season. Whether you are travelling to far away destinations or staying at home, we have another bumper issue to keep you going through to September.

Our first treat is a stunning photo by acclaimed photographer Dan Streck. Taken when he was visiting the African Kruger National Park, the photo shows the moment an elephant gives birth in water.

We have included a special section devoted to all things breastfeeding with news about this year's National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, breastfeeding advice, featured book, website, useful tips and lots of breastfeeding goodies to give away.

In this issue we feature 2 websites. The first websiteMumsDateDads (www.mumsdatedads.co.uk) is the first dating site we have reviewed. This site is specifically aimed at single parents or people who are happy to date someone with children. We have 3 one-month memberships up for grabs (worth £19.99 each). Check out mini-competition 1 to find out how you can enter.

The second website (www.worldsapart.co.uk) is for Worlds Apart® - a toy manufacturer based in Cornwall. Their ranges promote role play for your children. We have 2 innovative play sets (worth £80) to give away - something sure to keep your little treasures happy for hours. Don't forget to check our e-newsletter competition to see how you can enter!

We have reviewed a bookcalled Baby's here! Who does what? This is a light-hearted look at parenting with a special emphasis on working together as a couple. The book is full of useful tips on how to split the work without splitting up! Author Duncan Fisher OBE is the founder of the Fatherhood Institute. He also runs the organisation Family Info.

As well as our regular mix oupcoming events, charityarticles, DVD review and TIPS award winning product, we also have a new forum review. Find out about our Top Tips, Top Treat and Top Value products.  We also have a delightful new set of photos from TIPS Testers.

The new eagerly anticipated My Story, is about an older mum's struggle to carry her precious baby to term after suffering a succession of miscarriages. Last but not least, we know you will enjoy reading part 6 of our Diary of a Student Midwife.

Check out our 11 (yes 11!) mini-competitions with a total prize value of over £400! So get your entries in to Brigitte and you could be a winner.

Remember if you are not 'in' you can't win!

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Dedicated advice lines:

  • You can contact me on my Greatvine Speak Now number: 09064006215* if I am unable to answer immediately, I promise to call you back.
  • You can also contact me on the Prima Baby/BabyExpert one-to-one advice line at: 09061949915*
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tipsducktipsduckFeatured article :: A water birth – with a difference! tipsducktipsduck

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One of our TIPS Parent Testers emailed me an article from the African Geographic, Around Africa publication (April 2011 issue, page 24). It is so extraordinary that I just had to share it with you. You can read 'A water birth' by Dan Streck here.....

I am delighted that photographer Dan Streck has kindly allowed us to use this stunning image of a newly born elephant calf. Dan took this when a chance opportunity presented itself while he was visiting the Africa's Kruger National Park.

You can see more of Dan's wonderful photos on his website www.danstreckphoto.com

 

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:: tipsducktipsduckcharity *nEw* :: Merlintipsducktipsduck

www.merlin.org.uk

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I am not sure where I first heard about Merlin but it is a few years ago and I have been supporting them ever since. Set up in 1993 by three friends Merlin is now a major charity.

Dr Christopher Besse, Nicholas Mellor and Mark Dalton wanted to harness the energy and goodwill of medical experts who want to work overseas. Health professionals involved in Merlin projects care for the sick, prevent disease and help develop local health services.

From an office set up in the spare bedroom of a London house, Merlin organised its first mission: a convoy bound for war-torn Bosnia carrying £1million worth of essential food and medicines.

Since then, Merlin has evolved into a medical charity which responds to humanitarian emergencies, then stays on to develop local health services until they're ready to operate effectively and independently.

In an interview in December 2010 Christopher Besse said:

"The British people give more money per person than any other people in the world, but they are quite particular about making sure they are getting their money's worth, and that is something we have always tried to do."

To date, Merlin has worked in more than 40 countries and responded to some of the most serious humanitarian emergencies of recent history, including the Rwandan genocide of 1994, the Asian tsunami of Boxing Day 2004 and the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010.

Merlin's Hands Up For Health Workers campaign is calling for urgent and long term investment for health workers in crisis countries. Nowhere is the health worker crisis worse than in countries caught up in conflict and disasters. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, there are simply too few health workers to cope with the overwhelming number of patients. Merlin is also heavily involved in training the next generation of midwives through training schools in Afghanistan and Liberia, as well as working with the Ministry of Health in Afghanistan to carry out its Community Midwife Training Programme.

 

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured products :: B Organic Skincare Soothing Body Balmtipsducktipsduck

We are delighted to congratulate our latest TIPS award winning baby skincare product on their well deserved win. You can read the full review here....

