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Hospital or Home Birth?

So you’re pregnant. Now what? Time to make a few decisions! And while the birth may be a while off yet, it’s going to creep up on you a lot sooner than you think. When you go for your booking in appointment with your midwife, there’s a good chance you’ll be asked about your birth preferences (and if you aren’t, then this is a good time to bring them up yourself!). So, what’s it to be- hospital or home birth?

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Take Care of Yourself During Pregnancy and Beyond

When you’re pregnant, there really is no shortage or advice or information thrown your way from well meaning friends, family and professionals. There are so many tests to considers, scans to book in, a birth plan to write, names to choose, nursery furniture to select… it can be overwhelming! All of a sudden that tiny being inside of you starts to become HUGE and the prospect of becoming a mother seems to be the hottest topic around. But what about you? Are you being given advice on the best ways to ensure that YOU are fit, healthy and strong too? And not just for the duration of your pregnancy, but into new motherhood too? We’ve put together some quick tips that will hopefully help you to learn to take care of yourself during pregnancy and beyond. Let us know if we missed any you think should be on the list.

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The Pros and Cons of Using a Pacifier

It’s a common debate between parents, and often even before baby arrives. Should you use a pacifier? There are those who say yes, absolutely. And there are those who say no way! Then there are those who are just undecided, and unsure of the benefits and whether they outweigh the disadvantages. Like anything when it comes to parenting, it pays to do your research so that you can make an informed decision that you’re happy with. So this week we’re talking the pros and cons of using a pacifier- hopefully it will help you make your mind up! 

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This Is Why Your Baby Can’t Regulate Her Temperature

We’re often told that babies can’t regulate their own body temperatures, and much of the safe sleep advice out there reiterates this too. So why is it that babies, already so vulnerable, are unable to cool themselves when they get too hot, and vice versa? A cold baby cannot shiver, so she relies on you to add an extra layer, or bring the swimming lesson to an end when its all a little too much. And this can be scary! Likewise a baby who is overheating cannot remove her layers, so once more it’s up to you to ensure she is just so. With this in mind, its natural for parents to worry about whether or not their baby is too hot or cold- so this week we want to look at exactly why this happens. This is why your baby cannot regulate her temperature.

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Winter Sleeping Tips For Babies

 Now that the weather is turning much colder, we parents have a few more worries to add to our list! How to keep baby warm enough while she’s sleeping, without letting her over heat? Safe sleep guidelines recommend that parents ensure babies do not get too hot while they sleep, but how can we make sure they’re still warm enough? At the end of the day, we want to protect our precious bundles, but how do we know if we’re doing the right thing or not? Here are a few winter sleeping tips for babies that might help. Please remember that we are not medical experts and if you are at all concerned, please do call your health visitor or GP for more information.

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Who are you calling a dummy? What people call pacifiers around the world.

Ever since we brought Pacif-i to market we have been dealing with the different terms of baby pacifiers around the world.  From the U.S., where pacifier is common, through to the UK, where it is often called a dummy.  So we thought we would do a little piece of fun research into the different names around the world for what is referred to in the U.S. as a "pacifier" and see what came.

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The future of connected devices to aid parents

The market for connected devices to aid parents is large and growing.  This will become dominated by everyday products that have introduced connectivity elements thereby extending their utility, as opposed to standalone devices that serve no further utility beyond their connected features.

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How Can I Cope With A Poorly Baby?

As a parent, there is nothing worse than to see your baby unwell, in pain or suffering. Our priorities are to protect and care for them, and sometimes illnesses can make us feel helpless and out of control. And because babies are so dependent on us to care for them, tending to their needs when they’re unwell can be very demanding too. A poorly baby is likely to sleep less than usual and wake more, meaning that you are literally on call 24/7 with no break. It can be exhausting, stressful and frightening for all concerned. 

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