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Mumma Talk 16-20 Weeks How Your Baby is Growing and Changing

Mums and Dads and Friends

Your baby probably isn’t content to just sit and lie around watching things anymore.

He or she is likely to be intensely interested in everything he can get hold of and will be moving their little body in all sorts of ways to try and get to things.

They will want you to play with them more, talk, and find interesting things to play with and investigate.

You will notice that your baby seems to have unlimited around of energy when he’s awake.  You will need to bring more patience and humour to your role as a mother.

Babie social skills when they see strangers may cry but smiles at familiar faces and voices.

Babies little muscles are developing and are pretty good now when they reach out to grab things.

Feeding well they won’t be ready to try solid foods until they are six months old when their tongue control and ability to swallow should be well developed.  Solids are about learning to eat, which is why they are not introduced by bottle.  At this stage you should only be watching them for signs that they are starting to get ready to try solid food.

They might start:

  • showing an interest in food, including what’s on your place
  • * showing an increased appetite for breastfeeds or formula
  • * opening their mouths when food is offered on a spoon (but don’t let them eat it yet)
  • showing very good head and neck control and the ability to sit upright when supported.

The importance of a good sleep pattern is establishing towards a regular pattern.

Maintain a bedtime routine

Put them to bed awake

Wait and listen when they wake and don’t rush in

Make day and night difference

Happy Parenting

From We Mums


Your Baby’s Journey into Solid-Food

Starting solid is an exciting and messy time in bub’s development.  Its best to wait until around six months before starting those first test-tests says the spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia. “At this age babies are developmentally ready for solids and need additional food to get all the nutrients they need”.

Stage 1 – Smooth purees are ideal solids.  Apart from honey, which should be avoided until after 12 months, there’s no need to delay any foods. Withholding foods such as egg and fish can actually increase gallery risk.

Cook your baby’s food well and make purees a little thicker than breastmilk or formula at first.  Offer them on a soft spoon at a time your child is alert and happy.

When your baby gets the hang of runny purees, you can introduce a more yogurt-like texture.

Stage 2 – Lumpy mashed and minced foods are next. “The puree stage only needs to last a few weeks and increasing textures is important for oral development.

Research shows bubs introduced to “lumpy” foods after 10 months are more likely to have later feeding difficulties than those introduced to them between six and mine months.

Stage 3 – “Most babies can manage finger foods by eight months” but be led by your baby’s individual readiness.  This stage is fun, and feeding themselves is great for your child’s fine motor control.

Until NextTime

Happy Parenting

Choosing Safe Baby Toys

Here at Organic Babe we want to pass on as much information we can to help you make great choices including choosing safe baby toys.

Toys are one of the greatest gifts you can give as once baby is looking around and seeing things for the first time they grab onto what they can.

Here are some simple tips to help you:

Make sure the toys you give cannot fit inside their mouths – they must be at least 4cm long on all sides.

Choose organic baby toys as there are no pesticides, chemicals, dyes and safe on babies skin.

Never give toys with small parts.  They are a choking risk if they come loose and are swallowed.

Never give anything that could break or splinter.

Never give your baby anything with sharp or pointy edges.

Beware of stuffed, furry or foam toys – check all the seams regularly so that you don’t get any of it in their mouths and choke.

Never give a toy with dangling ribbons, elastic or string long enough to wrap around their necks.

If you have older brothers and sisters, make sure you baby cannot get a hold of their toys if they have any of the above features.

Happy Parenting

Baby Steps

Every new mum needs to know where they can get help once having a baby.

You will get advice from everyone and whilst they are trying to help and are excited to let you know their journey it doesnt necessarily mean its right for you!

So we have listed some important and useful contacts for you.

Family Planning – Australian Multiple Births Association

Ph: 1300 886 499


Ph: 1300 301 300

Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies

Ph: 188 704 539

Pregnancy Birth and Baby Helpline (DoHA)

Ph: 1800 882 436

We are here for you all and more information will be available in our next blog


Happy Parenting

Cuddles when Baby Needs It

Helping your baby in these moments can be extra cuddles, chats, walks and sing-a-longs and the more attention you give your baby the more they will respond.

Life is very hectic to say the least and getting into a schedule you will discover is very important.

Life has been rather hectic in the last few months and its nice to take time out and just spend some me time.

Whatever you do make sure “mummy” gets that time where she can relax and enjoy the wonderful moments of being a parent,

Until our next blog ‘Happy Parenting’

The Third Month 9-13 Weeks

How your baby is growing.

Your little one should be well and truly taking a lot of notice of the world around them by now.

Your baby should be getting a bit more control of their little body, spending a lot of time kicking legs, waving arms around and trying to reach for things.

