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Over £100 of prizes to giveaway at Twitter Party Wed 24 August

Join Sarah and Amy Beeson on Twitter the eve fore publication of our new book Our Country Nurse. Tweet use @NewArrivalBook using the hashtag #OurCountryNurse 9-10pm Wednesday 24 August 2016 to join the fun.

We’ll have plenty of butterflies with one more sleep before Our Country Nurse is in the shops. It’s quite a surreal moment when your book goes out into the world. Join us on twitter for book chat, ask questions, win prizes and meet other book worms. Tweet using hashtag #OurCountryNurse to find everyone else at the party.

We’ve got a few easy quiz questions lined up if you want a chance to win prizes between 9-10pm. As  Our Country Nurse is a book bursting with mum’s stories we’ve put together some great products for new mums to celebrate publication day with us.

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Win a copy of Our Country Nurse

We’ll be giving away a copy of  Our Country Nurse during the party. Look out for our quiz questions between 9-10pm Wednesday 24 August to enter. (UK Entrants only).

Win barefoot coaching coaching cards for new parents and new baby hamper

Big thank you to Barefoot Coaching for giving us a this fabulous hamper filled with some of our favourite baby products. Included is a pack of Kim Morgan’s Coaching Cards for New Parents available from 1 September. Sarah has endorsed these conversation openers for parents saying:

“Using these cards to talk about the highs and lows of parenthood will be good for you and your family.’ Sarah Beeson MBE, Author ‘Happy Baby, Happy Family.’

We’ll be giving away the hamper during the party. Look out for our quiz questions between 9-10pm Wednesday 24 August to enter. (UK Entrants only). Inside the hamper is…

1 x pack of Barefoot Coaching Cards for New Parents
1 x JellyCat Bashful Twinkle Bunny (small)
1 x Mia and Dom Bottom Balm
1 x pair of Petit Marin leather baby shoes (0-6 months)
1 x Burt Bees Baby Bee Moisturiser
1 x Sophie the Giraffe Multi-Texture Teether
1 x set o Aden and Anais Night Sky Muslins (large)

Win bennetts for babies skincare goodies

Thank you to Bennetts for giving us Nipple Cream, Bath Drops and 75ml Bum Crème. (Ssssh…but even if you don’t have a baby the nipple cream makes a great lip balm, we use the drops in the bath to keep our skin soft and the bum creme is great for spots). We’ve tested all these products and Sarah said:

‘‘To soothe and prevent sore nipples use Bennetts Nipple Cream after every feed by gently massaging in a thin layer into the whole of the nipple area with the tips of your fingers. You can top-up with a little extra cream in-between feeds to relieve discomfort and keep the nipples in good condition.’ Sarah Beeson MBE (Health Visitor & Author of Happy Baby, Happy Family)

We’ll be giving away the Bennetts goodies during the party. Look out for our quiz questions between 9-10pm Wednesday 24 August to enter. (UK Entrants only).

So, come to the party  @NewArrivalBook and use the hashtag #OurCountryNurse to find everyone 9-10pm Wednesday 24 August 2016 on Twitter.

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Midlanders join Sarah and Amy Beeson at Stafford Book Launch

To celebrate the publication of our third book Our Country Nurse we’d love readers to join us for a party at The Moat House, Staffordshire on Thursday 1st September. For £10 we’ll treat you to a couple of drinks, a signed copy of Our Country Nurse and a goodie bag from Bennetts Skincare.

Drinks from 6.30pm Thur 1 September in the Library at The Moat House, Lower Penkridge Road, Acton Trusell, ST17 0RJ.

Book Now on Eventbrite. Tickets £10 
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Q&A WITH SARAH BEESON

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Sarah Beeson MBE (Photo Our Family Film)

Chat with Stafford author and former health visitor Sarah Beeson. Sarah will be sharing her experiences of being a young health visitor in Kent in the 1970s as told in her new book Our Country Nurse and answering readers questions.

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Amy Beeson (Photo Vikki Ellis)

Amy Beeson (Photo Vikki Ellis)

Former Blessed William Howard High School student Amy Beeson will be reading extracts from Our Country Nurse and answering questions on writing and publishing.

