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How Babywearing May Help Alleviate Postpartum Depression – HENRIK NORHOLT

Written by Vanessa on November 14th, 2018.      0 comments

If you've read our previous few blog posts, you'll realise that mental health and bringing awareness to it and reducing the stigma around it, is very important to us here at Belly Beyond.  We hope you find the below blog helpful.
 

Helping Save Men's Lives

Written by Vanessa on November 1st, 2018.      0 comments

For the past nine Novembers Mr Belly Beyond has grown a somewhat hideous and at the same time impressive, moustache that has scared young children and animals. All for the fantastic cause of stopping our men dying too young.

The Movember Foundation addresses some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and very close to our hearts, mental health and suicide prevention.

Eighteen months ago, we sadly became part of NZ’s awful statistic of having lost a loved one to suicide (Mr Belly Beyond’s younger brother) and as recently as four weeks ago, we lost a good friend also to suicide.

Both men were young, very much-loved husbands, and fathers to young children. They have left behind families who are devastated by the loss to their family unit.

In the twelve months to the end of June a staggering total of 668 people died by suicide in NZ which is the fourth year in a row that the rate has increased. Of the 668 people who took their lives, 480 of those were male.

We want to raise awareness around mental health and to help reduce the numbers of male suicide rates. So, Mr Belly Beyond is once again beginning November clean shaven and will end the month by being hairy and looking like a criminal but it is all in the name of Movember.

Track his progress on the Movember website at the below link:

https://mobro.co/jslovingthemo?mc=1

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To speak with someone immediately, contact Lifeline on 0800 543 354, Samaritans on 0800 726 666, or Suicide Crisis Helpline on 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO).

If life is in danger, call 111 or go directly to emergency services.
 

How Babywearing Can Help Postpartum Depression

Written by Vanessa on September 30th, 2018.      0 comments

A fantastic article written by psychotherapist Abby Burd.
 

Now Stocking Haakaa Products!

Written by Vanessa on September 20th, 2018.      0 comments

We've been asked so many times from our beloved customers to stock Haakaa products and because we always (well mostly) do as we are asked, we have listened! You will now find a range of Haakaa's finest products available on our website.

If you wondering what the great excitement is about Haakaa, well for starters they are a 100% family owned and New Zealand run company which we absolutely love!

Haakaa was developed through a struggle to find non-toxic and safe products for a special girl called Courtney. Being born with Autism among other disabilities, her parents top priority became protecting her health and preserving the environment for her future and so, Haakaa was born. Realising they could develop a range that is not only convenient and versatile, but also safe for more parents and their babies, Courtney's parents have developed an exciting range.

All Haakaa products are made using environmentally friendly and safe raw materials such as stainless steel, glass, bamboo, and natural rubber. All haakaa products are designed and tested in New Zealand, manufactured in selected advanced international factories under strict quality controls and designed and tested against the worlds highest safety standards.  Again, we absolutely love, love this!

Haakaa Breast Pump 150ml and Flower Stopper Set

From the famous silicone breast pump that is recommended by midwives, to pacifiers and even toothbrushes, you are sure to find something that you and your family will also love.
 
 

Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier Review by Belly Beyond Product Reviewer - Parvati Rotherham - Day 5

Written by Vanessa on September 4th, 2018.      0 comments

This time the review was from Dad's point of view, perfect for Father's Day!
 

Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier Review by Belly Beyond Product Reviewer - Parvati Rotherham - Day 3 & 4

Written by Vanessa on September 3rd, 2018.      0 comments

On Thursday I was keen to try outward facing carry but Max was not in the mood so I tried the hip carry. This was pretty straight forward to set up. I liked that I could put the Ergo on in hip-carry mode before I head off in the car so it's ready to go at my destination. Max liked this hold and chewing on the straps!!! Luckily I've got the Ergo 360 official bib on the way from Belly Beyond to protect my carrier

The Ergo can also quickly and easily change from hip-carry to inward facing front carry. This was useful when Max started feeling sleepy. So I took Max for a walk along Petone Beach with a icecream in hand. The hood was really useful to keep the sun off Max while he slept. The hood folded up nicely back into the pocket when I was done with it.

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On Friday we went to do our weekly supermarket shop and I realised that there is a really handy pocket on the pouch for my shopping list! Usually I never know where to put my list so I don't lose it when grabbing stuff. The Ergo Omni 360 is a big improvement on the original Ergo. The quality of this product is still high but it's a lot more comfortable and has more options for wearing.

