Why Do Moms Hold Babies On The Left More Often?

Particularly in the early weeks of an infant’s life, it is said that mothers tend to cradle babies more on the left.

Many have long assumed that handedness determines how you hold your baby. So, right handed mothers will tend to hold their baby on the left to ensure their leading hand is free….and as there are more right-handers in the world than left, you naturally tend to find more babies on the left.

That kind of practicality makes sense right? Except, I’m a leftie and have always held my littles on the left hand side too!

Fascinating new research suggests that baby positioning is actually down to how our brains are wired.

It’s all to do with the two completely different sides of our brain you see.  The right hand side of a mammal’s brain is responsible for processing social cues, relationship building and also receives signals from the left eye. Some researchers therefore think that moms will keep their littles on the left so they can better monitor, and connect, with that all important left eye.

As a child grows stronger, less vulnerable and more independent, this left positioning by mom can change says scientists.

However, it’s not just mom that has a preferred side – little mammals on the move prefer to keep their mom on one side also. The left.  A team from the University of Tasmania, Australia, studied 11 wild animals – including horses, sheep, walruses and even whales – and recorded nearly 11,000 position choices for 175 mom-infant pairs.

Around 75% of the time, the littles wanted mom on the left! Because keeping mom on their left meant they are better able to keep track of her, not get left behind and therefore increases their chance of survival.

However, a threat reverses roles says the lead researcher, Janeane Ingram: “Infants keep their mother on their left in normal situations such as moving forward or suckling,” she says. “But when faced with stressful situations such as when fleeing, mothers prefer their infant on their left side so they can better monitor them,” Left is mama’s protective mode.

They say this research could have great implications in studying development disorders associated with reduced eye contact between mother and infant, such as autism spectrum disorder.

The human body never ceases to amaze us. We are one heck of a design plan the way our bodies work aren’t we? Remarkable. Go, Mother Nature!

The full story on the research can be found here.

 

 

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Forget All The “New Year, New You” Promises…

Just be you in 2017.  And love YOU. Because you are fabulous, just as you are.

Sorry to go all Bridget Jones on you there and quote Mark Darcy, but maybe you needed to hear that.

2016 threw a lot at us – there’s no denying it was a hard year. But ask yourself this, how hard were you on yourself?

Because we (parents) are really good at that aren’t we? Beating ourselves up. Doubting ourselves. Comparing ourselves. Guilt-tripping ourselves…over and over again.

So this year, instead of aiming for an all new ‘better’ you, how about promising to be a little kinder to the now you?

We’re not saying don’t be ambitious in 2017 – by all means set goals. We’re saying be unashamedly and unapologetically realistic.

As parents, we already have our hands full day to day, so when it comes to new year goals,  don’t set yourself up for failure by over promising. If you do, chances are, in less than three weeks, you will find yourself right back where you started – with added guilt, self-doubt and a big ol’ dollop of defeat.

When it comes to resolutions, maybe 2017 is the year where you will start saying ‘I will NOT’ instead of ‘I will‘? And best of all, feel good about saying it:

Like, I will NOT take on any more in 2017.  If you already feel overwhelmed, it’s ok to say no to the dealer. There is no shame in sticking with your current hand – it can still be a winner. You might want to drop a dress size or two, take on a new language, or simply find the time to do lots more crafting with the kids – but first, make sure you feel comfortable with what is already on your plate – or else all those other new spinning plates will come tumbling down like a circus act.

I will NOT feel guilty if I don’t get everything ticked off my list. Instead of focusing on what you don’t achieve, focus on what you do achieve each day – and give yourself a pat on the back. Remember to always leave some wiggle room in your ‘to do’ list – being flexible is good for the soul.

And last but not least, our favorite, I will NOT forget about myself in 2017. Say it. Now repeat it. Be selfish every now and then and take time for yourself, be it a book, a bath, a spa, or even a whole weekend away. There is no greater investment than an investment in yourself- a recharged you makes a happier you, a happier parent and a happier year!

So c’mon, 2017! We’re ready for you. Just as we are.

 

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We Are Hiring!

We are growing and looking for a new member of our boutique team!

Babies in Bloom offers items for expectant parents and babies, as well as unique gifts. Our team is committed to the promotion of safer, healthier and eco-friendly options for families with a strong focus on education and support.

Babies in Bloom provides:

  • An open, empowering work environment.
  • A supportive team that cares about your success as an individual.
  • A fair an flexible work schedule that puts family first.
  • Training that will improve your life, both personally and professionally.
  • An opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families every day.
  • A unique, family-oriented company culture.
  • Part-time available, with full-time growth potential in the future.

