For grandparents

We want parents to have stronger and more open communities around them and this includes you, the grandparents, wherever you are in the world. We want to equip you to be able to help your child (in law) with advice that is based on what they're told by parenting and medical professionals.

As part of the Grandparents-to-be course, we will give you access to our online courses for two of the most confusing, stressful and worrying areas that parents of today face: the possibility of mental health issues arising and knowing what to look out for, and basic first aid including common illnesses, immunisations and bumps & bangs.

 

These films cover:

 

  • Illness & Basic First Aid
    • We cover a huge range of illnesses and medical issues - from immunisations, to bangs to the head, to vomiting & diarrhoea, to croup and much more
    • We explain what each illness and first aid moment entails and how to treat it - mixing traditional and current methods
    • Best of all, the content is delivered by a highly experienced Paediatric Nurse - the person you would end up seeing at Accident & Emergency (touch wood you don't need to meet her in person as lovely as she is!)

AND

 

  • Postnatal Mental Health in men and women
    • Understanding postnatal depression, birth trauma, new parent anxiety and bonding issues or resentment towards the baby
    • Traumatic births: how to understand what happened, how you might be feeling and where to seek help - for men and women
    • Knowing what's to be expected in the early days and the signs that can be displayed by either parent when help is needed and where to go
    • Looking at how men and women cope and the importance of establishing a parenting constellation and finding your tribe
    • Normalising the fact that not everyone falls in love with their baby instantly and how parenting might not be what you imagined it to be

    • Lots of coping mechanisms derived from CBT therapy techniques

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For grandparents
  • Exploring how each of the following styles of parenting differ compared to 30 years ago (this is all in Lucia's opinion and not fact!)
    • Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding
  • Sleep
  • Discipline
  • Screen Time
  • Weaning 
  • The role of Dads and how it can be whatever they want it to be
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For Grandparents

 

  • Communication and ways to establish different methods during your child (/in law)'s pregnancy so you don't feel like an intruder when baby arrives
  • Ways to communicate and bond with your child if you live in a different country
  • Ways to be present in the moment
  • Understanding mental health and getting rid of any generational stigma. Also, how to spot the signs and be the first person to identify that your daughter/son maybe struggling and aid them with getting help
  • Working out the type of support you will provide to the new parents and without overpromising
  • Bonding with your grandchild. This includes: common concerns, separation anxiety (on your and the child's part!) and fun ideas on how to bond with your grandchild
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For Grandparents
  • The process of reflection: looking at how you parented your children/step-children and exploring any feelings of regret
  • The process of reflection: looking back to how your parents and grandparents did things and how not to let this determine the kind of grandparent you will be (if negative)
  • Pinpointing the best bits of you as a parent and using these to shape your grandparent style
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For Mums and Dads
  • Toilet training:
    • when to start and the signs of readiness
    • the stages of toilet training: the do's and dont's and top tips
    • essential equipment
    • common questions from parents answered

 

  • Illness & First Aid:
    • What you need know for this stage and age
    • We cover everything from immunisations, to bangs to the head, to vomiting & diarrhoea, to croup and much more
    • We explain what each illness and first aid moment entails and how to treat it
    • Best of all, the content is delivered by a highly experienced Paediatric Nurse - the person you would end up seeing at Accident & Emergency
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Chapter FourHanna SorrellSOS
For Mums and Dads

  • Nursery and pre-school: how to choose the right setting for your child
  • Understanding the differences between state and public schools and dispelling any myths
  • Pertinent questions to ask nursery and pre-school settings
  • Preparing your child for pre-school and school -  supporting learning at home
  • Keeping your child on the "right" track (for you) - managing parental pressures 

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For Mums and Dads

 

HOW TO COPE WITH THE FEAR OF PREGNANCY-RELATED TRAUMA WHEN TRYING FOR/HAVING MORE CHILDREN

 

  • Exploring why you want a second baby and ensuring any potential hiccups are ironed out before trying for another child
  • Trying for another baby after experiencing trauma with past pregnancies, or wanting to prepare in case trauma is experienced. Trauma, for the purpose of this course, is defined as fertility issues, miscarriage, traumatic birth and postnatal mental disorders
  • Your options after a traumatic experience first time round and how to build your antenatal A Team to ensure you feel armed and confident with pregnancy and/or labour the second time round
  • How to manage associated anxiety experienced whilst trying for a second or third baby
  • How not to feel lonely as a second, or third time Mum when you're surrounded by first-time parents
  • Secondary infertility: how to cope and normalising feelings you might have

 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR/COPE WITH HAVING A NEW BABY AND OLDER CHILDREN

 

  • The tried-and-tested steps to take to encourage your toddler to co-operate, and in a gentle way 
  • How to handle toddler tantrums to get the best outcome for both you and in a gentle way
  • How to get through a difficult patch with your toddler
  • How to prepare a toddler for the arrival of a sibling and get the best out of every precious moment (and not feel guilty)

