The Lowdown On Babywearing

The Lowdown On Babywearing

The practise of wearing babies has been done throughout the ages and across cultures. It’s a beautiful, natural way to create a deeper bond and give your baby the care they need by being close to them and still being up and about.

 

I started babywearing pretty early on, when my little one was only a few weeks old and I took her on walks with me. In the first few months, she would almost always fall asleep while I was wearing her. She also didn’t like being left lying down even if I was still in the same room, so sometimes the only way I could get anything done around the house was if I was wearing her. 

May 21, 2022 — Irena De Filippou
My Baby & I: Our COVID-19 Experience

My Baby & I: Our COVID-19 Experience

It’s been 2 years since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. We’ve been through multiple lockdowns. Fear and uncertainty has become an unfortunate norm, especially for those of us who are of the vulnerable population, or with loved ones who are. I was pregnant in 2020 and gave birth mid-2021 so I was constantly worrying about getting sick, and then worrying about my newborn getting sick. After 2 years of making sure we took the best precautions, and with the disease getting closer and closer to us, I started feeling like I was playing dodgeball with COVID-19. I also started feeling like it was only a matter of time before we did get it.

And then it happened.

March 24, 2022 — Irena De Filippou
8 Ways To Keep Your Baby Safe From Other People's Germs

8 Ways To Keep Your Baby Safe From Other People's Germs

“Please don’t touch my baby!” I said loudly.

The woman threw me a dirty look as if I was the one who had committed a grievous offence, not her. Maybe she thought I was being racist? I made a face. “There’s a pandemic going on, hello?!”

Her face changed. She dropped her hand and walked off without a word.

 

The Do’s & Don’ts When Visiting a New Baby

The Do’s & Don’ts When Visiting a New Baby

Born into a big family, I was always comfortable and looked forward to family gatherings. Therefore naturally, I didn’t put much thought into how early I wanted company around after giving birth. I completely disregarded how uncomfortable, how tired, how “ugly” I might be and how exhausting it is to be present for others when really you just want your own space.
The Double Standards of “Daddy Privilege” – Momsplained.

The Double Standards of “Daddy Privilege” – Momsplained.

Let me momsplain something here, “daddy privilege” is a term to describe the double standard that exists in parenting – praising dad for doing expected/normal duties. Is it new? No. But it is getting called out with more and more moms and dads (you go dads!) coming forward with the disgusting truth of how our society upholds such low standards for dads while expecting greatness from moms.

 

"To Bra or Not to Bra?" That is the Question.

"To Bra or Not to Bra?" That is the Question.

Honestly, my “bra energy” was low at the beginning of my pregnancy. Wearing a bra during the first trimester wasn’t so bad, it was going into the second and third trimester where wearing a bra felt suffocating and just downright uncomfortable.

Was I the only one who felt this way? Nope, turns out a lot of preggo mommas felt the urge to just rip off their bras in the middle of the day and let their “hoohas” hang. How could we not? Our body was expanding, the skin stretches and tight constrictive clothing will only cause farther irritation and none of us, wants to find ourselves scratching our boobs in public.

How To Prepare For A C-Section: Before, During & After

How To Prepare For A C-Section: Before, During & After

As a first-time mother, I naturally wanted to be as prepared as I could. I read all kinds of articles, attended webinars, spoke to other mothers, and eventually got to a point where I felt confident in visualising the ‘perfect’ birth. So when I found out at 34 weeks that my baby was breech and I was asked to consider a C-Section if she didn’t turn, I was more than a little thrown.

February 20, 2022 — Irena De Filippou
If I Could Describe My Postpartum Experience in 3 Words...

If I Could Describe My Postpartum Experience in 3 Words...

I was 24 years old when I gave birth to my first born, Raul. The pregnancy wasn't particularly planned, but it happened a bit too quickly for us! Although everyone kept reminding me to be grateful, I genuinely struggled to feel ready to be a mother, and at that time, it was better to be secretive about it.
February 16, 2022 — Junita Rashid
It Took 1 Year For Me To Fully Embrace Motherhood

It Took 1 Year For Me To Fully Embrace Motherhood

The first year of motherhood was one of the hardest in my life. Don't get me wrong, there were many beautiful, precious, and happy moments too. But it was also filled with hormonal roller coasters and more tears than I've ever shed within a timeframe of 1 year.
February 05, 2022 — Shakira Kavanagh
Be Proud Of Your Tiger Stripes

Be Proud Of Your Tiger Stripes

The human body is a remarkable thing. From the day we are born to the day we die; we go through so many changes. Our bodies carry us through the rigors of life and perform amazing feats. To this day one of the most amazing feats, despite being a tale as old as time, is the whole journey a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond.
Why Do I Only Feel Depressed When I Breastfeed?

Why Do I Only Feel Depressed When I Breastfeed?

Picture this Mamas: you’ve set yourself up for a comfortable breastfeeding session. You’ve got your cushion, your favourite TV show cued up, snacks and water within reach and your baby in your arms. You’re feeling okay – I mean, sure you could use a few more Zzz’s and you’d love to have a long hot shower and wash your hair, but generally you’re feeling okay about life and this whole parenting gig.

And your heart sinks. Your stomach drops. You suddenly feel a complete loss of appetite, perhaps even nauseous. Then, almost as suddenly as it came, it’s gone and you’re left wondering what the hell was that?

“I Didn’t Love My Baby At First, Is That Normal?”

“I Didn’t Love My Baby At First, Is That Normal?”

When we picture birth, we visualize a bubble of love. The moment where we lock eyes with our darling baby, the relieved, sobbing chuckle we let out when we hear their strong cry, the first skin-to-skin bond we want to treasure and the tears that follow because we are so in love. And yet, how disappointing is it when the opposite happens, and that you don’t immediately fall in love with your new bundle of joy?
January 04, 2022 — Fatin Ekrami