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Looking forward to the weekend and getting hubby to try the 360!
Topics: ERGObaby, Omni, review
 

Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier Review by Belly Beyond Product Reviewer - Parvati Rotherham - Day 2

Written by Vanessa on August 30th, 2018.      0 comments

Parvati fills us in on her second day of adventures with her Ergobaby Omni 360 carrier!
Topics: ERGObaby, Omni, review
 

Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier Review by Belly Beyond Product Reviewer - Parvati Rotherham - Day 1

Written by Vanessa on August 29th, 2018.      0 comments

It is great to get honest feedback and tips and tricks on everyday use of helpful baby products so we love picking someone to review the products we know we love to see if you, our customers do too!
Parvati Rotherham was our pick to review the Ergobaby Omni 360 carrier in the gorgeous Starry Skies for us.
 

The Importance of Preventing Falls from Beds

Written by Vanessa on May 29th, 2018.      0 comments

The below link is such a sad story that was simply an accident but it could have been prevented which is why the brave mum has shared her story:

http://babyology.com.au/health/safety/mum-of-baby-critically-injured-after-fall-from-bed-shares-her-story.html

These are the latest statistics available from the NZ Ministry of Health.

chris_lewis@moh.govt.nz:

The 2014/15 numbers of publicly funded hospital discharges aged 0-2 with the following first reported external cause codes:
W00-W19 Falls - 1544
W06 Fall involving bed - 215
W06.2 Fall involving cot - 20
W06.3 Fall involving bassinet - 4
W06.4 Fall involving cradle - 0
W06.5 Fall involving hammock - 1
W06.9 Fall involving unspecified bed - 123

So,13.9% of fall hospital discharges in the 0-2 age range involve a bed, this is roughly equivalent to 1 in 7.

According to the inventor and founder of Safe T Sleep Sleepwraps Miriam Rutherford-van Gisbergen, these types of injuries are definitely preventable and parents deserve to know about a product that, since its market conception in 1992, has enjoyed 100% SAFETY SUCCESS. She has spent her adult working life helping mothers and babies and working together with Medical Professionals and organisations including Marae to help prevent these types of tragedies.

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The Safe T Sleep Sleepwraps are designed to:

Prevent your baby:
Benefits:
Available in 3 sizes, the Cot, the Classic & the Travel, there is one for any size bed.
 

Babywearing Benefits For Mums For Mother's Day

Written by on May 2nd, 2018.      0 comments

Originally posted on Ergobaby.com.au

There are lots of great reasons to babywear! There are babywearing benefits for both mums and dads (and other people in your baby’s life!). But with Mother’s Day coming up we’re going to focus on how babywearing benefits mums. And so maybe the giving the gift of babywearing would make a great Mother’s Day present for a new mum in your life.

Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier - Cool Air Mesh Pearl Grey - Lifestyle 3
 

Babies Cry Less

Babies who are carried cry less. And babies crying less benefits EVERYONE! In fact a study showed that babies who were carried more cried 43% less. Many babies just want to be held. Have you ever heard someone say – or said it yourself – “She just won’t let me put her down!” or “He’s happy as long as I’m holding him.” That’s absolutely been my experience with my babies! By carrying your baby in an Ergobaby carrier, rather than holding them in your arms, you’re also taking care of your body. Ergobaby carriers are ergonomically designed to support your shoulders, back and hips, by evenly distributing your baby’s weight.

Bonding With Baby

There are so many different ways to bond with your baby. Babywearing is a really great tool to help support bonding. Babywearing creates a familiar womb-like environment for your baby. You’re also keeping your baby close where they are comforted, because they can feel you, hear you, see you and even smell you. Also I found I talked to my babies (and toddlers) more while I was babywearing, because they were right there with me.

Hands-Free Parenting

In an ideal world new mums will have the time to sit and snuggle with bubs on the couch, or breastfeed in peace, but realistically a lot of us have more things to do than we have hours in a day. You can babywear while vacuuming, pushing a shopping trolley, taking older siblings to school, tidying up, and so on. Alternatively, you can also use babywearing to have your free hands to eat lunch, have a (not too hot) coffee, or have a little scroll through social media. It’s up to you!

Getting Fit and Staying Active

There are so many great fitness programs for mums (and dads!) that involve babywearing. I took a babywearing dance class when my daughter was little. It was a super fun way to get active at a time where I couldn’t really leave her to go to a fitness class or the gym on my own. Also babywearing makes hiking and bushwalking a breeze without having to fuss around with a pram or stick to flat paths. Also your baby is providing you with weight resistance when you’re exercising. So that is another benefit of babywearing.

Babywearing Settles Babies For Other People

Dads, grandparents, and other important people in your baby’s life can babywear too! Which is still a babywearing benefits mums, because then they don’t always have to bear the load, so to speak, of carrying baby all the time. And it’s a lot easier letting them go so you can have a break knowing that your baby is going to be safe, happy, and comforted in their baby carrier.

So Happy Mother’s Day to all the great mums and mums-to-be out there! I hope you all have a fabulous day and that someone spoils you on this special day!
 

