Hey, baby! Even the most experienced mum will tell you that each baby is different - what works for one baby may not necessarily work for the other! BellyBelly has a collection of fantastic articles for baby, designed to give you a range of options to try with your own, unique bundle of joy. You'll also find many useful and practical articles written by BellyBelly's 'Gentle' Parenting Expert, Pinky McKay. BellyBelly.com.au is the Thinking Woman's Website for Conception, Pregnancy, Birth and Baby.
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Do family, friends or even complete strangers have you thinking that sometimes you are 'doing it wrong' with raising your baby? Mothers are becoming increasingly insecure and feeling guilty about the way they raise their babies. Parenting expert Pinky McKay offers some sensible and wise advice if you feel that you're 'doing it all wrong'.
Can't wait to visit the new baby - and be invited back again and again? Be sure to follow these 10 rules for a happy mother, father and baby who love having you over.
New parents - fancy a giggle? Here's 20 hilariously realistic things your newborn would say if they could talk. Any others you can add?
Want a giggle? Here are 51 ways you know you have a baby - and I will bet you have already ticked most of these off your list!
The shocking truth about what an everyday activity is doing to your baby or toddler's brain. A MUST watch for all parents and parents to be - especially if you want to prevent attention problems.
So many of us have been told that we have inadvertently caused (or will cause) our baby to have sleeping difficulties if we encourage 'bad habits' such as letting baby fall asleep in our arms or not following a strict regime of sorts. Find out why an efficient program of sleep management seemed so sensible while you were pregnant, but now make you feel like a failure as neither your baby nor you seem able to slot neatly into the prescribed timetable.
An amber teething necklace is a natural alternative to the array of teething gels, creams and medicines. Find out what you need to know about using an amber teething necklace.
In this thought provoking article, Yvette O'Dowd asks why there such a divide between women who breastfeed and those who resort to artificial baby milk. What led to the divide and who is to blame? A must read for all mothers, no matter how you feed your baby.
Attachment parenting is based on the belief that a child’s attachment to their caregiver(s) will have lifelong consequences. Find out what principles are part of attachment parenting.
Baby bonus eligibility in Australia - find out if you're entitled to receive the baby bonus and how much you can expect to be paid.
Baby clothes - you would think that buying for a baby would be quite simple - with so many cute and gorgeous outfits available these days, how can one go wrong?! But with a myriad of clothing designs and styles that are either practical time-savers or frustrating time-fizzers for parents, BellyBelly Mum, Janelle, set out to compile this very informative article, designed to help you with the task of clothing your newborn baby.
Baby crying? Don't be mistaken for thinking that your baby is giving you a hard time - he is having a hard time, and crying is your baby's language. It is the only way an infant can express feelings like discomfort, hunger, exhaustion and loneliness. It is also the only way he can release pent up stress. Find out how to help the cries in this great article by Pinky McKay.
I'm hungry! Play with me! Give me a break! I'm sleepy! These are all things your baby will try to tell you, in ways other than words. It can be hard to decipher the code unless you understand your baby's cues. What are they and how can you tell? Read on to find out!
Baby games can be so much fun for a baby who is discovering a world of so many new things! Here's 5 fun baby games that will keep your baby amused and entertained.
Does your baby HATE being in his or her car seat? Here are some tips from parents who have survived car baby seat woes!
Baby hunger cues can be observed - learning how to tell if your baby is hungry can prevent tears (not just baby's!) and build your self esteem and confidence as a mother. Here is some information on hunger cues for babies.
Baby led weaning is becoming a popular topic amongst new mothers. Its well known that starting solids should ideally commence no sooner than 6 months. So how does baby led weaning fit in with all of this?
Baby massage is a wonderful way for mums and dads to bond with their baby. It has many health benefits too! Find out how to get started massaging your baby about what baby massage can do for your baby, while bonding with him at the same time.
Baby massage offers so many powerful benefits, for premature babies and older. If you haven't yet discovered the benefits of massage, infant massage instructor and parenting expert Pinky McKay explains the wonderful gifts you can offer when you massage your baby.
Baby names - most popular baby names in 2012 according to Births, Deaths and Marriages (Victoria). Take a look at this top 20 list and see if the name you've chosen is one of the most popular baby names in 2012.
Is your baby starting solids? You may have a few questions, for example, 'when is the best time to introduce solid food?' or 'will solids help my baby sleep through the night?' Find out answers to these questions on starting solids in this article written by a fabulous breastfeeding counsellor.
