Birth Reflections in Basingstoke

The Birth Reflection service is offered to all women who have delivered at the North Hampshire Hospital.

The service gives mothers an opportunity to discuss with a midwife, any aspect of their antenatal, labour or postnatal experience. On telephoning the number below, the mother will be offered an appointment either in her own home, or at the hospital and the midwife will hope you resolve any problems within an hour-long first meeting.

Further details or an appointment please telephone 01256 313327 and leave your name and number and your call will be returned within 48 hours. You can also email: Birth.Reflections@hhft.nhs.uk

http://www.hampshirehospitals.nhs.uk/our-services/a-z-departments-and-specialities/m/maternity-services/birth-reflections.aspx

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Treasure Baskets

A baby’s brain is growing fast, developing in response to her surroundings through the senses of touch, smell, taste, hearing, sight and movement. Babies are naturally curious about the world and the more experiences they are offered, where they can choose, the more those experiences will feed their curiosity.

The treasure basket is a collection of everyday objects chosen to stimulate the different senses. It is one way of giving babies a wide range of experiences that help the brain to make connections and develop – and helps to keep them happy! Babies learn from the treasure basket by looking, touching, sucking, licking, banging, picking up and dropping. It gives babies the chance to explore and decide for themselves what they wato to play with. Babies’ curiosity about the contents of teh treasure basket means that they will often concentrate for longer and longer periods of time.

We often forget that, until a baby can move independently, her choices are limited to what the people around her will give her to play with. Through repeated handling of a variety of objects, babies learn many abstract concepts to do with the physical qualities of objects, such as coldness, smoothness, heaviness and prickliness.

Making the treasure basket

  • A treasure basket should not tip over too easily
  • Fill the basket with objects, so that your baby has plenty to choose from
  • Babies often want to put everything into their mouths. Make sure that everything you choose for the basket is safe
  • Everyday items from around the home are best. The purpose is to offer interest through smell, taste, sound, touch and sight (e.g. from colour, form, length, shininess)

A basket could contain

  • Natural objects – fir cones, big shells, large walnuts, pumice stone, fruit: apple, lemon
  • Objects made from natural material – woollen ball, little baskets, brushes (test bristles are firmly attached)
  • Wood – rattles, spoons, egg cups, bowls, pegs, napkin rings
  • Metal – spoons, tin lids, tea strainer, garlic squeezer, bunch of keys
  • Odds and ends – little notebooks, small purses, small cardboard boxes, inside of kitchen roles

Using the treasure basket

  • Sit nearby and watch to give your baby confidence. There is no need to talk or intervene unless your baby clearly needs attention.
    Make sure that your baby is seated comfortably and safely, with cushions for support if necessary
  • Check the contents of the basket regularly, cleaning objects and removing any damaged items
  • It helps to change some of the items in the treasure basket from time to time
  • Try not to take charge and hand baby objects as this can sometimes be overwhelming for the baby

If you have an older child try providing a distraction for them to play with so your baby can explore at their own pace.

Taken from: http://www.peeple.org.uk/node/152

Luxury Afternoon Tea in and around Basingstoke

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For those days when you really need spoiling!

Audley’s Wood Hotel

Alton Road, Basingstoke, Alton, Hampshire RG25 2JT

At Audleys Wood Hotel we delight guests with our traditional afternoon tea in Hampshire. What better place to enjoy this fine tradition than in the grand drawing room of this historic country house. Gaze out the ceiling high windows whilst savouring each of our carefully prepared cakes, dainty sandwiches and the finest leaf tea, served to perfection.

  • Full Afternoon Tea costs £15.50 per person and Cream Tea costs £8.50 per person.
  • Upgrade to a Royal Afternoon Tea and enjoy a glass of Champagne for £24.50 per person.

Tel: 01256 817555

The Four Seasons Hotel

Dogmersfield Park, Chalky Lane, Dogmersfield, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 8TD

Located in the Manor House, The Library has been restored to its former glory as an elegant, beautifully appointed residents’ lounge. Decorated in warm earth tones, The Library boasts an abundance of lush armchairs, supple sofas and coffee tables for relaxation and luxury.

  • Traditional afternoon tea, The Library’s speciality, is served daily from 3-5pm.