BOOK NOW

Will we see you there? Book your ticket for this special evening on Eventbrite. 6.30pm Thur 1 September in the Library at The Moat House, Lower Penkridge Road, Acton Trusell, ST17 0RJ.

Book Now on Eventbrite. Tickets £10  (includes signed copy, a glass of wine & a goodie bag from Bennetts).
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How to introduce your pet to a new baby

We were glad to give new parents and parents to be some advice in Mumfidential. New research from The Baby Show with MadeForMums has found that nearly half of new parents today have pets and that three-quarters of parents believe that having a pet is beneficial for a child’s development, teaching them a sense of responsibility and improving their social skills. (Photo credit Bumpkins).

This said, the process of introducing the family pet to a new baby can be a tricky experience and one that needs to be managed and monitored carefully. Expert speaker at The Baby Show, Sarah Beeson MBE, and Head Vet at Notting Hill and Baron’s Court Vet, Dr Emma Nicholas, share some top tips.

Dr Emma Nicholas (Mum of 2) and Head Veterinary Nurse Anna Connell (Mum to be).

Dr Emma Nicholas (Mum of 2) and Head Veterinary Nurse Anna McConnell (Mum to be).

Dr Emma Nicholas’s tips

Prepare your pet
Give yourself plenty of time to let your dog or cat adjust to being demoted in importance before your baby arrives. You can prepare your pet by gently starting to distance yourself, for example, leaving your dog at home for slightly longer periods of time.

If your dog or cat is used to sleeping on the bed or sofa, it’s a really good idea to get them used to a bed or basket of their own nearby while you are pregnant. In this way they won’t suddenly be upset if they are no longer allowed on when the baby arrives. By encouraging your pet to become self-sufficient the stress of the change will be minimised.

Watch out for the cat litter
Pregnant women who own a cat need to keep away from the cat litter. I advise my pregnant clients not to handle the tray because of the risk of Toxoplasma. If you are worried you can ask your doctor to perform a test to see if you have antibodies to the parasite.

Prepare your home
A lot women worry about cats getting into the cot with the baby. When I had my babies I had three cats and I was very worried about this. I bought a cat net to go over the cot to stop any cat jumping in and to put my mind at ease. A stair gate can also be useful for stopping the dog going upstairs (something that will come in useful when the baby starts climbing too!)

Make time for your pet
When your baby arrives, do make time for your cat or dog when you can or she will feel neglected. Try and keep to her routine and give her a cuddle when you can. It’ll do you good too. Studies consistently show that owning a pet is good for us. It drops our blood pressure and creates a sense of well-being.

Having a baby can be challenging at times and maintaining who you are is important. Your previous relationship with your pet may seem at first glance to be a trivial thing to some, but I believe that it helps you to maintain a sense of self whilst everything around and about you is changing. Embrace the fact you have a furry friend!

Keep your pet’s routine
Work out in advance how you can manage caring for your baby alongside your dog’s usual walk times. It is important that your dog doesn’t feel rejected when the baby comes home; forward planning will make it easier to adjust your dog’s routines as your baby’s routines change too.

Ask for help
Having some friends and family who can step in to take on dog or baby duties will help you get the rest you need.

Get some fresh air
It can be really great for mum, baby and dog to go for a walk. I really enjoyed the exercise and the head space it gave me. Everyone’s needs were met so it’s a win-win when you feel up to it. Babies who get out in the fresh air on a daily basis also have much more chance of sleeping well at night. The soothing motion frequently induces slumber so, fingers crossed after you’ve walked the dog you can put your feet up with a cuppa when you return home.

Sarah Beeson MBE (photo credit Our Family Film)

Sarah Beeson MBE (photo credit Our Family Film)

Sarah Beeson MBE health visitor and author of Happy Baby, Happy Family: Learning to trust yourself and enjoy your baby agrees that preparation is the key.

Sarah Beeson’s safety tips for pets and babies

1. No matter how nice your dog or cat is, it’s better to be cautious as accidents can happen in a spilt second.

2. Never leave your pet unattended around your baby or put them close together. If your baby pulls or hits the animal they are likely to retaliate on instinct.