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B Organic Skincare Soothing Body Balm

RRP: £13 for 60mls - Price per ml: 21.6p

Also available in unscented

Supplied and manufactured by www.b-organic.co.uk

Tested March - April 2011

 

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured website 1 ::www.mumsdatedads.co.uktipsducktipsduck

 

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This is the first time TIPS® has featured a dating website. MumsDateDads provides something special for parents and I felt it was worthy of a mention. I contacted the founder and CEO Andy Hammonds to check that they have a robust privacy policy in place.  I was genuinely impressed with the detailed terms and conditions in place to help members (minimum age 18 years) find suitable partners in a safe and transparent environment. Members' profiles are carefully vetted and the MumsDateDads team go to great lengths to protect members' safety and to ensure that all potential members are genuine. Each member enters into a legally binding contract making them personally responsible for the information they provide.

This innovative website provides excellent advice and tips to guide members through the whole process of dating and includes many positive testimonials from satisfied members.

MumsDateDads is a UK dating site for parents. Its members are either single parents or people who are happy to date someone with children. Mums Date Dads understand that it's tricky to find love when you have children. It is free to join. MumsDateDads  provide astrological and compatibility matching. Members can send winks and virtual gifts, create video profiles, use instant messaging and video chat, and get new member's notifications. Members can upload photos via their mobile.

Andy Hammonds, CEO for MumsDateDads.co.uk, agrees finding love when you have children can be tricky, he says:

'For a responsible parent it's understandably difficult to take time out to focus on you and dating can be full of uncertainties. Introducing new people into your family can be daunting and parents often feel unsure about whether they should be dating and the effect it could have on their children. For single parents with little free time dating can seem like a scary, if not impossible. Communication and patience is the key to success, helping you to find that special someone whilst ensuring your family's happiness.'

You can read top tips for dating here...

For more information on how to sign up online go to: www.mumsdatedads.co.uk

 


For a chance to win 1 of 3 month-long memberships to the MumsDateDads website check out mini-competition 1

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured website 2 ::www.worldsapart.co.uktipsducktipsduck


Worlds Apart® (www.worldsapart.co.uk)

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Worlds Apart® design and manufacture products that make family life easier and more fun. Based in Cornwall, with offices in Hong Kong and China, Worlds Apart® is a global business. At the headquarters in Cornwall 70 employee's research, develop, design and produce family friendly products. As well as providing excellent value for money, these products will entertain and stimulate children. Worlds Apart® have an on-site research facility called 'Kids Space'. This means that researchers can observe children as they play with new toys from the earliest stages of the design process...all this to make better product for the consumer.

If you would like to take part in Worlds Apart® research, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

All the products aim to encourage child development, but above all they are designed to be fun and to fit into family routines. Products include:

  • bedroom furniture featuring children's favourite characters
  • Go-glow®, Dream Town®, Pop n Fun® tents and pre-school active toys
  • Readybed® range of inflatable mattress and sleeping bags in one

All ranges are available in a wide selection of themes from Thomas the Tank Engine for your little ones, through to High School Musical for teenagers.

For more information go to: www.worldsapart.co.uk

 


For a chance to win 1 of 2 Pop n Fun® tentscheck our e-newsletter competition....


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tipsducktipsduckFeatured book :: Baby's Here! Who Does What? How to split the work without splitting uptipsducktipsduck



Baby's Here! Who Does What? by Duncan Fisher OBE, Director of Family Info

Published by Grandma's Stories Ltd on 3 June 2010

ISBN: 1905550057 - RRP: £9.99 (Paperback) £4.99 (e-book)

For more info and how to buy the book go to: www.whodoeswhatbook.com

 

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Review by Nicola (TIPS Parent Tester)

When I first saw this book I wrongly assumed it was going to be about splitting household chores and child care. The book is actually about how working patterns that allow both parents to be involved in raising their children can be beneficial. It explains why it is important for dads to be involved in bringing up their children, and why parents need to maintain a strong relationship and make time for each other.

Duncan Fisher writes in a light-hearted conversational style which makes it very easy to read. The book has large text broken up by lots of amusing illustrations. I liked the layout of most pages, with important points in bold and listed in a box at the side of the page - this makes it easy to refer back to. I also liked that each chapter ends with a section called 'Kitchen Table Talk'. This includes suggested questions you and your partner may find helpful when talking about your true feelings and concerns.

