This is what the Kiddies games site has to say about these brilliant games for small children.
“Babies, with their special newborn reflexes, usually pick up breastfeeding very quickly, especially if they nurse in the first hour after birth when they are in a special period of alertness. These games are not for teaching breastfeeding to babies!
Paraphenalia and images about babies these days usually involve bottles, diaper pins and pacifiers for sucking. A more natural and lovelier image however is that of breastfeeding.
The following games practise fun concepts and with their beautiful happy images of breastfeeding babies, they also present more natural images of babies than what they may see in mainstream media or products.
Many babies are breastfeed these days. However, with the amount of research into the overwhelming amount of breastfeeding benefits, educational levels and availability of information in our societies, it is surprising that many babies are still not breastfed, or are not breastfed for very long.
Perhaps some people and their entourage still find breastfeeding not quite natural or convenient.
KiddiesGames.com is making its small contribution to this situation by featuring breastfeeding games! Children will see breastfeeding in the decor of these games, as if it is a natural every day activity, which it is.
Or, you can ignore the above musings. Just put your infant on your lap and have fun clicking colors and learning left and right!”
There are games to teach colours in English, French and Spanish and one to teach left and right in different languages too. Great idea!
Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun on Real Nappy Week, I’m so impressed with Clothopoly.
I’ll be picking the winner of the £20 voucher to spend at www.lactivist.co.uk at the end of this week so if you have a picture of your child in the ‘Happy in my cloth nappy’ t-shirts and you are happy for me to use it for publicity all you need to do is email it to me, email@example.com or pop it on the Lactivist Facebook page.
‘Mummy milk is better than milk from just any old cow’ Big Organic Bag Printed on organic cotton bags with handles long enough to go over your shoulder. Organic cotton is farmed without pesticides, using natural methods. This means that it is…
Care Instructions Handwash only Love unconditionally Breastfeed as required Printed in black ink on large organic shopping bags. Organic cotton is farmed without pesticides, using natural methods. This means that it is better for the health of the…
“Mummy Milk Rocks” Big Organic Bag Red/Orange Printed on organic cotton bags with handles long enough to go over your shoulder. This is a blended print, red going into orange. Organic cotton is farmed without pesticides, using natural…
Care Instructions: Hand wash only, Love unconditionally, Breastfeed as required translated into many different languages! Click on the image to make it bigger – it is 1000px wide, or click on the links below to get the same poster with a purple or black background A3 size and the same with the black background in handy printable A4 size.
“There is growing evidence that media porn affects breastfeeding rates in the UK and hopefully if we are successful we can reduce the impact of media.
Sexual media has crept into our society and is affecting breastfeeding rates in the UK. The breastfeeding network says that sexual images are, “undoubtedly an important factor in whether breastfeeding is treated as normal in society, which in turn, affects uptake”.
The La Leche League says, “Many women in today’s society feel that their bodies belong to men rather than babies, which is such a difference to previous generations of women”.
Please would you consider supporting this petition to make it illegal to display porn around children which will in turn mean that such images will be less frequent and hopefully the rates of breastfeeding will improve.
“Infant feeding support became a passion of mine when I worked as a nurse on the special care baby unit, and having needed support myself after my own child was born, the interest and dedication continued.”
They are an, inexpensive and reassuring visual teaching tool to demonstrate the size of a newborn’s stomach and therefore illustrate that the seemingly small amount of colostrum, and then emerging milk supply, is sufficient for the baby. A great tool in breastfeeding support, it’s an essential piece of kit for breastfeeding peer supporters, lactation consultants, doulas, midwives, nurses, etc.
The sets contain various sized “balls” in a lovely organza bag, representing the stomach size of a newborn over the first few days, with an information card.
All the info is on a small laminated card that can either be hole punched and threaded through the bag’s drawstring or put in the bag itself.
These are not toys!
Attachment Parenting is for everyone! Attachment Parenting is about building strong bonds with your child by responding to their needs in a timely and sensitive way. It is about modelling behaviour you wish to see and having respect, empathy and a desire for connection. It is about life-long relationship quality built on foundations of physical closeness and emotional understanding.
Welcome to the official launch of the APUK affiliation and accreditation program for parents wishing to become APUK Group Facilitators!
