Nurturing Start

Nurturing Start


I don't always sleep, but when I do it's at a dinner party. 🤣😁

(Via Nurturing Start)
I am doing some research into infant feeding information in pregnancy and feeding experiences after birth with the University of Liverpool.

If any UK first-time mothers in their 3rd trimester would be happy to complete an online survey now and when baby arrives then please follow the link below. Thank you so much! 🙂
Simple but effective logo phone case completed for Nurturing Start :)

Credit: Nurturing Start
Hi Emma, our 2018 Pregnancy & Family Fair is less than 8 weeks away! We still have a few exhibiting spaces available and would love to have you join us on the day

Nurturing Start provides support and education to new parents

From hands on support to a range of

Operating as usual


New classes starting in Maybole

Contact Rosie for more details

I am thrilled to announce that I will soon be restarting Baby Massage classes in the beautiful Ayrshire Healing Centre in Maybole! 🤱

After taking a break I am so excited to get back on the mats with mums and babes! Send me a wee message if you would like more information 👩‍🍼


This week is ICON week.

ICON supports parents with infant crying.

When babies cry it can feel very overwhelming. ICON has resources to support you.

They have a week of events and webinars on their website.
Head over to for more information


History of formula milk
(Info from website)

Many infants who were unable to breastfeed from their mothers were wet-nursed, fed by other family members.
The use of other animal's milk mixed with grains for feeding human babies has been noted throughout history, but those babies who had no access to human milk were unlikely to make their first birthday

The first commercial infant formula was produced in 1867 by a German chemist consisting of wheat flour, cows’ milk, malt flour and potassium bicarbonate. It was sold as Liebig's Perrfect Infant Food. They then devised a powdered version. The commercial success meant other companies also invented their own

During the 19th and 20thC, scientists began to analyse human milk. In 1919, milk fats were replaced with a blend of animal and vegetable fats as part of the continued drive to simulate human milk more closely. This formula was only made available to mothers by doctors.

In 1941, National Dried Milk was introduced in the UK. This was a dried, full-fat, unmodified cows’ milk powder fortified with vitamin D. The milk was introduced by the Government as part of the Welfare Food Service and was intended for families with babies or children who could not afford or otherwise obtain fresh milk during rationing, but it continued to be used well into the 1970s. It was also suggested to help new mothers get back into the workforce during the war.

Commercial formulas did not begin to seriously compete with breastfeeding until the 1950s, when marketing campaigns and the provision of inexpensive formula to hospitals began. By the early 1960s, the use of commercial formulas was widespread.

More recently, there have been further changes in infant milk composition, with the addition of individual ingredients that aim to make infant milk closer in composition to breastmilk. However, despite these advances, breastmilk contains over 300+ components contributing to the health and well-being of infants, compared with only about 75 at most in typical infant formula. The cells that pass from the mother and the wide range of other immunological factors in breastmilk cannot be replicated


This week is world doula week

I’ve been a doula since 2010. I still offer postnatal doula services as well as being a doula mentor through Younique Postnatal

Ramadan 2023: Is it different when you are a new parent? 21/03/2023

Ramadan 2023: Is it different when you are a new parent? Fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five basic pillars of Islam. However, as a new or expectant mother, you don’t have to fast during Ramadan. We spoke to some parents about how they managed this when they had their own kids.


Happy Mother’s Day


We need to talk about co-sleeping! (Yes, even you!)
We’re delighted to announce that the theme for 2023 is co-sleeping! The safest place for a baby to sleep is in a clear, flat, separate sleep space- such as a cot or Moses basket, but we know that many parents will share a bed with their baby at some point so (FYI, that’s our hashtag for the week!).
Keep an eye our social media throughout the week and use our hashtags to join in the discussion!

Our advice on co-sleeping with your baby:


Becky Barnicoat Comics has this spot on 😂


Happy IBCLC day

To all those working hard to improve breastfeeding experiences for both mum and baby ❤️


So true! Thanks to Shower Arguments with Emily Solberg for this ❤️


Child Psychotherapist Esther Bick once described the newborn baby’s experience as being ‘like an astronaut, who has been shot into space without gravity, without a space-suit, with nothing to hold him together’.

Even though we have all been babies, it’s hard for us to imagine what it must be like to be brand new, not knowing anything, experiencing everything for the first time; bright light, cold, hunger, noise, gravity, our own body.

The ordinary observing, holding and gathering together that parents do helps the baby to ‘feel’ noticed, understood and gathered and to develop a sense of self and the world.

Meet the homebirth team 19/02/2023

Meet the Ayrshire and Arran home birth team event

Next weekend in Irvine

Meet the homebirth team Come and talk to the midwives from the homebirth team, meet others who have birthed at home and find out more about your options.



PANDAS WhatsApp Messaging Support Service ❤️ 📲 🙌

PANDAS are delighted to announce that we will have a new WhatsApp messaging support service available from Monday 23rd January 2023 (today!!). Our new messaging service will now be completely managed, run and led by PANDAS, in alignment with all of our current support services.

Our year long partnership with Shout allowed us to evaluate the need for a service like this, and has given us the confidence and knowledge to be able to open this new service and bring it in-house.

It is free and confidential for users of the service, and will be open from 8am – 10pm every day via Whatsapp.

To use the service simply message 07903 508334 and you will be connected to one of our trained PANDAS volunteers.

We are so pleased and grateful to our volunteers who work so hard in their work, training and knowledge. It is due to their passion and dedication that we have the opportunity to open another service for those in need.