In this book, Duncan Fisher explores modern day stereotypes about the mother/father role. It raises some very valid points which certainly made me think about my own relationship. For example, he writes 'When mothers do more childcare and housework, they tend to become better at it and feel they must be in charge otherwise it will fall apart or not be done 'properly'. Fathers can then end up believing this too'. I think this has definitely happened in our household. At times I struggle to leave the children in the care of my partner for any length of time as I fear that things will not be done 'properly' (which is unfair as the children are always well looked after, just not in the same way that I would do!!). Over the years, there have also been many times that my partner has said 'but you're better at doing it than me, you know what you're doing - I don't' which again is not necessarily true - he would use his own intuition and would deal with it fine if I wasn't around, however he has obviously become too used to me handling everything!

My only criticism about this book is that  it is perhaps a bit too focused on working mums, and doesn't really take account of the more traditional family set-up where dads go out to work and mums care for the children. My partner and I decided that he would keep running his own business while I stopped work to stay at home with our children - neither of us have any regrets about our choice. The book lists many benefits of sharing earning and caring, for the parents, for the relationship and for the children. By the time I'd finished reading it I was starting to feel guilty and selfish for not earning any money!! It also stated that 'couples who operate traditional roles are almost twice as likely to split up as those who divide things' - I felt this was rather pessimistic! I'm sure there are also many benefits for the parents, for the relationship and for the children when a mum stays at home to care for her children, and I don't doubt that difficulties arise when both parents work - I would have liked some of these to be mentioned.

Overall, this is a practical book which encourages a healthy stable family life through sharing and regular communication and I would recommend it to parents.

 


For a chance to win a copy of Baby's Here! Who Does What? check out mini-competition 2


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tipsducktipsduckMarking National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 19-25 June 2011 tipsducktipsduck

 

I was disappointed that the NHS decided to cancel this year's National Breastfeeding Awareness week as part of the budget cuts.  You can read more about this here...

 

It's not surprising that UK rates of breastfeeding are so low when the Department of Health fails to support an awareness-raising event that has the potential to promote healthier babies and, in the longer term, save the NHS money!

Undeterred, TIPS® have decided to mark National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2011 and celebrate all things breastfeeding. Please send us your stories and photos - if featured in future newsletters, these could win you a signed copy of Sharon's book Breastfeeding: the essential guide. You can check out our FAQs on breastfeeding or download the TIPS® factsheets on breastfeeding and tongue-tie from the 'for parents' section of our website.

 

 

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There is a petition asking the Government to reconsider this short sighted cost cutting so please get signing or pass on this link: http://www.PetitionOnline.com/fundBFAW/petition.html

 

 

tipsducktipsduckTV programme :: Cherry Healey Investigates – Is Breast Best?

 

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Broadcast Thursday 7 April 2011 as part of the BBC3's Bringing up Britain Season. Running time: 1 hour

You may have read our review on the documentary Cherry has a baby which we featured in our 21st e-newsletter.

This new and compelling documentary explores both sides of the breastfeeding debate. Its broadcast caused quite a stir in the media, igniting debate.

Having watched a few of Cherry's programmes (Cherry has a baby, Cherry gets married, Cherry goes dating) I have really come to enjoy her relaxed and accessible manner. Cherry's unique take on the world of breastfeeding lived up to my expectations. I particularly enjoyed the non-judgemental approach which sensitively highlights potential barriers (mostly cultural) that can face new parents as they struggle to establish successful breastfeeding. In their heart of hearts, most of those featured appeared to have a deep desire to breastfeed their baby but peer pressure sometimes got in the way. It is a sad reflection of how we treat this subject that many mums are so scared of failure that they would rather not try to breastfeed at all!

At the beginning of the programme Cherry's own reservations (as a result of her personal experience with breastfeeding) were palpable but she did not let this colour her judgement. Instead Cherry bravely worked through her 'demons' in what must have been a painful journey. Her open-mindedness meant that  Cherry helped viewers gain a clear understanding of what breastfeeding mothers can achieve, given time and support.

It is obvious that a great deal of time and effort went into producing this programme. As a result of this, Cherry presented a well balanced report on this emotive subject.

You can find out more about Cherry and read her blog here...

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tipsducktipsduckBreastfeeding goodies :: to win

 

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Bibs and Stuff has kindly donated a Breastfeeding gift set (worth £60) with a Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover and a Floppeze Pillow for a lucky reader.

The Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover provides privacy and enables mums to focus on her baby when breastfeeding in public. Available in 10 beautiful patterns, the Cover's innovative neckline allows all-important eye contact and airflow between mum and baby.

The animal shaped Floppeze Pillow can help with positioning your baby while breastfeeding. The Floppeze's unique design has a multitude of other uses throughout pregnancy, toddlerhood and beyond (see pictures above). Available in 6 coloured designs: Cow, Polka Beige, Polka Pink, Polka Blue and 2 Cartoon colours.