Baby wipes are simple to make from home and gentler on baby's bum. I was a commercial baby wipe user, until the pin finally dropped one day when I asked mums for advice on how to get creative pen 'artwork' off the sofa - the overwhelming response? Baby wipes - 'It'll get anything out!' But what was it getting out of my baby's skin?
Babymoons - they should be compulsory for every new mother! Dr Sarah Buckley advises new mums to stay in their pyjamas for two weeks, because the 'babymoon' time has huge implications for women's recovery and establishing bonding with their babies.
Babywearing calms fussy babies and helps decrease the occurrence of postnatal depression. The close proximity of the baby enables parents to respond to 'non-crying' signals, which results in less frustration and stress and most of all... less crying.
Babywearing photo competition! Submit your favourite babywearing photo to win expo tickets to the Australian Babywearing Conference.
Advice is readily out there everywhere! If you've had a baby then you would be familiar with the bombardment of advice offered by friends, relatives and even strangers. I asked some BellyBelly mums to reveal the good, the bad and the ugly. You'll have a laugh and pick-up some great tips at the same time!
Best buys for baby - here's 5 great products that wont be a waste of your money - I would put them in the 'life savers' category! Don't have a baby without them.
Blocked noses and colds are common in babies, especially leading up to the winter months. Does your baby have a blocked nose or a cold? A young baby's natural instinct is to breathe through their nose - even when it is blocked. Find out how you can help your baby with a cold or blocked nose.
Formula feeding your baby? Here are 6 things that you can do to increase bonding with your formula fed baby.
Breast refusal can be a most distressing problem for a breastfeeding mother. It can be hard not to feel upset when her baby screams when trying to breastfeed. She may feel that her baby is rejecting her as a mother and doesn't want her, need her, or even like her very much. So why does it happen and what can you do?
'Imagine: Your partner has just brought home a new lover and announced that you are all going to live together. It will be fun! You will be best friends! After hearing that you and the new lover will be loved equally by your partner, you are asked to share your things (all of them) with the new lover.' Pinky McKay provides some great tips on helping to encourage sibling harmony when a new baby comes into your home.
Another baby sales catalogue has arrived in our letterbox. The range of baby gear is overwhelming to me, let alone new or prospective parents: what is necessary? What could we do without? What might be really helpful? What will it turn out to be a waste of money? So how do you know what you REALLY do need?
Circumcision is a controversial subject. Parents want to make the best decisions for their children - including circumcision - but it can be confusing trying to make a decision with so many differing opinions and misinformation. This article includes some FAQ's on infant circumcison with facts to help you decide.
Got a clingy baby? Fussy, high need - she doesn't give a damn about the labels. Unless she's attached to you (constantly), she yells! Meet 'Velcro baby!'.
Coconut oil contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. It smells divine, saves you money buying a heap of baby products and is better for the planet and your baby’s skin.
Colic babies are notorious for being very fussy and unsettled. Here is everything you need to know about having a baby with colic.
Conjunctivitis can be very unpleasant for both mother and baby, and is highly contagious. Find out the different causes of conjunctivitis as well as conjunctivitis treatments to help your baby be as comfortable and happy as possible.
Constipation in babies - symptoms, remedies and treatment for constipation in babies.
Could your baby be bored? If your baby is restless and cries, they may be bored. Read on to find out more.
Do you have a wakeful baby or toddler at bedtime? Could the foods that you're feeding your toddler or the foods that you are eating (if breastfeeding) be keeping him or her awake? Read on to find out if the food your little one is eating is preventing him - and you - from getting a good nights sleep.
Cradle Cap is a very common, harmless condition in babies and infants, which can disappear on its own. However some parents prefer to remove cradle cap scales due to its often unattractive appearance. After a cradle cap treatment? Read on.
Croup and your baby. If you suspect your baby has croup or if you're wondering, 'Is croup contagious?' Read on to find out about croup symptom and treatment.
When your competence as a mother comes under scrutiny, it's easy for doubts to creep in that you just might be 'giving in' to your baby or that she really is a little rascal plotting to wrap you around her proverbial little finger. Find out why you should listen to your instincts and cuddle your baby.
Cuddles can make your baby smarter, calmer and more secure... and they give you and your baby the best feeling in the world too! Find out more about how you can help your baby thrive and become a well adjusted little person.
