Belly Beyond Blog

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Welcome to our blog, where we share our best educational content for parents of little ones, because we believe that sometimes the right tip can make a world of difference.

Current features are our Babywearing Series written by our team here, as well as articles contributed by Nuk on feeding; Love to Dream on swaddling, transitioning, and sleep patterns; and Jellystone Designs on teething and sensory toys and tools.

We hope there is something in there that is of benefit to you and your family.

The Babywearing Series

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BABYWEARING: FEEL THE FREEDOM & BOND FOR LIFE

Babywearing is no longer niche – it's a movement. 

At Belly Beyond, we are big advocates for all things babywearing, so we have put together this comprehensive article series, covering everything you may want or need to know before you start your babywearing journey. 

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DISCOVER THE LIFELONG BENEFITS OF BABYWEARING FOR BABY (& YOU!)

Babywearing can boost the bond you form with your baby, is soothing and calming for baby, supports their healthy development, enables you to stay active with ease and comfort, offers stimulating sights for babies toddlers, and helps you manage who has access to your baby.

What else can boast that many
benefits?

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CARRY YOUR BABY IN EVERY POSITION: WHEN & WHY

You’ve probably noticed that there are several different carrying styles when it comes to babywearing – and figuring out when to use them can almost get your head as twisted as a baby wrap on your first attempt!

In this article, we go through the four most common positions and how they relate to the different baby development stages and babywearing products.

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WRAP, RING SLING, OR CARRIER? (PROS & CONS)

Since the recent explosion of the babywearing movement, many new and innovative products have become available.

But, how does one choose between the option of a carrier, wrap, or ring sling?

We'll take you through the advantages and considerations of each one.

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CHOOSE THE RIGHT WRAP OR CARRIER FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE & PREFERENCES

Everyone has different priorities when it comes to their parenting and lifestyle, and that’s why it’s important to consider what matters most to you when choosing a baby carrier or wrap.

Whether that's comfort, customisation, or longevity of use, we will tour you through the key factors to consider.

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8 SAFETY TIPS FOR THE POPULAR OUTWARD-FACING POSITION

So, it's time to try the outward facing position with your baby?

The front outward-facing position (otherwise known as world-facing) is very popular with many parents and babies because, well, the world is an exciting place! But it's also important to know all the safety dos and don'ts before getting started.

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BABYWEARING COMPARISON CHARTS

Compare within and across our four baby carrier brands to find the best fit for your baby, your lifestyle, and your personal preferences.

Browsing a tonne of baby wraps and carriers to find the right one for you can be a bit confusing and complicated – so we have simplified it for you by putting all the most important information in one place!

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SAFETY GUIDELINES EVERY BABYWEARING PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW

If you’re checking out these safety guidelines, you must be well on your way to starting your babywearing journey – how exciting!

To support you and your baby in forging a positive and safe carrying experience, we have put together the top expert recommendations on safe babywearing below, which we strongly encourage you to follow.

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NUK BLOG | BOTTLE & TEAT TIPS

NUK'S TIPS FOR HOW TO PICK A BOTTLE

In this article, Danella from NUK New Zealand takes us through all the options to consider when choosing baby bottles for your little one.

She discusses the advantages of glass and plastic, and she goes through bottle sizes and how they relate to breast milk versus formula milk. Also covered is the quantity of bottles you may need and how the bottle type changes in relation to age and stage. Finally, she covers safety standards and breast pump compatibility.

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NUK'S TIPS WHEN TO INTRODUCE A BOTTLE

If you're breastfeeding and are unsure when to start expressing and how to introduce bottle feeding, Danella from NUK New Zealand shares her expert tips on the topic.

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Love to Dream Blog | ARTICLES FROM The Sleep Centre

WHY, WHEN & HOW TO SWADDLE YOUR NEWBORN BABY

Ensuring your baby is comfortable and content is at the top of any new parent’s list, especially at night as you put them to sleep.

In this article by trusted sleep experts Love to Dream™, you'll learn all about why, when and how to swaddle your baby with safe and sound practices.

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UNDERSTANDING BABY SLEEP & SLEEP CYCLES

Baby sleep is different to adult sleep, so learning about your little one’s sleep cycles can help you make sense of their sleep patterns and help you lay the foundations for healthy sleep routines.

This article has been contributed by Infant Sleep Expert Genevieve Titov from Sleep Angel and reviewed by Specialist paediatrician Dr Jonny Taitz from FRACP.

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WHEN TO STOP SWADDLING YOUR BABY

Once you develop a good swaddle-to-sleep routine for your baby, you may wonder, when does swaddling stop? 

Many parents find the transition period a scary thought – but there's no need to worry – once you figure out why and when you should stop swaddling your baby, you'll know how to approach this with confidence. 

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Jellystone Designs Blog | Teething and Sensory Toys and Tools

THE IMPORTANCE OF OPEN-ENDED PLAY

Children are full of imagination and creativity. We see this best when they are playing – constructing worlds and stories out of the simplest of objects.

Bring your bub into an open-ended playing space where there are no limits and no rules – where they can be the masters of their own world! 

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THE MANY BENEFITS OF SENSORY TOYS AND TOOLS FOR BABIES & CHILDREN

Jellystone's teethers and sensory toys and chew pendants are specially designed to meet a range of needs – for not only babies, but also older children and kids on the autism spectrum – in a safe and supportive way.

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5 FAST FACTS ABOUT TEETHING & TOYS

For the busy mum and dad, Jellystone have put together '5 Fast Facts' about teething, toys and different development milestones that your bub is going to experience during the teething stage.

Check out this 'quick read' to learn some tips that may help with your little one as they go through this uncomfortable time.

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5 WAYS TO COMFORT A TEETHING BABY

Teething time can be quite an ordeal for both bubs and parents! But, fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can comfort your baby through their toothy troubles and make the experience better for both of you. Jellystone have compiled a list of their 5 best recommendations that can help!

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