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TIPS e-newsletter 31

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Welcome to our bumper summer issue!

facebook logoLike us on Facebook – visit the TIPS Ltd Facebook page: we publish news (including competitions!), information and advice for parents and professionals regularly.

Our testers have been busy reviewing lots of products: washable nursing pads, two baby oils, a nipple treatment and our first large trial of sterilisers - we will publish the results next month. We're also going to be testing the classic Bickiepegs teething biscuits real soon. Meanwhile, we are delighted that the innovative Vapour Ring from Baby nose-clear® is the latest TIPS Award winner - find out more in the featured products section. We also feature the adorable MamAmor birthing, breastfeeding and babywearing dolls. They haven't been through our trial process, but if they did I'm sure they'd win a TIPS Award!

Our featured website is www.beachdragons.com. Beach Dragons offer an innovative range of UV clothing for children. This Swedish company was founded in 2012 by mother of three Jessica Dahlberg. Jessica spotted a gap in childrenswear and decided to start her own company offering stylish, premium quality beachwear with UV-protection. We are delighted to offer our readers the chance to win one of two UV clothing sets (total prize value is £150) in our e-newsletter competition.

We have reviewed 3 books for you: 

  • Adventures in Potty Training is about two neighbours who decide to start potty training their children on the same day. It also deals with the very sensitive subject of soiling. The book has been reviewed by one of our parent bloggers whose daughter has also suffered from this upsetting condition.

  • Birth made easy explains how self-hypnosis, visualisation, different breathing methods and the use of colours for healing and relaxation can help you get the birth you want

  • in the Let’s Talk About series of toddler books, we have reviewed My New Baby and Big Beds and Bedtime for you.

In our Top Tips features, you can find out about Train with Nicola Buggy classes - to help new mums get fit with their babies. We feature the adorable Frilly Tushies: a beautiful range of pants to hide nappies that take the old fashioned idea of frilly pants and give it a modern twist (we have two gorgeous sets up for grabs) and we also introduce the innovative craze of Mummy Business Cards. Read on....

Check out our delightful TIPS Testers' photos including the very first engagement picture: my daughter and her fiancé (who proposed on top of Mount Kilimanjaro!).

My Story includes poignant shots which chart the journey of Julie and her family, from diagnosis to treatment for thyroid cancer, just after the birth of her third son.

Maybe you have photos of your own you would like to share with us? Remember we're always on the lookout for these - and I will send a signed copy of my book (Breastfeeding: the essential guide) to the sender of each photo we publish.

As well as our regular mix of featured article, blog (Edspire), event (Father’s Day present to win too!), DVD (Room on the Broom), Top Value and Top Treat we introduce a new campaigns feature with two campaigns: Hands Off Midirs and Movement for an Adoption Apology.
We also have part three of our feature Diary of a Student Midwife Down Under. And we have a special treat for all the readers who have been asking for an update on our original series Diary of a Student Midwife: we have exciting news, with pictures too!

Don't forget to check out our 8 mini-competitions with a total prize value of over £350!

Email your entries (to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and you too could be a winner.

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

 

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Movement for an Adoption Apology

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I heard about this campaign in March 2013. This was when Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard formally said sorry for the scandal of forced adoptions that took place between the 1950s and the 1980s. Hundreds of single mothers were made to give up their babies to married couples (http://bit.ly/13epUEG).

Sadly UK parents are still awaiting an apology. 

For many years and until at least the 1980s, pregnancy outside marriage was severely frowned upon. Young women who found themselves in this situation faced extremely strong pressures from the authorities to give up their baby for adoption. They did not get information about the welfare services (including housing and financial help) available to them. These women were not  found to be unfit mothers; they were simply prevented from becoming mothers at all.

This experience so traumatised many of these women that they have suffered years of mental and physical ill health ever since. Many were unable to have more children. In some cases fathers who wanted to help were refused a say in their child’s future, because the child was classified as illegitimate. This is how these fathers also became unwilling parties to these adoptions.

This is why Movement for an Adoption Apology was set up. They want recognition and acknowledgement of the pain and grief suffered by many birth parents and their children because of the unethical adoption practices of the past. The Movement for an Adoption Apology  believe that this can only be achieved by a full Parliamentary apology with cross-party support.

A government enquiry may be needed to reveal the full extent of the unethical practices and the damage suffered by these birth parents. It is true that setting up such an enquiry would take time but for those who have waited years to see justice done this would be a good first step.  In the meantime it is hoped that a parliamentary statement of intention to examine all the facts be made now.

  • At the time of publication we can announce that John Leech MP has just tabled a new Early Day Motion (no.77 Forced child adoption). To find out more go to: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2013-14/77

This tragic practice did not only affect women in the UK. Here are more stories you might like to read about from around the world:

  • SBS, Australia: PM to apologise to forced adoption victims (December 19, 2012)

  • Sydney Morning Herald, Australia Forced adoption apology a ‘significant step’ for healing(June 23, 2012)

  • TV New Zealand Women forced to give up babies for adoption (February 29, 2012)

  • National Post (Canada) Curtain lifts on decades of forced adoptions for unwed mothers in Canada (March 9, 2012)

You can find out more or share your stories:

  • on the website: movementforanadoptionapology.org

  • on the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/adoptionapology

  • by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  • by post: Movement for an Adoption Apology, The Coach House, Arlow Road, London, N21 3JU

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Hands Off Midirs campaign

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Hands Off Midirs is an independent campaign to stop a takeover by the NCT of Midirs, due to be voted upon shortly. If agreed, MIDIRS will lose its charitable and editorial independence.
As a loyal member and contributor to the Midirs Digest (my latest article on baby skincare was published in the June issue) I feel I must bring your attention to the worrying developments of the past few weeks which culminated in the launch of the Hands Off Midirs campaign (on facebook and on Twitter).

Two years ago a merger agreement was entered into between Midirs and the NCT. May 2013 was suggested as the date for a final vote on whether to go ahead with this merger or not. Certain charitable objectives were set out and an ‘opt-out’ clause created so that by the end of the two year period either side could end this arrangement and remain an independent entity.
Sadly these objectives have not been met. Even more worrying is the fact that the former Midirs Board of Trustees felt they were forced to resign en masse, in order to avoid being forcibly removed by NCT against their express wishes. The full details behind this decision are explained in their letter of resignation which was recently posted on the Hands Off Midirs facebook page. This letter states the board members had been: "subjected to an aggressive campaign by members of the NCT management team, which we have found both intimidating and which appears to have been part of a co-ordinated effort to push through the merger at whatever cost".