APUK have tried to keep the training cost as low as possible. They say “We are most grateful to our sponsors, who have enabled us to ensure that the value of the unique APUK Group Start-Up Pack is greater than the total cost of training.”
Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your local community or are looking for a great way to make new friends with shared interests?
Would you like to train in something new but relevant to your family life where the training provides all you need to get started with fabulous quality items in a unique Group Start-Up Pack?
Would you like to become part of a nationwide community with opportunities for furthering your skills, possibly even leading to a new vocation in the field of parenting?
Do you already run a group and feel you could benefit from affiliation and being part of a network of facilitators supporting each other in running a group?
Attachment Parenting UK have lots of information that can help you become an affiliate or a facilitator – click here for more details: http://www.attachmentparenting.co.uk/#/start-an-apuk-group/4569232423
Mum and Me magazine was born out of the desire to support new mothers, with the aim of eventually being able to support the groups they often rely upon.
Mum and Me magazine enables new mums to access useful information without scary, sensationalist stories and without being bombarded by advertising from large corporations. The content supports gentle parenting and breastfeeding by introducing positive role models and images.
Mum & Me magazine is offering a special price for advertising offer for the online Bots & Bibs section for the Winter 2012 issue, via Lactivist. Please note that advertisements will not be accepted that contravene the WHO Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
You could have your advert in the Christmas Special for only £5 for the 1/8th size, £10 for the 1/4 size and just £17.50 for the 1/2 size. Just quote Lactivist Winter Ad in your email topic.
Aberconwy & Colwyn NCT have organised a walk through Llandudno’s high street to celebrate International Babywearing Week 8-14th October. The walk will take place on Saturday, 13th October with participants meeting opposite the old Castle Hotel in Llandudno’s town centre at 1.30pm.
Babywearing can be fun, convenient and have many health benefits too.
The weather may not be dry so bring an umbrella along too.
I am always on the look out for things to do with a very active toddler when the weather is bad. This list is complied from loads of posts on the wonderful Baby Greenhouse Baby and Toddler forum which has now sadly been closed.
baking (pre weigh everthing so all he has to do is empty into bowl mix and put in tin or cases)
gloop (cornflour and water)
watch a DVD/video where they make something and then do the same (eg in one of the Fimble DVDs we have they have a glitter theme.. do glitter picture sand make glittery biscuits)
Washing muddy stones from the garden
Make some coloured ice cubes, or ice cubes with things in (like raisins, leaves etc) and let her melt them on a tray?
Make some salt dough and shape and bake it, paint it and stick it on the christmas tree?
We had a fab time yesterday cutting up loads of magazines and those irritating flyers that fall out of newspapers along with old Christmas cards and then sticking all the bits onto A4 paper.
Make Snowflakes? (folding up paper and tearing bits out and she can decorate it with glitter/crayons/pens ect)
make an obstacle course and do lots of running round and jumping
do some mad dancing to fun music
Trampolining (on the bed)
Put up a tent (or sheet over a table) and make a den for him and all his toys
Take all the cushions off sofas etc and build a huge obstacle course – you sit and watch while he climbs everything
Huge bubble bath, all his pots, pans etc.. and pop him in to “wash everything up”
Turn on the radio or play your fav CD and dance and sing?
Get some of your old clothes and take turns playing dress up.
building towers with lego/wooden bricks/stickle bricks etc
chase ballons around
brave the weather and go puddle jumping and come home for a nice warm drink and story time
Go to the library or a musuem
Bundle him up and go to the park – is there somewhere you can shelter (and have a coffee) while he runs around
Local soft play
Or into the garden with a bucket and spade to dig for worms while you supervise from inside with a coffee
Round trip on a bus (just for fun !!) (ditto train)
Supermarket – if you have a big one nearby go have a wander, play I spy, whatever
Have you got a toy library nearby?
go for a walk and kick leaves
We also went out collecting Autumn leaves earlier in the week and have stuck them onto paper too.
have a pretend picnic.
playing baby with her doll (if she has one) give it a bath, feed it etc.