Tel: 01252 853000

Tylney Hall

 Rotherwick, Hook, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom, RG27 9AZ

Cream tea £15.00 per person –  Scones, preserves and tea (available Monday to Friday)

  • Full tea £22.00 per person – Sandwiches, cakes and scone (available Monday to Sunday)
  • Champagne tea£30.00 per person – Sandwiches, cakes, scones and a glass of Canard Duchene (available Monday to Sunday)

Afternoon tea is served from 3.30pm until 5pm from Monday to Saturday and from 4.00pm – 5.00pm on Sundays.

Tel: 01256 764881

Oakley Hall

Rectory Road, Oakley, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG23 7EL

Afternoon Tea served between 2pm and 5pm, seven days a week, either on the Garden Terrace or in the Library.

  • Afternoon tea is priced at £17.95 per adult and £8.95 for children.
  • Full Afternoon Tea with a glass of Reynier Champagne £26.95 per person.

To Book please contact reception on +44(0)1256 783350 or reception@oakleyhall-park.com

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The Perfect Capsule wardrobe

2 x basic tailored trousers in black, grey or brown

1 x pencil skirt in black (dress this up or down)

1 x pair of good fitting jeans

1 x jacket (short style)

1 x winter coat in black, camel, navy, charcoal or red

1 x rain mac in standard beige, camel or statement colour

1 x pair of leather gloves

1 x hat in statement colour of the season

1 x scarf in statement colour of the season

1 x pair of boots black

1 x pair of heels in black

1 x pair of flat shoes in black or brown

1 x pattern shirt/top according to latest trend

1 x cardigan long style in statement colour or black

1 x shirt top long sleeve in black

1 x shirt top long sleeve in white

1 x pattern dress in statement seasonal colour

1 x plain shift style dress in black

1 x pair of leggings

2 x jumpers in seasonal colours (polo, scoop, crew, cowl or round neck)

1 x woollen shawl in seasonal colour or black ( a great alternative to a coat and this look can be very stylish and sophisticated)

2 x tops in seasonal styles and colours

1 x basic white tailored blouse

1 x skinny belt in black

1 x wider belt in statement colour

1 x hand bag (larger style for day wear) in black

1 x clutch bag for evening in black, silver, pewter bronze or gold

Optional extras

Neck scarves in a variety of colours (these help you to co-ordinate your outfit and complete your look)

Statement trend jewellery (don’t be scared to be bold)

Opaque tights (come in a variety of colours these days and look fabulous with heels or boots)

General Travel Tips

1. Pack a Ziploc bag for any and all purposes.
2. Bring a nightlight so you don’t stub your toe in dark, unfamiliar hotel rooms.
3. Pack old clothes so you can throw them away on vacation and fill the newly empty space in your suitcase with souvenirs. (although this is not particularly environmentally friendly)
4. Keep a scanned electronic copy of your passport and other important documents on an e-reader, laptop, or smartphone. (I use Dropbox and find this to be a very good tool for this).
5. Print and bring along a chart to remind you of foreign exchange rate.
6. Split your family’s clothing evenly between multiple suitcases—if one bag gets lost, someone isn’t left completely without clothes.
7. Bring an empty water bottle through airport security and refill at a water fountain.
8. A steamy shower works just as well as ironing.
9. Don’t forget to bring along a roll of quarters for tolls and parking meters (if going to the US and driving).
10. Always take a picture of your rental car before you leave the car park to record any pre-existing damage (If you are hiring a car).

Traveling with your baby – Part 2

Changing

If your bag doesn’t have a compact changing mat, buy a travel version or disposable ones. . If you’re going to Europe, nappy sizes are the same as in the UK, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding suitable ones.

Bathtime

There’s no need to take all your equipment away with you – a favourite toy and a fold-away or inflatable baby bath will do the job. It’s wise to pack baby-friendly toiletries as you may not be able to find the ones you normally use. If a bath is part of your bedtime routine, try to stick to it – but don’t worry if things change while you’re away, just enjoy it. Your little one will soon slot back into her normal routine once you’re home.

Bedtime

A travel cost is a must for overnight stays. All models fold down for storage and come with a carry case and handle. Many hotels and holiday cottages provide cots, so check before you go. Baby sleeping bags save on bedding and are ideal for travel. They’re available in a range of weights, so buy a light one if your going somewhere warm. And think about packing a portable safety gate if you’re staying in a holiday house or cottage.

