Third Trimester Trials & Tribulations!

I’m in my third trimester now and noticing some significant changes – baby is much more active (which is a magical feeling!) and my bump is getting noticeably bigger every week.  I’m also a bit more uncomfortable at night. Baby is growing at a rapid rate now so I do need a little more energy than previous weeks.  The Food Safety Authority of Ireland recommends 500 extra calories per day in the third trimester so I’m adding in more snacks to my daily food intake – like this brown soda bread recipe.

Little girl during feeding.

Weaning: Stage 1

The very early stage of weaning is about exploration. During this stage it is important that your baby becomes familiar with taking foods from a spoon.  You expect both a mess and some food waste as your baby gets used to this new experience of eating! Stage 1 represents the first 1-2 weeks of introducing … read more >

Derval O Rourke joins First 1000 Days movement-7

The final countdown

Hi guys, I just want to give you a quick update on how things are going in my third trimester. I have just a few weeks left of my pregnancy and I can confirm that I’m feeling…big! Once I reached the 30 week mark I started to feel like the end was near, but as … read more >

baby ready for dinner

The First 1000 Days Café

On the 4th and 5th of July 2015, we opened the First 1000 Days Café for one weekend only. The pop up restaurant which was hosted in Airfield Dundrum was a huge success and we had so much fun with lots of mums, dads, babies and toddlers. Our First 1000 Days ambassador Neven Maguire was … read more >

Healthier treats for toddlers eating

Healthier treats for toddlers

Snacking is an important part of a toddler’s diet.  They need to eat little and often to make sure they get enough energy and nutrients to keep up with their requirements as they grow and become more active.  Toddlers should be having 3 main meals a day, plus 2-3 healthy snacks.  Main meals can be … read more >

Baby Looking Out Window of Plane --- Image by © Matthieu Paley/Corbis

Toddler on board!

Many times I witnessed the unfortunate ‘people with baby’ on a plane scenario and had roundly decided that no exotic location would ever be worth that torture. Then we had a couple of days sunshine here, which I found to be quite intoxicating and I was overcome with the urge to experience more good weather. This would require boarding a plane with baby Henry. I was terrified.

Toddler naps

Toddler naps

Daytime sleep for children can be hard to master but completely necessary for young children and an area where parents may need to spend some time helping their child to develop the ability, to ensure that they are well rested both at night and during the day, which is vitally important for development. Why is … read more >

Breastfeeding support

Breastfeeding Support

Support from family, friends and the wider community can make all the difference during breastfeeding. There are also lots of really excellent breastfeeding books available and, of course, on-line forums where you can chat to other mums who may be going through the same thing at the same time.

Pregnancy diet

Pregnancy diet

The foods and drinks that you choose during pregnancy have long lasting effects on your baby’s health. Getting the right nutrition in the First 1000 Days can influence your baby’s health, their school performance as children and their risk of developing common adulthood diseases such as heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.