When I was pregnant, we knew that we had some fairly fixed ideas about how we wanted to raise our child, including allowing her to share our bed for as long as she wanted to. We have been shocked and sometimes upset at other people’s reaction to what seemed to be a very instinctive decision, to sleep with our daughter. I am often made to justify this decision and made to feel as if we are ‘bad’ parents just because we hadn’t trained her to sleep in a cot in her own room by 8 weeks old.
As it happens, we didn’t even really talk about it, it just seemed the right and natural thing to do and offered some major advantages. Our daughter loved the constant contact and it made it so much easier to breastfeed during the night. By simply rolling over and letting her feed before either of us were fully awake, we were both able to drift back to sleep much quicker than if I had had to get up to feed, so everyone got extra sleep.
Many studies have shown that co-sleeping helps to establish breastfeeding and leads to a more settled and happy baby. Others claim that these benefits can last for years and that children who slept with their parents do better at school, have higher self-esteem, fewer health issues and is more likely to be well adjusted than their peers.
We know this goes against many bestselling books on parenting, such as Gina Ford and Richard Ferber but we are convinced that this was the right decision for us and for our daughter. Personally, I believe that night time should be about nurturing and closeness, not about training for the realities of later life.
Yes, there can be some downsides to co-sleeping, but most can be overcome with a few adjustments, such as buying a bigger bed. There have been many reported studies into the dangers of co-sleeping, the most recent published early this year in the Lancet. La Leche League, amongst others, claim that they are flawed as they do not distinguish between safe (following current guidelines re temperature, soft bedding etc) and unsafe (eg on a sofa or with parents who smoke or drink alcohol) co-sleeping.
Our daughter is very independent already (at 13 months) and I am convinced that this is due to all the extra nurturing and contact that she receives during the nights. At some stage, she will decide that she wants her own bed and she will be welcome to it. But in the meantime all three of us love the extra time we get together and there is nothing more wonderful than being woken by a kiss from your baby and seeing just how happy they are to be so close to you. I know that in this way we have created many special moments that we all treasure.
What ever you personally decide, do make sure you follow the latest advice re safe sleeping for your baby. Much of it is commonsense, but the following guidelines should help:
Always put your baby to sleep on their back.
Use a firm mattress and never co-sleep on a waterbed or on a sofa.
Do not use a pillow for your baby and always make sure that your baby’s head is clear of your pillows and bedding. This will reduce the risk of smothering and overheating.
Do not sleep with your baby if you smoke, have drunk alcohol or have taken any drugs which make you drowsy.
Do not give your baby a pillow, and ensure that his head is not covered by the duvet or the sheets. Either of these could smother him.
Use bedding that tightly fits the mattress and make sure there are no gaps between the bed and the headboard where they could become trapped.
If you are unsure or need further advice, always speak to your GP or Health Visitor.
Arabella Greatorex is the owner of www.naturalnursery.co.uk, an online store selling organic and fairly traded products for families including organic clothing and nappies, fairly traded toys and natural toiletries.
The School of Babywearing™ is a social enterprise that runs a variety of training courses for parents, professionals, businesses and other interested organisations about wearing babies and children in slings and baby carriers.
As a social enterprise, they use our profits to fund the work we do. Their mission is to spread the word about the benefits of babywearing widely throughout the UK.
They do this through all our activities which include providing babywearing training courses, distributing literature and other resources and supporting babywearing consultants.
As well as the babywearing guides & colouring pages, they now have colouring postcards to send out just to share a love of babywearing, and some info cards which have top tips for safe babywearing & reasons to babywear.
Message: Hi there, I work locally, and am a student at the University of the West of Scotland doing a part time PhD (see link). I wondered if any of your mums would like to take part in my research, it is anonomous, has ethical approval through the university, but takes 30 mins !
It is for mums and dads from three months of the pregnancy through to the end of the 1st year of the infants life and is mostly about feelings and emotions.
I realise that it may not be of interest to your parents, and so, good luck with your venture anyhow.
If you are a fan of the Lactivist Facebook page you will be able to enter exclusive competitions. Currently the competition is to win a set of 10 pro breastfeeding badges, but the prizes will change frequently.
‘Mummy milk is better than milk from just any old cow’ Big Organic Bag Printed on organic cotton bags with handles long enough to go over your shoulder. Organic cotton is farmed without pesticides, using natural methods.
