Next week is National Baby Massage Week, and to celebrate we have a guest post from Samantha, creator of Mumma Love Organics, a family run business “based on three simple steps: Comfort, Settle and Sleep.” Mumma Love Organics specialise in products that have been designed to soothe delicate baby skin, and are perfect for use in baby massage. Today Samantha shares her tips and tricks to make baby massage a part of your daily routine with baby.

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Ask anyone that has had a decent massage, how they feel afterwards and the words they tend to share are ‘amazing’ ‘relaxed’ and ’soothed’. The human body is made up of millions of nerve endings that respond positively to the power of touch, and babies are no different. Studies have shown that massage releases oxytocin hormones in the body that make us feel happy and safe, and so these sensations can work wonders for a baby that is feeling unsettled or irritable. Babies also tend to develop a heightened awareness during a massage, that helps to strengthen the bond between parent and child too.

If you’re interested in trying baby massage as part of your bedtime/ bathtime routine, here are my tips and tricks to get you started:

Have everything ready for your massage session

  • Dim the lights and play music softly to create a calming atmosphere.
  • Gather all your equipment together: nappy changing items, massage oil and a change of clothes.
  • Spread your Cuddledry baby change mat liner on your bed (or changing table, or wherever else you intend to massage your baby) so that baby has something soft to lie on.
  • Talk to your baby softly, making sure you explain what you are going to do. Just as you would an adult, you need to tell your baby you are going to be touching body parts and making sure that he/ she is prepared.

Once you have everything set up, you are ready to begin! The best time to do baby massage is right after bath time, as baby will be relaxed and skin will be softer too. Start by:

  • Gently stroking the legs. This body part is often best to start with as babies are used to legs being touched during nappy changes. Tell you baby you are going to massage his/ her legs and do so with soft, slow strokes. Use a massage oil that you have warmed in your hands first.
  • Move on to the arms, tummy and chest area, making sure each time that you explain what you are going to do next.
  • Keep an eye on baby for any reaction to the massage. Stop immediately if baby appears distressed or irritable.
  • Talk gently to your baby and even sing if it helps to relax.

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Baby massage has so many benefits! Not only is it a wonderful way to wind down after a busy day, but it provides the ideal opportunity for you and baby to connect, and to form a lasting parent-child bond. As part of your regular bathtime routine,  baby massage can help to:

  • increase blood flow and improve oxygen levels to the brain.
  • promote deeper, calmer sleep – great news for parents with a fussy baby!
  • encourage babies to form a sense of trust.
  • improve symptoms of postnatal depression- experience of the child’s non verbal cues has been shown to be particularly helpful to mothers, who tend to benefit from greater levels of eye contact and to gain confidence from the physical and emotional interaction.
  • improve minor skin complaints such as eczema.
  • improve weight gain- studies have shown that low birth weight and premature babies show an encouraging increase in weight from the physical contact.

At the end of your baby massage session, don’t forget to thank your baby- wrap him/ her in their favourite Cuddledry apron towel and enjoy a warm hug to finish the session. For more information on baby massage techniques, you can also speak to your health visitor for details on special courses that you can attend together. You can also access instructional videos on the Mumma Love Organics site here and purchase Mumma Love Organics baby massage oil here. Good luck- and enjoy!

It’s something that comes to all parents at one time or another- potty training. It can be a source of frustration, despair and endless worry. OR it can be easy as pie- a breeze. It depends on how ready your child is and how relaxed you can afford to be. While there is no ‘one rule fits all’ and, indeed, no ideal age to potty train, there are signs that you can look out for to see whether or not your little one is ready, and lots that you can do to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. Take a look at our potty training checklist- we hope it helps!

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Is your child ready?

You might be ready to ditch the nappies and move on to big pants, but that does not necessarily mean that your child is ready. If you try to potty train before your little one is ready, you may find the whole process is a lot longer and far more stressful than is necessary-  there are certain physical and emotional developments that need to happen for your child to be able to make the step from potty to pants. There are signs to look out for that can help you to decide:

  • does your child tell you when her nappy is wet or soiled?
  • does your child take off their nappy by themselves?
  • does your child show an interest in the potty/ toilet when other family members use the bathroom?
  • is your child’s nappy dry in the morning?
  • does your child tell you that she needs the toilet/ potty?

