The Healthy Back Blog: For mums


Going on holiday with a 4 month old! by louisehampton
September 14, 2009, 1:11 pm
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Sorry for not blogging for a little while but I have been on holiday. We took Toby on his first holiday to Scotland which involved his first flight. instead of taking his main buggy with us which is quite heavy I bought a cheap buggy off amazon for just £35 and it was excellent. It was so much lighter so moving it in and out of the car constantly was not a problem.

Cheap, light buggy

Cheap, light buggy

Flying was a great way to get to Edinburgh as it is not good for babies to spend prolonged periods in car seats so if we had driven we would have had to stop many times. Toby was fine on the flight we fed him as we took up to help with his ears but it did not bother him at all and he was asleep both times as we landed!
Toby being fed on the plane

With his milk I took the cartons which were a lot easier than trying to add the powder. When we went through security I had two of the cartons in my hand luggage and they just made me put one lot into a bottle and watched me take a sip.

We hired a car seat with the hire car and that saved us having to take our own car seat with us which would have just been one more thing to carry. Hotels provided travel cots for Toby to sleep in but bending to pick him out of it wasn’t the best thing for the back so i made sure he was almost asleep in my arms before putting him down to save me having to keep picking him up.

Overall travelling was not too much of a problem so I’d definitely do it again.

Toby on the beach



Transferring from a mosses basket to a cot by louisehampton
September 1, 2009, 1:54 pm
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As Toby was such a long baby he only managed to be in his mosses basket for 8 weeks. His mosses basket was also his pram so this meant he would easily sleep anywhere which was great.

Toby in his pram at 2 weeks old

Toby in his pram at 2 weeks old

When choosing a cot we looked for one which not only had three mattress heights so that this could be lowered as Toby learnt to sit up etc but the side of the cot also lowers.

Toby in his cot with the side up

Toby in his cot with the side up

Toby in his cot with the side lowered

Toby in his cot with the side lowered

This means that when I pick Toby up out of his cot I am not having to bend down very far so it’s a lot better for my back. Travel cots are a different story so I try not to use one unless I have to – especially at the moment as he isn’t even sitting up so picking him up from that far down is not good for the back at all.

If you do find your back is sore why not see if a Chiropractor can help? A list of Chiropractors in your area can be found by visiting the British Chiropractic Association’s website

Toby on the bed!

Toby on the bed!