Do amber teething necklaces cause SIDS? Stories have been shared on Facebook, claiming that amber teething necklaces caused a case of sudden infant death syndrome in Australia in 2013. Find out more here.
It isn’t only cleaners who can get a short shift when they don’t meet the exacting expectations of a control freak mummy. Fathers too can bear the brunt when they don’t do things just right. Get some tips on how to down 'Super Mummy' and let go of the control freak inside of you with a new baby!
A commonly used ingredient in baby wipes have been found to be the leading cause of contact dermatitis in babies. Do your baby wipes contain this irritating ingredient?
Using a dummy or thinking about it? It's important to make an informed decision about dummy use. International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Diane Wiessinger, writes about what current research has to say about dummies and what it all means for you and your baby.
Eczema and your baby. It can be heartbreaking seeing your baby suffering from eczema. If you're looking for an eczema treatment for your baby, this article contains great information from the Eczema Association of Australasia as well as tips on what has worked for BellyBelly mothers.
I remember sitting with Matt just before Gracie was born saying, "How will we ever love another baby as much as Tilly?" says Penny Attiwill, mother of 5 year old Tilly and eighteen month old Gracie.
The Family Assistance Office provides a number of different types of assistance to Australian families including Paid Parental Leave, Baby Bonus, Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate, Family Tax Benefits and the Maternity Immunisation Allowance. Find out whats available to you and what you're entitled to as a family with children.
Before buying into feeding routines for your baby, there are real risks which are important to consider. Read on for some great advice for both breastfed and bottlefed babies.
Footprint dough recipe that enables you to make a soft dough which you can take a footprint from. The beauty of taking footprints this way is that if the print messes up, you can always re-knead the dough and start again! Once you have the footprint, simply bake and then paint if you wish. A great idea for a gift, Christmas present for the family or to treasure your little ones footprints forever.
Formula feeding your baby? Here are 8 important things you must avoid when formula feeding a baby.
Gastroenteritis (or gastro for short), is an infection of the bowel which is very common in young children. This is usually the result of a virus, which are easily contracted from other people, even if they are immune to the virus.
If you're starting out with baby formula, here's some essentials on what you need to know to get started.
Gift ideas for a new mother that are useful and helpful - even BETTER than the usual gift of clothes, toys or lotions and potions. Here are 11 great gift ideas that you might not have thought thought about yet - but a new mother would love!
How often should you feed your baby? It may feel like a silly question to ask, but having reassurance about feeding your baby can make a huge difference to your confidence as a mother. Find out what Pinky McKay IBCLC has to say about feeding your baby.
What baby wants...? I know exactly what baby wants!
Lactose intolerance and your baby. Curious about lactose intolerance symptoms? Should you stop breastfeeding your baby? Find out everything you need to know about lactose intolerance, including myths, facts and lactose overload in babies.
Not so long ago, you promised each other solemnly, 'a baby won't change OUR relationship!' The truth is, that once a baby comes to live at your house (that is, your very own baby), your relationship with your partner will never be the same again. Ever.
Loving two children. Pregnant with your second baby? You might be feeling sad, wondering how you and your first born are going to cope with a newborn around. How will you ever find enough time for your first born? How will you be able to divide the love? Wont the first born feel rejected? If you feel like you're 'taking' something from your first born, you MUST read this article.
Modern cloth nappy benefits. If you're pregnant, or even if you've already had your baby, here's the argument FOR modern cloth nappies. A funny and informative article written by modern cloth nappy enthusiast, Fiona Peacock.
Modern cloth nappies have become very popular in recent years, however there are some modern cloth nappy myths which may stop you from considering them. Modern cloth nappy addict and BellyBelly writer Fiona explains 7 myths which just may make you change your mind...
Modern cloth nappies or disposable nappies? Since 1948, there has been the option of cloth or disposable nappies. So what are the pros and cons for cloth and disposable nappies? How do you decide which way you'll go? Find out the low down on modern cloth and disposable nappies.
Having a baby opens your eyes to a whole new market of products, gadgets, gizmos and contraptions. It can be so very confusing, with some parents left wondering what they actually need to buy and what is truly essential. Find out what the most popular three things mums think was a waste of money in our poll.
Nappy rash issues? Many babies will suffer from a case of nappy rash in their lives - so what is the best treatment for nappy rash? Are nappy rash creams the best thing for baby's bottom? Could baby have thrush, a fungal nappy rash? Find out all this and more in our nappy rash article.