3. Play it cool, don’t try and too hard to get your pet to like the baby, they’ll become friends in their own time.

4. Be realistic about your pet’s ability to understand and recognise what’s happening; it’s natural they may feel pushed out.

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Come to ‘Our Country Nurse’ Book Launch at The Poetry Society Cafe

Book your ticket for the London book event for Our Country Nurse by Sarah Beeson MBE and Amy Beeson. We’ll be at The Poetry Society Cafe in Covent Garden 6.30pm on Friday 26 August 2016 with some lovely goodies to give to our readers thanks to our lovely sponsors Bennetts Skincare.

Put it in your diary

Come and spend the evening with us on to celebrate the publication  of Our Country Nurse. 6.30pm Fri 26 August at The Poetry Society Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London, Wc2H 7PB.

Book Now on Eventbrite. Tickets £10 (includes signed copy, a glass of wine and a goodie bag from Bennetts).
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Let’s party like it’s 1975

Enjoy a couple of drinks with us from 6.30pm – 9.30pm. You’ll get a signed copy of Our Country Nurse and some skincare goodies from Bennetts. All for £10 in Covent Garden on Friday night.

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Sarah Beeson (Photo Credit Our Family Film)

Sarah Beeson (Photo Our Family Film)

Sarah will be answering readers questions and talking about what it was like to be a very young health visitor in the Kent Countryside in a year full of mayhem, mystery and a little bit of magic.

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Amy Beeson (Photo Credit Vikki Ellis)

Amy Beeson (Photo Vikki Ellis)

Sarah’s co-author and daughter, writer Amy Beeson will be reading extracts from Our Country Nurse and taking questions on writing the book.

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We couldn’t be in at the Poetry Cafe without a little bit of poetry and we’re thrilled that poet and writer Rachael Blair will be performing poems inspired by Our Country Nurse and motherhood and self discovery.  You’ll find Rachael’s poems on Honest Speaks and her musings on motherhood in literary magazine Raising Mothers.

BOOK NOW

6.30pm Fri 26 August at The Poetry Society Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London, Wc2H 7PB… We’re lookning forward to seeing you there. It’s going to be a fun evening.

Book Now on Eventbrite. Tickets £10 (includes signed copy, a glass of wine and a goodie bag from Bennetts).

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Event Sponsored by Bennetts.

Thank you lovely baby skincare people we do love your products for babies and their mums.

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Free Baby Sleep Talk at St John’s Wood Wed 8 June 10.45am

Join health visitor and author Sarah Beeson MBE and other mums at the Mums In The Wood Coffee Morning on Wed 8 June at 10.45am.


Ask your questions 

Sarah will be giving a short talk on getting babies to sleep and any topic mums have on baby development in FREE one-to-ones. Come and have a cuppa talk confidentally about any issues you might be having.

Meet The Author 
Sarah will be signing copies of her books Happy Baby, Happy Family and The New Arrival.

RSVP

Pop along for a lovely morning at Megan’s Cafe Bar and Grill 120, St John’s Wood High Street, NW8 7SG.

RSVP contact@mumsinthewood.com

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First Time Mums Can Ask Baby Advice Book Author About Newborn Baby In Twitter Chat

Mums & Mums-T0-Be Ask Sarah Your questions

Gurgle Magazine is hosting a Q&A session with health visitor Sarah Beeson MBE. Get it in your diary ladies – on Monday 8 February between 11am-12pm ask your baby-related concerns and queries on Twitter.

How to take part

Get your questions over to us @NewArrivalBook @GurgleUK on Twitter with the hashtag #HappyBabyHappyFamily, and Sarah and her daughter Amy will be on hand to answer.

To start off, we’ll off chatting about that first week bonding with your newborn, so if you’ve recently had a little one or are a mum-to-be, get in touch.

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Competition

Gurgle will be running a competition to win copies of Happy Baby, Happy Family and The New Arrival afterwards, so keep your eyes peeled!