The QR code in the image of this post will allow you to directly speak to our PANDAS trained volunteers during our WhatsApp messaging service opening hours (8am - 10pm daily). Alternatively, you can simply use the service by messaging 07903 508334.

Lots of love, Team PANDAS 😘


Did you know that babies born with the aid of forceps are more likely to suck their thumbs? This is thought to be a response to misalignment of the fetal skull caused by the forceps (or vacuum extraction) and is less commonly seen in babies born by Caesarean section unless a prolonged labour and skull moulding is the reason for surgery. The baby is subconsciously trying to pressure on the upper palate in the mouth. Chiropractic, osteopathy or craniosacral therapy can be very effective in alleviating the skull tension and reducing both the frequency and long term impact of habitual thumb sucking. This article is quite old but explains some of the birth-related anatomical reasons behind thumb sucking.


Great offer from the little signers club

My final gift of this year is waiting for you!

These last few weeks have been wonderful - but hectic - and it's time for me to be with my family.

But, before I go, I have one last gift for you.

It's the gift of baby signing, and Christmas presence.

I'm giving everyone free access to my Christmas baby signing topic packs, worth £22.50.

You'll have access all over Christmas; from when you sign up through to 31st December.

It's my biggest giveaway EVER, in celebration of all we've achieved, together, this year.

All of this baby signing goodness could be on it's way to you right now!

🎄 43 Christmas and Family themed signs to choose from

💡 Know-How: Baby signing, slowing down and sensory overload

⭐ Observation and Development: watch Elodie sign 'hat'

💡 Know-How: The Importance of Peek-a-Boo

And if you're new to baby signing (or just need a reminder of what a brilliant thing you're doing for your little one's development and mental health), my exclusive, expert, Before You Begin guide will get you off to a flying start!

Christmas baby signing, completely free to you, for 8 days - starting now!

With love, as always,

Shelley x

p.s. If you feel moved to make a donation, you'll find that you can do that too when you sign up. I use all donations to support our work in the community (Rhyme and Sign books for libraries, schools and charities) as well as our Hearing Dog for Deaf people. 😊


So true

Thanks Isabella and Us.


It’s been a crazy busy period for us at nurturing start helping families But….

We have some availability for postnatal doulaing /night nannying from July

Postnatal doula services include

✨ an extra set of hands

✨feeding support

✨simple food preparation

✨ light household duties

✨a listening ear

✨baby wearing advice

✨much much more

I have over 18 years experience of working with new parents and I’m a recognised birth and postnatal doula with doula uk


It’s Saturday, we’re in London, that means croissants. Today we’re at Phillipe conticini amd we’re having a praline croissant and a hot chocolate. Happy Saturday everyone!


We’re doing a FACEBOOK LIVE!!! 😬

Join us on Sunday night, 7.30pm

You will get the chance to meet the wonderful Lisa Singh. She is a qualified lactation consultant who will be taking our Antenatal Breastfeeding Workshops!

People think there is nothing that can prepare you for breastfeeding, but this workshop CAN!

Book now at…


Always learning 😊 difficult subject but it’s one everyone should have awareness of ***de ***deprevention ***deawarness


Saturday morning walks, we’re loving our early (earlish) morning walks, I get to clear my head amd little one has her morning nap. We don’t have a set route that we go, we just see where the day takes us


Checking out the childcare expo at London Olympia today. More focused at nursery settings but worth a nosey as it’s on our doorstep


We have some upcoming availability for night nannying and Babywearing consultations

Get it touch to discuss

Photos from Nurturing Start's post 18/02/2022

Day out at the tate


Tate Britain


Morning walks, lovely morning for it even if it’s still a bit windy. Early morning walks to blow away the cobwebs and calm the mind #


The sun was out today but boy was it cold. A wander around Hyde park to get rid of the cobwebs


⭐️new classes for 2022⭐️

Beyond birth

Becoming a parent can be amazing, a brand new baby to hold and love but early parenting isn’t always easy going and can even take time to adjust. Beyond birth classes provide a safe space to come together and share your experiences, share tips and create supportive relationships with other new parents in the same situations.

⭐️beyond birth sessions run for 6 weeks,
⭐️different themes explored weekly
⭐️ themes include Mindfulness, relaxation, journaling, and conversation
⭐️ sessions will see you have space and time to reflect on your own journeys as parents, whilst having an opportunity to reconnect with yourself, your partner and your baby.

These sessions are open to all;
⭐️ mothers
⭐️non-birthing partners,
⭐️anyone who is on this new journey in looking after a baby.

These sessions have been created to support the whole family no matter who you are.

Classes coming soon to Kilmarnock and Irvine

Register your interest by msging the page


Anyone else love the snowman? It takes me back to being a child and part of my Christmas Eve ritual was to watch the snowman before bed.


Sitting at pret having breakfast whilst the little one has her morning nap. Watching the world go by


Afternoon at the Ritz celebrating a special little girls christening and 1st birthday. I was employed to work with this family for 3 weeks and I’m still here a year later ❤️


We’re now out of office until 30th November. Taking a very much needed break on the sun. We will be back very to soon to continue supporting mothers and new parents


We’re now out of office until the 30th of November

Taking a very much needed break in the sun

Photos from Nurturing Start's post 15/11/2021

We were off to Putney this afternoon to see the amazing .amichiro at . Then we had a wander about bishops park to blow away any cobwebs. Loving this mild autumn weather

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