For more information visit www.bibsandstuff.com or call 01293 774 924


For a chance to win a Breastfeeding gift set (worth £60) with a Bebe au Lait Nursing cover and Floppeze pillow check outmini-competition 3


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tipsducktipsduckBreastfeeding promotion website ::www.lactivist.co.uk

 

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Work at home mum Lisa Cole set up Lactivist after she was criticized for breastfeeding her small baby in public. Lisa used her design skills to make a tiny pro breastfeeding t-shirt for her son. The negative comments stopped and people started to ask Lisa where they could buy a t-shirt like it. Nearly 8 years on www.lactivist.co.uk  sells a range of popular designs of t-shirts, eco- friendly shopping bags, baby hats, badges and postcards to promote breastfeeding with witty and funky slogans. This includes the cult classic ' like milk from my mum, not just from any old cow' and the very sweet 'Care Instructions (Handwash only, love unconditionally, breastfeed as required.)'

www.lactivist.co.uk has two sister sites:

  • www.lactivistbling.co.uk is for nursing necklaces (to help fidgety breastfeeders focus) and reminder bracelets (to remember which side to feed from next).
  • www.lactivist.net is the networking site for lactation activists and is the place to find breastfeeding news, the latest research and details of breastfeeding events.

For a chance to win a Lactivist bundle including a t-shirt, a shopping bag and a hat (of your choice on the Lactivist website) check out mini-competition 4.


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tipsducktipsduckBook review:: Fit to Bust - a comic treasure chest

 

Second Edition (fully revised) - Published by Lonely Scribe

By Alison Blenkinsop

ISBN 978-1-905179-10-7 RRP: £12.99

Release date 1 January 2011 to raise funds for Baby Milk Action

 

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We reviewed the first edition of this book in our TIPS e-newsletter 10. Profits from the sale of this book go to Baby Milk Action to help its vital work of protecting breastfeeding, and protecting babies fed on formula, by ending the irresponsible marketing of breast milk substitutes. You can become a member or make a donation to Baby Milk online here...

For more information about Alison's work, visit www.linkable.biz


For your chance to win a copy of Fit to Bust check out mini-competition 5


tipsducktipsduckScottish breastfeeding website ::www.feedgoodfactor.org.uk
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Scottish breastfeeding helpline: 0300 100 0212
We came across this excellent website and thought you may like to check it out. Created by the Scottish Government, this website aims to support breastfeeding mums in Scotland. It offers pregnant women and new mothers useful advice and links to other resources and support services.

tipsducktipsduckFeatured event 1 :: Alternative Families Show 2011 - Demystifying the process of starting a familytipsducktipsduck

 

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When I heard about this event I thought it was a great idea. I arranged for two TIPS Testers to attend and review this unique show. We will publish their review in our December e-newsletter. In the meantime, you can find out more about this event below and enter our competition to win one of two pairs of tickets.

This show is of interest to anyone who:

  • is thinking of becoming a parent
  • wants to understand the options available to you
  • is considering IVF, adoption or surrogacy
  • wants to understand their rights as a parent
  • needs help deciding on known or anonymous donors
  • wants to find support networks for same-sex parents.

A one-stop shop for anyone wanting to become a parent, the Alternative Families Show brings together all the information you need to make informed choices on parenthood. For the lesbian and gay community, this is an opportunity to get reliable information about same-sex parenting, co-parenting, surrogacy and much more.

Seminars run throughout the day and cover a wide variety of topics, including conception, adoption, legal rights, and support networks.

For more information contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The tickets cost £8 online or £12 on the door. You can book tickets online here...

A strict privacy policy restricts private photography at the show. Visitor details are absolutely confidential and there will be no name badges

In partnership with

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For a chance to win 1 of 2 pairs of tickets(worth £24) to attend this year's show check out our mini-competition 6


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tipsducktipsduckFeatured event 2 :: Fathers' Story Week June 13 – 19 2011tipsducktipsduck

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If you haven't already, now is the time to sign up for Fathers' Story Week 2011! The first 500 schools, children's centres and nurseries to register online will receive a set of free resources from Ladybird books, to help the week go with a bang!

Fathers' Story Week is organised by the Fatherhood Institute and Barnardo's. It takes place the week before Father's Day, and organisations that have signed up receive free resources and fundraising activity ideas to help them engage with fathers and get them more involved in their children's education.

