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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – also known as Cot Death.

I think any mum sitting down to write an article on this topic would feel the same – the first sentence and I can hardly breathe. I can’t possibly try to empathise with or understand how the horror of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) must make a family feel, it’s beyond the scope of my words and heavily beyond the strength of my heart. So I begin this article with a huge sorrow and sadness for those families already affected and also with a clear purpose of writing in the hope that together, as parents, we can ensure that our babies are exposed to as few risk factors as physically possible.

According to the HSE website SIDS can be defined as “the sudden unexpected death of an apparently well infant for which there is no explanation”.  They also say that “most babies die in their sleep peacefully”.

SIDS is not common – that is important to know – but from the most up to date information I could find it still claimed the lives of 34 babies in Ireland in 2004.  This is significantly reduced from 134 babies per year in the 1980s.  Babies are less affected when they start to gain mobility at about five months of age.  The MOST IMPORTANT thing to take away from this article is that reducing the risk factors for SIDS has reduced the amount of babies that have died.   So the advice you hear at every hospital appointment, GP or public health nurse visit is all trying to deliver the same message – if you follow the guidelines for SIDS risk reduction you reduce the risk of your baby being affected.

question markWhat do we know?

It is also important to appreciate that whilst some risk factors have been associated with SIDS the cause actually remains unknown.  Sometimes there are no answers to the questions SIDS must raise, even though I imagine answers are what you would actually need and be looking for.  With this in mind I think all we can do is the best with the information that we DO know.

We know that 9 out of 10 SIDS deaths occur when a baby is six months or younger.  We know that more baby boys than girls die from SIDS (1.5 : 1).  We know that premature and low birth weight babies have an increased risk of SIDS. We know that exposure to tobacco smoke can increase your babies risk of SIDS x 8! We know that smoking during pregnancy can increase your babies risk of SIDS x 4!  We know that sleeping with an adult increases the risk of SIDS and that this risk increases if the adult has consumed ANY alcohol or drugs which may cause drowsiness.  We know that putting a baby to sleep on their tummy or side increase the risk of SIDS.  We know that a baby using a duvet, quilt or pillow under one year of age is more at risk of SIDS.  Finally we know that a baby who is over heated through their clothes or environment is at increased risk of SIDS.  So actually we know a lot.

How do we use this info to reduce the risk of SIDS?

  • IMG_7589Place your baby on their back when putting them down for sleep.  If they roll onto their tummy with physical ability and by choice it’s ok but don’t place them to sleep on their tummy.  Their feet should be touching the foot of the cot.
  • Use thin blankets or sheets no higher than their shoulders and tuck them in so that they can’t slip over their heads.  Alternatively I found it easier to use baby sleeping bags. Always use the correct size sleeping bag for your baby as otherwise it may slip over their heads – if the small size of sleeping bag seems too big just use blankets for a few more weeks.
  • Do tummy time to help develop strength and muscle tone – you can read more about this in my flat head article by clicking here.
  • quit smoking wonderbabaEradicate all exposure of tobacco smoke to your baby – quit smoking if your can or if not ensure you smoke outside (another room in the house or out the window will not completely get rid of the smoke – you may not be able to smell or see it but it can linger for a couple of hours in a room.)  Don’t handle the baby or let another smoker soon after a cigarette.  For support to quit smoking check out this great website – www.quit.ie – loads of brilliant support and tips available!
  • Its been found that the lowest risk of SIDS is in babies who sleep in a cot or crib in the same room as their parents until they are six months of age.  I found a co-sleeper crib great as it meant I had a lot of the convenience of co-sleeping whilst breastfeeding and recovering from c-section but also the baby had the safety of their own space – in my room.
  • Whilst the evidence is not robust on this tip it’s still worth mentioning that soother use has been associated with a reduction in SIDS risk.  Obviously if your baby doesn’t take to a soother then there’s nothing you can do about it, but if your baby does like a soother at bed time then it’s no harm – and if it falls out when they’re asleep there is no need to put it back in unless they look for it 🙂  For lot’s of more information on soother use check out my full blog by clicking here!
  • Don’t use a duvet, quilt or pillow for your baby if they are under 12 months of age.
  • Keep the temperature of their bedroom between 16 and 20 degrees celcius – ideally 18!
  • Don’t place their cot, crib, or moses basket next to a radiator, heater, fire or in direct sunlight.
  • Babies regulate their heat a lot using their heads – so no hats in bed.
  • Use a firm clean mattress which fits the cot or basket well – with no gaps down the sides.


