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Breastfeeding Releases ‘Trust’ Hormone

Scientists report that when a baby breastfeeds, a ‘trust’ hormone is released in the mother. Oxytocin has long been known to cause milk to be let down from the mammory glands, however scientists at Warwick University have now become aware that it is also involved in the enhancement of trust and love in both human, and non-human animals.

Breastfeeding triggers a surge of Oxytocin to be released, and large regular pulses of the hormone are needed to create the wave released when a mother breastfeeds, strengthening the bond between mother and child.

Yet further proof that breastfeeding promotes the maternal bond via biochemical processes.

Cloth Bottomed Babies

Cloth Bottomed Babies

Article courtesy of Linda Sones, of Sones UK

All the clothes that I sell in the shop are designed with cloth bottomed babies in mind to give plenty of room for the slight additional bulk. This set me thinking about the pro’s and cons of using cloth nappies. When my children were tiny there was really not a choice but now there is a vast range of disposables and cloth nappies to choose from.

First of all a good place to start might be some facts and figures produced by local councils.

  • Every year we need a forest the size of Wales to provide all the paper we use in Britain.
  • 1 tonne of recycled paper saves 17 trees from being cut down.
  • 7 Million Trees are cut down each year just to make disposable nappies.
  • If you use disposable nappies your child will use an average of 5,000 from birth until potty trained.

Not so many years ago a cloth nappy was simply a square of toweling which was fastened onto baby using two lethal looking large safety pins. Now the range available is astonishing you can have a one piece nappy, a shaped two piece, prefolded, terry, a flat nappy used with a stuffable style cover, waterproof covers, liners, booster pads and swim nappies. The large pins have been replaced by snappi nappi clips and nippi nippas and I am sure there are many more. Modern cloth nappies then fit really snuggly. It is argued that children wearing cloth nappies become potty trained more quickly because the child is able to detect some wetness. This awareness encourages the child to use a potty.

Some of reasons for using disposables might be convenience, not having the bother of washing or perhaps your child goes to day nursery. It is also suggested by manufacturers that disposables prevent nappy rash. I would argue that there is no reason for a child in a cloth nappy to have a higher incidence of nappy rash. A child’s skin is very sensitive and nappies need to be changed frequently to avoid prolonged contact with wee and poo which are the cause of nappy rash. Avoid using biological washing powders apart from the fact that they are not eco-friendly they can cause rashes. Or perhaps you might consider a nappy laundry service which may not be as expensive as you would think.

Many childcare providers will be happy to accommodate children in cloth nappies providing you have chosen an easy and reliable type, and provide a sealable bag for storage of dirty nappies. If all this still sounds like a lot of extra work, perhaps a compromise would be helpful just consider; using only one cloth nappy per day will save 365 disposable nappies being thrown away. So from little oak trees etc. etc.

Just two more factors to consider:

  • In the next 10 years about 800 million people will be added to the global population.
  • As the population consumption and wealth increases so does the amount of waste we produce.
  • We have used more goods and services since 1950 than in the rest of human history.

Well I hope this gives you some food for thought and you may even decide to swap to cloth nappies.Information obtained from;

The Complete Cloth Nappy Guide.

Colchester Borough Council

Featuring: Frugi

‘It all started with two parents, a baby boy wearing cloth nappies, a lack of baby clothes that fitted him and the determination to remedy the situation by starting their own organic baby clothing….’

frugi

Originally branded ‘Cut4Cloth’, Frugi supplies a huge and scrummy range of Organic Cotton Clothing for babies and children, as well as breastfeeding wear. The 0-2 yrs range is designed specifically with cloth nappies in mind- to suit those fluffy and chunky cloth nappied bottoms we all know and love!

Especially useful for night-time use, when bottoms are extra ‘boosted’, the Babygrows are longer in the body, broader in the beam, and have a gusset which gives a ‘3D’ fit from front to back.

The Baby Bodies are again, longer in the body and wider on the hips, and the trousers and dungarees are cut higher in the rise so that they dont drag the nappies down- genius!

And of course, the Frugi range is Organic and free from any chemical nasties. What more can we possibly say, other than welovefrugi!

The Credit Crunch

Worried about the credit crunch, and the looming recession everyone is talking about? Now is the time to be a more frugal parent- parenting an infant does not need to be expensive- despite what advertisers would have you believe! Heres a few tips to help you save those pennies:

Breastfeed: Its free, readily available and better for baby too!

Use Cloth Nappies: Disposables will cost you an average of £922.74 over the course of 2.5 years- and a switch to reusables could save you as much as £676 (including laundry expenses) -plus even more if you re-use the nappies on future children. Dont throw your money away, re-use it instead!

Share Toys: Get together with friends and do regular ‘Toy Swapping’. Make up a box of toys to temporarily swap amongst friends, which will save you having to keep buying new ones to entertain the little one!

Share Clothes: Infants out-grow their clothes so quickly, it is hardly worth keep buying new ones! Share and swap clothes with friends and family, or even buy and sell online.

Buy only when you need: As tempting as it is to go splashing out during pregnancy on all the ‘must haves’- hold off, and wait and see if you really need it when the baby has arrived. I remember spending a fortune on a gorgeous crib- my daughter never slept in it once, as when she arrived I realised there was no way I could leave her to sleep alone, so we co-slept. Same with a pram- I decided to ‘babywear’ instead, so got myself a nice soft Mei-Tai carrier, and the pram was later sold. Just remember, mothers have coped for centuries without all this ‘stuff’ – all babies really need is love, comfort and security.