How to get started

As with any aspect of parenting, there is no right or wrong way- whatever works for you and your family is best. Many experts do agree, however, that when you potty train it is best to take away the nappies and introduce proper underwear from day one. Once your child is in knickers rather than nappies, it is easier for her to realise when she is wet (if she has an accident) and easier for her to make the association between wearing knickers and going to the toilet. Swapping from nappies to knickers throughout the day can be confusing, and staying in nappies whilst you train even more so- your child is used to ‘going’ in her nappy so won’t necessarily see the need to use the toilet. To help your child transition from nappies you can:

  • let them help to choose new underwear
  • help them to decide where to keep their potty and make sure that they are able to get it by themselves
  • praise,praise, praise. Tell your little one how grown up she is by using the toilet/ potty. Many experts advise against rewarding for using the potty, but you can always let your child know that you are pleased at their efforts!

To stay in or not to stay in?

This is another debatable point where potty training is concerned. Some parents set aside a week in their diary and stay around the house as much as possible so that they are close to the toilet and so that accidents are kept to a minimum. Some parents prefer to leave the house armed with all the essentials they need- spare clothes, wipes, potties/ toilet seats etc. It is up to you and what works for you.

Potty or toilet?

Again, this depends on you and your child. Some parents find that potties are more handy as they are portable and less daunting to smaller children at first. Some parents buy special seats that fit on top of normal toilet seats so that their child can use the toilet like the rest of the family. If you do go for potty, bare in mind that eventually your child will need to learn to use the toilet too.

It may be Spring, but that doesn’t always mean warm sunshine and dry land when you live in the UK! But why let that stop you? Recent studies have proven that children need at least 15 minutes of outdoor play every single day, and let’s face it- they don’t tend to mind a spot of rain, do they? So if you’re looking for excuses, look elsewhere. These tips for outdoor play have been designed to inspire you to get those wellies on and get out and play!

Tips for outdoor play~ Cuddledry.com

Why outdoor play is so important

Being outdoors has so many benefits for children (and adults too!) and these are just a few of them:

  • Vitamin D. Being outside boosts the intake of the vitamin we need to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. For growing children getting enough is essential!
  • Gross motor skills. Children need to learn how to run, jump, climb, kick balls and pedal pedals. Being outdoors promotes gross motor skills and gives children wide open spaces to exert themselves.
  • Fitness. Give a child an open space and that child will run! Being outdoors promotes a healthier lifestyle for our children and boosts fitness levels too.
  • Knowledge of the world around us. Being outdoors is a wonderful learning experience for children, and an opportunity for them to use their senses to explore. Just being in green spaces boosts a child’s knowledge, but also being able to investigate new surroundings has huge impacts on learning too.

So now that you know how important being outdoors is, here are some tips to getting out there and playing!

  • Make sure you have appropriate clothing. The UK is not known for it’s warm weather all year round, and we do tend to get a lot of rain too. So make sure you have thick waterproofs and welly boots to hand at all times. As they say- there is no such thing as poor weather, just poor clothing!
  • Make outdoor play a natural part of playtime. Don’t make a big deal out of going out to play- it doesn’t need to be planned, or something to ‘get over and done with’. As soon as you view being outdoors as part of everyday life, the easier it will become.
  • Indulge in your child’s interests. If they love creepy crawlies, go on a bug hunt. If climbing is their thing, find a good, solid tree and see how they go. Take a picnic to the park, and bring teddies to make it extra special.
  • Take the paints outside. Outdoor art is a wonderful way to get kids creative and you won’t even notice you’re outsideTips for outdoor play- take the paints outside~ Cuddledry.comonce you get going! Another plus is that the house stays clean too…
  • Clean the car. A simple, yet wonderful sensory experience for children. And you get a clean car in the process. Result!
  • Go for a walk. Take bikes, prams, scooters or just little legs. Where you go doesn’t really matter- take a letter to pop in the post box? Buy a comic from the newsagent?- but once you’re walking and breathing fresh air the world is your oyster!
  • Take an empty bag with you. Sounds strange, but you’ll notice that children like to collect things when they’re out and about. Let them find brightly coloured leaves, oddly shaped stones and smooth, round rocks. Let them collect their treasures!
  • Run. Yes, you too. Get outside, get the endorphins flowing. Take a ball, or a skipping rope, or just run. Get the heart pumping and enjoy being outdoors!

The best thing about being outdoors in cold or rainy weather can sometimes be coming back inside again. Make sure you have some warm milk or hot chocolate to hand, and wrap cold children in a snuggly Cuddledry to warm up… until the next outdoor adventure!

