Chicken Pox Tips for Babies

Chicken Pox Tips for Babies

Chicken Pox – Natural Remedies

Whether your baby is small or you have an older child that is suffering – CHICKEN POX makes every parent start that panic of ‘What do I do now?”

Well, time to take a breath and know that no matter how severely they react there are some simple things you can do that will really make them FEEL BETTER! So grab a cuppa, take a moment and have a read of a couple of top tips that you can help with any child, even from newborn.

Do not Worry

Firstly, do not rush to the shops as granny told you that Calamine Lotion is, the ‘thing’. This simply dries out the skin and makes those nasty little spots dry and extra itchy. You can use Aqueous Calamine, this is the same calamine but put into a different base (feels similar to Sudocrem). This stops the skin drying out, though it is difficult to put on and get off so only use it on those really big spots!

Secondly, get those old stained muslins ready! Why – you are going to make your very own home remedy!  Our Oat Soak Recipe

Oat Soak Recipe

This is so simple, costs peanuts and is good for all babies, children and adults! It’s super easy to make and will ease those horrid symptoms of itchy, hot skin.

You will need:

  • 1 x muslin (or jam muslin if you have it)
  • Oats (nothing fancy, just the local supermarket ones are fine)
  • Dried lavender
  • Chamomile Tea Bags (again just shop brand will do)
  • Ribbon, string or something to tie 

Now, in a big bowl pour a good portion of the oats, add a large handful of the lavender, then cut up about 4 tea bags and empty the contents into the bowl. Give it a good mix with your hands or a wooden spoon. Now cut your muslin so they are in squares, big enough to put a large handful of your mixture into. Tie up securely with either string or some ribbon. (Any gaps and the mixture will spill out).

 

 

Now you need to pop this into a lukewarm bath. This is a super little bag of delights! Not only will it turn all milky but the oats make the skin silky smooth and ease the itching.

The lavender and chamomile are both anti-septic and anti-inflammatory so work to calm the skin’s heat and itchiness. They are all edible so you do not have to worry if your baby starts drinking the water. There are no sulphates to irritate the eyes and increase the itching.

Staying at Home

So a couple of really easy ‘top tips’ to help you cope with this awful virus when it hits your family. Remember, some are affected worse than others so if you are worried then please do consult your doctor. This advice is not in any way a replacement of proper medical care, just some tips that have helped as a mum! You will be stuck at home for at least 10 days but try and make the most of the time with your little one.

Hoping that your little one recovers quickly and that you survive the quarantine!!

This is just one of the many ‘tips’ shared in our Baby Classes, so if you would like to know more why not head over to the website to see our class timetable.

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x

Rachel

 

Baby Classes – Which One Is Right For Me?

Baby Classes – Which One Is Right For Me?

I Love These Classes

I have been teaching Baby Yoga & Baby Massage for over 15 years and I have seen the ‘baby class’ market change beyond recognition. In many ways it is amazing, the choice out there for parents now is so diverse: swimming, massage, music, signing, gym, messy or play. There can of course never be too much choice – though perhaps it leads to confusion of what it is a parent is looking for?

What Do YOU Want From A Baby Class?

This may seem a strange place to start – but trust me it is a good one! If you are looking for a baby class then YOU need to decide what you want to get out of that class? If it is to meet other mums, pick up some new skills, learn how to get your baby more relaxed or to have time to chat and just get out of the house – they are all great reasons for coming along.

Where do I start?

So start with the basics – what do you want? What do I want my baby to get out of a baby class? Can they benefit in a way that I can clearly see? Then the logistics – where, when and how much. Again, don’t commit to a class that starts just as you are about to put your baby down for a nap. Throwing your routine to ‘fit in’ a class often does not work for either or you. Do not think you have to do ‘all’ the classes straight away, plan what will work for you both. Different activities will also suit different stages in the first 18 months especially.

What Now?

For many parents, attending classes due to Coronavirus is not possible. Several countries are still facing degrees of lockdown and meetings of groups are just not possible. Here in the UK, it seems likely that we will not be able to go to any sort of classes until about September!

For other parents, they are not able to come to classes due to circumstances; older siblings still at home, travel difficulties or even health issues. As an instructor, I am always approached by parents who for various reasons cannot get to a class, and until recently there has been little in the way of alternatives.

The Way Forward

One of the silver linings that has come out of this pandemic has been the amazing array of businesses take their offerings online. We can now learn virtually – from baby massage to making our own sourdough! I have loved working on taking all my knowledge of the last 15 years and transforming it into courses, classes and support for parents all over the world! I now have mums and dads watching my videos and learning all the skills of baby massage and baby yoga in the USA, Australia, Hong Kong and Germany!

We are all brought together by the desire to still provide the best we can for our babies, and learn those techniques that we were planning during pregnancy. As parents, we have all had to adapt.

Online Baby Massage Course

Learning the techniques of baby massage in the comfort and safety of your own home, the online course really does provide all you need to learn how to Massage Your Baby. From which oils to use, time of day to how to help create a great daily routine, it is all in there. Along with video guidance for each and every stroke you need, with an illustrated handbook and full support in my private Facebook group. The course is aimed at parents with babies under the age of 10 months, as those babies crawling can be tricky! All the techniques are suitable from birth and any questions you may have during or after you can just pop into the group and ask.

Getting to meet other parents is still a main component of classes, and the support in the group is just the place. So many relationships are relying on this virtual support, and although nothing beats meeting other parents face to face, it is still so important to have a forum to voice your concerns, questions or just catch up. This is part of any course or class with Buddha Buddies, as support as a parent is vital, whether you are a new mum or already have children.

