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Q&A: Kirsty - AKA @themummysomniac - on opening up about her PND

Kirsty McKenzie has a pretty recognisable face around Instagram. Known as @themummysomniac, the mama-of-three takes a raw and honest approach to sharing her motherhood journey. Over on her blog, Kirsty is raw and honest, and has often talked about her experience with postnatal depression. With Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week approaching (12-18 November) we decided to have a chat to Kirsty about her experience with the illness and what advice she'd give to others who need help. Kirsty, we know you as @themummysomniac, but can you tell us a bit more about you and your family? What does life look like for you today? Well, we’re a family of five as of a few short months ago. My husband Nathan, and I...

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Beating PND with baby massage

Becoming a mother is amazing, right? Sure, it can be challenging, stressful, confronting and downright exhausting; but it is, still, an amazing and transformative experience. But how is it for the more than one in seven women that suffer from postnatal depression and anxiety? Postnatal depression (PND) is an incredibly debilitating illness that can prevent a new mum from feeling that overwhelming sense of joy and love for their new bundle.  While getting help from a medical professional is the most important step in overcoming PND, there a number of alternative interventions that can help you find your happy again. We love baby massage as a way to beat PND, and the research is there to back it up as...

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Hospital bag essentials for you, Mama!

You’ve no doubt dreamt about the birth of your baby for months now, planning it all down to the slightest detail. Your hospital bag is probably no exception; however, it’s important not to forget your own personal comforts when packing (easily done when you’re busy thinking about your new bundle’s coming home outfit!) We want to ensure you’re prepared and looked after in every aspect, so go ahead and check out our list of essentials for expecting mums. After all, you’re the one doing the ground work, mama!   REST YOUR PRETTY HEAD: While all hospitals supply bedding, a familiar pillow or blanket may help alleviate sleep deprivation and stress. By acting as a home comfort remedy, it can make...

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Winter skin care for mum and baby

Winter is such a beautiful time of year. The cooler weather is a great excuse to indulge in hot baths, deep mugs of tea and cozy cuddles on the couch – Bliss! Not so heavenly, though, is the way the cold can wreak havoc on our skin. With its dry air, temperature fluctuations and harsh conditions, winter can make our skin severely stressed. The impact can be even greater for babies who have especially delicate skin (did you know that a baby’s skin is around 30% thinner than yours, making it more prone to moisture loss?) There is no doubt that winter is a time when we need to give our skin a little extra TLC. There are a number of ways you can nourish your and...

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A five-step blissful bedtime routine

Little people thrive on routine! Having a pattern to the day can help a baby feel safe and secure because they learn to know what’s coming next. By introducing routines and rituals your little one will generally be calmer and more cooperative, and bedtime is no exception! Try not to worry about bedtime routines in the very early days, but from about six to eight weeks you can begin to introduce some simple rituals that, over time, will help your little one recognise bedtime and settle more easily. Here is our way to blissful bedtime routine: Bath A warm bath can be incredibly soothing and calming for a baby. It can also provide an opportunity for some skin-on-skin time if...

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