little handWhilst it’s important to be aware of the risk factors and reduce them where you can I think as parents we would find it hard to cope if you thought this was a common occurrence which was a big risk to your baby every day.  So using the most recent figure I could see of 34 Cot Deaths per year in 2004 and also looking at the stats for 2016 – it would mean that to the 34 babies who died there were 63,863 who did not.  We can’t always fear what might happen, if we are taking reasonable precautions to reduce risk factors and act as responsible parents I think we have to just believe that everything will be fine and enjoy our beautiful WonderBabas as they grow and develop into amazingly unique and perfect individuals with more wonder to reveal each day.

If you would like to learn more about SIDS or need support there are some great resources available in Ireland:


feetI hope you found this information helpful and as always don’t hesitate to contact me on the WonderBaba Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) with any questions or for one to one advice for your little one! You can also consult with me in person at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 or over the phone on 012600262

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Vitamin and Supplement Series – Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid.  It is a water-soluble vitamin which means it is easily absorbed from food and any extra that your body does not need is excreted.  It is important to make sure your child has a balanced healthy diet as Vitamin C cannot be made by our bodies and so we rely completely on good nutritious food for its supply!

So why do we need it?

Vitamin C promotes good wound healing, acts as an antioxidant, supports a health immune system, helps iron absorption and can help reduce tiredness and weakness. As if that isn’t enough its role in collagen formation means it also helps to maintain blood vessels, bones and cartilage – Vitamin C is a busy vitamin!! Continue reading

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A WonderBaba Guide to Impetigo

wonderbaba-impetigoImpetigo is a very contagious bacterial skin condition which most commonly affects children up to four years of age (approx 3%) but also affects about 2% of children from five to 14 years of age.  It’s less common in adults and this is probably due to the nature of close contact children have in creche and school environments. Hands on slobbery play definitely encourages the spread of infection of all types but try telling that to a two year old! There may have been a time a few years ago that I was daft enough to think they may listen! Continue reading

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WonderReview – Is Aveeno Baby Skincare Amazing?!

Just like every mum I’m always keen to try out new skin care products on my children’s skin in the hope it may offer them a little relief from dry and sensitive skin.  I was excited to see the Aveeno Baby range become available in Ireland as I have often had queries about it from mums who have seen it in the States.  The curiosity about it has been immense as the regular Aveeno and the Aveeno Dermexa ranges already enjoy a lot of success.  So let me just explain the differences between the ranges before I give you the breakdown of the baby range.

Aveeno-dermexa-emollient-body-wash-250mlAveeno ‘Daily’ moisturising lotion and washes are recommended for normal to dry skin and should be used as a part of your normal daily skin care routine.  These products are for your body – whereas the Ultra calming range is for your face.  The ‘Skin Relief’ products are lotions which contain soothing ingredients such as shea or menthol.  Aveeno also have an emollient cream which is useful when you need more moisture than the lotion provides.  The ‘Dermexa’ range is designed to be more soothing than the traditional products and is useful for irritated and sensitive skin.  This is the range that many parents use on their children’s skin as it moisturises for up to 24 hours and can provide comfort from itchy skin.  It is suitable for children older than three months of age.  If you are happily using this range I would probably not change to the specific baby range as I don’t think there would be a huge advantage – unless your child is younger than three months of age.

The Aveeno Baby range has been approved by pediatricians which means it is suitable for use from birth.  The range has been designed with a baby’s delicate and sensitive skin in mind and the colloidal oats will providing soothing comfort to your child.

aveeno baby emollient wash pic milltownThere are three products available at the moment.  The first is the Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Wash – I used this for almost two weeks on my three and I have to say I found it lovely to use. It will make some bubbles if encouraged which is always a plus when toddlers are involved and two out of my three have extremely sensitive skin but there was no issues at all using this. It’s unscented and is gentle enough that it will not irritate their eyes during the bath.  You can add some to the bath or apply it to a wet cloth or sponge to wash them directly.  It’s a nice creamy formulation and I’d definitely be happy to recommend it for regular use to anyone looking for a gentle wash for delicate and sensitive skin.

The Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Wash is available by clicking here!

aveeno baby emollient cream picNext up there is Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Cream – This I have to say is a tricky one for me…I loved it on most levels but I must admit I felt it left a bit of a sticky residue on their skin.  Now I’m super fussy when it comes to moisturisers as I have eczema myself and have spent my life trying to find the ideal one so maybe I’m being a bit harsh.  It feels lovely to apply and really and truly leaves the skin silky, soft and utterly nourished – there is no doubt about that.  The colloidal oats here again will calm and soothe irritated skin so definitely useful during a skin flare up or as a regular use cream. I suppose it just takes a little longer to absorb perhaps than what I’m used to.  For anyone that’s interested I’m a bit obsessed with the La Roche Posay Lipikar AP Baume! It offers great comforting moisture, reduces itch and really does absorb very quickly.  I think it’s important for a product to be easy to use and when trying to get a baby dressed after applying the Aveeno Baby you might find them a little stickier than you would with the La Roche Posay Lipikar Balme.

The Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Emollient Cream is available by clicking here!

The La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume is available by clicking here!

aveeno baby daily care barrier cream milltownFinally there is the Aveeno Baby Daily Care Barrier Cream.  This is a cream formulated to soothe and protect against nappy rash.  I really like this product! I was using it for the two weeks on my 11 month old who during that time suffered from a tummy bug and got his first tooth! It really got a good test with him and a less effective cream would not have saved him from discomfort.  It has a lovely thick consistency like what I expect from a nappy cream – sort of like Sudocrem! I found it to be a really effective barrier cream.  It’s also easy to apply and contains the colloidal oats to soothe the skin. I love this nappy cream and would find it hard to choose a favourite between this and Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream.  If you’re looking for a cream that can be used for general skin irritations on areas other than the nappy area then I would go with La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume.

The Aveeno Baby Daily Care Barrier Cream is available by clicking here!

 You can out more about the Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream by clicking here!

The La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume is available by clicking here!

cropped-websitefeetlogo.pngI hope you find this helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page (www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262. I’m always happy to help!


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The WonderBaba Cure for a Working Mammy’s Guilt!

slingMaternity leave comes to an end all to quick. Precious days spent getting to know this amazing little person who has just joined your family.  It almost feels like they are just starting to blossom into  their new personalities when it’s time to go back to work.  Some people have the option of taking a year off, some people only a few weeks, whatever your reasons, choices and commitments it boils down to the same thing…you have to leave your baby.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of mums out there who are excited to go back to work, I was one of them in many ways, but even with the best job in the world it can be a phase of major adjustment, upset and turmoil!  Otherwise known as ‘the mammy guilt’.  Rather than going down the road of discussing why people make a choice to go back to work or to highlight that many people don’t actually have a choice in the first place I thought it might be refreshing to focus on the positives! So this little article is for all of you working mammies out there who are struggling to cope with the guilt of having to leave your baby whether it be for a couple of half days a week or a five day full time working week.  This article is a focus on the positives – and actually I’m amazed by the length of it!!!

Work Life Balance Signpost Shows Career And Leisure Harmony


When I was expecting my most recent little addition I came across an amazing group of women who were all in the same boat (LOTP you know who you are!).  Out of the group many of the women have gone back to work and some are just returning now. There are also some stay at home mums who went back to work after having earlier babies but have chosen to stay at home this time around.  Of course there is a collection of full time stay at home mums and I have to say – being at home is just as hard a job as being at work – I think this will become even more evident as this article continues!!  After a few hard days at work this week I was feeling a bit exhausted and wondered if I had the choice to be a stay at home mum would life actually be any easier? In the interest of a bit of a giggle and a bit of perspective  I asked this group of women a simple question “what are the positives about being a working mum”?  Here is a sample of the answers to cheer any of you emotionally drained ‘working mums’ up!  Let’s be clear..this article is not my ‘norm’.  You will not find any evidence based guidelines or medical research here…but sometimes, just sometimes…laughter is the best medicine!

What are the positives of being a ‘working mum’?