Bath time doesn’t always have to be at the end of the day. Of course, a bath is an integral part of most bedtime routines for many families, but sometimes it can be fun to make a splash at other times too! Water play is a wonderful sensory experience for babies and toddlers and if the weather is not permitting, why not bring it inside? The bathroom is the ideal place and so we’ve put together some tips and ideas for making bath time fun!

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  • Create a colour themed bath. This can be as simple or as extravagant as you like. Colours are a great way to add a fun element to bath time, and all you need is to collect toys of the same colour, add a few drops of food colouring to the bath and you’re set!
  • Make the water glow! Submersible lights are a wonderful way to transform any bath tub. You can buy various types quite cheaply and the colour changing versions make for a rather magical experience. If you can, close the blinds and turn out the lights too so that your little one can enjoy the experience to its full potential.
  • Cook up a storm! Kitchen utensils such as wooden spoons, colanders and whisks don’t need to be restricted to the kitchen. Encourage imaginative play and introduce them to bath time instead. Perhaps your little one will create a bubbly feast for a king?  Or a magical potion for fairies? The possibilities are endless.
  • Give dolly a bath. Children love to role play and bath time is a great opportunity for you to encourage self care. If you have a baby doll that can go in the bath, bring her in and let your little one take turns to wash her hair and body.
  • Let them paint! If paintbrushes and all the paraphernelia that goes with it sends shivers down your spine, why not bring it into the bath instead? You can buy specific bath crayons and paints, or you can bring small pots of washable paint into the bathroom instead- it depends how brave you are! The best thing about this activity is that your little one gets to express himself, and you get to hose him down afterwards!
  • Play sink or float. Let your little one help you to find waterproof objects and take turns to guess which ones will sink and which will float.
  • Make paper boats- and sail them. Simple fun!
  • Add some ice! Add a few drops of food colouring to the water before you freeze it, then pop them into the bath for theMake bath time fun~ cuddledry.comlittle ones to chase! Once melted, the water will change colour- and you can have a chat about why the ice melted too.

All of the above can be done during the usual bath time if you prefer, but if you know that your little one needs extra wind downtime after activities like this, then you might want to choose a different time instead. As always, make sure you supervise little ones at all times, and don’t forget to wrap them up warm in their Cuddledry towels afterwards!

What are your little one’s favourite bath time activities?

OK, it’s time to ‘fess up.

Have you ever dressed up your baby as a bunny? Ever squeezed them into an adorable monkey suit or drawn whiskers on them with a Sharpie while they slept?*

As parents, we seem to have a growing obsession with dressing up our kids as animals. Chubby babies and toddlers are adorable enough at the best of times but add in costumes, face paints and funny ears and it’s all just too darn cute.

Retailers have seized upon this fetish of course and it’s possible to get just about any animal theme that takes your fancy. For less than $40 you can even dress your baby as a lobster, courtesy of Annie’s Costumes.

Feeling the chill this winter? Never fear – animal hats are here! You can keep your toddler’s head toasty and make them look like a bear, all at the same time.

We are not in a position to judge of course – we are all about the animals with our toddler towels. Our Cuddlemoos come complete with tiny cow horns and our Snuggle Monkey even has a tail. It doesn’t get much cuter than a toddler with a tail.

But what is it about tiny people dressed as animals that sends our hearts and tummies all a flutter? We wouldn’t actually want a live monkey wreaking havoc in the bathroom, drinking the organic body wash and drawing on the tiles with toothpaste, so why is it so cute to play dress-up with our little ones?

On the flip side of course, there are lots of people who like dressing up their animals as people. There is nothing quite as adorable as a guinea pig in a hat.

*That one might just be me.

