The Healthy Back Blog: For mums

Happy Halloween! by louisehampton
October 29, 2009, 8:59 pm
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On Wednesday I went to a little halloween party with Toby and dressed him up as a Vampire! Tesco had a great range of clothes and it was great fun dressing all the babies up. I can’t wait for him to wear it again on Saturday!
Me and Toby

Toby as a Vampire

On the feeding front I still seem to get the food everywhere but putting less food on the spoon definitely helps. I have also found if i put my chair as close to the highchair as possible this stops me having to lean over too much. I make sure I give Toby ice cube sized portions of different vegetables to keep him interested and alternate each mouthful, but on the whole feeding is going well.
Toby covered in food!


OMG we’ve started solids!! by louisehampton
October 15, 2009, 9:15 am
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Ok so 2 weeks ago I decided it was time to start Toby on some solid food but I didn’t realise how messy this is! Food seems to go everywhere but in his mouth at the moment, and the stains are impossible to get out.
Messy feeding time!
I never realised I would become so obsessed with the different techniques to remove stains from using washing up liquid to vanish to pre soaking everything it makes the whole process of washing clothes so much longer. Most of his clothes are beige or light blue so orange carrot stains don’t look too good if I can’t get them out!

The next thing is where to feed him. If we have been out at friends I have taken a Bumbo with me and fed him in there but it is not ideal as he constantly rocks backwards and forwards so you have a moving target! With the Bumbo on the floor I am also crouching down to feed which is not the best position for the back.
Toby in his Bumbo
Toby’s highchair is definitely the best place I have found to feed him in. We bought it from Mothercare and the main features are that it can tilt back a bit so is perfect whilst he is little. Also it has a piece of plastic between his legs which means he can’t slide out. I tend to sit on a chair to feed him but really the chair is a bit too low as I find my arm aches towards the end. I noticed some highchairs are adjustable in height so this might have been a better option and then I wouldn’t have to reach up to his mouth so another time I think I’d go for the Chicco Poly or something instead. Those highchairs are not cheap but I noticed there are quite a few on Ebay.
Having lunch!
Toys are us do some excellent bibs which Toby puts his arms through so they cover most of his body which is ideal at the moment, they also have a waterproof backing which is excellent to stop all the water penetrating through to his clothes when he is learning to drink from a beaker.

Anyway enough rambling for one day hope this advice is useful and if you have any questions or comments please let me know. As a Chiropractor I am always after the best ways to protect your back when doing everyday tasks so if anyone has found a better way of doing something let me know …

Stretches to do during play time by louisehampton

Now Toby is 5 months I find I am spending more and more time playing on the floor with him as he rolls around.
Toby on the floor
I have found this is an excellent time to do some stretches to help my back and to sit in different yoga positions.
Stretching the back
The cat stretch is a great position to be in while Toby is on his front. On your hands and knees, first breathe in and look ahead.
Cat stretch

Next breathe out whilst arching the back to tilt the pelvis forward. Repeat 5 times tightening the pelvic floor muscles at the same time.
Arching the back

I find hamstring stretches are good to do whilst Toby is sitting up. With your legs out stretched breathe in to prepare and then breathe out as you bring your head towards your knee and hold this position for 5 seconds.
Hamstring stretch

If you are spending a lot of time on the floor sitting on a cushion can also help your back. Back pain should not be ignored so if you are in pain it may be worth contacting a British Chiropractic Association Chiropractor to see if they can help. To find a Chiropractor in your area visit for more information.