Talking to your baby is a very important part of building your relationship and helping their brian to develop.

Try to talk to your baby as much as possible. You can even pretend to be having a conversation by “answering” the funny sounds they make.

Its lots of fun and you’ll probably be rewarded with a smile and even a laugh.

A big immunisation reminder for all parents and carers: your baby is due for their 8 week (2 month) immunisations.


The Second Month 5-8 Weeks

Welcome to my world

A really lovely thing about the second month is that this is the time when most babies start to smile. There is no better feeling than when your precious baby first smiles at you!

Your little baby may be starting to take a real interest in everything around them in their new big world.  They may be looking around and listening and watching everything you do.

You may have an active baby who wriggles a lot and makes lots of noise screaming, crying and ‘cooing”.  Perhaps you have  a quiet baby who likes to spend the waking hours just looking at everything.

Remember that you baby is learning all the time – and learning mostly from you.  You can help make your baby’s world an even more wonderful place by having lots of cuddles, chats, walks and sing-a-longs.  The most attention yo u pay to your baby, the more he or she will respond.

Life is still probably very hectic for you with this new little one.  However, you will most likely find that the second month brings with it a more predictable schedule.

Happy parenting!

Morning Sickness

If your pregnancy glow is more sick-induced sheen, try this advice for coping.

Up to 90 per cent of mums-to-be experience some amount of morning sickness, and while the stomach churning typically hits about week four of pregnancy, it generally disappears around week 12.

What causes it?

Rising levels of pregnancy hormones are thought to play a role.  Throw in a heightened sense of smell and a sluggish digestive system, and you have a recipe for feeling off.

What can I do?

“Frequent, small, carbohydrate-based meals and snacks are the first way to go,” says obstetrician Dr Gino Pecoraro.

Here are some tips to try..

*Have brekkie in bed.

An empty tummy can make queasiness worse, so keep a stash of plain biscuits, rice crackers or dry cereal by your bed to eat first thing.

*Drink up

Staying hydrated makes your stomach feel better and is very important if you’re vomiting.  Take small slow sips of water or, if you find it tricky to drink, munch on ice cubes.

*Keep it cool It can be easier to drink liquids that are chilled, and because cold meals are generally less aromatic, they’re less likely to set your stomach rolling.

*Try ginger

This herb is one of the most popular food fixes for nausea.  Add a slice to a cup of hot water, use it in cooking, or try ginger ale, ginger tea or ginger lollies.

*Have some R&R

*Put the pressure on

“Some women swear by acupressure,”

*Breathe it in

A pleasant scent can distract from nausea.

*Brush up, carefully

If brushing your teeth makes you gag, use a small, soft brush and try to persevere.  But dont use it straight after vomiting – stomach acids weaken tooth enamel, meaning post-womit brushing can scratch teeth.

When Should I see a Doctor?

See your carer if you need stronger relief for your symptoms or are otherwise concerned.  Some women suffer a severe form of sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum, so chat to your doc if you’re vomiting several times a day, can’t keep anything down, or are losing weight.


Before Birth – Preparing for Parenthood

We wish you well for the Big Day.

You’ve been feeling your little baby growing inside your ever-expanding belly for 36 weeks now.  Some of you will have really enjoyed the experience.

Some of you might have found it really challenging.  Or perhaps it was a series of ‘ups and down’s as your body and its various functions changed each month.  Maybe you were starting to wonder if it was ever going to end!

As the day of your baby’s birth draws near, we would like to provide you with some information that will help prepare you for the early days of parenthood.

Its nearly time for baby to venture out into the big, wide world.

Baby says I have been hearing and feeling your world for the last eight to nine months and now I am really looking forward to joining you in the outside world – wondering what it will be like to feel you hold me for the first time.

When I venture out into the big wide world I will be alert and looking for you.  Everything will be new and I’ll need you to hold me close and help me to feel safe and secure.

I’ll need lots of cuddles.  I’ll love to feel your skin against mine.

I’ll love to hear the sound of your voice. I’ll recognise your voice straight away because I have been listening to it since I was 8 weeks old in your womb.

Talk to me softly and sweetly, read to me, sing to me gently. I’ll be a great listener.

I’ll need your love – it will help me to grow physically and emotionally.


Your Baby



Kate is due any moment…


Dear Kate:

So exciting! You’re going to be a mother of two soon; how incredible does that feel? I know you probably think you have your hands full already keeping up with little George, chasing those little toddler legs up and down the castle corridors, so I thought now might be the right time to share with you a little of my hard-won how-to-parent-two knowledge so you don’t completely lose your mind in the weeks and months to come. You can thank me later.

