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Benefits of Skin to Skin Contact

Benefits of Skin to Skin Contact

Skin to skin contact with your baby does a lot more than bonding. There are now a multitude of studies that show that mothers and babies should be together, skin to skin (baby naked not wrapped in a blanket) immediately after birth as well as later on. The baby is happier, the baby’s temperature is more stable and the baby’s ... Read More »

The reason your child didn’t sleep last night

The reason your child didn’t sleep last night

It can be very frustrating when your child does not sleep well.  It is a place that you may feel only you inhabit and also, you may sense that your child is just a “bad sleeper”.  Healthy sleep habits do not always come naturally for some children, in fact depending on what study you read 30-50% of families report sleep ... Read More »

Baby Blues: Understanding Postnatal Depression

Baby Blues: Understanding Postnatal Depression

It’s perfectly normal to feel a bit weepy or a bit low after the birth of your baby. Remember, your body has been through a lot of changes and your hormones are all over the place. You are likely to be exhausted physically and emotionally. A new baby is a challenge for a woman of any age so ask for ... Read More »

Play Therapy

Play Therapy

Play Therapy in Ireland Studies have shown that 1 in 5 children in Ireland show some form of emotional, social or behavioural problems, ranging from ADHD, anxiety and conduct difficulties to depression, low self-esteem and violent behaviours. Often, children get stuck in their development because of something that has happened, maybe incidents of bullying, a loss in the family, significant ... Read More »

Brain-building: The importance of attachment in the early years

Brain-building: The importance of attachment in the early years

When we talk about children and babies the word ‘attachment’ is often misunderstood. There is an almost hippie legacy, where images of a baby literally attached to a parent with a homemade papoose spring to mind. The reality, however, is very different. Attachment simply means the bond that you create with your baby, even before they are born. It is ... Read More »

Infant Massage

Infant Massage

Infant Massage has existed for centuries in many countries around the world. It is an ancient art that connects you deeply with your baby. It helps you to understand your baby’s particular non verbal language and respond with love and respectful listening. It empowers you as a parent and carer by giving you the means to become an expert on ... Read More »

Choosing childcare: What do I need to think about?

Choosing childcare: What do I need to think about?

Choosing Childcare is a decision that faces most parents at some point in their parenting journey. It often involves trying to balance the parents’ need for childcare with that of their child. Considerations for parents can include: Practical issues Is it affordable? Paid childcare in Ireland is expensive relative to other European countries. Costs vary considerably between services. You may ... Read More »

Sleep Tight

Sleep Tight

Any conversation with any new parent will always involve the topic of sleep (or lack of it). It takes a while for babies to get into a routine but with a bit of patience and perseverance you will manage. Here are some helpful hints on getting your baby to sleep better:  Develop a bedtime routine as soon as possible so ... Read More »

The Power of Play

The Power of Play

Why is it important to play with your child? Children learn through play.  It is their language.  As they roll around on the ground, play pretend games or paint and draw, they test their physical strength, they set up problems and they find solutions; “Teddy has a broken leg, we must find ways of making teddy better”.  As they talk, ... Read More »

10 Top Tips For Single Dads

10 Top Tips For Single Dads

Our top 10 tips for brand new dads, that may be parenting alone or co-parenting. So, you’re a dad! You are about to set off on a wonderful voyage of discovery. It can be exciting. It can be frightening. And it can be fun.   You are not born with parenting skills- they‘re learned on the job, through experience. If you’re ... Read More »