By Jo Middleton aka Slummy single mummy

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I’m not very good at shopping. I’d go so far as to say I’m utterly hopeless. In fact, I’m a man shopper …….– ok, maybe not that bad. On the rare (VERY rare) occasions that I actually do remember birthdays, it’s usually on the day of, and too late to organise something to be sent – whether it’s going down the road or to Australia (thank god for Moonpig). Christmas therefore, is on a whole other plane for me – my norm is to not even think about it, then one day one of those glossy has-everything-you-can-dream-of-for-Christmas gift magazines arrives through the mail, and this time it doesn’t go directly into the recycling – this time I tick a load of boxes and have the entire lot shipped in one or two (let’s be honest – four or five) boxes. The gifts arrive and can then be divvied up, albeit it in a completely different way to the original gift plan as I have no idea by then which thing I ordered for which person as I placed the order eons ago (two days), usually resulting in several “spares” which no doubt were VERY important at the time of purchase, but now, homeless – they go into “the spare present box” under the bed in the guest room. And please, I beg you all – please don’t buy any Christmas presents for me – there will be lots of opportunity to buy me something I actually want as I do need stuff throughout the year – no need to buy me piles of unnecessary (and therefore unwanted) kit just because someone said I have to have my year’s allocation of stuff on one single day…. Hhmmm – too Ba Humbug? Well it is only October!
I actually LOVE giving people presents – and I especially love giving people things I know they are going to go mad for. That’s something else I’m hopeless at. If I see something amazing that I know someone will absolutely love, I have to buy it for them there and then, but then I can’t wait to give it to them. My only hope is to buy it and hide it in the spare room and hope I forget about it (potentially for years – I’ve done that too) – because if I remember it, I will give it to that person the very next moment I see them – I can’t contain myself. Maybe that’s why I feel so pressured at Christmas – I’ve already given them the really good stuff and am left with buying last minute tat for the sake of having something to open on Christmas day. So, I thought I’d find a load of fabulous stuff NOW that is great Christmas, make a list, and buy it all nearer the time. Everything on my list is going to be different, unique, and beautiful, and it has to be something that will last – because I’d never knowingly contribute to the nations’ horrific disposable culture. Something they’ll keep and think “Polly bought that for me” in a fond reminiscent way, as opposed to the way we think about the various “useful gadgets” given to us by our mother in law currently filling various landfills around the globe (that’s the gadgets, not the mothers in law…).
So I’m going to write some items that have made my list so far….
The Best Christmas Present in the World by Michael Morpurgo (plus all his other childrens stories) – these stories are SO lovely and the illustrations are just gorgeous – really beautiful books for precious people.
Funky Veg Kit by Plant Theatre – hilarious – let your child grow their own purple carrots and red brussel sprouts – what’s not to love?!!!
“I’m As Big As” Height Chart by Luckies of London A brilliant idea – imagine how excited your child will be when they are as big as Napoleon!
BIRD NEST BOX with WEB CAMERA from Birdboxview – an essential experience for the whole family – watch the magical moments when baby birds are born (ok hatch – but bbb sounds better – see ) – every child will be filled with wonder. A lovely present making memories to last a lifetime.
Kids Swimming Bag – Pink Shark – a big bag of fun for your kids – they’ll be envy of the swimming pool changing room.by JIP @ WOWOOO

Cuddledry dress up toddler towels – choose from a cow, giraffe, dragon, monkey, rabbit or reindeer!!! These scrumptious towels are fun to dress up in, as well as being the softest, warmest and most practical towels available. They’ll need one each though as they all want one after bath or swim time. Happy children and happy parents too.
Mommy And Baby Ragdolls
by Lola Smith Designs. As a mother of three girls, I know how some little girls love their dollies. Ragdolls don’t tend to look like they’ve been in a tragic road accident with limbs falling off and eyes rolling around in sockets after a few weeks. Plus they get to keep their clothes on – bonus! This one caught my eye because it comes with a little girl of it’s own – for perfect role play.
Tumbled Gemstones in a pouch
by Junior Geo. I know all three of my girls will be fighting over these “precious jewels”!!! So I plumped for the biggest bag ! Ideal for pirates swag bag too I thought!
Blinkies- 3 Character Multipack by Konfidence. Everyone loves these – the best bath toy ever! Also DiveStiks by Konfidence – take these on holiday and you will be assured of hours of peaceful relaxation by the pool as your little ones spend HOURS fetching and throwing these clever dive sticks.
Wheelybugs from Hippychick. A classic must have. Wooden floors preferable ! Also Moover dolls pram from Hippchick – absolutely gorgeous little pram for little girls who love their dollies.