Newborn clothes size guide. If you're pregnant and wanting to start clothes shopping for your baby, or if you're shopping for someone else's newborn, here's some information on clothing size so you know what to buy.
Parenting books designed to help you raise happy, confident children. These best parenting books will give you plenty of 'a-ha!' moments, challenge your ideas and give you some great new tools.
Bringing up children is not an easy task, and Multiple Sclerosis can add extra challenges. Often parents feel this is a task for which they are unprepared or inadequate.
Gastro-oesophageal reflux, or reflux for short, occurs when food and stomach acid flows back into the oesophagus (foodpipe). Find out what factors are suspected of causing reflux, what you can do and some survival tips for parents of reflux babies.
When baby is born, financially this usually means that a) there is now an extra person generating expenses and b) there is one less income in the house. This can put a great deal of pressure on the household budget
While talking to children about sexual abuse may prompt parental discomfort, the concept of prevention programs in schools, especially at primary level, arouses outright controversy. Yet, protective behaviours can and should be taught to all children - even preschoolers.
SIDS and Kids has revised their safe sleeping tips - are you aware of the risks and how to prevent SIDS? Here are the six SIDS safe sleeping tips - make sure you know them and share them with your friends so your baby can sleep safe.
Smash cake - doesn't that sound fun! The first birthday cake smash is growing in popularity, and is it any wonder why?! With beautiful photos and lots of fun, you can either do your own cake smash at home or with the helping hand of a great photographer. Find out how to plan a cake smash.
Starting your baby on solids? Find out when you should start baby on solids and get some ideas for baby's first foods. Includes up-to-date, government recommendations for baby feeding (2013).
For all parents, the thought of cot death is there until that magical “12-month” mark where the child apparently becomes invulnerable. So much greater the shock therefore when on a September morning, I found my little boy, still, in his cot.
In most areas of Australia, we face periods of hot weather. This can be exhausting for everyone. Babies and mothers need special attention in extremes of temperature to ensure that they are comfortable and well hydrated. Find out answers to questions like 'Does My Baby Need Extra Fluids?', 'How Do I Tell if My Baby is Getting Enough Milk?' and more...
The arsenic hour... it conjures up images of evil forces and supernatural powers let loose. During this time we may become out of control, lose our senses and succumb to our dark side. Sound familiar? Read on for some fantastic tips on how you can survive the arsenic hour in your household!
It is easy to take offence when you are confronted about your parenting choices, especially when criticism comes from family members. But could you be over-reacting or perhaps just a little oversensitive? Is your mother-in-law really going out of her way to needle you or could she actually be trying to impart some well-meant (although mis-guided) information? Pinky McKay gives us some great advice on surviving the in-laws.
Teething symptoms can vary from baby to baby - some babies have no teething symptoms and others have several. Here's what to expect.
Wondering what to expect from your body and your baby in the first week after the birth? From your milk production to your baby's first bowel motions, this great article written by BellyBelly's midwife, Alan Rooney, will let you know what changes to expect in the very first week after you've just given birth.
The Wonder Weeks is a brilliant book about 10 major, predictable, age-linked leaps every baby will make. They are, the wonder weeks!
Tongue-tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is the name of the condition when babies have an unusually tight piece of skin between the underside of their tongue and the floor of their mouth. Find out the symptoms and treatment for tongue tie.
You've likely heard that ‘tummy time’ is important for babies to learn to push up and eventually crawl. But what can you do if your baby cries whenever you try to put her on her tummy or doesn't like tummy time? Is tummy time really that important?
Umbilical cord stump care for your baby. Find out how to manage your baby's cord stump with 5 simple tips.
If your baby son is uncircumcised, or if you're looking at whats involved if you don't circumcise, this article has some great information about the foreskin, how to care for it and at what ages a foreskin changes. If you have an uncircumcised son, this information is invaluable!
As new mothers, we expect to parent the way we have learned to parent - and there are many different styles. But a baby's "expectations" are not learned. They are the instincts and reflexes of all babies around the world, and they are the same as they were thousands of years ago. If you meet his expectations, you'll have a happier baby. So what are they?
When do babies roll over? If you're wondering when your little one will get his or her roll on, check this out!
When do babies start crawling? Read this article to find out when you can expect your bub to start crawling.
When do babies start talking? Find out when you can expect those precious first words!
Do you feel judged and/or incompetent when a complete stranger, or a member of your family, tells you what they think is a better way to do things? How do you deal with it when it seems like your baby's well being is everyone else's business?
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