Massage Your Baby At Home

 

Baby Yoga – with Buddha Buddies

Baby Yoga is another great tool that you can add to your parenting toolbox, and I love teaching it! It enables parents to bring in movement with even the very young babies but adapts to all stages of development. A BB Baby Yoga class is all about your baby’s development. Think of Yoga as the ‘tool’ we use to highlight what is happening with your baby now and what will happen over the following months. Each class is different with elements that remain repeated, this is to embed the moves into your baby’s brain (more on this on the next two blogs). Combining movement, music, props and a great social dynamic allows your baby to transition through stages with you seeing the clear progression of what is happening – though, more importantly – you understand why!

Again, as physical classes are not available in many countries I have been building a lovely resource of videos over on Youtube. These are all FREE and this library will continue to build. Action songs are a great place to start and from the very young babies all the way through to toddlers they will love the combination of movement and song!

I have put one in here for you to try. Please do have a look at the channel and subscribe for more videos too.

A Baby Class For Everyone

I believe firmly that these classes will benefit anyone – the joy of course – the choice is yours!

Depending on where you are, there may be a range of classes running, but if not then online is certainly a great option. Many companies are also running live virtual classes, which again can offer more choices for you. In the UK you can always check out these great directories that list what is happening where you live, Hoop, Netmums and Class4Kids.

Learn More About How Your Baby Is Developing

If you would like to know more about the many and amazing ways your baby is developing then check out the other articles. Covering baby’s brain, structure, top tips for yoga at home, how to help with Chicken Pox and many more coming all the time.

x Namaste

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Bonding With Your Baby – A Guide for Parents

Bonding With Your Baby – A Guide for Parents

There is culturally an assumption that all Mothers will naturally bond with their baby, but your baby also is naturally hardwired to seek strong attachment from you too. Babies naturally seek security and we want to provide it. Babies are born ready to love and to be loved. As a parent, it is our goal to love our children but also to instil in them an intrinsic knowledge that they are lovable, which is the foundation of self-esteem. Bonding with your baby is something that most parents aim for, but sometimes it needs some thought.

Parenting – The Hardest Job

But despite a strong intention to bond, often particularly as new parents, we can fret about it, especially if we are prone to anxious thoughts. Being a parent is no doubt the hardest job on the planet, but one that brings such joy and fulfilment. The job doesn’t come with a training manual, but attachment theory and a Positive Parenting approach encourage us to view our children as our instruction manual, as from the moment they are born, they are able to best tell us what they need. Above all, they need to be cherished. There is a lovely quote I found recently written by an American psychologist….” we think of cherished as the emotional equivalent of nourishment. Soul Food”.

Baby Bonding

So what are the foundations of baby bonding? They are simply created through the day to day, moment by moment response to our baby’s needs, which they communicate to us by crying. Traditional parenting advice has included the idea that babies should be left to cry it out, once their physical needs are met, but all the latest research, including brain imaging, concludes that leaving a baby to cry and prolonging its emotional distress contributes negatively to the brain, by the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Responding to your baby crying is not allowing them to manipulate you, you cannot spoil a child with hugs or connection. In fact the more hugs, the more the brain develops and the more they feel cherished.

Research has evidenced that disruption in attachment is created when there is no response to a baby’s cry.

We respond to our baby’s needs by responding across all the senses with our voice and touch, through our smell by holding them, through feeding and talking, by mimicking their sounds. But one of the most powerful and lovely ways with newborns is through touch. As well as having your baby in a sling on your chest, Baby Massage and Baby reflexology have huge benefits to the bonding process for both Mum and baby.

Positive Parenting

Attachment theory is the foundation of the Circle of Security Positive Parenting philosophy that I share through my Parenting Coaching Practice. Secure attachment is built through a relationship that creates confidence in the availability of a specific protective caregiver whilst at the same time, that caregiver is able to support their child’s exploration when it is safe to do so. It is this premise that helps children thrive and is the building block for the growth to independence. Our children are dependent on us so that we can guide them, through a relationship of trust to withstand the challenges they will face as they get older.

Guest Blog by Parenting expert Sarah Weller, based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, Sarah specialises in Positive Parenting. Read more about her in the bio bellow.

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About Sarah Weller

The Weller Way is a Family Relationship Coaching practice, run by Sarah Weller, a qualified and experienced Parenting Consultant, Coach and Certified NLP Practitioner based in Tunbridge Wells, working throughout Kent and Sussex. Sarah has been married for 30 years to Paul and is a Mother of 4 children, now in their twenties.

Sarah’s Coaching approach is completely holistic, to ensure that the needs of the whole family are met, parents and children. So during the process of helping parents unwrap what is going on underneath the surface of children’s behaviour, Sarah helps parents reflect on their own relationship needs.

Sarah has many years of experience and training for her roles in supporting young people and families in the Mental Health and Homelessness sectors. She is passionate about Mental Wellbeing for the whole family. She is an experienced Licenced Trainer for MIND Fitness and a Mental Health Youth First Aider. As a result, she is also able to offer Life Coaching and Mentoring to troubled teens to boost their confidence and self-esteem. You can contact Sarah or read more from her on any of the links below:

http://thewellerway.co.uk
http://facebook.com/thewellerway
http://instagram.com/the_wellerway
https://www.linkedin.com/SarahWeller

More Ways To Bond Tips

Baby Massage is well known as a great method of increasing the bond between a parent and their newborn. The Online Baby Massage At Home Course is now available – a complete one stop for all you need to confidently massage your baby at home

Massage Your Baby At Home

Rachel Hawkes is the Founder of Buddha Buddies and writes on all things baby and mindful parenting. You can check out her book, packed full of tips for introducing Mindful Moments to your family below.

Mindful Parenting by Rachel Hawkes