Birthday Cakes

One of the fun parts of parenting is celebrating each year with a cake.

From the $5 Woolies mud cake covered in smarties to extravagant fondant masterpieces you can be sure that it will be a highlight to your child.

If you love making cakes by all means – go all out, but if it’s not your thing – don’t stress there is no shame in ordering a cake from the local bakery or picking up a $5 sponge or mud cake from Woolies.

Play your strengths!

Watermelon cake

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Woolies Cake Hacks

Household Tips for New Parents

Reduce your housework for the first 6 weeks and beyond.

The less time you need to spend on cooking and cleaning in the first 6 weeks – the more time you have to stare into the eye of your tiny Human and sleep whenever you can.

Order your groceries online
Home delivered Fruit and Veggies.
The quality of the fruit and veg was excellent and much fresher than grocery store fruit and veg.

Sydney sydneyfresh.com.au
Illawarra

Cleaning
Book in a fortnightly cleaner to do the heavy cleaning (change the sheets / vacuum / mop and scrub the bathrooms) especially for the 6 weeks postpartum. If you can afford it would be nice to have from 34 weeks – 3 months at a minimum or until you feel like you don’t need it anymore.

A 2-3 hour clean once a fortnight is a small investment for a good return.

A cleaner will cost between $25-$40 per hour

https://www.absolutedomestics.com.au/

Dinners – this is a time to treat yourselves
Order a dinner service like ‘Dinner Ladies’ once a week (more if you can afford it)
-Some Dinner Ladies meals are designed to go in the freezer to save for a busy day.
https://www.dinnerladies.com.au/

-Have a dedicated Take Away night where your partner brings (a reasonably healthy) take away dinner home on their way from work.
Or you could Uber Eats

Milk and bread

If your partner is working ask them to try to bring home milk and bread on a daily basis – or if they are still at home with you ask one of your regular visitors like your Mum, Dad, sibling or best friend.

It’s a hungry time with lots of cups of tea and coffee.

Freezer Cook Ups
Make Sunday cook up day and cook big batches for the freezer (Spag bol)
Make it a fun family event – dress up in aprons – talk in French accents.

Freeze food in meal-sized portions and clearly label in the freezer

Reducing the amount of time you spend washing

Washing for a family of three can take up lots of time.

WASH LESS
Ask yourself if the item can be worn again – if it can be them fold it or hang it and put it back away.

It’s better for your clothes, they last longer and better for the environment.

Jeans, jumpers (worn over T-Shirts) and anything else that’s not directly on your skin can be worn more than once.

Underwear, gym clothes and socks are one wear only (of course).

When swimming with a family consider only taking one small towel

Use a picnic rug to sit on at the beach instead of getting a bunch of towels sandy

IRON LESS
Flick clothes when you hang them out

Hang clothes in categories when you put them on the line (whos clothes they are)

Pair socks when you hang them, out and them together when you take them off the line.

Fold them into the basket for who they are for

SORTING DIRTY LAUNDRY
Some believe in sorting – others not so much.

I personally believe that the extra time I spend sorting helps my clothes to stay nicer, longer so I think it’s worth the time.

Have a divided dirty clothes basket for colours / whites/ towels / blacks/ colours etc.

Instruct the people in your house (who are old enough) that you will only wash the clothes that are placed in the correct baskets

FOLDING AND SORTING CLEAN LAUNDRY
– Fold straight off the clothesline and only iron clothes that really need it.
– Leave ironing of clothes to the person who wears it (husbands iron own business shirts – Kids 12 and over maybe younger depending on your child iron clothes if they want the ironed.

-Roll clothes instead of folding them (Marie Kondo style).

 

Academic

Article
Howson, S. 2018. “I See No Other Option:” Maternal Practices
of Sleep-Training and Co-Sleeping as the Management of Vulnerability.
Studies in the Maternal
, 10(1): 1, pp. 1–24, DOI: https://doi.org/10.16995/
Published: 01 August 2018 

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Books Newborn – Toddler

Recommended reading

The Fourth Trimester Companion: How to Take Care of Your Body, Mind, and Family as You Welcome Your New Baby

Cynthia Gabriel

Simply put, a well-cared-for baby is a baby whose mother is taking good care of herself. While that might seem obvious, for years the overwhelming emphasis in the weeks and months after birth has been on the baby only. The growing evidence that maternal self-care is critically important for the baby’s well-being has led to the rise in popularity of the “”fourth trimester”” concept – among doctors and other helping professionals, in the media, and among new moms and dads. Cynthia Gabriel, a doula and the author of the best-selling book Natural Hospital Birth, delivers all the information, guidance, and encouragement new mothers need to take care of their bodies, minds, and spirits after childbirth so that their babies have the best possible chance to thrive Beyond mom’s own self-care, Gabriel covers the ways moms can rebuild and strengthen their relationships with their spouses or other partners, as well as with the baby’s siblings, grandparents, and other relatives – not only because these relationships are important to her own well-being but also because these are the other people who surround and care for the new baby.

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Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering

An authoritative guide to natural childbirth and postpartum parenting options from an MD who home-birthed her own four children.
Sarah Buckley might be called a third-wave natural birth advocate. A doctor and a mother, she approaches the question of how a woman and baby might have the most fulfilling birth experience with respect for the wisdom of both medical science and the human body. Using current medical and epidemiological research plus women’s experiences (including her own), she demonstrates that what she calls “undisturbed birth” is almost always healthier and safer than high-technology approaches to birth. Her wise counsel on issues like breastfeeding and sleeping during postpartum helps extend the gentle birth experience into a gentle parenting relationship.

About the Author
SARAH BUCKLEY, MD, is an internationally known authority on natural birthing and parenting choices. She has published numerous articles in Mothering magazine and Midwifery Today. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.

 

Happiest Toddler on the Block

In one of the most revolutionary advances in parenting of the past twenty-five years, Dr. Karp revealed that toddlers often act like uncivilized little cavemen, with a primitive way of thinking and communicating that is all their own. In this revised edition of his parenting classic, Dr. Karp has made his innovative approach easier to learn—and put into action—than ever before.Combining his trademark tools of Toddler-ese and the Fast-Food Rule with a highly effective new green light/yellow light/red light method for molding toddler behavior, Dr. Karp provides fast solutions for today’s busy and stressed parents. As you discover ways to boost your child’s good (green light) behavior, curb his annoying (yellow light) behavior, and immediately stop his unacceptable (red light) behavior you will learn how to soothe his stormy outbursts with amazing success—and better yet, prevent these outbursts before they begin! And the new thirty-item glossary of Dr. Karp’s parenting techniques will save you valuable time when you need to instantly calm an out-of-control child. The result: fewer tantrums, less yelling, and more happy, loving time for you and your child.
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