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Newborn care

Understanding the Needs of Your Newborn: A Doulas Perspective

Becoming a parent presents many challenges, and with that, many sources of information on how best to care for your baby. A Doula can guide you through this transition, and more importantly give you the confidence to trust your own instincts, and find your own way as parents.

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Natural baby skin care tips: A How-to on caring for new skin

Becoming a parent for the first time is overwhelmingly wonderful – but sometimes it can be just plain overwhelming! If one of the things you’ve been wondering about it how to take care of your baby's skin, this helpful guide is for you.

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Bringing Baby Home

Arriving home with a newborn and no midwife standing by to help or encourage you can be daunting. Don’t worry it’s all normal. Surviving the first weeks at home requires a calm attitude.

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9 ways to get kids to keep their hats on - without superglue

Sometimes, superglue seems to be the only solution to keeping hats on kids heads! But give these tried and tested ideas a whirl before whipping out that tube.

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Baby feeding

Responsive bottle feeding

Many families use bottles to feed their baby. For these families, some simple tweaks to the way the bottle is given may help baby to regulate their own appetite, provide better digestive comfort and support the development of a close and connected relationship.

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Sharing the load while breastfeeding

Breastfeeding your baby brings with it so many brilliant benefits; it's free, plentiful, and carefully calibrated to suit your baby throughout every phase of their development. But there's a catch: nursing demands that your breasts be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.. There is a simple solution.

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What is Baby-Led Weaning?

Apart from the traditional 3 stage process of introducing solids, you may find other ways or methods to follow. One in particular that is getting some hype is a method called ‘Baby Led Weaning’ and is based on the self-feeding characteristics of breastfeeding.

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How to choose the best bibs for you and your baby

The last thing on your mind is which bibs to buy and if you need them at all. We will help you to decide what are the options when it comes to buying bibs and answer some of the most common questions.

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Baby sleep

Choosing a safe sleep bag for your new baby

Red Nose Chief Midwife Jane Wiggill explains how parents can use sleep bags as a way to keep your baby at a comfortable temperature while sleeping.

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What is a safe sleeping environment for your baby?

Red Nose understands it can be confusing for parents to know what a safe or unsafe sleep environment is. Follow our evidence-based recommendations to keep your baby safe.

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Night Waking

Your baby can wake at night for many reasons and the cause is often age related and very individual. Night – day rhythms are not established until your baby is about three months old.

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Baby Sleep Patterns

Sleep is individual and is dependent on physical activity, general health and well being and environmental factors. Therefore the required amount of sleep may vary from baby to baby and sleep to sleep. Be guided by your baby’s tired signs and behaviour.

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Baby safety

Product safety: how do I know what is safe?

Red Nose are often asked by parents and carers whether particular products are safe, including cots, prams, strollers, and mattresses. Check out our expert tips for peace of mind when it comes to using products safely.

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Red Nose Knows: our top tips to using a dummy safely

Did you know evidence suggests that dummy use is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS when used consistently? Find out more with Red Nose's evidence-based advice.

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Child Car Safety Seats - 101

Regardless of the many improvements made with vehicle safety, hospital injury and fatality statistics have not eased for over 30 years. Families suffer the pain from road collisions every day. Educate yourself on child car safety seats.

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Baby Bouncers – Help or Hazard?

Are baby bouncers/bouncinettes a help or a hazard for busy mums?
Read the background to recent recalls in Australia and the US for these product types where 32 infant deaths have been recorded in relation to their use.
Learn the risks when these products are not used in unsupervised situations.

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Back to Basix: Nappy Rash Prevention

Nappy rash is horrible and painful and can still occur with the greatest of care. However, there are things you can do to help prevent your little one from suffering nappy rash.

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Nappy bag checklist

What you need to pack in your nappy bag depends on how long you will be out and about, how old your bub is and the time of day you are out.

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Changing your baby's nappy

Your baby’s nappy needs to be changed up to 7 or 8 times a day. An infant’s very delicate little bottom can easily become irritated from dampness, contact with urine and stools, or friction from napkins.

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Taking the sting out of nappy rash

Nappy rash is very common and can pop up anytime no matter how diligent you are.

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Baby development

Why messy play & mark making is important in early development

Messy play and mark making forms an integral part of a child’s development from when they are a baby. Messy play gives children the opportunity to explore, discover, lead play and build the muscles needed to learn to write as they grow older.

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5 things your baby needs for health and wellbeing

Connecting with your baby in the little day to day moments goes a long way to encouraging their wellbeing. The following blog provides parents with five key things they can do to foster their baby's emotional wellbeing and development.

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Bonding with a babe in a sling

"Billy remained, being loved, carried and ‘spoiled’ for six months by our family where his attachment grew. He knew he was adored and that he belonged." The bittersweet experience of providing short-term care for a child.

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That's the way the Lactation Cookie Crumbles

A mother's journey towards self-belief, empowerment and confidence in her ability to nourish her child through breastfeeding.

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