  • cup-of-coffee-Being somewhat appreciated for what I do.
  • Saying ‘I’ll do it in a minute’ and your word being accepted instead of being asked again and again every 5 seconds until you give in.
  • Going to the toilet in peace and without an audience.
  • Coffee in peace – and it’s even hot!
  • Lunch in peace – again even hot if wanted!!
  • Feeling like you have done something productive instead of the ‘futility’ of housework etc.
  • “I’d quit my job but its the only place I get any sleep!”
  • Exercising my brain.
  • ‘I like those 16 mins a day when I’m on my own in the car.  I like that I’m me and not just mammy.  I like that at the end of my shift I can just stop what I’m doing’.
  • Feeling like I have a goal apart from eat, sleep, clean up mess, repeat.
  • The feeling of having a purpose other than being a mammy to help retain a sense of identity.
  • Being called by my name.
  • musicThe commute and singing along to the radio without the kids asking 20 questions!
  • ‘Adult conversation..being a stay at home mum I can go days without adult conversation apart from husband! Sometimes I go to ALDI for a chat.’
  • ‘I go to my local shop – I now know all of the staff!’
  • Dressing in work clothes.
  • Listening to talk shows on the radio.
  • ‘Eating…alone like. And swallowing’
  • Putting on make up.
  • Having the craic with colleagues and friends.
  • makeupSitting down.
  • People listen to me when I speak and don’t respond with ‘why’?
  • Not being pooped on.
  • Not talking about poop.
  • Going for lunch with friends.
  • ‘I love my house being clean because we are not in it to mess it’
  • Lunch cooked by canteen staff.
  • Wearing high heels.
  • Work people don’t steal food off your plate.
  • Browsing on the internet without feeling guilty about ignoring the kids.
  • Talking about things other than power rangers and dinosaurs.
  • Being a person other than ‘mammy’
  • phone‘Not being called mammy, however being a teacher I do get called mammy at work from time to time!’
  • Being on your phone without someone wanting to snatch it from your hand.
  • Facing different challenges and exercising different skills to what I do at home.
  • Financial benefits help make it feel worthwhile.
  • ‘Having new things to talk to hubbie about at dinner time other than the consistency of poop and the price of food in Tesco’.
  • Sharing night time baby duties and early wakings as both of us at work.
  • ‘not having to chase an energiser bunny all day – jesus it’s exhausting!’
  • Not having to try and get the baby to nap.
  • Wearing clean clothes.
  • Being able to wear jewellery.
  • Lunchtime shopping.
  • If you’re sick you can go back to bed as the kids have childcare as being at home minding kids when your sick is no fun!
  • Not bringing a buggy.
  • Walking with two free hands.
  • Husband gets a taste of what it is you’ve been doing whilst ‘off’.
  • ‘Not having to get my boobs out for eight whole hours’.
  • ‘Being better at my job because of having children…can survive on very little food and drink for days on end and can go without sleep – every employers dream!’
  • Being appreciated.
  • Getting to carry a handbag with things in it just for me.
  • Having lunch at lunchtime.
  • Being able to drive with the music blaring at ridiculous levels.
  • ‘Those sneaky mental health days as me and husband call them where we take the day off and still send the kids to creche and go to the cinema.’
  • little handComing home to big cuddles.
  • The look of joy/relief on their faces when you collect them or get home.

Well I hope reading that little list which was created by fellow ‘working mammies’  has helped you to realise that actually maybe going to work isn’t such a bad thing!  Going to work may actually help you to be a better and more tolerant parent by allowing you some very precious ‘you’ time.  You may actually spend better quality time with your kids during your time off than you ever would if you were with them every day of the week.  So let the ‘working mammy’ guilt be gone – consider yourself cured!  You are now free to move on to any of the following common forms of mammy guilt:

  • My child doesn’t eat enough fruit and vegetables guilt.
  • My child watches more than 5 minutes of TV per day guilt.
  • My child just licked a dirty floor guilt.
  • I gave my baby formula guilt.
  • I use disposable nappy guilt.
  • I pretended to go to the bathroom just to get a minutes peace guilt.
  • I dress my child exclusively from Pennys guilt.
  • My child ate a lollipop guilt.
  • I fed my baby food from a sachet (without a spoon) guilt.



A WonderBaba Guide to Sleep!