Useful tips for trouble-free travel

  • Pack twice the amount of clothes you think your baby will need – to cope with any leaks or travel sickness.
  • If you’re going on a long motorway journey, try to plan to travel at your baby’s nap time and allow for feeding stops.
  • Allow longer for your journey and build unscheduled stops into your itinerary. Make sure you’ve got time to cope with any additional feeds and nappy changes.
  • If your baby has a comforter or uses a soother, take it with you and pack a spare one in case you lose it en route!
  • You don’t need to take all the toys you use to entertain your baby at home. When you’re on holiday, she’ll be stimulated by the change of scene, pace and family all being together.

Traveling with your baby – Part 1

Travel Medicine Cabinet

When you travel with your little one it’s best to travel with a few medical essentials, especially if you’re heading overseas. Don’t leave home without:
  • Your baby’s red book – essential if you have to call a doctor or take your baby to hospital
  • Liquid paracetamol such as calpol. Calpol do sachets which you can buy from Boots.
  • Teething gel, such as calgel
  • Thermometer
  • antiseptic wipes – ideal for cuts and for quickly sanitising a changing mat
  • Antiseptic barrier cream such as sudocrem – soothes everything from nappy rash, insect bites to eczema and heat rash. Bounty’s free family packs have trial pots which are perfect for traveling with

Bottlefeeding

If you’re going abroad, take enough formula for the duration of your trip (you can’t guarantee you’ll be able to buy the one you use). For the journey, take ready-mixed cartons of formula. If you’re flying, check the restrictions on carrying baby forumla/liquids in the Air Travel Section of www.direct.gov.uk. If you don’t have a travel steriliser, you can get microwave of cold water ones.

  • Mothercare microwave and cold water steriliser – £4.99
  • Mothercare travel bottle and food warmer – £9.99
  • Tommee Tippee single bottle microwave and cold water steriliser £9.99

Travel

From around three to six months your baby can recline in a lightweight stroller that folds down more compactly than a traditional pushchair.  A large basket is handy for travel, too. For short hops and city breaks, you may find a baby carrier or sling useful, leaving your hands-free.

You’ll need for traveling – Babies 0-6 months

  • A travel cot
  • Sleeping bag or sheets and blankets
  • baby monitor may be useful
  • pushchair, parasol and raincover
  • baby carrier/sling
  • sun blinds
  • travel changing mat – pampers do disposable changing mat’s – not very ethically minded but very helpful!
  • plenty of clothes
  • travel toys
  • enough nappies and wipes for a few days
  • breast pump, if expressing
  • travel steriliser, bottles, formula and insulated bottle bag (if bottlefeeding)
  • medical essentials (see above)
  • travel wash
 

Group offers aid for vulnerable mums in Basingstoke

VULNERABLE mums in Basingstoke are being offered support through a group set up especially for them by charity Home-Start.

Women with a variety of problems, including post-natal depression, stress, illness and isolation, are taking advantage of the group, who meet every Wednesday between 10am and midday at All Saints Church Hall.

Organiser Sue Bailey, family group lead worker at Home-Start North West Hampshire, said:

“We help mums of all ages with a variety of issues. The groups offer people somewhere to socialise and often gives mums the push to get out there and meet new people.

We currently have eight |regular members who we support, and everyone is welcome. Most of the people we support come through referrals from health workers and GPs, but people can also self-refer.

All of our volunteers at the group are mums themselves and understand many of the difficulties people can face.

The group was started at Easter and meets every Wednesday in term times. Mums of any age can join.

Home-Start is a national charity that works with families, offering support, advice and also offering practical help with looking after children.

For more information about the group or about all the |services Home-Start offer, call 01256 812333, or visit www.home-start.org.uk.

Taken from Basingstoke Gazette Tuesday 5th July 2011

What is Baby Led Weaning?

Baby Led Weaning (BLW) means letting your baby feed themselves (also known as self-feed) from the start by offering foods that your baby can manage – mainly finger foods. There’s no need for baby food, purees or baby rice. If you want to try:

  • Start of with pieces of everyday food that fit their hand – a largish chip-size piece is a good shape to grip
  • For first foods, steam carrots or sweet potato, cut up broccoli or cauliflower, make toast fingers or cut bits of banana
  • With BLW forget about the idea of three meals – it’s not about amount, it’s about taste
  • If your baby gags, don’t panic, it’s simply a baby’s natural reflex to stop them from choking on food they can’t swallow