ABC Babytalk

ABC Babytalk

Australia

Because we think being a parent is the most thrilling, exhausting, emotional ride of your life - and you can't get off.

Episodes

Guilt Free Bottle Feeding  

Not every mother is able to breast feed their child and when that happens where on earth do you turn for help? Madeleine Morris an ABC journalist has written a definitive guide on what to do if you need to feed your baby formula (and it's much more than following the instructions on the packet!) This podcast is a repeat of one of our most popular podcasts on one of the most difficult topics for new mothers.

The First 1000 days  

Think of everything your baby is going to learn in the first 1000 days, that's the time period from conception up to just over two years of age. It's probably the most important time of growth and development in a human's life, so much happens in these first days, weeks and years of life. The first 1000 days in a child's life is a significant period of growth and development but this is also the window in which many parents are also facing a return to work and that will mean finding childcare that will work for you, your baby and your family. How do you find childcare that will help to meet the development needs of children for this crucial time of life?

The App to help you calm your baby  

The internet has been a wonderful and sometimes terrible invention for new parents.. finally any sort of parent type problem can be dealt with online... no need to ring another mother or look up a reference book in the middle of the night, now you can google or even fire up an app to discover why your baby isn't sleeping! Jen Hamilton is a mothercraft nurse and former nanny who has many years of getting reluctant babies to sleep. She has been working on a smart phone app called WOT Baby and she's pretty sure that she can get your baby to sleep!

The Wonder Weeks!  

You know your baby is growing and developing every moment of every day but as a parent it's sometimes really hard to pick the times your baby will make a massive change in their development. Two Dutch researchers working with Jane Goodall's famous Chimpanzee colony in Tanzania discovered that chimp babies and human babies are not so dissimilar in the way they develop in 'leaps' as their brains evolve through developmental stages. Each 'leap' signifying a move into a new exciting development stage but with a corresponding change in behaviour that is not always welcome by it's frazzled parent (chimp or human!).

Are baby car seats safe for newborns?  

Summertime is a big season of travel for Australian families. Thousands of hours are spent in the car visiting relatives, driving to holidays and just generally moving around town. We use all sorts of safety gear with our children and we assume (correctly) that they are tested vigorously to make sure they keep our babies safe. Baby capsules and car-seats give our babies the very best chance of surviving an impact in the case of a car accident. For this reason these capsules are part of our road law, babies need to be protected by travelling in them when they are in cars but there has recently been a new concern raised by British researchers who found oxygen levels in very small babies can drop dangerously over a period of time if they are in a capsule in a moving (vibrating) vehicle.

Coping with the first Christmas!  

Who knew that your first Christmas as a parent could come around so quickly! Christmas is suddenly upon us, all the parties, celebrations and relatives that we had last year but now you have to juggle them with sleeps, feeds and the overwhelming exhaustion you're dealing with as a new parent... surely it would be easier to just call the whole thing off? There are a lot of things that are hard about juggling life as a parent but Christmas can be done if you're prepared to let things slide just a little..

Sunscreen for babies  

Should your baby be wearing sunscreen? What are the best sunscreen ingredients for a baby? Should your baby even be in the sun? As summer rolls around in Australia, new parents are coming to grips with how being sun-smart translates for babies and their precious skin. What is the best advice for your child and sun exposure? Do children need different ingredients in their sunscreen thanadults? In this Babytalk podcast you will meet a formulating pharmacist who has even mixed her own sunscreen at home. Deborah Williams can explain the common ingredients in sunscreen, which ones are the best for your baby or toddler, how and when you should apply sunscreen and when you might even consider staying inside.

Babies and their eye health  

Summer is a great time for families to get outside and play but harsh sun, pool chemicals, allergies and even potential injuries are all risks to babies eyes! Dr Caroline Catt is a Paediatric Ophthalmologist at he Children's Hospital at Westmead and she says parents need to be aware of what could pose a danger to children's eyes. So how do the experts recommend we care for babies eyes this summer and how on earth do they manage to examine a baby's eyes?

I can't find a heartbeat..  

Did you know more babies are lost to stillbirth than people killed on our roads? Can you imagine what a heartbreak such a loss is for parents, families and friends? Obstetrics Registrar Dr Teresa MacDonald from Mercy Health has dealt with this tragedy more frequently than you would expect. In this podcast she explains just what it's like when you can't find a baby's heartbeat, how the health professionals try and help and how she's leading a fundraiser to research solutions to this tragic problem.

Babies and their eye health  

Summer is a great time for families to get outside and play but harsh sun, pool chemicals, allergies and even potential injuries are all risks to babies eyes! Dr Caroline Catt is a Paediatric Ophthalmologist at he Children's Hospital at Westmead and she says parents need to be aware of what could pose a danger to children's eyes. So how do the experts recommend we care for babies eyes this summer and how on earth do they manage to examine a baby's eyes?

Mens Fertility  

Do men need to worry about their fertility? Don't you only need 'one good one' to get pregnant? It's harder for women, guys don't need to worry about biological clocks they can have babies at any age... might it surprise you that many of these statements are untrue.. and that research is showing that one in five men experience problems with their fertility and this has absolutely nothing to do with their sexual function or ability. This means there are a whole heap of guys who have a problem that they're not talking about in public.. and IVF specialist Dr David Knight wants men to start thinking about their fertility so they know when to ask for help.