  • Dealing with the so-called 'terrible twos' and 'threenagers': understanding why certain behaviours may be happening and the impact a new baby can then have

  • How to juggle a toddler and baby and ensure the toddler isn't too resentful of the new arrival

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For Mums and Dads
  • Illness & First Aid:
    • What you need know for this stage and age
    • We cover so much and from immunisations, to bangs to the head, to vomiting & diarrhoea, to croup and much more
    • We explain what each illness and first aid moment entails and how to treat it
    • Best of all, the content is delivered by a highly experienced Paediatric Nurse - the person you would end up seeing at Accident & Emergency
  • Sleep:
    • what to expect at this age and stage
    • how much sleep - naps vs. night-time sleep
    • the 8-12-month regression - myth or real?
    • the impact of solids on sleep
    • the impact of development milestones on sleep such as walking and talking
    • naps and the impact, or not, on night-time sleep
    • what does a sleep professional do/not do (and why you can still do it your way and at a pace that works for you!)
    • travelling/a change in time and the impact on sleep
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For Mums and Dads
  • Understanding development and how to support your child with their physical, social & emotional and cognitive development.  In particular, this course covers:
    • Walking: how to aid baby and equipment to support them
    • Talking: how to encourage baby, what's expected and not expected and when, and equipment to aid your child
    • Social development: how to aid your child with their social skills and emotions
    • Bonding: how to really cement a bond with your growing baby and in different ways (especially when you go back to work)
    • Feeling confident about your child's development and balancing research with play when it comes to the advice and reassurance given
    • What to do if you have concerns with development and how to approach this
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For Mums

BODY

  • 8-week exercise programme for this postnatal stage that will work for both parents and generate results
  • exploring and deciding on your exercise needs and setting healthy and realistic goals
  • advice on postnatal body issues that may still be prevalent at this stage, including: split tummy muscles, pelvic floor, loose joints and your breathing
  • eating healthy and how to be sensible with your approach
  • how to return to running
  • joining a gym
  • choosing a personal trainer

MIND

  • how to manage general parent anxiety and the dreaded mum guilt
  • how to build confidence in your ability as a Mum, Partner and Friend
  • what if you feel low, exhausted, depressed or lonely at this stage - what does this mean and not mean and where can you go to seek help
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For Mums

  • The steps to take when you decide to go back to work - for employed and self-employed parents
  • The practical elements of returning to work 
  • Emotional attachments to both family and work
  • Psychological changes that may impact how you view your career as a parent
  • Building confidence about returning to your job
  • Keep in touch (KIT) days and what to do when you attend one
  • Juggling the work-life balance
  • Changing your career altogether
  • Flex working: continue with your job/company but make it work for both parents. How to approach it with conviction and get the result you want
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For Mums and Dads

 

PART I - Delivered by Lizzie King

 

  • The signs that you can start weaning and dispelling or confirming any weaning myths
  • Types of weaning - Baby-Led Weaning, Purees or doing a bit of both are all explained and treated equally
  • The pattern of milk feeds and meals - from 6 months to 1 year
  • Sleep and weaning and the impact solids could have
  • Recommended books, websites and apps for weaning

 

PART II - Delivered by Lizzie King and Professor Mike Thomson

 

  • Weaning concerns - gag reflex and foods that present choking hazards
  • Allergies - how to identify them and establish what is causing the issue
  • Fussy feeders –  especially around texture progression and fluid refusal   
  • Vitamins from food and milk vs. giving supplements -  an idea of what your baby needs and where he/she can get it from food-wise
  • Ways of saving time when weaning that are still ok from a nutritional standpoint
  • Weaning premature babies and those diagnosed with reflux and allergies early on
  • Equipment and weaning when travelling
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For Mums and Dads
  • Why it's never too early to think about your childcare options, including: grandparents, nannies, au pairs, child-minders and nurseries. Covering everything you need to know about each option, including:
    • defining the option and exploring the pros and cons. This is presented in an easy-to-follow diagram that you can print off and use when interviewing/viewing childcare options
    • the timeline - when to make a decision about each option
    • the questions to ask each option
    • making childcare work financially
    • making it work for your family - juggling work, illness when in childcare and juggling other children who maybe at school/elsewhere
    • how you might feel about your baby/toddler/child going into childcare and talking openly about how to deal with this
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For Mums and Dads
  • Understanding development and how to support your child with their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. In particular, this course covers:
    • Tummy time, sitting up and rolling over: how to help baby and equipment to support them
    • Crawling: how to help baby and equipment to support them
    • Social development: how to aid your child with their social skills and emotions
    • Bonding: how to really cement a bond with your baby and in different ways
    • Feeling confident about your child's development and balancing research with play when it comes to the advice and reassurance given
    • What to do if you have concerns with development and how to approach this
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For Mums and Dads
  • Illness & First Aid:
    • What you need know for this stage and age
    • We cover immunisations, to bangs to the head, to vomiting & diarrhoea, to croup and much more
    • We explain what each illness and first aid moment entails and how to treat it
    • Best of all, the content is delivered by a highly experienced Paediatric Nurse - the person you would end up seeing at Accident & Emergency
  • Sleep:
    • what can be expected at this age and stage
    • SIDS Guidelines
    • how much sleep - naps vs. night time sleep
    • cementing a routine and how to tackle things when sleep isn't improving 
    • how to deal with the day after a heavy night of broken sleep
    • the 4-month sleep regression - myth or fact?
    • moving away from sleep associations or habits
    • the dream feed
    • dummies - help or hindrance?
    • the impact of development milestones on sleep such as rolling and crawling
    • getting ready to move baby into their nursery
    • illness and sleep
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Chapter TwoHanna SorrellSOS
For Mums and Dads
  • Focusing on late pregnancy through to the days after you've given birth