Do you have what it takes? 

The Babies in Bloom team consists of an enthusiastic, dedicated group of individuals that are passionate about the products we offer, and how they can make families’ lives easier.

  • We invest heavily in training and have learned that staff excel best if they work a minimum of 2 shifts a week. A minimum 12 hours a week is expected.
  • A flexible schedule is an asset, as is experience in retail or sales.
  • Weekend shifts are mandatory. You must be able to work at least 1-2 Saturdays a month, although not always required.
  • A commitment of one-year of service is preferred, from the start of training.
  • You must be able to be on your feet all day.
  • Individuals must be passionate about selling pregnancy and breastfeeding products, natural cloth diapers, baby slings and carriers, natural toys, gifts and gear.

We are looking for employees who are friendly, enthusiastic, have great social skills, and love learning and helping others. To be successful you must be hardworking, easily strike up conversations with customers, take initiative, and know what it means to be professional, respectful and non-judgmental.

We’re excited about the possibility of having new, energetic team members helping us in our mission. If this sounds like you, don’t miss out an an opportunity to join our team! Please contact us as per the guidelines below.

Benefits

We endeavor to recruit the best people we can to become a part our team. At Babies in Bloom, we offer a work environment that empowers individuals to work independently, free to make decisions daily and manage their time in a way that is respectful of both employer and employee. We strive to create a respectful workplace, treat all employees fairly, and help team members work towards reaching their individual career goals.

As part of the Babies in Bloom team, employees enjoy:

  • Working for a family business that cares about you as an individual.
  • A fair wage, paid training, ample holiday time and the potential for annual performance-based increases.
  • A valuable investment in training time and resources.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • A generous store discount after 3 months
  • Occasional free samples of products and testers.

How to Apply

Please read carefully. Attention to detail is of utmost importance when working with our team.

  1. Download an application here.
  2. Drop off the following in person or by email (rochelle@babies-in-bloom.com):
    1. Your completed Application for Employment
    2. A cover letter detailing why you believe you’ll be a perfect fit for our team.
    3. An updated resume.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please no phone calls.

 

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A Rose By Any Other Name

Experts are predicting a ‘full-blown baby naming revolution’ this coming year, with names that will ‘defy convention’, boast unique spellings and also ‘non-traditional gender identities.’

We’ll be seeing names like Thor, Jupiter, Luna, and Pandora drawn from multicultural mythology; names of feminist heroines like Ada (Lovelace), Emmeline (Pankhurst), Bell (Hooks), Eleanor (Roosevelt), Rosa (Parks); a rise in preppy names like Oakes, Collins, Anderson, Kensington and Winchester; and a whole heap of names beginning with the letter ‘O’ – Octavia, Oakley, Orson, Otis, Omar and Otto.

See any you like? The full list of 2017 names can be found here:

Some people just know don’t they? They have a name picked out even before conception. Others wait to meet their new bundle before settling on a name.  And while there is no right or wrong way to pick a baby’s name, there is definitely a lot of pressure that comes with the territory. After all, it’s just a little something you are giving them…FOREVER! Eek!

On top of the pressure, there’s also those suggestions (perhaps guilt trips) from family and friends, not to mention their unwanted reactions when you test drive a few current contenders with them. Prepare for brutal honesty and crushing disappointment!

While we believe the most important thing is absolutely to choose a name that YOU love, we also believe that everyone can always use a few objective pointers. Here are a few simple considerations to keep in mind:

  • How original is your chosen name? Is it so unique that you risk mispronunciations and a lifetime of your child correcting how others say it/spell it? How would you have felt with that?
  • Have you checked what the initials of your child’s name will make….for example Anthony Adam Stevens (ASS) or Robert Sole aka Mr. R Sole….Oops!
  • Are you happy with how the first name can be shortened? Does it rhyme with anything unfortunate? Kids at school will always be creative!
  • Does the name age well? Princess might be a cute name when they are small, but imagine them in a job interview or running a board meeting with that name.
  • Have you checked the meaning of the name? Make sure you are happy with what your name represents as well as how its sound.
  • Finally, don’t feel pressurised to take a family name. If you don’t like it, don’t take it. But first have a quick think, could you use it as a middle name to appease? Or even use the relative in question’s own middle name as an alternative? It’s worth exploring all options before an outright dismissal, right?

Good luck to all those parents-to-be out there making a shortlist! We look forward to seeing what the 2017 revolution brings!

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