Win a copy of Happy Baby, Happy Family

Win a copy of Happy Baby, Happy Family

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Meet Author & Baby Expert Sarah Beeson MBE at The Baby Show

Get free advice from author of london nursing memoirs and baby advice books for help with pregnancy, parenting, sleep, breastfeeding, bottle feeding, weaning and teething.

Sarah will be at The Baby Show at ExCel, London on Friday 19 February in the Private Consultation Area from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm to answer your questions with FREE confidential advice!

Formerly a Health Visitor, Sarah is the successful author of Happy Baby, Happy Family and The New Arrival who draws on her years of experience as a nurse and health visitor to give professional advice to mums and mums-to-be.

Book Signing

Copies of Sarah’s books will be available in the Private Consultation Area (see her co-author and daughter Amy to buy one and Sarah will be happy to sign it). Sarah’s books also available online and at book shops or you can order a special signed copy from us.

Drop-Ins Welcome

Drop-ins are welcome but feel free to book an appointment with Sarah by letting us know in advance to reserve a slot.

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Sarah giving out some advice to an adorable listener at The Baby Show, Olympia @Scandimummy

Win A Pair of Tickets To The Baby Show

We are running a competition to win 2 FREE tickets to The Baby Show. To be in with a chance of winning follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Like, favourite, retweet and share the competition post and comment or tweet #HappyBabyHappyFamily to enter from Tue 9 Feb – Tue 6 Feb 2016. (See terms and conditions below).

Win 2 Tickets!

Win 2 Tickets!

Discounted Tickets For The Baby Show

We are also able to offer an exclusive discount using the code  HBHF. Tickets will be £12.25 and £13.25 when you use this code (usually £14.35 and £15.35 in advance and £20 on the door).

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Competition Terms and Conditions
1. This competition is open to UK entrants only.
2. Competition closes Tuesday 16 February 2016 at 12pm and the  randomly chosen winners will be contacted that afternoon.
3. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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#PND – Signs of Postnatal Depression in Mums

Sarah Beeson talks to Kate Saines about Postnatal Depression in Just Her a magazine for military mums. 

There’s advice and the EPDS quiz for mum’s on depression in Chapter Three of Sarah’s book Happy Baby, Happy Family.’

Mums with older babies get postnatal depression too, it’s not just when you have a newborn 

“Postnatal depression, generally, is much higher than we realise because women either don’t want to say they have it, or don’t get an opportunity to say,” said Sarah, who is also author of Happy Baby, Happy Family.

But there are other factors, which Sarah believes provide a barrier to women coming forward. For one, there is a misconception that postnatal depression is suffered only by women with newborn babies.

In fact, Sarah believes the illness can occur in women whose babies are up to nine or ten months old and sometimes, even, in mums with toddlers.

“Often it’s seen in mothers with new babies,” she explained, “but usually it’s when the baby is three, four or five months old that postnatal depression can start.”

And it’s this misconception that discourages women from opening up to their health visitor, doctors or families – they believe they shouldn’t be feeling depressed at this stage.

Anyone, in any situation, from any background can get postnatal depression. Sarah said some women, maybe those who have lots of family nearby and seem to have a strong support network in place, often think they don’t deserve to seek help. But, said Sarah, everyone who recognises the signs should be frank and seek help, because support is there for all.

 Why women with partners in the military are at high risk of postnatal depression

But while anyone can suffer, there are certain groups of women who are more vulnerable to postnatal depression, and this includes those whose partners are in the armed forces.

“It all falls on the women.” said Sarah, “The childcare, housework, keeping things together. Plus there’s all the worry. It’s almost as if they are not allowed to express feelings of isolation, stress and anxiety.”

“Some women can’t say anything. They can’t say it because that makes it real.”  Importance of PND Support networks 

But Sarah believes that by actually admitting to these feelings, sharing them and admitting how you feel you are helping yourself on to the road to recovery.

But there are lots of other ways actually speaking out can help you. Sarah explained that there may be support in your area from charity Homestart which provides volunteers – who are all parents themselves – to help look after the kids while you have a sleep, do some housework or accompanying you on trips. In some areas there are PND support groups.

