Pacifier Use – risks, benefits and tips.

pros and cons of pacifier use

You will find here everything you need to know about the pros and cons of pacifier use for your baby.

This was something I really thought long and hard about while I was pregnant with my first. For many it is a controversial topic. Should you let your baby use a pacifier or just let them suck their thumb or fingers? Does it really matter in the long run?

These are all the arguments for and against pacifier use…

Intercultural Relationships Part 2: Navigating the language barrier

language barriers in relationships

In part 1, I talked about how to navigate cultural issues. What about when this is compounded by a language barrier? Your home will probably have a dominant language, the one that both of you speak well enough to communicate in. This may be your native language, your partners, or perhaps even a third language which is a second language for both (such as the official language of the country you’re living in, and the couple have no other common language).

Most people can’t or don’t communicate effectively with people who already speak their native language, and we are unfortunately living in an era of declining social skills. When your partner is from a different language background, effective communication skills become even more important.

With the following advice I’m assuming there is enough language skill for most day-to-day communication, that you can generally understand each other, but may have occasional miscommunications or misunderstandings. These may arise from grammatical mistakes, misused or confused vocabulary, difficulty expressing complex ideas or forming complex sentences, etc.

How I managed gestational diabetes with diet and exercise only

How I managed gestational diabetes with diet and exercise

Being diagnosed with gestational diabetes is tough. When I got pregnant, I knew I had a lot of risk factors, but the diagnosis was still a bit of a shock. Before pregnancy, I had made a lot of progress with weight loss. I was hoping that this would be enough to reduce my risk, but it wasn’t. At 26 weeks I had the glucose tolerance test, and was informed of the bad news. I was devastated. I let myself be sad for a couple of days, then I started doing research.

This second part, is the important part. I took the initiative to learn about it myself. I was booked in to see a dietician after my results came back, but I can say that if I tried to follow what she said I would not have been able to stick to it, felt a failure, and ended up on insulin or other drugs to control my sugar levels.

What they advised was, heavy restriction of both carbs and fat. What is left after this? Fibre and protein. A great way to rapidly become emaciated. It might be an ok diet for short term weight loss, but this is not particularly appropriate during pregnancy.

What I opted for instead was a low carb keto diet. It kept my blood sugar in a great range, and I maintained a decent weight range. Growth scans also showed my baby was growing normally, not the high growth rate you’d expect with gestational diabetes. He was born at a healthy, normal weight of 3.5kg, and I was also able to carry him to my due date and avoid an early induction.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, I hope you can be inspired by my story.

This is what I did…

Homemade baby wipes recipe (reusable or disposable)

natural homemade baby wipes

After having my son, I became appalled with the options for baby wipes. Chemical laden, and even supposedly “hypoallergenic” wipes made him break out in an angry red rash. The only brand not containing weird unpronounceable ingredients was priced INSANELY high. $7.50 for some cloth and water wrapped in plastic which will barely last me a week?!? No way am I paying that for something so easy to make myself.

What I ended up making, in fact, turned out to be better. It cleans with way less effort, this means using less wipes, and less waste. They are cheaper than store-bought wipes and didn’t cause any skin reaction for my son. They only take a few minutes to make. This is how…

How to Bathe a Newborn

how to bathe a newborn

My main anxiety regarding baby care as a new parent was bathing. I worried that a squirmy, slippery baby would slip from my hands and get injured. I had heard a long time ago that the bathroom is the most deadly room in a home, it’s full of hard surfaces which are often wet, and become slippery. Bathtubs also create a drowning hazard. The thought of giving my newborn a bath terrified me….

Intercultural Relationships; Part 1 Navigating Culture

how to navigate cultural differences

PartĀ  2 of this post is now live, check it out here

If you’re in a relationship with someone from abroad (or even a different region or minority group from your own country), you may feel at times that you come from different planets. Things that aren’t even on your priority list at all can be a big deal for your partner. Similarly, they can carelessly step on your toes as well.

If they’re from a different language background, these problems can become compounded with miscommunications. You know, suddenly they seem offended and you can’t understand why, or they give a mindless ‘yes’ to a question it later turns out they didn’t understand at all. Then there’s the times it feels like they’re having a completely different conversation with a voice in their head rather than actually hearing what you’re saying, and you get stuck in a loop of repeating or explaining and they keep not understanding.

Maybe the primary language in the home is your partner’s and you find it exhausting to try and speak. You may sometimes also feel embarrassed when you make mistakes.

I’ve been there, and I’m here to help if you’re having a similar situation.

This is a two-part series. In the first post, I’ll be dealing with culture. In part 2, I will be dealing with linguistic issues. Here are my tips….