I am pleased that there is now an open forum where this issue can be discussed. However I am saddened that such a highly respected organisation has been subjected to two years of upheaval which has diverted their energies away from the business of providing the very best evidence-based resources for midwifery professionals. I really hope this issue can be resolved soon so that Midirs can recapture its independent voice.

At the time of going to press Hands Off Midirs are awaiting news of a final vote, due on 13 June 2013, regarding the future independence of Midirs...

Please support this campaign:

 


tipsducktipsduckFeatured DVD :: Room on the Broomtipsducktipsduck

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Room on the Broom

Certificate: U
First shown on the BBC at Christmas 2012
Released by Entertainment One in March 2013
Available in the UK on DVD RRP: £8.99 - Running time: 25 minutes

Review by Sharon Trotter:
From the creators of the hugely successful The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child films, Room on the Broom is a beautifully animated film featuring an all-star cast. This film won the Children’s Category in the 2012 Royal Television Society’s Programme Awards.

Room on the Broom is a magical tale about friendship and family based on the wonderful children's picture book written by Julia Donaldson (bestselling author, and Children’s Laureate) and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This delightful film is narrated by Simon Pegg and begins with the witch (voiced by Gillian Anderson) and her loyal cat (voiced by Rob Brydon) flying on their magic broom. The wind blows and the witch loses her hat. It is found by a nearby dog (voiced by Martin Clunes) who asks if he can join the witch and her cat on their broom - but the cat is not so keen. However the witch welcomes the dog and they continue their travels on the broom. Here starts an adventure which includes a frog (voiced by David Walliams), a bird (voiced by Sally Hawkins) and a scary dragon (voiced by Timothy Spall). The broom becomes rather crowded, but as the story unfolds we are invited to share the highs and lows of this strange collection of characters. As they work together, their strengths show the importance of working together for the good of others. This may just be a simple cartoon but everyone will be able to relate to the story of good over evil, and everyone will want to watch Room on a Broom again and again...

 

  • To find out more go to: www.roomonthebroom.com where you can subscribe to the newsletter, watch a short trailer of the film and access various fun activities that will keep your children happy.

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For a chance to win a copy of Room on the Broom DVD check out mini-competition 4


tipsducktipsduckFeatured product :: Many congratulations to 4little1, our latest TIPS Award winner on their well deserved success! tipsduck tipsduck

 

Baby nose-clear® Vapour ring
(suitable from 3 months) - Tested January - February 2013

RRP: £6.99 for 3 rings - Each ring lasts around 24 feeds (72 feeds per pack). BPA Free
Supplied by 4fx Healthcare Ltd: www.4little1.com

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The Baby nose-clear® Vapour ring is designed for bottle-fed babies. If you are breastfeeding the best way to clear your baby's stuffy nose is to breastfeed baby on demand – this may be more often than usual. You can also use the TIPS Award winning Baby nose-clear® Aspirator
You can read the full review for the Baby nose-clear® Vapour ring on the TIPS website here...

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For a chance to win 1 of 10 packs of Vapour Rings by Baby nose-clear check out mini-competition 6

MamAmor Dolls

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MamAmor dolls are birthing, breastfeeding and babywearing cloth dolls. Mama dolls are 18 to 20 inches long, babies are 5 inches long. Dressed, mama and baby weigh approximately 500 grams. They cost around $200 depending on the doll (approx £130)

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Review by Sharon

What can I say, I love these dolls!

You will know that I am already a fan of role-play dolls, and have featured the lovely Boobie Buddies on numerous occasions in previous e-newsletters. Sadly these are no longer available in the UK but I recently found a new collection of equally innovative dolls.

MamAmor Dolls are handcrafted educational birthing, breastfeeding and babywearing cloth dolls. They are designed to help families prepare children for the arrival of new siblings. They are also wonderful educational tools for educators and professionals.

Adriana Guerra created MamAmor Dolls about 5 years ago, when she was training to be a Doula. Her trainer was showed a birthing doll, and Adriana decided to make a doll for her older children, as she was pregnant with her third child. Her Doula colleagues started to ask Adriana for dolls to use in their practices, so she started to make dolls for midwives and childbirth educators all over the world. 

The MamAmor website (www.mamamordolls.com) is beautifully designed with images of all the dolls of many ethnic backgrounds, wearing a variety clothes and accessories. There are photo montages of MamAmor dolls' bellies, bonding, breastfeeding and even showing a baby doll being born (either by section or vaginally), complete with tiny placenta. You can see this here....

In fact the attention to detail is quite amazing and these dolls would be a wonderful gift for any child - especially when they start to ask questions like: ‘where do babies come from?’ Each doll has been lovingly created. This is obviously labour intensive, and the dolls are understandably quite expensive (around £130). Made of top quality materials, the dolls are handmade by a dedicated team of independent workers around the world.  These women benefit from fair-trade working conditions, helping them supplement the family income.

I would expect these delightful dolls to last for many years so they are a great investment either for personal or educational use. The MamAmor dolls could also be used in counselling sessions for women suffering from post traumatic disorders (after instrumental deliveries) or by children for role play. The baby dolls attach to the mother with press studs. This will help children understand that breastfeeding is the natural way of feeding a baby. Every nursery and pre-school should have a MamAmor, although one would not be enough.

I want one myself, just to play with!

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Beach Dragons

Website 1: www.beachdragons.com

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Introduction by Sharon:
You probably already know that I am a passionate advocate of safe skincare for all ages. This is why the TIPS website provides lots of information and advice about sun protection for babies and children - you will find this in our skincare FAQs here... So when I came across this innovative range of UV clothing for children I wanted to find out more!

About Beach Dragons

Swedish company Beach Dragons was founded in 2012 by mother of three Jessica Dahlberg. Jessica spotted a gap in childrenswear and decided to start her own company offering stylish, premium quality beachwear with UV-protection.

Launched this spring, the Beach Dragons’ collection includes rash guards, sun protection suits, swimsuits, bikini bottoms, nappy pants and swim shorts. All the pieces come with the excellent UV-protection UPF 50+ and available sizes range from 6 months to 10 years.

