Category Archives: parenting

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency has become a hot topic. Last year there were disturbing revelations about the sharp increase in GPs reporting cases of rickets anecdotally in children across the UK, a condition once common in the past that affects bone development. The importance of vitamin D to our health is becoming more recognised, especially during […]

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Parenting on the Edge

Parenting on the Edge No, I am not referring to some new fangled extreme sport involving dangling upside down from a great height while clinging on to a terrified infant. No, that would be too messy for the child and for me. Besides, it’s too messy already. What I am gibbering on about is as […]

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Baby Massage

  The course teaches parents how to massage their babies. The techniques used are drawn from both Indian and Swedish massage traditions, as well as principles taken from yoga and reflexology. The IAIM qualified instructors deliver the most comprehensive courses available. The International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) is the largest and longest standing worldwide […]

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Weaning Workshop’s in Halifax

When to start introducing solid foods to your baby Introducing your baby to solid foods should start when your baby is around six months old. Research shows that babies need nothing but breastmilk, or infant formula, for the first six months of life, this gives them all the nutrition they need. More importantly it also […]

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About

Andrea Wallman is the creator of ‘The Best Start’ and is mum to Jake, aged 9 and Issac, aged 6. After previously working in education with hard to reach and vulnerable groups, Andrea’s experiences during her birth and new mothering journey lead her to consider a new path. After a relatively straight forward birth with […]

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Blog

What do Mother’s Do? …when it looks like nothing! While I was pregnant with my first child I worked full time in a job with a one hour commute each way, which made the day very long; plus I spent extra time during the evenings and weekends doing teaching preparation. I was really looking forward […]

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Making an Informed Decision

An informed decision is a voluntary, well considered decision that an individual (or a couple) make on the basis of different options, knowledge, information and understanding. Any sort of decision can be difficult, but making informed decisions during pregnancy, childbirth and parenting is complex and has many layers (Goldberg, 2009:35). Even when given the pros, cons and alternatives there are many other factors and barriers, which can influence how an individual, or couple, make a decision.
There is no right or wrong way and what works for one person may not work for another, as individuals have different beliefs, circumstances and experiences that they draw on when making a decision. (more…)

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Are you looking after yourself?

Parenting may be a rewarding, exciting time but although there are many highs, there can be lows too. It is a new journey and you are learning ‘on the job’. Sometimes your baby becomes so much the centre of your life that his/her needs come before anyone else’s, including your own and your relationships with other people. This isn’t always intentional, for me it was about doing a better job than my parents, I desperately wanted to be a great mum; and I also wanted to be able to perform at this new ‘job’ that replaced the career I had left behind and been pretty good at. (more…)

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