2 designs on one big organic bag! ‘Mummy milk is better than milk from just any old cow’ on one side and ‘Mummy Milk Rocks’ on the other Printed on organic cotton bags with handles long enough to go over your shoulder.
While stocks last Lactivist mugs are reduced by nearly 30% just until the 28th April 2012. This is to make room for new designs and new stock! The mugs are fantastic quality and are getting brilliant reviews.
The famous Lactivist Cow slogan printed on mugs! These mugs measure 80mm in diameter and are 92mm high. They are made in Eastern Europe and printed in Bristol. The images are heat pressed so the artwork is embedded into the ceramic mug. They won’t…
A very clever idea from Ruth Moss perfect for anyone who has had people comment about breastfeeding. For mums breastfeeding older children there is also a Full Term Breastfeeding Bingo Mug. These mugs measure 80mm in diameter and are 92mm high. They…
Easy to follow care instructions printed on a mug. Handwash Only, Love Unconditionally, Breastfeed as Required. These mugs measure 80mm in diameter and are 92mm high. They are made in Eastern Europe and printed in Bristol. The images are heat…
A very clever idea from Ruth Moss perfect for anyone who has had people comment about breastfeeding. There is also a Breastfeeding Bingo Mug. These mugs measure 80mm in diameter and are 92mm high. They are made in Eastern Europe and printed in…
Keep Britain Breastfeeding! These mugs measure 80mm in diameter and are 92mm high. They are made in Eastern Europe and printed in Bristol. The images are heat pressed so the artwork is embedded into the ceramic mug. They won’t fade and they are…
These mugs measure 80mm in diameter and are 92mm high. They are not made in China. The images are heat pressed so the artwork is embedded into the ceramic mug. They won’t fade and they are dishwasher safe. They have been tested for months in a…
Approximately 80 million chocolate eggs will be sold in the UK this year. It has been estimated that this will generate around 4,370 tonnes of cardboard, 160 tonnes of foil and millions off discarded plastic waste items. However, it’s not all “doom and gloom” and you’ll be glad to know you can still enjoy Easter, save money and help reduce your impact on our planet!
A new website, EthicalCommunity.com has recently launched which aims, amongst other things, to help parents purchase eco-friendly & natural alternatives for their children. Eco-conscious parents can browse from over 7,000 products, learn about the story behind each product and buy directly from the eco-sellers that made each item.
What can parents do to reduce the impact of Easter?
It’s surprising how by just changing a few little things you can massively reduce your environmental impact, have even more fun, save money and have a much more meaningful Easter that your children will cherish forever. So where to begin?
1. Avoid over packaging
For chocolate lovers and eco warriors alike, the chocolate-to-packaging ratio of a standard Easter egg is a massive let-down. When choosing your Easter egg avoid those which come in giant boxes and contain sheets of plastic. Instead, choose one wrapped in foil which can be easily recycled. Also opt for an Easter egg made using organic and Fairtrade ingredients to ensure you’re not the only one celebrating at Easter.
2. Make your own Easter treats
Create some childhood memories of Easter by pouring delicious melted chocolate into bunny-shaped moulds. Decorate them with ribbons and create the perfect Easter gift whilst spending quality time with your children. Homemade shredded wheat and chocolate bird’s nests are also hugely entertaining, both in the making and of course in the eating!
Look for holiday activities to get the whole family outdoors spending quality time together (weather permitting!). Find out if your local parks or community groups are planning any events or Easter egg hunts. If there is a shortage of activities near you then get creative and organise your own egg hunt with these tasty fair-trade mini milk chocolate eggs [http://www.ethicalcommunity.com/eco-shop/food/bag-of-mini-chocolate-egg-1841]
The idea behind these flyers (which were written collaboratively by Lactivist readers on the Facebook page ) is to help promote breastfeeding in places where we might want to breastfeed in public.
You can get some ready printed by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and I’ll send you some. They are paid for with profits from sales of Lactivist t-shirts so I’d appreciate any contribution towards postage, just £1 will make a difference and help keep Lactivist running -
Please remember Lactivist is based in the UK so if you do want some and you are outside Europe please add some extra for postage.
Or, if you want to print them off yourself you can right click and save the image and they are here as PDFs!