Bigger and bouncier
Anyone who has ever had a baby will tell you that putting it in there is usually a lot less painful (and more fun) than getting it out. I’ve had two nine-pounders, and the fact that there are seven years between them gives you some idea of the time it took for me to gird my loins to do it again. But it seems that babies are getting bigger – according to this article, the number of mums giving birth to babies over 9lb 15oz increased by 20% between 1993 and 2003, a figure that’s expected to rise again when the statistics for the past decade are released.
The growth is primarily attributed to improved diets for pregnant mums and women getting bigger generally, but it seems that bigger babies aren’t necessarily healthier, and in extreme cases babies are potentially at risk from asthma, diabetes and heart disease.
So how do you know you’re about to have a super-baby? Well, whilst measurements canbe taken and estimates made, there’s no accurate way to tell you’re about to try pushing out something the size of a small horse. When we read the story of the mum in Texas who gave birth to a 16lb 1oz whopper, we all collectively winced (even the boys) and agreed that perhaps someone needs to get this technology sorted soon please?
Holidays with kids – heaven or hell?
We had to laugh at this article by journalist and children’s author Emma Kennedy about going on holiday with children – a quick canvas round the office came up with a multitude of family holiday horror stories covering everything from lost luggage, sunburn and hurricanes to food poisoning, head injuries, jellyfish and countless camping nightmares.
What was clear, however, is that when it comes to family holidays, the easiest time to get away is when they’re babies and toddlers. For the most part they’re easy to entertain, they sleep lots (especially after a day outside) and (with a little planning), it’s easy to maintain their routine and get some time to relax. Our favourite suggestion on how to get the most out of a family holiday was “take a set of grandparents with you”.
Interestingly, we noticed this interview on the same day with former Blur bassist-turned-country-cheesemaker Alex James, declaring that he can’t understand how people manage with less than five children. We’re guessing he either takes both sets of grandparents on holiday, or has an au pair.
Oliver or Olivia?
The latest list of most popular UK baby names has been revealed, and once again Oliver topping the boys’ list (followed by Jack and Harry), and Olivia leading the way for girls (followed by Sophie and Emily). Interestingly the name Aiden has been number one in the US for the past six years, but only makes number 66 in the UK, having only entered the top 100 for the first time last year. Perhaps we don’t always follow where the USA leads. We also noticed the name Kai leaping 12 places to number 56 on the boys’ list. We assume this is down to Wayne and Colleen Rooney – does this mean we’ll see Harper make an appearance in the top baby names next year?
Do tell us what you think, and what you’ve spotted in the news this week – we’d love to hear from you!