All fabrics used in the collection are tested against the strict Australian Standard AS/NZS4399:1996 and come with UPF 50+ protection, meaning 98% of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB radiation is blocked out. The prints, all unique to Beach Dragons, together with premium quality and functionality of the garments bring unique selling points to this new brand.

Beach Dragons clothing is available for boys and girls in sizes 6 months up to 10 years. Prices start from €26

Jessica explains:
“The company caters for conscientious parents who embrace diverse fashion, who want to create an individual, relaxed beach look for their children and protect them from the sun’s harmful rays.”

“Since 80% of all sun damage takes place before the age of 18 and children’s skin is thinner and far more sensitive to the sun, I feel it is absolutely essential to provide your child with the best sun protection.”

To find out more

  • visit www.beachdragons.com

  • email Jessica This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  • like Beach Dragons on Facebook

  • follow Beach Dragons on Instagram

 


tipsducktipsducke-newsletter competition :: win 1 of 2 sets of Beach Dragon UV outfits (worth £150)tipsducktipsduck illustrationWin a set of rash guard* and swim shorts for boys (rash guard £44 and swim shorts £42)High collar rash vest with zip front and long sleeves with elbow patches. Cool jellyfish print on back to match the swim shorts in Beach Dragons' exclusive print. The pieces all come with excellent UV-protection, UPF 50+.Win a set of rash guard* and bikini bottom for girls(rash guard £42 and bikini bottom £22)Adorable rash vest with puffed shoulders and ruched side ties that make it adjustable in length for maximum style and comfort. Lovely flower print on the chest, to match the bikini bottom in Beach Dragons' exclusive print. 

 

The pieces all come with excellent UV-protection, UPF 50+.
*A rash guard is a long or short sleeved swimwear shirt, originally used by surfers to protect them from the harmful rays of the sun and from rubbing their torsos on the surfboard. Rash guards are now usually manufactured from fabrics that hold high UPF factors.

  • For a chance to win 1 of 2 sets of Beach Dragons UV outfits (worth £150) email the words ‘Beach Dragons’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2013 (remember to tell us if you would like the set for boy or for girl). We will announce the winners in e-newsletter 32

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Mermaid Maternity Retreat
Website 2: www.mermaid.co.uk

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A new arrival in private maternity

Mermaid Maternity Retreat
234a Kings Road (above Heals)
London SW3 5UA
T: +44 20 71993220
Due to open in July 2013
Mermaid Dining room and one of the 14 bedrooms pictured above

I first read about the Mermaid Retreat Hotel in an article published in The Times on 30 March this year - I then decided to contact the hotel to find out more about this latest addition to the world of pregnancy and postnatal pampering.
(You can read The Times article here)

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Nick Balfour with his wife and four daughters and at the recent preview launch of the Mermaid.

The Mermaid Retreat is the brainchild of Nick Balfour, entrepreneur and investor, married to Stephanie and father of four daughters. The Mermaid Retreat has itself been through a long and complicated gestation period of six years but Nick’s original vision to provide women (and their close family) with a one-stop shop for maternity services in a non-medical environment.  The Mermaid is designed around the specific needs of pregnant women and new mothers. It brings together all the key non-medical services known to improve a mother’s experience through pregnancy, childbirth, and the recovery afterwards. These include:

  • a range of antenatal services, including birth preparation workshops, exercise classes, nutritional guidance, and complementary therapies designed to help parents prepare physically and emotionally for parenthood

  • once your baby has arrived arrangements will be made to bring you and baby to the Mermaid. The tailor made maternity friendly bedrooms provide the perfect space for you to bond with your baby and to share these precious early moments with your loved ones, undisturbed by the outside world. An experienced team will be there to support you round the clock

  • as you prepare  to go home the Mermaid Retreat provides a range of services to help make the transition to parenthood at home as smooth as possible. These include baby feeding support, postnatal physiotherapy, exercise classes, nutritional guidance, parenting workshops and general wellbeing.

Nick and his expert team aim to make the journey into parenthood as smooth as possible, and even improve clinical outcomes by decreasing the number of readmissions to hospital, and incidence of postnatal depression. Nicks Balfour, founder of Mermaid, and father of 4 girls states:

“We aim to bridge the gap between hospital and home, by giving you the skills and nurturing that will help you embrace your new responsibility with confidence.”

I will be visiting the Mermaid Retreat on my next trip to London so I promise to report back to you with my impressions of this innovative new maternity service.

To find out more about the Mermaid Maternity Retreat:

  • visit www.mermaid.co.uk

  • email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  • like them on Facebook

  • follow them on Twitter

  • see their blog: http://mermaid.co.uk/blog/:

 

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tipsduckFeatured article ::  Why no baby skincare product should be advertised or promoted as ‘suitable for newborn skin’n by Sharon Trotter

Midirs Midwifery Digest 23(2): p217-221

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I am really excited about my latest article on baby skincare! It's just been published in the June 2013 issue of Midirs (Midwives Information & Resource Service). Here is the abstract:

Recently published articles question the value of a water-only approach to neonatal skincare, but the evidence they provide is unconvincing. 

This paper aims to update those who may be new to this subject, and reinforce the importance of the ‘less is more’ approach to neonatal skincare. It explains why neonatal skin is delicate and more at risk of damage. It also highlights the insidious and inappropriate marketing of baby skincare products - focusing on the use of ‘suitable for newborns’ terminology - in this hugely competitive (and lucrative) industry. Current evidence-based neo natal skincare guidelines provide professionals with the tools they need to drastically reduce the steady rise in infant skin conditions. This increase appears to be co-incident with the introduction of manufactured baby skincare products over 50 years ago. However, with UK rates of childhood eczema among the highest in the world we need to go even further. We must insist that manufacturers of baby skincare products and the baby press promote these national skincare guidelines so parents get accurate and consistent advice.

About Midirs
Midirs is a not-for-profit educational charity. Midirs provides effective information resources to help maternity health care professionals and students succeed in their professional development and studies. No matter what your budget, Midirs has a package to suit you. You can choose to subscribe to:

  • a monthly professional journal, Essentially MIDIRS – ideal for busy professionals who need quick updates on latest developments, or for students who need to come up to speed quickly

  • a quarterly trusted academic journal, MIDIRS Midwifery Digest – perfect for researchers, professionals or students who want to consider topics in more detail

  • a bibliographic and abstract database, MIDIRS Reference Database saves you valuable research time by surveying the entire midwifery landscape for the information you need.

