Family time at the Mum and Baby Centre in Nicosia

A couple of weeks ago we visited a lovely new space for mommies and babies who opened its doors a couple of months ago in Nicosia. The Mum and Baby Centre is located inside the Cyprus State Fair in Egkomi, Nicosia.

It is a wonderful space, with a cafeteria featuring healthy snacks and drinks, a kids corner, a multi sensory room for babies, a breastfeeding room and a private space for classes and parties.

My two daughters just loved the kids corner so much they did not want to leave. The kids corner is suitable for babies and toddlers. Books and table games are also available for older children.

Photo Credits @AnnaMilosovaPhotography

The super-talented Anna Milosova was taking photos on the day for the centre’s promotion and so the mums and babies who were there had the chance to have their photo taken while playing and having fun.

I also had the honour to meet and chat with Elena and Fani, the wonderful fellow mums who own the centre. I am always amazed when meeting super mums who are willing to leave a corporate life to start something of their own, follow their dreams and also give something back to their community!

The Mum & Baby Centre is ideal for spending a lovely morning or afternoon in a friendly and clean environment and for meeting and connecting with other mums in Cyprus. The multi-sensory room will provide a great pass time for your baby and with help with your child’s development.

The Mum & Baby Centre hosts classes such as baby music classes, baby yoga, antenatal and prenatal classes and seminars such as Breastfeeding support groups.

Breastfeeding mums can use the breastfeeding room supported by Medela Cyprus and the Cyprus Breastfeeding organisation.

To conclude, if you are pregnant, a new mommy or have young children and need a place to relax while your children enjoy some playtime, then the Mum and Baby Center is for you!

The importance of skin to skin contact with your baby

Skin to skin is an important practice from birth and onwards which benefits not only your newborn baby but also you and your partner and in extent your whole family.

Imagine spending your time in your safe place, whatever this might be, your home, the arms of a loved one, and suddenly you find yourself in a completely new environment. You would probably experience some kind of stress. Let’s now imaging your baby inside the womb.  A safe  and warm environment with abundance of nutrients from the mother’s body. But everything changes with labor. Your baby finds its way out of the womb through a somewhat stressful process, that of labor, and lands in your arms. But in order for your baby to feelsecure again, it must be held in close to your heart, close to your skin, to feel your warmth, to smell you. Skin to skin contact helps your baby’s body stabilise its temperature, breathing and heart rate. Skin to skin can be practiced by both parents for as long as possible, especially in cases when there are complications during labor and the mother is unable to hold her baby for some time. But the father can practice skin to skin as a way to start bonding with the baby immediately after birth.

Studies have shown that skin to skin can be extremely beneficial for premature babies or in general babies who have been in a neonatal intensive care unit and that the benefits will persist for life. Researchers have found that babies who have received skin to skin contact with their parents, demonstrated enhanced cognitive development, reduced anxiety and better maternal attachment behaviour.

Below we list the most important benefits of skin to skin contact with your baby:

  • Improves baby’s heart rate and lung function
  • Helps stabilize the baby’s body temperature
  • Helps regulate baby’s blood sugar
  • Helps establish breastfeeding
  • Promotes the transfer of good bacteria from mother to baby
  • Calms the baby and reduces crying
  • Provides pain relief
  • Bonds mother and baby, father and baby and their in between communication
  • Provides an easier transition from the womb to the new environment
  • Enhances your baby’s development

Sources: Babygooroo, Parents.com, BabyCenter

Happy Mommy = Happy Baby

If you are a first time mommy you will surely know how difficult it is to handle all those new emotions without panicking. If you have more than one children you will surely understand how difficult it is to handle 2 or more children who might be arguing or simultaneously crying, asking to pick them up, to hug them, to carry them.. Sometimes it is just too much to handle. Motherhood is not easy. There are times you feel like you are doing something wrong, you want some time to yourself to breathe, to gather your thoughts in order to be the best mommy you can be! And it is understandable. We have all been through situations like these. You are not alone.

Birth Forward in association with the Center of Systemic Consulting, are organising on December 8th in Nicosia, the first monthly Mothers Support and Empowerment Group “The journey to Motherhood”. The support group aims to allow every mommy to express her own experience on the journey of motherhood, to express her feelings and to understand that she is not alone, to be surrounded with safety, positiveness and confidence in order to continue her journey to motherhood calmly for the sake of her family and to receive valuable information and knowledge from health practitioners.

The group will meet once a month and will be coordinated by a professional phycologist and supported by a professional midwife. For more information visit the Journey to Motherhood Support group event page on Facebook

If you are having trouble with your emotions, if you feel like you want to share what you are going through and would like support, register to the event!

Love,

A

Oh my dear sleep

There are certain things about giving birth that no one prepares you about. Things like going home with diapers yourself and blood flow that can last up to a month, how big your breasts get by the 3rd day of having your baby due to the increasing milk supply, having the baby attached to your breasts 24/7 with barely getting any sleep and everything and everyone seems to be making you emotional.

Of course all of the above are normal considering what you have experienced through birth (everyone has a unique experience) and things should start looking better after the first couple of weeks when both you and the baby have settled to the new routine of your new life together.

But one of the most important things you will miss and desperately need is sleep. I never appreciated sleep and its importance as much as i did after having children. And if you are breastfeeding and this is your first baby, the nights will definitely seem longer and you will get stressed about why your baby is not sleeping through the night, if it is normal, if they are getting enough milk. And sleep deprivation is not helping. On the contrary it makes things seem worse.

But REMEMBER, this is all just temporary. It is just a phase you need to get through and you will get through it. Remember that so many new mommies out there are going what you are going through. And their babies are developing well and eventually will sleep through the night and you will be able to get a “full” night’s sleep. And i say “full” as i think mothers never sleep the way they did before, once they have children.

But time is short and soon all the sleepless nights will be forgotten. So make sure you get a lot of cuddles and kisses and skin to skin with your little ones because these are the things you want to remember.

And take care of your self. Take a walk with your baby in the fresh air, enjoy a cup of tea, invite some friends over for support, breath deeply, do whatever makes you feel better. And of course rest whenever your baby is sleeping!

Take care.

A.