Activities for Fathers' Story Week 2011 include a nationwide paper aeroplane competition, a readathon and a dads-and-kids sporting challenge. Get pupils and their dads working together to design the best paper plane and see who can fly theirs the furthest…get them sharing stories and reading together…and get them taking part in physical activities like a marathon-length relay race or a group bounce over Big Ben!

To find out more and to register online go to: www.fathersstoryweek.org

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured event 3 ::LolliBop Festivaltipsducktipsduck

5 - 7 August, 2011, Regents Park, London

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www.lollibopfestival.co.uk

The LolliBop Festival is the best day out for families this summer. At the festival you will find Rastamouse Live, Zingzillas, Charlie and Lola, Horrible Histories, Dick & Dom, Waybuloo, The Bopps, The Roald Dahl Museum, Science Museum 'Live', Planet AJAY, CBeebies presenters Cerrie Burnell, Alex Winters and Sid Stone, Minimission with Baby Loves Disco, Itsy Bitsy Strictly and much more!

You get a wee taster of last year's LolliBop Festival on You Tube here...

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured DVD :: Maths Adventure to the Moontipsducktipsduck

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Maths Adventure to the Moon* has been specially created to help children with their number skills.

*© Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd.  All Rights Reserved

Never before seen on UK TV, this was released on DVD from on 9 May 2011 - RRP: £9.99

Running time: 37 minutes Certificate: U - Special features: The Sorting Game, Four Sing-along Songs, The Alphabet Song from Let's Go To School

 

Review by Nicola (TIPS Parent Testers):

This is the second Leapfrog educational DVD that my children and I have watched, and once again we thoroughly enjoyed it! Maths Adventure to the Moon is about two frogs called Tad and Lily. They blast off to the moon to collect 10 space rocks for their homework. Along the way, they learn about counting to 10, sorting and patterns. It also features four songs which my three and six year olds enjoyed singing along to. My eldest child was particularly delighted to be able to solve the sorting game problems! Just like the previous Leapfrog DVD 'Let's go to School', this is a fun, educational DVD with brightly coloured cartoons that definitely captivate children's attention. Although designed for pre-school children, this DVD is also useful for children perhaps in the first couple of years of primary school. My son has been able to count to 10 for a couple of years, however he did learn from the DVD about 'skip counting' which teaches the children to count in multiples of 2, 5 or 10. I explained to my son that I was writing a review and I needed him to tell me what he thought of the DVD and his reply was "I like it, it's fun!" so I would therefore recommend it to any parent who wants to encourage their child's number skills!

For further information contact Alice Hammond (email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 01273 772 155)


For a chance to win 1 of 2 copies of 'Maths Adventure to the Moon' DVD check out mini-competition 7


 

 


tipsducktipsduckDiary of a Student Midwife :: Part 6tipsducktipsduck


In this instalment of  'Diary of a Student Midwife' our student midwife is very busy coping with the increasing demands of practical and academic work alongside juggling family life.

Read more here...

 

Midwifery training past and present:: Diary of a pre and post registration midwife by Sharon

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You can read this article on www.midwiferyonline.co.uk (go to pages 14-21). Find out more about the Midwifery Online forum below!

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured forum ::www.midwiferyonline.co.uktipsducktipsduck

 

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Midwifery Online is a brand new forum for anyone interested in finding out more about the world of midwifery.

Jade, an aspiring midwife going through the process of applying for the midwifery degree, created Midwifery Online. This forum is a support/educational resource for anyone with interested in midwifery, including doulas and parents (yes parents' views matter and they can help us view matters from a different angle).

As an experienced midwifery forum user and administrator, Jade hopes to provide a realistic view of midwifery as a profession by considering all aspects of practice, good and bad. Midwifery Online wants to be a forum where everyone feels empowered to participate in lively discussions and debates in an atmosphere of openness and safety.

Ultimately, Midwifery Online aims to become a charity and offer financial support for anyone interested in training as a midwife (pre-course study). It could also expand students' experiences of midwifery by funding elective placements abroad and organise affordable study days to increase midwifery students' knowledge and skills.

The first issue of the e-mag has just been published. One of the articles is written by Sharon. It describes her journey  from student nurse to student midwife, right up to today. You can read her story on page 14 of the e-mag

 

Join up today and share your views at: www.midwiferyonline.co.uk

 

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured My Story :: Susie and Kittipsducktipsduck


This  'My Story' follows a older mum's struggle to carry her precious baby to term after suffering a succession of miscarriages! For anyone out there who is wondering if they will ever become a mother this story will give you hope and the inspiration to keep going You can read the full story here...