For more news about Midirs check out our Campaigns feature

 

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Adventures in Potty Training

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Written by James Parkin under the pen name Claire Williams
Available in paperback from www.bigredsock.com - RRP: £7.99
Available on Kindle from www.amazon.co.uk - RRP: £1.99
    
About the author
James Parkin writes the Ghost Gang series for 8 to 12 year olds - available from www.lulu.com James has also written this novel for parents (under the pen name Claire Williams) called Adventures in Potty Training. You can even read the first chapter on James' website here...

'The story is about two neighbours who decide to start potty training their children on the same day.  It also deals with the very sensitive subject of soiling. Children who suffer from this condition (called encopresis) have a problem with their bowels that dulls the normal urge to go to the bathroom — and they can't control the accidents that typically follow. This is a much more common condition than many would think. In fact I found out about this excellent book from one of our Parent Testers whose daughter suffers from this condition. She has reviewed this book for TIPS and includes her personal story which is also featured on her blog (go to: http://lovebeingamummy.blogspot.co.uk/).


The story behind James' unique story about potty training by the author

I intended this book to be a fun read for parents who have, or will, experience the joys (or otherwise!) of potty training.  However, it also has a more serious purpose as I am trying to raise awareness of the condition of encopresis which I suffered from as a child.  Few people want to talk about children soiling their pants, particularly older children, and this has, I believe, meant that many sufferers, and their parents, feel isolated and believe that other children do not have this problem.  Other parents would probably be shocked if someone else's older child had a toilet accident in their presence, and would assume that he or she was just being lazy or naughty.  I would really love to see this taboo ended so that children who soil and their parents can get the help they need, and a sympathetic response when accidents occur in public.  This is one reason why I have written this book, which features a major subplot about a boy, based on myself, who often soils his pants.

I thought at the time that I was the only 7-year old in the world that dirtied his pants, and for many years afterwards I kept it a secret as I thought that people would consider it to be a disgusting and babyish habit.  However, I have actually had many parents thank me for relating my experiences which have hopefully helped some of them understand what their own child may be going through.


Review by Victoria – TIPS Parent Tester and blogger:
My 4 year old daughter has had problems with going for a poo since I potty trained her under a year ago. I have not personally met anyone who is suffering with their child withholding and causing soiling. So no one really understood what my daughter and the rest of the family were suffering.

I think it’s very unusual to find a fictional book about potty training and the difficult issues that come with it. The book is based on the real experiences of the author, who suffered from withholding as a child. It was very reassuring for me to realise that a child can and will overcome these issues. At the same time, it’s sad to read what effects this condition has on a child, including how they felt and what they experienced during this period. If you have never suffered from this, it is hard to understand why some children find toileting so difficult. 

I love that the book is not just about children's toilet training.  It also follows three different families and three different stories, from a husband’s affair to the ups and downs of being a single parent.  You get to know the characters, and as they have similar lifestyles it is easier to relate to the parenting concerns we share with them. 

The child characters are all around preschool age and react to the switch from nappy to toilet in different ways and at different speeds, which is normal. Children toilet train at different rates, as a previous nursery nurse I know this. 

I would recommend the book to anyone who likes to read about fictional parenting. The book cleverly mentions wee and poo, so it's interesting to read rather than thinking I don't want to - and you are not put off by the subject.  It's also a great read for any parent before their child begins their own adventures in potty training. It will help you decide whether she or he is ready to start. You can observe and recognise any issues raised in the book and gain confidence as you learn how best to get through this big adventure together with the added support network out there.


Victoria's own potty-training story...

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I decided to potty train my daughter when she was 3 years and 2 months old, partly because she wanted to do her wees on the toilet. In all honesty, for my part, I wanted her to go on the potty or toilet like her friends who were the same age.  Straight away she went the toilet for her wees but the problem was her going for a poo. At first she would go in her pants but then started to withhold the poo for up to 7 days.  For the first 8 months, I thought she was constipated - until I thought enough is enough and decided this needed to be sorted for my daughter's sake and my sanity.  I have to tell you watching my daughter suffer and refuse to poo was very distressing for both me and her father.  I didn't know why she was holding it in and I didn't feel that the doctor was any help.  Thankfully I found information online about encopresis (withholding) and how to help my daughter. So we overcame this huge obstacle with hope, determination and most importantly knowledge about the problem.  My daughter has to have movicol everyday to loosen the stools but she will go when asked. Hopefully, when the time is right she will ask to go, that is a day I am looking forward to.
To read more about Victoria’s experiences you can read her blog at:
http://lovebeingamummy.blogspot.co.uk/

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Let’s Talk About...

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By Sheila Gurney & Fiona Freund
Published by Campbell Books
RRP: £5.99 - ISBN: 9780230764323 & 9780230764316

Introduction by Sharon Trotter:

This fresh and original series of books discuss the key developmental stages of childhood - including bedtime, new babies, potty training and learning the ‘no’ word - in an entertaining and un-patronising way.  

Aimed at toddlers, preschoolers and their parents, these books have a lively and contemporary design with photographs, illustrations, text and speech bubbles in a bold, simple comic-strip style. The Let’s Talk About… titles are fun, visually stimulating, easy for little ones to follow and perfect for parents and children to enjoy together.

One of the authors, Stella Gurney is a children’s writer and editor. She is also co-writer of the best-selling monster-puppet series illustrated by Sam Lloyd - these are retellings of classic fairy tales. Stella has also written a whole host of picture books for pre-school children and toddlers.
The co-author, Fiona Freund, is a photographer and art director specialising in portraits, fashion, reportage and travel photography. Her clients include the Arts Council, Vogue, Elle, Guardian Weekend, Ikea and many others. This might explain the fresh approach to design that sets this series apart from similar books that feature real experiences in real environments.

The first two titles in this series:  'My New Baby' and 'Big Beds and Bedtime' were published in February2013 (both are reviewed below). Look out for two more titles: 'Pants and Potties' and ' The ‘No’ Word' to be published this August.