So how many of you have now gone stark raving bonkers as a swarm of children (most of whom you have no idea who owns them) charge all around your house leaving toys, clothing (mostly all their clothing) including underwear, bits of lego and other tiny items that hurt like hell when you stand on them, and essential pieces from expensive games that will never be the same again, torturing the pets and eating everything in sight. As you tune out to the sound of thundering feet and shaking ceilings and cries of “I’m starving!!” and he said this, or she said that when they turn up in tears (and possibly blood) with hideous cuts and bruises you have to explain to parents later. You want to scream AARRRGGGGHHHH and make them all go away, but instead you take another deep breath and say calmly (between gritted teeth) “don’t worry – we’ll put a plaster on it – and besides, you’ve still got your other arm….”
Or is it just me?
My children go to the local primary school so they have just over 5 weeks off – but some kids have up to 8 weeks off – “remember that and be grateful” I keep telling myself! So what do you DO with your children all day without resorting to the big black flatscreened childminder in the living room? (come on – we ALL do that!!).
Yesterday they were farmed out to a local school to do “sports” all day. They were shattered when I picked them up at 3pm and harldy said a word – brilliant. I even convinced the chap in charge that my 3 year old was 4 – “I am fooo-er” she told him deadly seriously with a look that said “if you challenge me on this matter I will scream all day louder than a speaker at Glastonbury, at a pitch that will make your ears bleed – and they will have to take you away in an ambulance”. Today they are at a “fun day” so they are sticking, glueing, painting, cutting, colouring, playing games, dancing and whatever else little girls like to do – fingers crossed for more exhaustion later. My bank manager loses sleep over the cost of these things…. Or should that be me? And tomorrow I’m literally farming them out – ie, to a friends farm. She also has 3 children so soon her 300 year old walls will be shaking to their foundations …. Of course, she can send them outside to play… they are currently combining – what could possibly go wrong?!

Nurseries are incredibly exciting rooms for expectant and new mothers, they’re the perfect opportunity to utilise maternity leave to get creative and design the most cute, unique and special room for your new bundle of joy. Personalised nurseries and bedrooms, crafted by your very own hands are even more special because they’re made with love and compassion rather than just copying a magazine trend. If you’re itching to create the most gorgeous environment to hear your baby’s first words then here are a few ideas on how to personalise the nursery for the most special person in the world.

Your nursery should ultimately be full of character and charm. It is the perfect blank canvas to display individuality and even record your baby’s development through creative interior design. Even if you’ve decided to keep the sex of your baby a surprise, you can still get creative with a needle and thread to welcome them home to a cosy and incredibly special nursery built just for them.

Creating Unique Art Work
Canvases of the handprints of your new baby would make a cute, personal and fun piece of artwork. Don’t be afraid to use bold vibrant colours, you want the nursery to be as fun as possible. If you have any more children, you could have a handprint canvas done for them too as well as mummy handprints and big daddy ones too!

You could also create a feature wall of ‘family stuff’. Display height charts so that you can look back in five years’ time and see how much your baby has grown! Yearly family portraits are also a fantastic idea for your family wall as you can see how everyone grows up. As the years pass by you can add things to your wall such as a photograph of your child’s first day at school. It may seem a while off right now but they grow up so fast!

Personalising Plain Furniture
Another idea that can instantly transform an otherwise generic room is to paint furniture such as book shelves, drawers or toy cupboards with stencils of your child’s name or simple illustrations that mean something to you. This can be a favourite book character, the birthdate of your baby or even something totally unique that only you and your family will understand.
The same idea can be used when designing cushions or pillows by sewing the same intricate details onto the surface of the fabric. A blanket with your baby’s birthdate sewn in is a gorgeous and thoughtful addition to a cot but can also be a sentimental keepsake for them to grow up with.

Displaying Gifts
Make use of the gifts you receive from your baby shower rather than thinking of them as clutter that has to be stored away, display the gifts you receive! Soft toys are great for welcoming your baby home and helping them to settle in, they won’t want to come to a cold room lacking in personality! Display your balloons in there, cover the room with soft toys and allow yourselves to celebrate and not worry about mess; you’ve definitely deserved it!

Making it Cosy
Rugs are ideal for baby’s bedrooms and nurseries as they make the floor a lot more comfortable for them; something which they’ll appreciate during the crawling phase! If you’re not feeling ambitious enough to create this yourself then many rugs specialists offer custom design services so you can still create a unique pattern and design without doing any of the handiwork!

Mobiles are a must-have for over your baby’s cot, but don’t buy one from a shop when you can create a gorgeous one yourself. If you spend time crafting animal shapes and adding personal charms such as gifts and special jewellery you can create an entirely unique mobile that has sentimental value as well as the ability to get your baby safely to sleep!

If you can get handy with a knitting needle, you can really personalise your baby’s nursery and make them some fantastic accessories which they can cherish forever and even hand down for generations to come. It’s lovely to be able to give your children accessories and have a nursery that’s completely unique to them; after all they’re so special they deserve it!

This article was written by Steph, who usually blogs over at bathroom website Bathshop321 but decided to write this post to curb her broodiness!