Reflection Of Our Heroes

Written by Vanessa on April 26th, 2018.      0 comments

With Anzac Day being yesterday, it got me thinking and reflecting and appreciating how lucky we are.
 

So Many New Products!

Written by Vanessa on February 15th, 2018.      0 comments

We have been busy for the past few weeks behind the scenes sourcing the latest & best products from some of your favourite brands & we now have so many new products that have arrived in store this month!  There are way too many to list on one post so we'll spotlight a few over the coming weeks, keep an eye on this space!

Towards the end of last year we became proud stockists of the Nuk brand & so whilst it is not a new brand for many of you, it is for us. The response to the fabulous range of products has been overwhelming and we are struggling to keep up with the demand!  We are continually expanding on the range we are stocking, we currently have over 80 different products. It is a very well loved brand and there is definitely something for everyone.
If there is something you'd like to see us stock that we aren't currently, let us know, we love to hear your feedback :-)

Here are just a few items of the Nuk range we are now stocking:

Nuk First Choice Plus Glass Baby Bottle 240ml-577Nuk First Choice Flexi Cup - Soft Straw 300ml-111
Nuk Bottles and Teats for all ages and stages                     Nuk Cups for every stage


Nuk Extra Soft Baby Brush-462Nuk Baby Nail Clippers-432
Nuk Baby essentials
Nuk Weaning Set with Cutlery-342       Nuk Submarine Bath Thermometer-303
Nuk Mealtime essentials                                                Nuk Bathtime items
 

Christmas 2017 Customer Service Hours

Written by Vanessa on December 19th, 2017.      0 comments

Customer Service Christmas & Holiday Hours

We are open over the holiday period - place your order via the website and we'll dispatch it the same or next working day (or as specified within the item(s) itself).  Customer service will be available via phone or email during the below hours (see schedule below). 
 

Order Dispatch

If expected dispatch date is not already detailed in the item description and we cannot meet our usual 1-2 working day dispatch time frame we will let you know by email.  Items in stock will be dispatched throughout the holiday period except on weekends and Public Holidays when we'll be hanging out with our families and soaking up the sun.


Friday 22nd December - Available & dispatching - CLOSED 12PM.  We will aim to dispatch all orders received by 10AM.

Saturday 23rd December - Closed

Sunday 24th December - Closed

Monday 25th December - Closed

Tuesday 26th December - Closed

Wednesday 27th December - Dispatching orders, available 10am - 2pm
Thursday 28th December - Dispatching orders, available 10am - 2pm
Friday 29th December - Dispatching orders, available 10am - 12pm
Saturday 30th December - Closed

Sunday 31st December - Closed

Monday 1st January - Closed

Tuesday 2nd January - Closed

Wednesday 3rd January - Dispatching orders, available 10am - 2pm

Thursday 4th January - Dispatching orders, available 10am - 2pm

Friday 5th January - Dispatching orders, available 10am - 2pm


Standard delivery timeframes apply but keep in mind that couriers don't operate on Public Holidays.

Merry Christmas!
Topics: Christmas Hours
 

Can I Wear an Underwire Bra when Breastfeeding?

Written by Vanessa on November 8th, 2017.      0 comments

If you have asked this very question then this post is for you...
 

Is My Toddler Ready For Toilet Training?

Written by Vanessa on October 31st, 2017.      0 comments

You may be wondering where to start, it can be overwhelming to tackle this milestone.
Use the checklist below to measure if your toddler is getting ready. You don't need to wait until you've checked all items off the list to start training. Just look for a general trend toward independence & an understanding of what it means to go to the bathroom like a grown-up.
 

Is My Toddler Ready for Toilet Training?

Physical signs
  • Is coordinated enough to walk, and even run, steadily.
  • Urinates a fair amount at one time.
  • Has regular, well-formed bowel movements at relatively predictable times.
  • Has "dry" periods of at least two hours or during naps, which shows that his bladder muscles are developed enough to hold urine.
Behavioural signs
  • Can sit down quietly in one position for two to five minutes.
  • Can pull his pants up and down.
  • Dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty nappy.
  • Shows interest in others' bathroom habits (wants to watch you go to the bathroom or wear underwear).
  • Gives a physical or verbal sign when he's having a bowel movement such as grunting, squatting, or telling you.
  • Demonstrates a desire for independence.
  • Takes pride in his accomplishments.
  • Isn't resistant to learning to use the toilet.
  • Is in a generally cooperative stage, not a negative or contrary one.
Cognitive signs
  • Understands the physical signals that mean he has to go and can tell you before it happens or even hold it until he has time to get to the potty.
  • Can follow simple instructions, such as "go get the toy."
  • Understands the value of putting things where they belong.
  • Has words for urine and stool.
We have a great range of pottys & step stools from BabyBjorn that can help to get you started!
 
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