    • the birth plan: necessary or not? how to deal with any differences with your birth plan vs. the reality 

    • last minute anxieties about the pregnancy

    • how to deal with going over your due date and being aware of last minute tests such as: Group B strep, including how to get tested for it privately and the necessary steps thereafter during labour

    • Inductions & Sweeps: knowing what happens and your choices should you not want one

    • Being assertive in the labour or theatre room to ensure you feel as in control as you can feel

    • C-Sections: whether elective or emergency, be proud! Why you might be having one, how to prepare and essential care after one

    • Second-time parents: will your labour be similar to the first? or totally different

    • Baby-related issues: potential issues that might impact baby when they're born. From meconium to failing hearing tests to infections

    • Traumatic births: why you might feel traumatised and what's normal/not so normal in terms of your feelings

    • Down below: stitches and swelling after labour. Knowing about the different degrees of tears and how to treat any trauma

    • Premature & unwell babies who go into a Neonatal Unit: what you need to know, coping and ways of bonding with your baby

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For Mums and Dads
  • Understanding postnatal depression, birth trauma, new parent anxiety and bonding issues or resentment towards the baby
  • Traumatic births: how to understand what happened, how you might be feeling and where to seek help - for men and women
  • Knowing what's to be expected in the early days and the signs that can be displayed by either parent when help is needed and where to go
  • Looking at how men and women cope and the importance of a parenting constellation and finding your tribe
  • Normalising the fact that not everyone falls in love with their baby instantly and how parenting might not be what you imagined

  • Lots of coping mechanisms derived from CBT therapy techniques

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For Dads
  • Before labour: exploring how you might be feeling and establishing communication lines with your partner now
  • During labour: what not to do and say and how to feel in control
  • Post-labour: if your partner is rushed off to theatre and you're passed your baby, what to do when it comes to feeding and bonding
  • Day 1: the drive home and when the milk comes in
  • How to cope with feeling like a spare part and how to get more involved
  • Bonding with baby and feeling confident about how YOU care for your child
  • The return to work: how you might be feeling, how to keep the bonding process going whilst you're at work and what not to do when it comes to promises you make to your partner
  • Juggling work and home expectations
  • Changing your work/life balance after baby is born (without upsetting the boss)

  • Shared parental leave - what are Dads entitled to

  • Dads can suffer with postnatal depression too - what happens if you struggle with parenthood and why keeping quiet isn't the best approach

  • Coping when your partner goes through a mental health struggle

  • Reaching out to the Dad network beyond your circle of friends

  • Stay at home dads: what this looks like in reality

  • Going from 1 to 2 kids: what does this really look like and essential tips to ensure you feel in control (sort of)

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For Mums and Dads
  • The guilt-free guide to feeding your baby: breast, formula or combination. Our approach is 'fed is best' 
  • The first feed and days thereafter - understanding intake vs. poo colour
  • Feeding schedules 
  • How to get the latch right 
  • Breastfeeding after surgery
  • How to bottle feed your baby
  • Pumping and freezing breastmilk
  • How to phase out breastfeeding if it doesn't work for you
  • Problem solving with breastfeeding and feeding in general including: latch issues, understanding reflux and tongue-tie in babies and understanding issues relating to the mother such as: mastitis, blocked ducts, thrush and engorgement in the breasts

 

  • Sleep: 
    • How much - naps vs. night time sleep
    • SIDS Guidelines
    • Co-Sleeping
    • Teaching the difference between day and night
    • To follow a routine or not
    • What to do when your baby wants to party all night
    • Answering the common questions that parents have at this stage

 

  • Illness & First Aid:
    • What you need know for this stage and age
    • We cover immunisations, to bangs to the head, to vomiting & diarrhoea, to croup and much more
    • We explain what each illness and first aid moment entails and how to treat it
    • Best of all, the content is delivered by a highly experienced Paediatric Nurse - the person you would end up seeing at Accident & Emergency
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