Archive | December, 2011


Seasonal greetings to all of our Annerley families

Posted on 25 December 2011 by Annerley

This time of year reminds us even more than usual how important having a family is.  Recently we have had 2 new additions in our own team, – congratulations Sarah and Eugenie!  And Tamara is waiting to have her little one but expects it any day now.

We at Annerley wish you all a lovely family time and happy holidays.  We look forward to see you after Christmas.

Hulda, Kristrun, Tamara, Sarah, Eugenie, Donna, Mandy, Ines, Fiona and Kathryn.

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…some common baby q&a

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…some common baby q&a

Posted on 20 December 2011 by Annerley

Is it true that newborn babies only see black and white, and no colors?

To a certain extend this is correct.  The eyes of newborn babies are not fully developed and for a while after they are born they can not fully see colors.  They also cannot focus far away so only things around 10 – 30 cm away from their eyes are clearly visible.

My baby has got a bit of hair and it is growing fast, but there are some bold areas on the back of his head.  Is this normal?

Yes, and try not to worry about this.  This happens mainly because babies lie on their backs most of the time and the friction between the head and the surface underneath usually causes some of the hair to fall off.  Because of increased risk of cot-death when babies sleep on their front, sleeping on the back is the preferred position so most parents see bold spots on their babies’ heads after a while.  The good thing is that after the hair grows a bit thicker, this bold spot disappears and you never see any signs it was there in the first place.

When is the right time to give solid foods to babies?

The need for solid food differs quite between babies.  They also tolerate new types of food in a different way, so therefore it is important not to start too early and start really slowly.  We recommend parents to take the baby to a baby clinic and get advice from midwives or doctors on what is suitable for each child.  General guidelines from the WHO in 2005 are to wait until the baby is 6 months old and ideally to feed only breast milk until then.

How often do we have to change nappies?

As a rule of thumb, it is good to change nappies every time you feed the baby, ideally in the end of the feed since most babies will urinate/pass stools during the fees or right after.   If your child develops nappy rash, you must change more frequently than this and try and ensure some time every day without the nappy to dry the area.  You do not have to change the nappy every time the baby does a little pee unless the baby seems really sensitive to this.

Is it good or bad to warm up milk in the microwave?

BAD!!  Microwave ovens are designed in the way that temperature of fluids that have been heated can be extremely uneven.  Then when you touch the milk on the outside of the bottle it might seem the right temperature, but inside it might be a lot warmer, causing serious damage to the baby’s mouth and stomach.  Another reason is also that some of the ingredients of the Breast milk can be damaged with microwaves.

If you wish to warm up milk, we suggest to put hot water (30 – 40 degrees) in a small bowl and then to put the bottle in there for a few minutes.  The milk will warm up quickly without any risk to the baby.  Make sure to test the milk before feeding it, by putting a drop on the inside of your arm/wrist.  It should not feel hot.

Colic – what to do?

Babies often get the occasional colicky period, without developing“every day” colic.  Best way to deal with it is to try different advice and see what seems to suit your child.  You might want to try and have the baby lie flat on the stomach on your forearm and walk around like this.  Also you can make chamomile tea and cool it down until around room temperature, and then give around 2 teaspoons.  This often soothes the stomach and lasts for a few hours.  If the baby does not seem to be calmed in any way, call a midwife or a doctor to get advice.  Another treatment that has proven both very popular and useful is to have osteopathic treatment.  At Annerley, Ines De Beer is our in-house osteopath.

When can I give my child normal cow’s milk?

In the first year, if the baby is not given the breast milk, formula powder is the second best option.  When the child has been given food from all food groups and has gotten used to those, he/she can have cows milk.  This is usually around 12 months of age.  We recommend delaying giving other types of dairy, such as cheese and yogurt until 9 – 11 months, or at least give them sparingly.

How can I prevent nappy rash?

  • Most babies get nappy rash sometime in their early months.  Here are some tips about how to prevent it:
  • Clean the bottom carefully with only cotton wool and water and dry well with a cloth.
  • Leave the baby with no diaper on for a while every day, or even every time when you change a nappy.
  • Change nappies as soon as they get dirty.

If none of this works, a nappy rash cream might be helpful, especially the ones with zinc oxide in.

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Massage with mother

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Massage with mother

Posted on 16 December 2011 by hulda

The endless benefits for you and your baby with infant massage.


Infant massage is by no means a new fad, it has been a part of a mother and infants daily routine for centuries right across cultures around the world, and we can understand why.

That first touch between mother and child is one of the most magical moments a mother will experience, it is the most significant foundation upon which you create that bond with your child.

“To touch is to love,” enlightens Donna Watt. With 25 years of experience in early childhood development and a certified mothercraft nurse who teaches an infant massage course at Annerley in Hong Kong. As well as mother of two herself, who better to take advice from?

Donna has seen the struggle of dealing with the after effects of a cesarean or the trauma of giving birth to a premature baby can have on a mothers confidence and in her abilities in motherhood. It is a painful obstacle to overcome on top of the everyday worries and fears motherhood brings. But there is hope and Donna believes its Infant Massage that can bring about the most radical and positive changes to a mother’s outlook and confidence.

A massage is an enjoyable experience you won’t hear anyone turning down and it is no different a fact for our babies. Though what makes an infant massage so special is the fact that it is not just something done to our baby but done with our baby. It can improve that crucial bond and relationship with your infant like no other methods out there. Infant massage opens up the doors of communication between mother and child. The techniques you learn are guaranteed to teach you how to engage and relax your child, facilitating your already budding parenting skills.

Infant Massages won’t just benefit your baby, but you yourself as well. In terms of psychosocial advantages for your baby, massages will amplify your child’s sense of love and trust, promoting attachments to you as a parent. And in return you will improve your ability to read your baby’s cues and encourage synchrony connecting you together, which is what we all want with our infants.

The major physical benefits everyone is raving about is the fact that infant massage has been proven to encourage:

  • Relaxation in our babies (which inevitably mean a more relaxed mummy!)
  • Improvements to the babies’ skin with the encouragement of blood circulation through the body.
  • Digestive benefits, babies who receive massages prove to suffer less from colic and constipation.
  • Respiratory developments minimize coughs, colds, and both ear and nasal infections.

Countless studies have reiterated these listed advantages of infant massage. Studied effects on premature babies show that the effects of stroking and massaging premature newborns for as little as 15minutes, three times a day over a period of just ten days saw a massive 47% weight gain than the average premature baby that wasn’t massaged. (T. Field & F. Scafidi)

Annerley provides an excellent Infant Massage course consisting of four, 1.5hour sessions which will teach you first hand the benefits of baby massage, concentrating on specific strokes used for different part of your baby’s body. It will give you the confidence and techniques you can take home with you to improve not just your infant’s development and body system but more importantly the strengthening of your bond with your precious baby.


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