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:tipsduck:tipsduckTIPS Top Treat :: Gentle Hands Baby Massage Kittipsducktipsduck

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Gentle Hands Baby Massage Kit – www.gentlehandsbabymassage.co.uk

RRP: £25 (inclusive of P&P) Available online, at Mothercare UK and other selected stores.

As a keen advocate of skin-to-skin contact I never want to miss an opportunity to promote the benefits of infant massage. So when I came across the Gentle Hands website I wanted to know more.

This was founded by Susan Pitts, mother of three, teacher and NCT breastfeeding counsellor who decided to move into holistic therapies. With 11 years experience as a fully qualified infant massage and baby yoga teacher Susan wanted to offer her mums and babies something extra. And so the Baby Massage Kit was born.

The Baby Massage Kit contains:

  • a super-soft bath towel with embroidered Gentle Hands logo
  • 100ml bottle of organic sunflower oil
  • an audio CD with nursery rhymes and lullabies to encourage singing and relaxation during massage
  • a complete guide to baby massage - this includes the words to songs on the CD

You can find out more about Susan, baby massage, baby yoga classes and read her blog on www.gentlehandsbabymassage.co.uk


For a chance to win a Gentle Hands Baby Massage Kit (worth £25) check out mini-competition 8


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tipsducktipsduck*** latest news***tipsducktipsduck

Family Beach Project Event - Barefoot Wine UK Beach Clean Ups 2011

Beach project photosAward-winning Californian wine brand, Barefoot Wine, has teamed up with Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) to help keep Britain's beaches 'barefoot friendly'. The 2011 Beach Rescue Project tour will visit 14 beaches around the UK between May and September, collecting litter and returning the beaches to their natural state.

To find out more visit www.sas.org.uk or download a pdf here...

 

tipsducktipsduckThe Rough Guide to Accessible Britain (third edition)

RRP: £6.99 or FREE to Blue Badge and Disabled Persons Railcard holders.

illustrationSupported by Motability, the leading car scheme for disabled people.

To order a FREE copy visit accessibleguide.co.uk or call 0800 953 7070 (8am to 8pm)

Accessible Britain - Family Days Out

Motability Operations and The Rough Guides have taken Accessible Britain to a new level. 75 family-friendly attractions have been visited and reviewed by disabled people and their families - this means children of all ages have road tested them too! You can read these new reviews online: www.accessibleguide.co.uk

You can get more information about the Rough Guides on www.roughguides.com

 

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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top value feature :: Doidy cuptipsducktipsduck

 

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Doidy cup - RRP: £3.80

Supplied by www.bickiepegs.co.uk

 

When we tested open cups in 2007 the Doidy cup won Best of the Best. We still think it is the best cup. This is why we decided to mention it again in our Top Value feature.

The Doidy cup is made from BPA free plastic, conforms to the strictest European safety standards and comes in a multitude of lovely colours. It can be used from birth to old age and every age in between - which means it is one of the most cost-effective purchases you will ever make. Don't take our word for it, read the full TIPS review here...

You can find out more about the Doidy cup and their world famous Bickiepegs teething biscuits online. Go to www.bickiepegs.co.uk


For a chance to win 1 of 5 Doidy cups check outmini-competition 9.


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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS :: top tipstipsducktipsduck

 

tipsduckwww.swapit.co.uk - a swapping website for kids and teens

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Once they have signed up, Swapit members can enter online competitions or trade unwanted items to earn swapits - a virtual currency they can use to bid for items available in the 'Swap Zones'.

Swapit is very safe. There is no direct contact between swappers, and real names are never displayed on the site. Swapit require parental consent for children aged under 13.

To find out more visit www.swapit.co.uk or call Swapit on 020 7034 3440.

 

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Speedo Sea Squad...

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The Speedo Sea Squad website (www.speedoseasquad.com) makes learning to swim fun for children and parents alike.

This new site showcases the exciting adventures of the Speedo Sea Squad. Olympic hero and Speedo-sponsored swimmer Rebecca Adlington gives hints and tips about learning to swim. There is also information about the Speedo Learn to Swim products.

Stage 1 of Learn to swim is called Start Splashing. It is for babies who start going to the pool. It includes information about a number of products, including aqua nappies, swim seats and baby towels. Stage 2 is called Start Swimming. This gives information about buoyant swimming aids to help children adopt the right position in the water to begin swimming. Stage 3 is called Get Confident. This is to help children build on the basics and to start improving strokes and underwater skills with mini kick boards and dive rings and sticks.

You can download a pdf here for more information.

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Top moving tips for children...

