It's men's health week - and the perfect opportunity to check in on the new fathers in your life.
Depression in fathers is common, affecting up to ten percent of dads during the perinatal period (pregnancy and the first year of the baby’s life).
While the likelihood of men developing depression at this time significantly increases if their partner is depressed, men may experience depression on their own.
It’s important to be aware of the signs of depression, so that you can recognise it early.
Some of the symptoms of postnatal depression include: - Feeling sad or down, or sometimes feeling numb and nothing at all -Loss of interest or pleasure in life, your baby, or activities that you used to enjoy -Feeling angry, frustrated and/or irritable -Lacking energy and motivation, feeling tired all the time -Feeling disconnected from others -Loss of libido -Difficulties thinking clearly or concentrating which may be also affected by lack of sleep -Increased use of drugs and/or alcohol -Changes in appetite and weight (may increase or decrease).
Before things reach boiling point, it’s a good idea to seek help. There are safe and effective treatments for depression, and the faster you seek treatment, the faster you can recover and get back to your old self.
Our circle chat this last week has been a little bit more personal than other weeks. We have been talking about changes in our pelvic floor and bladder after having our babies and how it may effect us later in life.
I have been asking all our KangaMums to slow down and focus on how long they take to wee each visit to the toilet, and then following up with some tips and ideas on how to ensure we fully empty our bladder, avoid training our body to 'need' to go in certain situations and how to hold a bit longer when we need to.
I hope some of you have felt some progress or at least a bit more confident in your body, it can do amazing things. Remember while pelvic floor and bladder problems may be common we can work on making it better! We need to keep this discussion going, keep bringing it to light and empowering ourselves to seek help when needed.
These School Holidays there is no need to miss out on your Kanga Fix! We have both Kangatraining and Kangatraining Kids sessions running on Friday 2nd and 9th in Kingswood at our regular times.
You can use this as a make up session if you still have Term 2 credits or book in an extra session or two for just $10 per session. For current clients you can book in via Studio Bookings, for new clients you will need to register on our website.
Kangatraining is for Mums and Bubs from 6-12 wks and up, a full body workout designed to help you recover from pregnancy and birth.
Kangatraining Kids is for children 18m-5 yrs and their parent/ carer, a fun filled active play session with music and movement.
Numbers are limited so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment, or send a message for more information 💕
There is nothing cuter than a class full of sleeping babies after our Kangatraining workout! We stick around and chat as they gently start to stir and wake up, some will transfer to the car too!
This group is was full of older babies, some who don't nap during class all the time anymore. With the younger bubs they nearly always nap during every class. The music, movement and snuggles by mums chest are just a magic combination for sleepy dust.
Come along for a free trial class in Term 2 to experience the Kanga Sleepy Dust Magic for yourself- just send a message for more information 💕
We all know babies and toddlers have short attention spans, this just helps confirm it!
Having realistic expectations really helps understand our kiddos and to be able to work with their needs.
Do your kids match these attention span times?#repost @transformingtoddlerhood 💕 ▪ ▪ ▪ DO YOU WISH YOUR TODDLER WOULD SPEND MORE TIME PLAYING INDEPENDENTLY? 🧐
When we talk about independent play during the toddler years, it’s important to keep our expectations in alignment with development capabilities. This is something that takes practice and varies from child to child, and environment to environment. There’s no one path to teaching a toddler how to happily play independently for hours at a time. The goal is to support them while they grow into it.
Here are some great ways to support your child in developing their attention span! ↓ 🌟Sensory play; tactile play using any of the 5 senses 🌟Open-ended toys that spark creativity 🌟Rotating toys to keep the environment new and exciting 🌟Observing their interests and creating play opportunities that coincide 🌟Noticing when your child is focused and avoid interrupting them
If you have a 3-year-old who can’t independently play alone, that’s ok! This is simply a guide. For anyone looking to set their toddler up for success, I suggest setting the scene with their current interest in toys/activities. Engage with them while they play, be on their level and connected. Don’t let your phone or other distractions come into the room if you can. Then after 15 minutes of toddler-led playtime, say something like, “Mommy has to go into the kitchen. I’ll be back to check on you in 5 minutes.” Staying close by and ideally in sight. Also, be sure to come back quickly. Building TRUST and following through so you will always be back as you say.
If your little one won’t let you leave the room, it’s OK, this takes lots of time and patience. It's a bigger deal to them, being left to play on their own when all they've known if having a partner to play with, than it seems to you. You’ll get there with intentional practice ❤️
What are your hurdles when it comes to independent play? What is the most engaging activity for your toddler to practice independent play? ... See MoreSee Less
When using your hood for naptime or for shade it is important to be mindful of airflow for your baby. You know how hot it is if you put your head under a simple cotton sheet or quilt, it is no different for baby in a carrier.
When using the hood consider using just one side to support the head if required, ensuring their nose and mouth are clear of any material. Most hoods are adjustable in how tight you can put them, others may be rolled to provide support without going over the head. Some carriers have a flap that you can raise and the same goes- it should not cover baby's face.
If you have any questions please ask and I am always there in class to help too. ... See MoreSee Less
💕Trigger warning ⚠️ emergency caesarean This a poem from a member of our community💫
Your journey into this world shook me, shook me deep through to my core, left me cut open, shaking, bleeding – all I wanted was to run back through that door. I closed my eyes and held my breath as I kind of almost knew, my instincts told me something wasn’t right, possibly because I already knew you, after all you are the little love who shared my body as you grew. Although we had not yet met by skin, we had known each other by heart, it was decided for us upon that day, there was simply no more time to be apart. “He’ll be here in five minutes”… “try one” she said.. as daddy & I share a nervous glare, that escalated quickly, I feel empty and stripped bare. As they took you from my body, it was raw, scary & new, but deep down I knew that the worry I felt was not for me, but for you. We waited nervously for moments, for your lungs to let out a screech, I made a promise to myself if you would just be ok, I will start to practice what I preach. Our hearts exploded with relief when we heard your muffled voice, as your daddy held me tight, looked into my eyes, our faces filled with rejoice. Briefly placed upon my chest, I squeezed you amongst tubes & cables, Once out of here, I promise to read you tonnes of books and fables. I lay there frozen cold behind the blue curtain, baby without a name is ok, we now know this for certain. My boys were whisked away, I’m so scared, now all alone, tears streaming down my face, waiting, waiting as they stitch me up, my overwhelmed mind totally blown. Violently shaking through recovery, you had your daddy to keep you warm, but I still worried as the hours ticked by, you would not know me in this life form. The mind is a powerful place, you see, so easily it can roam, no need to worry as up until now I was all you’d ever known - I will always be your home. Days later the dressing removed, amongst rivers of tears in the shower, little do I know, looking back that one day this mark will resemble my true superpower. The scar that now lies amongst my belly, the healing will come with time, whilst I am grateful for what my body has given me, we still have hills to climb. I don’t love this body again yet, I don’t quite believe, but I’ve made a deal to give it time and see what I can achieve. Today, we sit here together at merely four weeks new, a new version of me, and a brand new you. Your journey into this world shook me, shook me deep through to my core, yet I look at you now and smile, we did it and I am completely in awe.