ABC Babytalk

ABC Babytalk


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


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.

A bag of tricks to understand your toddler  

Being the parent of a toddler is not easy, if it's your first or your third, toddlers have a way of turning your expectations upside down and running you up and down an emotional rollercoaster.. so how do we deal with our children's developmental needs, raise emotionally intelligent children while keeping them safe and us as parents sane!

Fathers Day comes in all shapes and sizes  

Fathers Day comes in all shapes and sizes, as do dads. Sometimes it's a day to celebrate a new beginning, remember times gone by and to reflect on fathers and children and that amazing bond of love. So while you're in the thick of nappies and midnight feeds and those new learning experiences of being a dad, it's good to be reminded that this won't last forever and like everything else in life it's changing and growing and challenging you to be the best parent you can.

Getting your body back  

The wonder and excitement of being pregnant has a couple of difficult downsides. Not least of which is having your body belong to someone else for nine months. Most women look forward to returning to 'normal' particularly in the last trimester when it seems that every step is exhausting and your belly couldn't possibly be any bigger. However many of us are taken rather by surprise when our physiology refuses to cooperate and our return to normal is a much longer and more difficult route than we ever expected. Many women say they feel judged by friends, family and colleagues for not quickly losing the 'baby weight' but on the other hand new mothers are dealing with a new baby, breast feeding and a lack of sleep that they might never have experienced before and it's pretty likely that losing a few kilos could appear like an impossible task.. In this week's podcast you will meet a dietician who is now working through her own experiences as a new mother and wants to share some baby steps to help you regain some control over your post baby diet!

Mum's Milestones  

Having a baby is all about milestones, first smile, first tooth, first step.. but what about the milestones for you as a mother... first full night's sleep, first night out without the baby... surviving the first year.. with relationship still in place.. two very funny and quite possibly sleep deprived Sydney mothers came up with some very funny milestones they thought were well worth celebrating! These have been developed into cards called 'Mum's Milestones' and they are very, very funny!

Creative Discipline for your Family  

As parents we recognise at some point we're going to need a plan for discipline for our children but what will that look like.. how will it work? How do you manage when things don't seem to be going to plan? Are you going to fall back on some of the things your parents did or will you be a more permissive parent? For most of us the need to start disciplining our children starts much earlier than we expect and we can sometimes wonder if our little children are being deliberately bad just to push our buttons.. this week's expert on Babytalk has been working in the field of creative discipline for many years, she has a range of favourite tricks and techniques to make the job much easier and more fun than you imagined.

Milk Bank.. where breastmilk is pure gold.  

It has taken years but science, medicine and parents know that breast milk is the best food for babies. A mother's own breast milk is the gold standard of nutrition for babies. As more and more has been discovered about the way breast milk is made we are finding that a mother naturally makes a milk that is microscopically designed to provide exactly what her baby needs. However breast feeding is not always easy and problems often occur when babies are born too early and when time is of the essence a mother might not have the milk supply her baby needs at the time it's needed. This is where a Milk Bank can literally be a lifesaver.

Digital Babies does your child need a digital detox?  

So how much screen time does your child get? Do you think it's too much? Considering we're living in a digital age, how do we give our children all the advantages of the digital world without using devices as a digital pacifier. How do we intelligently deal with technology and our children. Is it right that there are apps to entertain babies? How do you traverse this new terrain without techno-guilt? Dr Kristy Goodwin is a technology researcher and mum.. She's in the 'techno trenches' with us and has some kind and helpful advice this week for all parents dealing the digital dilemma of how much screen time is too much.

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