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Summer is a popular time for moving house. This can be exciting but also very stressful for small children - and parents too. Before one of our Parent Testers moved house, I sent her the Really Moving top ten tips to help children cope with the stress of moving house. She found the advice very useful and suggested I include it in a TIPS newsletter. Get the moving tips here...

You can get more information in the 'Moving Advice' section on www.reallymoving.com

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Skin patch can help treat overactive bladder...

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Kentera  have developed a skin patch that can help treat an overactive bladder. Applied twice a week to the stomach, buttocks or hips the patch helps prevent spasms of the bladder muscle. Kentera patches cost £27.20 for 8 patches - this is a month's supply.

Bladder problems can affect men and women. They are also common after childbirth but it is possible to get help with this condition.

You can get help and advice from The Bladder and Bowel Foundation. Call the Nurse Helpline on 0845 345 0165, or visit their website www.bladderandbowelfoundation.org.

 

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  • You can also contact me on the Prima Baby/BabyExpert one-to-one advice line at: 09061949915*
  • Press and Media: If you are looking for expert advice on midwifery related topics you can also call me on my advice line.

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Don't you just love the summery feel of this picture showing baby Ben in the paddling pool with his mum – looks like bliss!

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Welcome to the world! Here are twin girls Isis and Jelena, new baby Granddaughters to my good friend Mary who lives in Australia while her daughter and son-in-law live in New York City. After two months communicating on Skype I am pleased to report that Granny and Granddaughters finally got to meet in person. Congratulations to Mummy and Daddy who are enjoying Mum's wonderful cooking and the extra pair of hands!
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This is Sebastian, winner of the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe in newsletter 21! I am thrilled to announce it arrived just in time for his third birthday so many happy returns! Looks like this wee chap will enjoy many happy hours of fun in his new set of wheels!
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Max and his Cookie-pillow! Meet Brigitte's 2 Boxer Welfare Scotland babes.  Why a Boxer? ' A Boxer will make you laugh; he will make you cry; he will try your patience; he will outwit you when he can.  And he will love you with an intensity that will surprise and amaze you.'  Why 2 Boxers? Well.... you can't have too much of a good thing!
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One of our Parent Testers sent us these photos of amazing tummy art!
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Parent Tester Jenny tells us: 'This is my favourite breastfeeding photo of all. It was taken by my eldest daughter, who was 6 at the time and hadn't quite stopped nursing. It features her younger sister, aged 3 at the time, nursing to sleep on my lap. For me, the fact that it's slightly out of focus adds to the 'atmosphere' of the picture. For me, it sums up the sweetness, gentleness and beauty of breastfeeding beyond babyhood.'

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Here is Noori breastfeeding her dolly while mummy feeds her baby sister. This natural role play is a lovely example of the importance of early introduction to breastfeeding!

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keep on emailing your photos! If they are featured in one of our e-newsletters, we will send you a dedicated copy of Sharon's book Breastfeeding: the essential guide.
Babycare – back to basics™ leaflet (version 7) – out now!

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This award winning leaflet is distributed around the UK at various professional and parenting events. Health professionals and maternity units can buy hard copies – email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. As well as all the hints and tips you need about baby skincare, skin-to-skin contact and feeding but, this leaflet now includes the latest and safest advice on reducing the risk of cot death. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like a free copy.

We are working on the draft for version 8 - so watch out for updates on the TIPS website.

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New desktop radio player available! Launched on DAB digital radio in April 2010 - Broadcasting across Cheshire, Staffordshire and North East Wales.

Sharon's interviews about breast feeding, tongue-tie, baby skincare, cup feeding, baby baths, cuddle towels, decongestants and much more are broadcast regularly. You can also download them here....

If you would like to listen to My Baby Radio directly from your desktop, and without visiting the website, you can download the new desktop radio player (you will need to have the latest version of Windows Media Player installed on your PC or laptop). Go to the My Baby Radio website to get the player.

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  • Check out the list of winners in our September e-newsletter – it could be you!

 

 

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Worlds Apart® have kindly donated 2 of their Pop n Fun® play tents as prizes. Thomas the Tank Engine is joined by Annie, Clarabelle and Cranky the crane. The play tents have hand holes, and children can crawl through tents. They can be used together or individually for hours of role-play fun. The Disney Princess Pop n Fun® play tent includes a Cinderella carriage and two crawl through white horse tunnels. This play set comes in a special pumpkin bag for easy storage.