 

Review of: 'My New Baby' and 'Big Beds and Bedtime' by Tracey, TIPS Parent Tester
The 'Let's talk about...' series is a really refreshing approach to storybooks for children. It takes real life scenarios that are important in a toddler's world and talks about them in a really fun, open way that they can relate to. It uses photographs rather than illustrations that really grab the toddler's attention.

In 'My New Baby', my little girl instantly wanted to know the little boy's name and actually guessed it was Jack before I read it to her! She really seemed to identify with the little boy who becomes a big brother. I particularly liked the drawings over the photos with thought bubbles coming from the toddler showing how they are feeling about the impending baby's arrival. I think this helps the little one feel that they are not the only one who feels this way about becoming a big sister/brother. The book also asks questions to the little one, for example, 'Is your baby here yet?' My little girl loved answering the questions and also pointing out the expressions in the book that matched her little brother's. The book is very different to any other 'new baby' books we have read together and I would definitely say my daughter connected to this book best, repeatedly wanting it read to her every night. It is informative and fun at the same time. The last pages have nuggets of wisdom from parents which are useful for the parent too. The only issue was my little girl wanted me to read each one to her as they were brightly coloured and so I had to make up spur of the moment stories for her as they weren't all suitable to read to little ones.

In 'Big Beds and Bedtime' it shows the story of Layla and her transition from a cot to a big bed. This book would definitely be good if your little one is finding the transition hard. My wee one is in a large cot bed with the sides down, however after reading the book she now wants a single bed!! It makes it all seem very exciting and again looks at the transition from the toddler's point of view and addresses any fears they may have, for example the bed feeling very big and scary. My little girl loved the illustration of Layla dreaming and it allowed lots of parent/child discussion about her dreams. Again, my daughter loved the pictures of where different children fall asleep and she loved answering the questions the book asked. The only thing I didn't like as a parent was that the book talked about when to get up and showed various numbers on the clock. If your little one recognises numbers and you don't have the same morning routine, this can get a little tricky! Overall though, the book tackles the issue of bedtime in a really unique way that children will love!!

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Birth Made Easy

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by Paola Bagnall
Published by Hothive Books in November 2011
ISBN: 978-1906316877 - RRP: £12.99

Review by Kelly - Registered Midwife, Mother and TIPS Parent Tester

Being a huge advocate of normal birth, and having delved enthusiastically into such techniques as natal hypnotherapy as a student midwife, I had high expectations from this book and set about reading it with great enthusiasm.

The set up and flow of the book make it very user friendly. With chapters clearly described, the language is simple and refreshingly- free of jargon so most readers should find it easy to navigate and read.

For me the whole ethos of this book is appealing. Having studied normal birth in some depth and facilitated this in practice, I know of the complex interaction between the physiological and psychological processes of birth which occur simultaneously. During birth physiological processes will be influenced by a woman's mental and emotional state.  Fear inhibits hormonal release, slowing down labour progress. Belief, positivity and letting go, facilitate the ‘primitive’ side of the brain’s natural ability to help the body give birth naturally. Ina-May Gaskin has written extensively about this  - in her 'Guide to Childbirth' she writes  'Let your monkey do it' meaning that women 'should not let their over-busy mind interfere with the ancient wisdom of the body'.
The author, Paola Bagnall, is clearly passionate about her field of expertise and her obvious enthusiasm for birth is compelling - an enthusiasm that would surely rub off on any expectant parents uncertain about their impending birth experience. This is why I would highly recommend this book for such parents.  Birth Made Easy includes lengthy affirmations and scripts that use detailed imagery - these could be used for relaxation during pregnancy and throughout birth. Readers may also be inspired to create their own personalised scripts to use during labour.

However, I was a bit concerned that some sections of the book are neither beneficial nor well researched. For example the author discusses the possibility of moving a placenta praevia (that is, the placenta, or afterbirth, is covering the opening of the cervix) using self hypnosis (see chapter 10). While I believe that positive reinforcement during pregnancy is important, I do not feel that this particular practice is evidence-based and I would argue that it gives women unrealistic expectations about the power of hypnosis. Research shows that 9 out of 10 cases of placenta praevia diagnosed at the 20 week ultrasound will spontaneously resolve by the third trimester (RCOG, 2011). So it's not possible to say whether self hypnosis might help with this.

Chapter 11 is about the natural induction of post-term labour. Scientific and anecdotal evidence support most of the methods described here, including walking, nipple stimulation and other sexual activity. However, the author also suggests using castor oil. There is a risk that this may cause babies to pass meconium in-utero. Thorough research is needed before considering this method.

Paola Bagnall also suggests switching off a syntocinon infusion (intravenous use of artificial hormones used to induce labour) once the body’s natural processes take over in labour. This is factually incorrect - oxytocin is a natural uterine stimulant that causes contractions during spontaneous labour. Syntocinon is a synthetic (man-made) oxytocin which causes contractions, whilst inhibiting the production of natural oxytocin. Therefore it would not be plausible to expect the body to ‘take over’ labour when its natural method of contracting has been interfered with.

So while I found Birth Made Easy enjoyable for its positive attitude towards birth, I also felt that the author had tried to cover too much. Initially, I thought this was a book about self hypnosis, but the more I read, the more confused I became about the book's aims. By covering such a wide range of topics, Birth Made Easy turns into some sort of one-stop-shop for pregnancy, birth and beyond - not an easy task in 100 pages. Because of this some of the information is too generalised and not explored in enough depth.

Nevertheless, the value of this book lies in its potential to encourage, empower and support expectant mothers to birth their babies calmly, spiritually and without fear. From this point of view I feel it more than fulfils expectations, as long as the advice provided is followed with a healthy dose of common sense and complemented by evidence-based information.

Reference:
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2011). A low-lying placents (placenta praevia after 20 weeks. UK: RCOG. [Online] Available here...(accessed 1/5/2013).

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured :: event tipsducktipsduck

Father’s Day 2013

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Father’s Day is on 16 June – gift ideas to surprise your Father…

Father’s Day is around the corner so we thought we’d offer you the chance to win a wonderful prize for that very special person. We’re sure that your Dad will ‘like’ the Thumbs Up Cufflinks and the mini Tiny Tim Book Light by Mustard.

A creative and innovative company, Mustard takes a sideways look at life. Sometimes that means designing products that no-one’s ever thought of, but everyone wishes they had. At other times it means inventing things that are downright unashamed fun. Whatever Mustard does, it’s always done with a smile. To see the full range of quirky gifts go to www.justmustard.com
If you need a little inspiration you can check out their full catalogue online.