If there was ever a hot topic in terms of parenting this has got to be it! Everyone warns you it will happen when your pregnant – but you don’t listen! Crowd of dramatics you think to yourself…..they’re exaggerating you say in your head as a new mum tells you they had two broken hours sleep in the last 48 hours. How on earth can anyone survive on that little sleep you think – it must be a lie…and you grab your ‘L’ shaped pillow, push yourself onto your left side, and doze off back to sleep.  To be fair pregnancy is hard on rest, there’s no denying that! You literally have to sleep with a 3kg wriggling ball on your stomach…which in my case routinely got the hiccups at about 2 am for a few hours!  In fact a ball would be fine – this wriggler has arms and legs to stick in awkward places! I was pregnant for 30 out of 42 months during the period of having my three children so honestly I am not belittling pregnancy insomnia…its cruel..but there’s one thing harder than having a baby inside of your tummy when trying to sleep….and that’s having a baby outside of your tummy when trying to sleep! When a baby is in your tummy you have no nappies to change or feeding to do. little hand When a baby has arrived to the outside world they still want to be on top of you all day long but also have a whole other host of new demands you need to figure out too! I’m actually smiling here to myself writing this because even when I think back the short 10 months since my little man was a newborn it seems like such a long time ago. When I think about the tiredness, the pains and the aches after coming home from hospital my mind immediately travels to thoughts of the cute little size he was, the way he fitted curled up in my own two hands and the gorgeous little baby noises he used to make! Don’t even start me on that ‘new baby smell’!  Babies have an amazing superpower… they are in cahoots with mother nature and they black out all of the hard stuff so that it is only the cuddles and smells that you actually remember!  That is why I have decided to write this blog now…mother nature may soon make me forget! So here it is…sleep the battle…my story uncovered!! Continue reading

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A WonderBaba Guide to Cows Milk Protein Allergy and Intolerance

What does it actually mean?question mark

Cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA) is an adverse immunological response to cow’s milk protein. Proteins found in cow’s milk are normally broken down by digestive enzymes into small peptides and amino acids – but when a baby has a cow’s milk protein allergy their gastrointestinal tract does not manage this effectively and the proteins cause an immunological response when they enter the gut tissues.  CMPA may be caused by two types of immunological response –  IgE-mediated or non-IgE mediated mechanisms or sometimes a combination or both.

An intolerance to cows milk is different to an allergy as whilst it can lead to a lot of discomfort it does not provoke an immune response.

milkCows milk allergy (CMA) or cows milk protein allergy (CMPA) is the most common food allergy diagnosed in young babies due to their heavy reliance on milk, exclusively for the first six months.  There is not always a known reason when a baby develops a CMPA but risk factors include a family history, asthma, and atopic dermatitis.

Cows milk protein allergy needs to be diagnosed by a doctor who may use a blood test to help with their clinical analysis.  Sometimes a blood test will come back negative as only one type of immunological response is possible to test for – IgE mediated.  So if your baby has a non-IgE mediated form of an immunological response to cows milk protein it will not show a positive blood test yet the condition is still present. You can see why it can be difficult to confirm CMPA and why it is important to visit your GP if your feel it is an issue for your child.

Children who suffer from an IgE mediated reaction can be very sensitive to very small amounts of cows milk protein.  Their symptoms tend to have a rapid onset of action, often within 20 minutes, but usually any time up to two hours. 5-6% of children in Ireland have some form of food allergy and the most common food which produce this type of immune response are milk, eggs, peanuts, nuts, fish and shellfish.  Most children out grow milk and egg allergies by the age of three but not peanut, treenut, fish or shellfish allergies.

Children who suffer from a non IgE mediated reaction or a mixed mediated reaction tend to display their symptoms with a more delayed response, for example more than 24 hours after exposure.  It is often dependant on how much cows milk protein they have been exposed to and so the effect can build up gradually.


So what symptoms are we talking about?mother and baby

Symptoms can vary from baby to baby and a child with CMPA may have just some or all of these symptoms.

Severe symptoms include:

  • Wheezing
  • Itching
  • Swelling of the lips
  • Red blotchy skin
  • Vomiting
  • Anaphylaxis (a severe reaction associated with lower respiratory and cardiovascular symptoms which requires emergency medical attention)  This type of reaction is possible but rare for CMPA.