For a chance to win one of these featured Pop n Fun® play tents all you have to do is 'like' us on Facebook illustration or email the words 'Pop n Fun' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 August 2011 - we will announce the winner in e-newsletter 24
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For a chance to win 1 of 3 month-long memberships to the MumsDateDads website all you have to do is 'like' us on Facebook illustrationor email the word 'MumsDateDads' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 August 2011 - we will announce the winner in e-newsletter 24.
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For a chance to win a copy of Baby's Here! Who Does What? all you have to do is 'like' us on Facebook illustrationor email the words 'Duncan Fisher OBE' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 August 2011. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 24.
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For a chance to win a Breastfeeding gift set (worth £60) consisting of a Bebe au Lait Nursing cover and Floppeze pillow all you have to do is 'like' us on Facebook illustration or email the words 'Breastfeeding gift set' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 August 2011. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 24.
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For a chance to win a Lactivist bundle including a t-shirt, a shopping bag and a hat all you have to do is 'like' us on Facebook illustration or email the word 'Lactivist' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 August 2011. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 24.
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For a chance to win a copy of Fit to Bust all you have to do is 'like' us on Facebook illustration or email the words 'Fit to Bust' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 August 2011. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 24.
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For a chance to win 1 of 2 pairs of tickets to the 'Alternative Families Show' all you have to do is 'like' us on Facebook illustrationor email the word 'Tickets' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 August 2011. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 24.

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For a chance to win 1 of 2 copies of the 'Maths Adventure to the Moon' DVD all you have to do is 'like' us on Facebook illustrationor email the words 'Leapfrog DVD' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 August 2011. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 24.

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For a chance to win a Gentle Hands Baby Massage Kit (worth £25) all you have to do is 'like' us on Facebook illustrationor email the words 'massage kit' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 August 2011. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 24.
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For a chance to win 1 of 5 Doidy cups all you have to do is 'like' us on Facebook illustrationor email the word 'Doidy' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 August 2011. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 24
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Anniversary special edition Turtle Sandbox The classic green Turtle Sandbox from Little Tikes is celebrating its 33rd anniversary this year! To mark this happy event, Little Tikes has designed a fun new version of the much loved sandbox - and we have one to give away! With its new friendly moulded-in face and detailed turtle shell exterior, the Turtle Sandbox is set to become the must-have 'pet' for the back garden!  It features a large main area for lots of sand-based play and the brand new rim on the sandbox includes a fun 'river' with a spinner that creates currents in the water. To encourage active fun for little ones, the Turtle Sandbox comes with mini sea creatures. Kids can send them swimming round the 'lazy river' on imaginative sea and sand adventures. When playtime is over, the removable Turtle shell lid covers the sand and water area. This keeps it clean and protected from pets and bad weather, until its playtime once again. For more details visit www.littletikes.co.uk or call 01908 268480.


For a chance to win this Turtle Sandbox (worth £49.99) all you have to do is 'like' us on Facebook illustration or email the word 'Sandbox' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 August 2011 - we will announce the winner in e-newsletter 24

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We featured the MoBoleez hats in e-newsletter 22. You can read this here...

For a chance to win the MoBoleez Bubbles breastfeeding hat (worth £30) all you have to do is 'like' us on Facebook illustration or email the word 'MoBoleez' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 August 2011. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 24.

TIPS winners...

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After 46 months featuring a monthly e-competition we drew our last winner on 14 March 11

Q: Which magazine featured Sharon's article BACK to BASICS in its Feb, March, April 2011 issue?

A: I'm Pregnant – issue 36

Winner: Jolene from Ayrshire

 


 

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The 4  lucky winners of the breast pad gift sets are Jennifer from Lanarkshire, 
Keri from Hampshire, Abigail from Cornwall and Marzena from Oxfordshire.



The lucky winner of the Barrett & Coe photo shoot is Karin from Lothian.

 


The lucky winner of the book Hair in funny placesis Lynda from Bedfordshire.



 

The 2 lucky winners of the Burghley House family tickets are Vivienne C and Jo from Cambridgeshire.




The lucky winner of the Peppa Pig DS game is Fiona from Ayrshire.



 

The lucky winner of the Doula DVD is Marcie from North Carolina (USA).



 

The lucky winner of the CocoRose shoes is Corina from Bristol.



 

The 2 lucky winners of Dunck bath toys are Tracey from Ayrshire and Lynda from Bedfordshire.

 


 

The lucky winner of the JASON sunblock is Wendy from London.

 


The 2 lucky winners of the ZippyTots baby shoes are Sarah from the West Midlands and Anna from Hampshire.

 


 

The lucky winner of the BabyDam bath barrier is Tracey from Ayrshire.

 


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The lucky winner of the Dirt Devil Vacuum cleaner is Natalija from Lancashire.


 

 

 

 

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