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How to Set Boundaries On Visitors (Without Sounding Ungrateful)

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When you have a baby, visitors can be a blessing or a curse. Here are some ideas on how to set boundaries around visitors during the time when your needs are just as high as your baby's. This is an area where your partner or support person is vital in enforcing your agreed rules - healing post-birth, feeding a baby and maintaining any kind of adult conversation is hard enough without having to get up the courage to tell your mother-in-law it's getting late and time to leave.

  1. Set up a time for…

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How to not have a baby shower (and feel even more loved)

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Isolation era means no face-to-face baby showers for now. Some mums will need to grieve that loss of rite of passage, and others will be thankful to skip the expected yet unwanted hoo-haa. From where I sit, this is another opportunity to rethink how we celebrate newborn motherhood and surround families with love.

The options of what to do instead of a shower with cupcakes and bunting are endless. One is to skip the whole thing and make a gift registry on some big store like Baby Bunting. This…

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Essential Autumn - Warming Mums from the Inside Out

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The mornings are crisp, the leaves on our maple are turning yellow and the pumpkin vines are dying off - it must be Autumn! In many non-western cultures, Autumn is considered a time of letting go of what we don’t need and turning inward so we can work on hibernation and consolidation over winter. At a time when westerners intuitively turn to nourishing soups and stews over crunchy salads, we are wise to recognise the ancient knowledge systems that encourage this transition. The ancient Indian Ay…

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Lunch - the forgotten hero of newborn motherhood.

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Meals in the newborn period can, like most things, be pretty topsy turvy. When the sun comes up, we remember to eat something that resembles breakfast. The sun sets, and we are cued to eat dinner. Poor old lunch is our often-forgotten friend, and despite his many great qualities, might get missed in the monotony of a day spent feeding, changing and comforting a newborn. Add "home alone" to the daily schedule, or his challenging colleague "home alone with newborn and his siblings under six" to th…

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