After a late rally for summer for most of the UK, it seems autumn is finally here. We’ve put socks on and started making soup already, whilst keeping an eye out for the parenting stories that have been making the news over the past couple of weeks.
Obviously we look at all the main newspapers and baby news sites, but it just so happens that all this week’s stories are from The Guardian/Observer. Forgive us if theseare not your newspapers of choice, but these are the ones we found most interesting!
No more spoonfed babies?
First up, an interesting insight into the world of baby-led weaning – essentially letting your baby feed themselves from day one of weaning, by offering them a variety of finger foods to munch on. There are clearly benefits of this method – your baby can eat as part of the family and follow the example of parents or older siblings. They can also try foods for themselves and decide what they like, and it improves dexterity and hand/eye co-ordination. Also, it’s one less thing that mum or dad has to do – no more spooning purees into baby’s mouth whilst making aeroplane noises.
The opponents of this method say it increases the risk of choking, and whether this is true is unclear, but I have to say it wasn’t my first thought; all I could think of was the MESS. Show me a self-cleaning baby, and I’ll embrace any feeding method you like…
Support for PND – where do you turn?
A story here that resonated with a number of mums in our office –the lack of support available to mothers suffering from post-natal depression, and the sheer numbers of mothers who are not being diagnosed.
It’s a sign of the times that the pressure on new mothers has never been greater. There’s a wealth of information out there, everybody has an opinion, and families are struggling like never before. Hardly surprising, therefore, that new mothers are reluctant to admit that they’re not feeling 100% euphoric about their experience, and are increasingly turning to their peers online for support, advice and reassurance. Mumsnet and similar forums have become the modern equivalent of the mothers’ meetings of old, and their importance cannot be underestimated, but they are equally no substitute for professional care and clinical treatment, where required. Tell us your experience, we’d love to hear from you.
This was a story we missed from a few weeks ago, but it’s a subject close to our heart so we thought we’d include it this week. Car seats have revolutionised the safety of our children over the past 30 years, but they MUST be fitted properly. The research from Which? that claims even store-fitted car seats aren’t being fitted properly is very worrying – we are taking extra steps to ensure our training is the best it can be, and that parents are getting the best service from fully-trained, experienced people in our stores.
We also have fitting videos for our car seats online, so parents can see for themselves how the car seat should be fitted. Safety is hugely important to the team at Mamas & Papas, and we’d welcome your feedback on how we can make this even service better.
Another news roundup in a fortnight, but in the meantime do let us know if anything has caught your eye!