Meanwhile we have secured a special gift set (worth £20) you can win in time for Father’s Day:

  • the powerful Tiny Tim Book Light that puts light exactly where you need it - only 13cm high, the nifty battery-powered lamp can be clipped to a book, used with a laptop or an E-reader, making it ideal for reading or working and perfectly light for travel too, and

  • a pair of social media-inspired cufflinks that are sure to get two thumbs up from your Dad!

To find out more:


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www.edspire.co.uk

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Esther and William, Baby Matilda Mae and the Balsa wood boat are pictured above.


One of my Parent Testers recommended this blog. It follows the story of Jennie and David as they embark on their roller coaster journey through IVF treatment towards parenthood. The blog starts on 10 August 2010 with the premature birth of their twins, at 27+3 weeks gestation. We are invited to share the trials and tribulations of life with tiny babies Esther and William. Each new milestone is recounted with a sense of humour and more than a little poignancy, as we share all that parenthood has to offer this new family.

Fast forward to 2 May 2012 and this family of four becomes five. We are introduced to new baby Matilda Mae, who miraculously was conceived naturally. After a short but intensive natural delivery, our family is complete, hence the blog’s name: ‘Then there were three!’

However, fate deals a stunningly cruel blow. On 2 February 2013, this idyllic family life changes forever when baby Matilda Mae fails to wake up, age exactly 9 months! The subsequent posts are, as you would imagine, heartbreaking to read but also inspiring. On 2 May 2013, when Matilda Mae should have been celebrating her 1st birthday, we join Jennie, David, Esther and William as they bid a sad goodbye to baby Tilda Mae. Her ashes are carefully placed in a balsa wood boat full of stars to act as kindling. A trail of paper stars guide the baby boat down the river as it burns. The family blow bubbles, symbolising kisses, as they watch her ashes disappear. Jennie, David, Esther and William promise to come back each year to mark Tilda Mae’s birthday and celebrate her life that was so cruelly cut short.

As a parent who has experienced the loss of a young baby, our son Calum died age three weeks old in 1986, I can closely relate to this blog. However, don’t be put off reading Jennie’s blog for fear of getting upset (although at times tears will flow) because it covers all aspects of family life which is both inspiring and positive in so many ways.

 

 

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tipsducktipsduckDiary of a Student Midwife :: Part 12 (Diary of a newly qualified (and employed!) midwife) tipsducktipsduck

I am incredibly pleased and excited to be able to bring you the final part of our feature ‘Diary of a Student Midwife’ which brings us fully up to date with Kelly’s experiences as a newly qualified midwife.

Last time we heard from Kelly, was in September 2012. She had just received the wonderful news that she would graduate (with honours) although sadly she, and many of her classmates, had not secured a job. It would take a good few months and many more ups and downs before Kelly finally got the news she had longed for: confirmation of her first post as a qualified midwife. Many congratulations!

We would like to thank Kelly for her dedication and hard work over the past three years. We will be sure to keep in touch and maybe Kelly will come back again with the odd update in the future? Read Kelly's Diary here...

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured My Story :: Living with the 'good' cancer tipsducktipsduck

One of our Parent Testers charts her journey from diagnosis to treatment for thyroid cancer, just weeks after the birth of her third son:
“This is what I have rattling around my mind as I write my story. I have thyroid cancer you see and apparently this is the cancer most people would choose if they had to have one. Sure it probably won't kill me and for that I am eternally grateful that I should live out my full life expectancy, however as I sit writing this from my hospital bed the term good cancer simply doesn't reassure me...”
... read Julie’s heartbreaking but truly inspirational My Story here...

 

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tipsducktipsduckDiary of a Student Midwife Down Under :: Part 3tipsducktipsduck

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tipsducktipsduck*** latest news ***tipsducktipsduck

Hands Off Midirs campaign

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Hands Off Midirs is an independent campaign to stop a takeover by the NCT of Midirs, due to be voted upon shortly. If agreed, MIDIRS will lose its charitable and editorial independence.
As a loyal member and contributor to the Midirs Digest (my latest article on baby skincare was published in the June issue) I feel I must bring your attention to the worrying developments of the past few weeks which culminated in the launch of the Hands Off Midirs campaign (on facebook and on Twitter).

Two years ago a merger agreement was entered into between Midirs and the NCT. May 2013 was suggested as the date for a final vote on whether to go ahead with this merger or not. Certain charitable objectives were set out and an ‘opt-out’ clause created so that by the end of the two year period either side could end this arrangement and remain an independent entity.
Sadly these objectives have not been met. Even more worrying is the fact that the former Midirs Board of Trustees felt they were forced to resign en masse, in order to avoid being forcibly removed by NCT against their express wishes. The full details behind this decision are explained in their letter of resignation which was recently posted on the Hands Off Midirs facebook page. This letter states the board members had been: "subjected to an aggressive campaign by members of the NCT management team, which we have found both intimidating and which appears to have been part of a co-ordinated effort to push through the merger at whatever cost".

I am pleased that there is now an open forum where this issue can be discussed. However I am saddened that such a highly respected organisation has been subjected to two years of upheaval which has diverted their energies away from the business of providing the very best evidence-based resources for midwifery professionals. I really hope this issue can be resolved soon so that Midirs can recapture its independent voice.

At the time of going to press Hands Off Midirs are awaiting news of a final vote, due on 13 June 2013, regarding the future independence of Midirs...

Please support this campaign:

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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top value :: Teach your Monster to Read – free online resource ::tipsducktipsduck

 

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Teach your Monster to Read: First Steps 

The development of this game was funded by the Usborne Foundation. This charitable fund was set up four years ago by Peter Usborne and his children, Nicola and Martin, to support initiatives to develop early literacy.

Peter Usborne is the founder and Managing Director of Usborne Publishing, one of the world’s leading children’s book publishing companies and Children’s Publisher of the Year 2012. He was previously one of the founders of the magazine Private Eye, and was recently awarded an MBE for services to publishing.

Nicola Usborne worked as a Vice President for Scholastic Inc in New York, developing educational and video games. These include The 39 Clues, a series of adventure novels with about 8.5 million copies in print and translated into 24 languages. Steven Spielberg acquired film rights to the series in June 2008, and a film based on the books will be released in 2014. The series also originated tie-in merchandise, including collectible cards and an interactive internet game.
Martin Usborne is a photographer who has researched gaming extensively for TV programme development.

