Posts Tagged ‘hat’

Get the tape measure out, new mums… apparently, big headed babies are brighter!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

According to scientists (is there a more chilling phrase?!) there is a link between the size of babies’ heads at birth, and their future success… larger head circumference and brain volume is associated with higher intelligence.

The finding is among the first made by UK Biobank, a long term study of 500,000 Britons to discover the links between their genes, their physical and mental health and their path through life.

“Highly significant associations were observed between the cognitive test scores in the UK Biobank sample and many polygenic profile scores, including . . . intracranial volume, infant head circumference and childhood cognitive ability,” said the researchers in a paper published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. (And no, I haven’t read the paper… I read an article in The Times newspaper 🙂 )

Incidentally, I have a teeny tiny head. When I worked as an Air Stewardess, I had an extra-small sized uniform hat, and still had to sew a lining of felt into the brim to get it to fit 🙂

Me in the galley of a 'plane In my very small Air Stewardess hat!

Me in the galley of a ‘plane In my very small Air Stewardess hat!

What do I need to buy for a new baby?

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

As a first time Mum-to-be it’s difficult deciding what sort of baby items you will need when baby is born, and how much you should buy! Baby essentially needs something to wear, nappies, somewhere to sleep,  something to eat , and something to go out and about with.

To Wear-

Vests

Sleepsuits

Hat (summer or winter depending when baby is due!)

Cardigan

Gorgeous as they are to buy, I would avoid buying  fancy outfits before baby is born- you may well get a lot as presents, and it’s more fun buying them when you know (for sure!) whether baby is a boy or girl, and what size he/she is!

Nappies

Newborn nappies (disposable or ‘real’ cloth nappies)

Wipes, cotton wool or reusable wipes.

Change mat

newborn essentials

Somewhere for baby to sleep-

Moses Basket or bedside cot

Sheets

Sleeping bags

Something to eat-

Baby Feed Wheel to keep note of baby’s feed times

If formula feeding, or planning to express – bottles and a steriliser (or plastic tub and sterilising tablets to start with)

If breastfeeding- breastfeeding pillow, Pads, breastfeeding bra.

Breast pumps can often be borrowed from sure start centres if required (and to see how you get on with it)

Muslin squares (useful in many ways!)

Something to go out and about in-

A car seat (if you have a car)

A sling and/or pram or buggy

Change bag

For you-

Maternity pads

Biiig underwear (I didn’t like disposable knickers and bought a lot of very cheap undies in a big size)

Arnica Witch hazel

Lansinoh nipple cream

A stock of food that is easy to reheat

Different babies like different things (playmats, baby nest, bouncers etc) so either try to borrow from a friend (even short term to give it a try and see if it’s a purchase you’d like to make) or buy secondhand. Personally- I liked my changing table, (saved back ache!), baby bath (one with a little plug at the bottom for easy emptying), moses basket (Chiglet was a small baby and we used it for ages),  nappy wrapper (although I know opinion on these is divided!) and baby monitor.

Now, it’s been rather a while since I’ve been  buying baby equipment, so what do you think to my list? About right or wide of the mark?