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Apart from a nice warm bath and a cuddle in a Cuddledry towel, getting your little ones to clean their teeth is an important part of the bedtime routine. It isn’t always easy though, which is why we’ve asked Aquafresh to help us out with some top tips. They came up with 20! Blimey. Now, you’ve got no excuse.

For more information, or to sign up to The Aquafresh Club for a free sample of Aquafresh Fresh & Minty, you can visit http://www.aquafreshclub.co.uk

Top 20 tips on how to make brush time less stressful:

1. Get a 2 minute egg timer – you can get these at the dentist – so your kids know how long to brush for!

2. Let kids pick their own toothbrush – they will get really excited when it comes to brushing their teeth with the toothbrush they have picked!

3. Get your kids a (robust) mirror – they can make silly faces in it and watch themselves brushing

4. Play their favourite song while they brush to the beat – as most songs last two – three minutes it’s the perfect length

5. Brush your teeth at the same time – kids love to copy mum and dad!

6. Get an older family member to surprise your kids with their false teeth and a story about how theirs fell out – always a good incentive to get kids brushing!

7. If you have more than one child, turn brush time into a competition – the one who brushes the best gets to pick the bedtime story! Don’t forget to alternate the ‘winner’ though!

8. Tell your kids that the Tooth Fairy pays out less for decayed teeth – this will get them brushing better!

9. If you have an older child, get them to teach their younger sibling how to brush – this makes it fun and also reinforces good brushing tips for the elder one.

10. Let your child brush their favourite toy’s teeth – they will soon pick up how to do their own!

11. Sing “Brush, brush, brush your teeth, gently to and fro, up, down, side to side, teeth so clean they glow” to the tune of “Row row row your boat” – it’s a great brushing rhythm!

12. Give your kids a gentle scare by showing them pictures of people with bad teeth – or even your own – so that they know why they need to brush!

13. Make three animal faces for brushing: tiger teeth (together), hippo mouth (mouth open) and snake tongue (to brush tongue). It makes it more fun and gets their teeth in the right position.

14. With older kids, establish the link between bad brushing and bad breath – they will soon cotton on to this!

15. Get your kids to brush with disclosing tablets once a week – they will love the surprising effect and it can become a challenge to see who can get their teeth white the quickest!

16. Play ‘dentist’ with your kids – put them in a chair, inspect their teeth while they brush and provide a running commentary while they are doing so!

17. Reward charts with stickers work very well – once they have reached a certain number they can get a treat which is a great incentive!

18. Let your child ‘brush’ your teeth too – they are more likely to let you brush theirs if you can take it in turns!

19. Give your kids 1p in a piggy bank every time they brush properly – 2p per day adds up to £7.30 a year!

20. Let your kids be independent! You will need to brush their teeth at the end but letting them do it first makes them feel very grown up and it’s good practice!

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Launched at the Baby Show in Birmingham, Laboraide is a new and highly innovative product developed to help reduce both the pain and duration of labour.

Midwives teach that during childbirth the relaxation of the mouth and jaw is directly linked with the ability of the cervix and vagina to open. Laboraide acts like a gentle cushion between your teeth enabling the jaw to rest in a relaxed position, also keeping the airways open allowing you to breathe easily and get plenty of oxygen to the muscles you need for giving birth.

Using Laboraide during the second stage of labour is a natural way to help reduce the pain and you can still use additional pain relief methods such as gas and air, a TENS machine, a birthing pool or have an epidural.

It is not uncommon for women to damage their teeth during labour (usually on their gas and air nozzle) as the desire to bite down on something can be so strong. Biting down on Laboraide can help eliminate this damage.

Laboraide has been designed keeping in mind you and your needs during birth. Made from a soft, durable cushioned material you will hardly know you are wearing it. Lightweight and discreet and available in a range of gentle pastel colours, it is the perfect device to help reduce the pain and time of labour.

How does it Work?

Trials have shown that using a dental support device such as Laboraide can reduce the length of the second stage of labour by as much as 40%

Since the early 1980s, clinical studies have been carried out exploring the relationship between the use of DSDs (Dental Support Devices) and muscular strength/power. Many studies have shown dramatic improvements in an athlete’s performance – so much so that DSDs are now widely used during training and competition.

In 2009 a very significant study was carried out at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Maryland USA, which demonstrated some major findings:

• Average duration of the second stage of labour for women wearing a dental support device (DSD) was 40% shorter than in the non DSD group.

• Using a DSD may decrease the number of failures to descend (baby entering birth canal after woman is fully dilated) requiring operative intervention.

More information about the science behind Laboraide can be found at www.laboraide.com

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