Shaken Baby Syndrome

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Amniotic fluid problems

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Choosing a pre-school

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Newborn reflexes

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Pelvic floor exercises

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Antenatal Classes

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Editor's Letter April 2012

Dear Reader,

Happy Easter! Enjoy the Easter break spending time with your family and friends.

This month we take a look at the importance of bonding and the role touch plays in the bonding process. Bonding may be defined as the intense attachment formed between parent and child. It is vital to the growth and development of a baby’s mind and body. We suggest 10 ways in which you can bond with your bump, and how to bond with your newborn baby.

Irrespective of age, touch has been shown to have a soothing effect, stimulate the immune system, and improve overall health and wellness. It also assists in communicating, connecting, comforting and nurturing children from birth onwards. Read our article on Why touch speaks louder than words.

Make a special effort to hug your husband/wife/partner and children this month and notice the difference in the way you interact as a family.

Yours in parenting,

Janine & Elizabeth

Editor's Letter March 2012

Dear Reader,

As parents I think we often wonder if we are making the right decisions for our children. I think we should take a step back and look at our families, the way we interact and become mindful of our actions. In the first seven years of life, children primarily learn from example and imitation. We need to become aware of how we act and what we say in their presence.

By living in the moment and bringing mindful qualities, such as acceptance, non-judgment, curiosity and observation to the parent-child relationship, parents are able to enrich the connection they have with their children. We have compiled some articles about mindful parenting.

We take a look at what you can do as a parent to develop a healthy self-esteem and resilience in your child. And we offer some healthy eating tips too.

Print out A Child’s Ten Commandments to Parents and stick it on the fridge for a dose of daily parenting inspiration.

Yours in parenting,

Janine & Elizabeth

Editor's Letter February 2012

Dear Reader,

Families come in all different shapes and sizes. And so do dads. Some dad’s-to-be are married when the words ‘I’m pregnant’ come bubbling out. Some dad’s-to-be hold trembling crying girlfriends when the same words are whispered. Some dad’s are mere children themselves whilst others are in their 50’s. Some dad’s run away and some dad’s don’t. Some dad’s parent children who aren’t biologically theirs, but their love is steadfast and strong. Tum2Mom wishes to inspire all dads’ to be the best that they can be. Read Abraham Lincoln’s letter he wrote to his son’s school teacher, these insightful words stand the test of time.

Despite the fact that only women can become pregnant, men are expectant too. Dads-to-be are not only essential members of the baby making team; but share in the excitement, responsibilities and worries of pregnancy. Although some men may feel that they are merely “glorified sperm donors”, they play an invaluable role in caring for and supporting their spouse, and are also nurturers of their unborn child. If you are an expectant dad, read our article on the role you can play during your partner’s pregnancy.

There is a moment in every new father’s life when he realizes that he is a dad, that his life is irrevocably changed and that there are new pressures, responsibilities and expectations to live up to. Tum2Mom takes a look at the feelings new dads might experience.

And we have some wonderful parenting tips and tricks for dads to pull out of the hat when parenting a toddler.

If you are a new dad and would like to share your experiences with us, answer a few questions and stand a chance to win a book written especially with dads in mind.

Yours in parenting,

Janine & Elizabeth
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