Review by Sarah – TIPS Parent Tester and Mother of 3:

Teach your Monster to Read is a fab free to access website that teaches children to read. Children get to create a monster and play mini games in order to find the correct letter sounds. Once all the sounds have been found the child is rewarded with a word and a prize for their monster.

This is not only good for teaching your child to read but would also be ideal for children who may be struggling with speech problems as it helps to teach them letter sounds. My three year old uses it as part of his speech therapy work and he loves it! He is learning fast while having fun so I am happy too.

This website would also be great for children who are that bit older and who may have special educational needs as it breaks the words down and makes learning to read fun.

I would highly recommend this site.To find out more:

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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top tip 1 :: Frilly Tushies:: tipsducktipsduck

 

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Available in 3 sizes: S (0-4mths), M (5-9mths) or L (12-18).  Prices £10-15
Special 20% discount for TIPS readers: add TIPS  at the checkout on www.frillytushies.com.au

I first heard about Frilly Tushies when owner and creator Sandra Robertson tweeted about her products... so I got in touch to find out more about her adorable baby knickers.

Sandra was tired of seeing babies wearing disposable nappies that so often ruined the look of their gorgeous outfits.  She started to make beautiful nappy covers for her friends’ children and pretty soon Frilly Tushies was born. Frilly Tushies are designed to be worn over nappies. These little gems are gorgeous enough to wear on their own, but can also be worn under baby’s clothes.

Sandra explains: ‘I’m getting such a great response to the range. Parents and grandparents love them because they remind them of similar items they bought for their children.’
The Frilly Tushies range takes the old fashioned idea of frilly pants and gives it a modern twist.  Each piece is lovingly handmade from good quality cotton.  Soft elastic is used around the waist and legs, ensuring your little ones are kept comfortable. As well as baby knickers, the range includes loads of designs including headbands and other cool accessories. To find out more:

  • visit their website www.frillytushies.com.au
  • email Sandra at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • like them on Facebook
  • follow them on Twitter @FrillyTushies

 

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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top tip 2 :: Train with Nicola Buggy Class :: tipsducktipsduck

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If you’ve just had a baby, you probably don't feel you've got time for an exercise class. How will you fit it in and who will look after the little one when you’re off down the gym? Well, local mum, personal trainer and trained Pushy Mother instructor, Nicola Ballinger may well have the perfect answer for you with her brand new Buggy Class post natal exercise sessions .“The great thing about Buggy Class is that it fits in around you,” says 39 year-old Nicola, mother of two small boys herself. “You bring the baby with you and lots of the exercises can be done with your buggy. Plus, it’s in the local park, where us new mums seem to spend a lot of our time anyway.”
The Buggy Class Workout is designed for all levels of fitness and you can join once you’ve had your six-week postnatal GP check. While the exercises are suitable for everyone, Nicola points out that there’s more to them than just a little bit of light stretching. “By the end of the hour you should be out of breath and you’ll feel like you’ve had a full workout. You should definitely notice a difference in how you look and feel after just a few weeks.”

Featuring power walking, cardiovascular, resistance and pelvic floor exercises, the Pushy Mothers training system is designed to focus on any areas of concern in order to increase core strength and regain stability lost during pregnancy.. Exercises are designed to help with back ache, give you flatter abs, and improve your pelvic floor. But how do Nicola's classes differ from all the others out there? “They’re specifically designed for women who have recently given birth, including by Caesarean. I like to keep it interesting because there’s nothing worse than going to an exercise class and knowing exactly what’s going to happen next. It gets boring. Plus, I think you get a much greater feeling of wellbeing just exercising outdoors. You’re amongst nature and if the sun’s shining, there’s nothing better.”

Alexandra Palace regular Emma Rose loves her weekly workout “It’s so nice to be able to get out of the house with the baby, meet other mums and get fit in the process. I’ve made some really good friends, lost the baby weight and have got so much more energy, which you really need when you have a seven month old and another one at nursery.”

Buggy Classes aim “to make you feel good and to empower you with the strength to cope with the challenge of motherhood.” It seems like Nicola Ballinger’s class could be just the thing that the mothers of Muswell Hill, Southgate and Potters Bar have been waiting for.

Classes take place at Alexandra Palace on a Tuesday and Friday morning, in Grovelands Park (Southgate/Winchmore Hill) on a Friday lunchtime and in Potters Bar on a Tuesday lunchtime and are suitable for all fitness levels.


To find out more go to:

  • visit the website www.trainwithnicola.com  
  • email Nicola at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • phone 07932 678014
  • like the Facebook page
  • follow them on Twitter @TrainWithNicola

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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top tip 3 :: Mummy business cards :: tipsducktipsduck

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Sales of ‘mummy business cards’ rise thanks to celebrity play date craze...

The latest mummy craze to hit the UK from the States is for ‘mummy business cards’ – calling cards personalised with details about mums and their kids. Vistaprint, Europe’s largest customised printing specialist has seen UK sales rise over a third (35%) year-on-year from 2011 to 2012.

Vistaprint.co.uk offers an easy-to-use service where mums and dads can choose from hundreds of fully customisable ‘mummy card’ designs printed at reasonable prices and delivered straight to their door.
Things to do with your mummy cards:

  • hand one out when setting up play dates
  • leave one with the babysitter
  • put one in your kids' backpack
  • tuck one in Christmas cards and invitations

See how to order mummy cards on the Vistaprint website

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tipsducktipsduck:: Top Treat  :Poppy Children :: tipsducktipsduck

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Poppy Children - www.poppychildren.co.uk
Established in 1980 Poppy Children are a children’s and women’s clothing company based in England. Poppy Children clothing and accessories feature the adventures of Poppy and her dog Fred, whose escapades are illustrated around the hem of each dress. Every outfit comes with a little storybook, allowing you to follow the adventures of your favourite Poppy characters.
Poppy design all their own fabrics, which are then made into beautiful children’s and women’s clothing and accessories.

Poppy aims to escape from the current fast track world of fashion where clothing rarely lasts long enough to pass onto another child. Poppy Children clothing is designed to last. It is hoped that these quality items will become heirlooms that can be passed down from generation to generation.