Other Symptoms may include:

  • Reflux
  • eczema or rash
  • swelling around the eyes and/or lips
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Colic, wind, or tummy pain
  • Poor weight gain
  • Blood in stools
  • Upset or irritable baby
  • A baby unwilling to feed well
  • Coughing, sneezing and congestion



As mentioned earlier a blood test may be performed to diagnose a CMPA.  As a blood test is only successful at identifying a  IgE mediated immune response it may be necessary to try a 2-4 week trial of elimination of cows milk to find out if your child is suffering from the non IgE mediated type of reaction.  This is something that should be suggested by your doctor. Information for both breastfeeding and bottle feeding mums will now be discussed.


breastfeedingBreastfeeding and CMPA

Exclusively breastfed infants have a lower incidence of CMPA – and actually it has been shown in one study that early formula top ups can actually increase the liklihood of a baby developing CMPA.  Mothers who suspect their breastfed baby has CMPA should continue to breastfeed and discuss a trial elimination of dairy products from their diet to see if there is an improvement.  Maternal elimination of dairy should only be undertaken if necessary so to avoid a calcium or other nutrient deficiency in the mother.  This should be undertaken with the guidance of your GP. If a trial elimination of dairy is recommended to you then a calcium supplement should be considered. If formula must be given to a breastfed baby it should be an extensively hydrolysed formula which is prescribed.  I would like to add at this point that whilst exclusive breastfeeding is best for your baby it is not always possible and I strongly believe that a happy mother and baby is the most important thing.  Society can be very pressuring nowadays and on a personal level I feel the most important thing is to be well informed and make the best decisions you can for you and your baby taking all of your personal circumstances into consideration. As a healthcare professional I am proud to stand in support of mums whether they are looking for advice for breast or bottle feeding and am lucky to have the absolute pleasure of lots of experience with both!

imageBottlefeeding and CMPA

Bottle fed babies will need a specialised hypoallergenic formula which should be prescribed by your doctor. These milks may smell or look different to normal formula but babies are much more willing to try them than grown ups! I found that offering a warm bottle in this case helped!  There are two main types which are suitable:

  1. EHF’s (Extensively hydrolysed formulas) – These are made from cows milk which has been specially treated so that the proteins are broken down and there is a greatly reduced risk of reaction. e.g Aptamil Pepti and Nutramigen
  2. AAF’s (Amino acid formulas) – These are not made from cows milk, they are made with amino acids. They are safe but more expensive. e.g Neocate
  • Soy is not recommended as 50% of babies with CMPA are also allergic to soy and there are also separate concerns about its oestrogenic activity.
  • Goats milk is not nutritionally suitable and can also cause a reaction.
  • Lactose Free milk contains cows milk protein and should be avoided.
  • Comfort and anti-reflux formulas contain CMP and should be avoided in the case of allergy also.


Weaning and CMPA

As you start to wean your baby onto solids from around six months of age and they have a CMPA then it is important to remember the following:

  • baby riceThe prescription milk or breast milk should be used when making up food – not any other form of milk.
  • You will need to read the labels of foods very carefully as many contain milk which may not be obvious initially such as some baby rice cereals and snacks.
  • Preparing food from scratch allows you the confidence of knowing what is in it but isn’t always possible.
  • If your baby is very sensitive to small amounts of CMP then wash their utensils separately and be careful to avoid cross contamination when preparing food.
  • Introduce one new food every three days to allow for identification of other food allergies or sensitivities.


I hope you have found this article helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page (www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262. I’m always happy to help!





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WonderReview – Prince Lionheart Slumber Bunny!

frankMy little boy met the Prince Lionheart Slumber bunny over a month ago when he was about 7 months of age.  His big sisters fell completely in love with him and it was a challenge to stop them stealing him from his cot! They decided to call him Fluffy….not very original I thought and not quite a strong enough name for a bunny of this stature…So I put it to a public vote on the WonderBaba Facebook Page and am delighted to say that this handsome little dude will now be known as Frank!! Original for a soft bunny that much is for sure!