Weaning your baby  

If you've never done it before, breastfeeding can be hard. We know that and there are resources and options to help you get started, it's really a case of persisting until you discover what's going to work for you and your baby but what about the other end of this experience? What help and advice is there for weaning your baby? Weaning is as much a part of your journey of motherhood as learning to breast feed but there's not as much time spent talking about it. Just like feeding every baby and almost every experience is different! Some babies stop overnight, some seem reluctant, some mothers can't wait to bring feeding to a close and others are desperate to hang onto the last experience of that special nurturing bond. In this podcast we talk about all the reasons you might want to wean your baby and how to make happen as smoothly and painlessly as possible.

Explaining the new National Disability Insurance Scheme  

Australia is moving into a new era of funding for babies, children and anyone with a disability. Hopes are very high for how this new scheme will change not only access to early intervention and assistance but also our attitudes towards people who live with a disability. While the National Disability Insurance Scheme is never something a parent would ever want to have to work with but if you have a child with special needs, this will be the agency to turn to. As hard as it is to imagine after the maelstrom of having a diagnosis of a disability for your child, this will be where you come for help. So how do you begin to work with this new agency that will manage and fund the care and support you will need to help maximise your child's potential and abilities throughout their life?

Can you really de-clutter with kids?  

Does your house look a little like an explosion in a toy factory? Are you sometimes overwhelmed by just how much stuff your children seem to own? Are you ready to stage a walkout over the number of times you find yourself packing up the tsunami of toys that have made your house look like a not very well curated op shop? This week on Babytalk's last episode in the Reboot Your Life series we take on the mammoth topic of children's 'stuff' and how you might go about curating and minimising the impact if not the sheer volume of toys that children seem to collect around them! We speak to clutter expert Carol Martyn AKA Dr Declutter about her work with families to turn down the volume of the stuff that threatens to overwhelm the enjoyment of life.

How to declutter your technology (for parents)  

Just how many digital photos do you have stored on your phone (and that's not counting the ones lurking on your computer or hard drive or still sitting in your digital camera!) So with this in mind do you think technology helps or hinders us as new parents? I suspect the answer is somewhere in between.. it makes capturing every lovely moment simpler, just grab your phone but it also means we're drowning in an overwhelm of photographs so that it's often very difficult to find or enjoy them. How do you make that digital life work for you and reduce the burden of a tsunami of digital clutter? Joshua Zerkel is a certified Professional organizer and director of community for Evernote, he believes that good digital management is just as important as managing any other out of control collection in our lives!

Welcome to your new life as a parent!  

You know that when you have a baby everything is going to change but do you really know this? Becoming a parent means a massive shift in all your relationships, your partner, your friends, your work life, the community you've built around you and even your relationship with yourself. It's change upon change upon change. Any wonder you may have difficulty recognising yourself in the mirror some days! So how to negotiate all this change with courage and grace while learning to change a nappy, manage a newborn routine and breastfeed! It's a tough job so thankfully you'll have help.. and in this week's podcast you'll meet two mums who have been just where you're standing now and they've got some great advice on thriving through this tricky time.

Fitness during and after pregnancy  

There is no greater life event than having a baby, it could be called life's ultimate re-boot. However it is also a time that can cause many women to experience a big loss of fitness and confidence but rather than seeing this as a negative we could use this as the perfect excuse to get help and find a new way of approaching health and fitness.. after all you've got so many more reasons and excuses to want to be fitter faster and healthier than before.

Learn to play with your toddler  

How do you learn to play with your children? We know that play is so important, it's how children learn about the world and it prepares them for the more formal learning they'll undertake at school. So as a new parent if your world experience doesn't include teaching or early childhood development how on earth do you figure out how to play with your toddler? Thankfully there are experts who can tell us how to reconnect with our little ones by helping us adults learn to play again and thanks to some of the great toys and information available it can be heaps of fun too!

Creatine- could it have an important role in pregancy>  

Nutrition in pregnancy is something we assume is important but do we know exactly how important? Folate, we now know can prevent neural tube defects in a developing baby and we assume a diet rich in proteins, carbohydrates, proteins and minerals would all be important but scientists are always trying to find out if there are elements that are more important than others. This is how something called creatine has become the subject of a study into pregnancy nutrition at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research. Using samples from pregnant women, researchers at Hudson Institute discovered that pregnant women who had less creatine in their urine gave birth to significantly smaller babies, so could it be that creatine could protect a baby from poor growth in utero and possibly pass on other developmental advantages?

How to tell your cat you're pregnant!  

Congratulations you're pregnant... there is a list of people you'll need to tell... including your cat! Even if it sounds ridiculous to you there are a quite a few people who really love their pets... after all they've known them for a long time; and if your pet holds a special place in your household you may be concerned about how they're going to cope with the introduction of a new baby to the family. Dr Lewis Kirkham is a vet with a special interest in animal behaviour. He believes that many new parents are misinterpreting their pet's behaviour around the arrival of a new baby and that with a little planning the transition doesn't have to be difficult at all.

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