All fabrics are printed to a very high specification by a large and well-respected print works based in England. Poppy like to keep manufacturing close to home, so almost all the dresses are made in the UK. This reduces their carbon footprint and creates local jobs - something they should absolutely be praised for.

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Dedicated advice lines :

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Greatvine connects you with the UK's top specialists to give you live, personalised advice when you need it.
Dial 0800 063 1532. You will be put through to a call handler who can assist with any service questions. They will take credit/debit card payment for your consultation and connect you to your chosen expert. You can also choose to book a call in advance with an expert.
Consultations can be booked for the following call lengths: 10 min, 15 min, 30 min, 45 min and 60 min. The price for each expert is displayed alongside their profile.
The 0800 063 1532 booking number is available from 8am to 1am, seven days a week.

 

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In this issue...

- article

- books

- campaigns ** NeW**

- DVD

- event

- products

- top treat

- top tips

- top value

- websites

regular features...

- advice line

- Diary of a student
midwife

- Diary of a student midwife down under

- My Story

- latest news

- TIPS Testers' pix!

- main competition

- mini competitions

- competition winners

- Babycare - back to
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**NeW** TIPS engament photo...

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Here is our daughter with her lovely fiancé. Following a surprise proposal on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro they came back to Scotland and chose their engagement ring from the same arcade of jewellers where my hubby and I chose ours, almost 30 years before! We are now getting excited about the wedding so any suggestions for mother-of-the-bride outfits please get in touch!
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Here is baby Ethan immediately after delivery – you can read his mummy’s inspiring My Story here...
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Baby Axel gives us a thoughtful gaze with his adorable blue eyes – too cute!
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Mohammed’s mum won our COYO cool bag filled with five COYO yogurts. Judging by this photo we think he enjoyed eating them!
TIPS toddler 2

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Wee Freddie is dressed ready for bed, complete with cheeky grin! Roarrr little dinosaur...
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Here is Julie (author of our latest My Story) at 36 weeks pregnant and again on admission to hospital at Term+10 – see baby Ethan in our featured baby photos above.
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A very colourful painted bump!
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Here is Julie with baby Ethan, enjoying his very first feed after birth – aaawwww!!
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Here is Julie (our featured bump and author of our My Story) wearing a witches hat on Halloween night 2012.

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This picture was taken by my daughter while she was on safari in Africa. We are not sure if this mummy elephant is babysitting for a friend’s baby or whether she has twins!
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We love the way baby Sophia is gazing up at mummy while snuggled up close to mummy in her carrier. Thank you to Sarah for sharing this picture with us.
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We love this collection of photos of mummy and big sister Mia. They are wearing baby Ethan in one of her mummies tailor made Snuggybub wraps. You can buy one of these TIPS Award winning wraps via our TIPS online shop with a 10% discount for TIPS readers
**NeW** TIPS Baby-led-weaning
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BabyEthan is getting to grips with baby-led-weaning, looks like fun!
Babycare – back to basics™ leaflet (version 9) hot off the press!

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This leaflet won the first Nursing in Practice Dermatology Award in 2008 and was also shortlisted for two General Practice Awards in 2011. Version 9 is hot off the press and will be 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
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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. Version 9 includes a handy QR code to use it with your smart phones. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like a free copy.

My Baby Radio - podcasts

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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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If you are on Facebook and want to take the opportunity to enter all 9 TIPS competitions in 1 go all you have to do is:

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  • Check out the list of winners in our next e-newsletter – it could be you!
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For a chance to win a copy of Adventures in Potty Training email the words 'Big Red Sock' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2013. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 32

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For a chance to win a copy of 'My New Baby' or 'Big Beds and Bedtime' email the word 'Let’s Talk About' to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2013 (remember to tell us which book you would prefer). We will announce the winners in e-newsletter 32

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For a chance to win a copy of  'Birth Made Easy' email the word 'Birth Made Easy' to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2013. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 32

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For a chance to win a copy of the DVD 'Room on the Broom' email the word 'Room on the Broom' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2013. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 32

mini- competition 5

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For a chance to win Thumbs Up cufflinks and a Tiny Tim Book Light (red or black) email the word 'Mustard' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 10 June 2013 - so you can receive it in time for Father’s Day! (remember to say whether you would prefer a red or a black light). We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 32

mini- competition 6

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For a chance to win 1 of 10 sets of 3 vapour rings (worth £70) email the word ‘4little1’  to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2013. We will announce the winners in e-newsletter 32

mini- competition 7

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For a chance to win a Freya dress by Poppy (comes with storybook: Poppy and Fred go in search of butterflies)  worth £39.95 email the word 'Poppy' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2013. Please tell us what size you would like (age 1-7 years) and which colour you would prefer (pink or blue).We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 32

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mini- competition 8

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For a chance to win 1 of 2 sets of Frilly Tushies baby knickers and matching head band (small size – to fit up to 7kgs) email the word 'Frilly Tushies' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 August 2013. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 32

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TIPS winners...

 

mini-competitions


The lucky winner of 100 Little Words on Parenthood is Danielle from Yorkshire

 



The 2 lucky winners of One Little Baby are Sheaghna from West Lothian and Lucy from Fife

 



The lucky winner of the  London 2012 DVD is Mairi from Staffordshire

 


 

The 5 lucky winners of  Jackson Reece Nose Nozzles are Kelda from Ayrshire, Francoise from Northamptonshire, Gemma from Hampshire, Jenny from Lanarkshire and Julie from Merseyside

 


 

The lucky winner of the All at Sea Treasures necklace is Julie from Merseyside

 

 


 

 

The 2 lucky winners of Mumlins are Nikki from Dorset and Natasha from Co. Antrim

 



The lucky winner of the Skyflyer pack is Sarah from Sussex

 



The lucky winner of the  Postman Pat - Happy Birthday Pat DVD is Amanda from Somerset

 



The 2 lucky winners of a Swimava Starter kit are Tracey from Ayrshire and Francoise from Northamptonshire

 



The 2 lucky winners of a Twycross Zoo Dinosaur Valley family ticket are Tina from the West Midlands and Amanda from Sussex

 

 

 


 

e-newsletter competition

The lucky winners of the Linkword Language courses are Beth from Renfrewshire and Helen from the West Midlands

 

 


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