So let me tell you all about Frank 🙂 He comes from the Prince Lionheart family just like his distant relation the Slumber Bear – being huge fans of the slumber bear we were very excited when Frank arrived into the Pharmacy and just had to try him out! He has all of the same core functions as the Slumber bear, which means he contains a little sound box which fits snugly and safely into his back and he is sensor and motion activated.bunny back  Depending on your preference he will soothe your baby when they are stirring or crying by playing white noise, wave sounds, womb noises, music, or even a recording of your own voice! He stops automatically after 15 minutes which is great as it means he takes it easy on the battery – I mean carrots of course!  He has a USB charger which is pretty handy for when he is tired himself from all of that comforting and he has a useful little strap which means if he is joining your family on little trips he can be secured to the buggy and is more likely to make it home..no one needs the drama of a missing bunny!

What immediately attracted me to Frank (this blog sounds weird) was his lovely soft silkie ears – this bunny is heart achingly soft and snuggly and I know that even when my little boy is finished needing white noise to soothe him to sleep the Slumber Bunny will remain a favourite soft toy and provide years of comfort and company.

Frank is a very welcome addition to our house mostly because anything which can allow me to have a less interrupted nights sleep is a winner!! My little boy, like his big sisters before him, stirs and shuffles a lot in his sleep – often to the point where he wakes himself up and needs me to go in and provide reassurance of one kind or another.  I’m not saying your baby will never need you at night – but certainly over the past month or so the Slumber Bunny has settled Callum back to sleep without my help on many occasions and I won’t lie – I’m very grateful!  Frank can be turned on or off with a remote control also in addition to the sound and motion sensors – so again this is useful for exhausted mums like me!

The Slumber Bunny (aka Frank) is the softest most lovely bunny we have ever come across – although don’t tell that to the sleepytot as he is still critical for holding the soother in our house!!  I’ve spoken to a few mums about the Slumber Bunny and Slumber Bear and what’s interesting is that different sounds seem to work for different babies – for example white noise is a firm favourite in our house but mums of younger babies find the womb noises (sounds just life a muffled heartbeat) to be the best for helping their little ones back to sleep.  dontwake meblueWe like routine in our house – mostly to help us adults cope with life with three children who are still 4 and under so at 7pm I feed Callum whilst he listens to whitenoise or waves and then he dozes off – I pop him into his cot and the Slumber Bunny stays on and I feel this promotes a smooth transition.  I then sneak out of his room like some sort of undercover ninja – creaky floor boards are my nemesis!! I find having noise on helps him not to notice my sleek exit – well it would if I didn’t trip over the pile of clothes waiting to make the laundry on my way out making more noise than a bull in a china shop! We can’t all be blessed with graceful co-ordination..  The noise of the slumber bunny also helps to stop Callum hearing the chaos of me getting the older two to bed which makes the whole evening a lot more manageable.

We’ve had a lovely time trying our the Slumber Bunny and know that he will remain a firm favourite for years to come! Whether Callum can manage to stop his sisters from stealing him is yet to be seen but I have a feeling he will put up a good fight!

If you would like a Slumber Bunny like Frank in your house you can order them here – http://www.milltownpharmacy.ie/p/slumber_bunny        and I just hope you have as much fun naming them as we did here with the WonderBaba followers help!  P.S Your Slumber Bunny could be a girl….you won’t know until your child tells you 😉

I hope you have found this article helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page (www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262. I’m always happy to help!

Purchase Here – http://www.milltownpharmacy.ie/p/slumber_bunny



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Bronchiolitis – the best ways to beat it!

The bronchioles are small little airways in your baby’s lungs. The lungs are vital in delivering the right amount of oxygen to your baby’s blood steam allowing healthy bodily function to continue.  Bronchiolitis occurs when infection affects the bronchioles.  The most common cause of this infection in the respiratory synctial virus (RSV).  This viral infection causes inflammation and irritation of the bronchioles which can make it difficult for your little baby to breathe. Continue reading

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Hand foot and mouth disease – the aftermath!

We had hand, foot and mouth disease in the house a while ago – fun times…. Not so much!  Read my full hand, foot and mouth blog here –https://wonderbaba.ie/2015/09/22/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-a-wonderbaba-guide/

I just wanted to highlight a common problem that occurs after this illness. One of my little girls  had significant damage to her nail bed due to the blisters forming on the skin under her nails. This means that whilst the symptoms and virus have passed – the signs still remain. Continue reading