First and foremost, having two littlies – particularly when they are a newborn-and-toddler combo – is really shocking to the system. You thought that becoming a first-time mother was the Big Adjustment? Well, hold on to your fascinator … you ain’t seen nothing yet! Just like learning to be a mother for the first time is full of ups and downs, parenting the second time round will see just as many tears – I just hope there’ll be more of the happy variety than the sad/frustrated/tired/I-don’t-know-why-I’m-crying tears!

So here’s what you need to know:

Forget about ‘sleep when the baby sleeps’

Unless you are prepared to let your toddler trash the house while you have a sneaky kip, sleeping when the baby sleeps is no longer an option. Because as sure as night follows day, your toddler will decide that nap time is a thing of the past the very same day you give birth to his sibling.

Just know that you won’t get enough sleep. And it could go on for quite some time. So it’s best to make peace with it now. You will be tired. Some days you will be so epically tired that you can barely believe that you are still breathing. It WILL pass. One day …

Stock up now on Thomas the Tank Engine trains

Or whichever toy will keep George happy when you need him to play quietly beside you. While it’s great to have Mummy’s Little Helper ready to hand you baby wipes and nappies and to love on his new sibling 24/7, there are those times (often when the newborn sibling needs to be given a little space from all that loving) when you just need to spend five uninterrupted minutes catering to the needs of the second born. And that’s where Thomas and his friends come in. A small treasured toy is a lovely thing to behold when you’re holding a fractious baby and the toddler is about to turn on you too.

Getting out of the house will be harder

In fact, I’m not going to lie, everything you do in your waking life will be more challenging. Toddlers need you a lot. Newborns just can’t wait. So if you need to be somewhere at an exact time – say, your baby health clinic appointment – you need to start planning proceedings the day before. Yes, that may sound like overkill, but trust me, in order to be where you’re meant to be when you’re meant to be there requires the same kind of effort that invading forces bring to the task.

Pack bags the night before, plot a timeline, have a Plan A and then a Plan B and even a Plan C. You can’t begin to imagine the things that can go wrong once you are committed to a plan of action.

Write things down

Back in the day, long before baby brain attacked you and then lack of sleep sucked away what was left of your functioning brain, you could make arrangements with friends, remember that the dishwasher guy is booked in for next Tuesday AND not forgot to pop into the butcher on the way home to buy meat for dinner.

Now, sadly, not only is there no ‘popping in’ anywhere (see my point above) but you will not be able to reliably remember your own name without writing it down on a list first. Either start using that Notes function on your phone – though you may find typing accurately really hard to do on only four hours of sleep a night – or buy yourself a pretty notepad and then REMEMBER to use it. Friends will not be forgotten, dishwashers will get fixed and your family will not go hungry. It’s win/win for everyone.

Invest in a really good nappy bag

In the early days, did you ever find yourself out and about with George, only to embarrassingly discover you were without nappies/wipes/change of clothes (for him and possibly you)? Well, add into the mix a potty-training toddler who could need a snack AT ANY MINUTE, and you could find yourself in the middle of your very own horror story.

If you didn’t do it the first time round, buy yourself a kick-arse nappy bag. You will never suffer buyer’s remorse over this purchase. And the very first time George’s sipper cup of Ribena spills inside the bag and DOESN’T seep out to ruin the car upholstery forever, you can quietly congratulate yourself on being such a smart shopper.

Hand-me-down everything really is good enough

Chances are George was given more cute triple-zero clothing than he ever had a chance to wear – in fact, to get him into every tiny ensemble, you would have been doing more clothing changes each day than Barbie on a busy day. So give them all a good wash – and maybe toss out the clothes with permanent mashed banana stains on them – and use them again. The baby won’t notice or care.

Save your money for the important stuff like car seats and a really good pram that includes a toddler seat. That pram you had for George? Don’t try and use it again – with a toddler in tow, those little legs won’t take him far so it’s worth spending some cash on a pram built for two.

Having two children really is more fun

There’ no doubt that having two littlies really turns up the volume on chaos and disorder, but there is something really, really lovely about it too. That sense of family that you just don’t get with one child … the noise, the games, the giggles, and the friendship. So let’s just gloss over the inevitable moments of bickering for now and instead enjoy a rose-tinted glimpse into the future, where two freshly bathed children, complete with damp hair and clean pyjamas, lie quietly side by side listening to you reading a story, ready for bed and ready for another day.

That’s why you’re doing this.

Forget the sleep deprivation. Forget the long days and the broken nights. Forget the unsettled baby and the toddler foot-stamping. Having two children is wonderful and you are embarking on the ride of a lifetime. Enjoy!

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