By speaking to friends, particularly those with babies the same age, you may find someone else who is the same situation.

Sarah said: “I have spoken to women who see other mums with babies and think ‘they know what they are doing’ but often those other women are looking at her and thinking exactly the same.

“When you are in the same boat there is a bond and support and often women going through PND can help each other and go on to have lasting friendships.”

Activities such as yoga can help with depression – some yoga teachers run classes where mums can bring their babies. Sarah also advises using relaxation CDs or DVDs and treating yourself to a spa day or back massage to provide some respite from the everyday strains.  How to help a friend you think may be postnatally depressed

Finally, if you happen to be reading this and think a friend or family member might be suffering from postnatal depression you may be wondering how to approach them about the subject.

Sarah suggests opening a dialogue with them, rather than just asking “how are you?”

“As a health visitor, I would never just ask someone how they were because people generally always say they are well. Instead I would ask them what sort of week they had. This opens a dialogue and gives them permission to open up and not have to put on a front.” 

If you’ve got a question about your LO check out Ask Sarah or get in touch.

Sarah Beeson is a health visitor and author of Happy Baby, Happy Family. She writes with her daughter Mumpreneur and writer Amy Beeson. Sarah’s memoir of training to be a nurse in 1970s London The New Arrival is a heartwarming true story published by HarperCollins.

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Am I changing the nappy right?

You’ll be an expert in no time but who couldn’t do with a few tips from a baby expert on avoiding nappy disasters. Sarah Beeson shares her top tips with Prima Baby magazine.

Safety first

When changing your baby’s nappy Sarah says “It’s safest on the floor. If you have a back or knee problem it’s fine to use a changing table, but you have to be there every second as your baby will soon get to the stage where he can roll off.”

The dirty deed

“Clean him every time, whether he’s done a wee or a poo. I’ve nothing against wipes, but some babies are sensitive and react to them. Alternatively, big lint-free cotton wool pads are good. Use slightly warm water and squeeze it so its not sopping wet.”

Preventing nappy rash

“Use a thin layer of barrier cream at most nappy changes. Every day, give your baby five minutes of nappy-free time kicking on the changing mat on the floor- it really does help prevent nappy rash. Line the mat with some paper towel or an old towel first.”

 

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“If you have a boy, make sure his penis is pointing down when you put the nappy on, otherwise when he wees it will go up his neck!”

About Sarah Beeson

If you’ve got a question about your LO check out Ask Sarah or get in touch.

Sarah Beeson is a health visitor and author of Happy Baby, Happy Family. She writes with her daughter Mumpreneur and writer Amy Beeson. Sarah’s memoir of training to be a nurse in 1970s London The New Arrival is a heartwarming true story published by HarperCollins.

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Why does my LO do that? Problem pages in Mother & Baby

Sarah answers real mums behaviour questions in Mother & Baby magazine. Why won’t my three-year old poo on the potty? Is it OK to pass my baby around for cuddles? Do the terrible two’s really exist?


Potty problems

“Gentle encouragement and opportunity are what’s needed here.”

“Make doing a wee on the potty a part if normal everyday routine, without  saying much about having a poo.”

“Let her sit on the potty in her nappy , if she wants to. Loosen the tabs day by day until it’s almost falling off, then replace the nappy with toilet paper.”

Cuddles

“Your baby will tell you how she feels about it. Always responding swiftly to her needs is what matters.”

“Newborn babies often aren’t bothered…It’s when she gets to seven months plus that she may prefer to be held by Mum and Dad..”

 

Terrible twos

“As with everything, it varies from child to child.”

“Each child is unique, but every one needs praise, love, security and a consistent approach to dealing with the terrible or not-so-terrible twos.”

“Suggest let’s do this rather than ‘no, don’t do that’, and physically him out of the situation.”

About Sarah

Sarah Beeson is a health visitor and author of Happy Baby, Happy Family. She writes with her daughter Mumpreneur and writer Amy Beeson. Sarah’s memoir of training to be a nurse in 1970s London The New Arrival is a heartwarming true story published by HarperCollins.

If you’ve got a question about your LO check out Ask Sarah or get in touch.