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  • Tips Tuesday #5 Home made modelling material

    April 22, 2014

    DIY play dough is super easy to make, much cheaper than what you can buy in the stores and most importantly it contains non toxic ingredients. If you have never done it before, here are our top three recipes for home made play dough:

    1. Basic home made play-dough recipe
    • 1 cup baking soda
    • 1/2 cup corn starch
    • 3/4 cup water
    • (food colouring)

    Mix the baking soda and corn starch in a bowl until all the lumps are broken down. Add water. Put the mixture in a pan and place on the stove at medium heat. Don't forget to stir constantly. As soon as the mixture gathers together, remove from the heat. Let it sit for a while to give the dough enough time to cool down completely. Make sure not to over cook the mixture, otherwise it might crumble. And done. If you like you can add food colouring to the mixture.

    2. Home made clay recipe
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 cup of salt
    • 1 cup cold water
    • (food colouring)

    Mix flour and salt and add water until you have a fairly stiff dough. Knead the dough for about 5 - 10 minutes. If needed add more water or flour in order to get the right consistency.  Form figures, ornaments or what ever you fancy and bake in the oven on 200 degrees for about 6 hours, or let them air dry for a couple of days. If you like go ahead and paint your art pieces. Make sure they are completely dry before you paint them.

    3. Home made snow dough recipe
    • baby oil
    • flour

    Simply mix the two ingredients until you reach the consistency you like.

    or if you fancy something sparkling try this one:

    • 2 cups of corn starch
    • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
    • glitter

    Once again mix until you reach the desired consistency and get creative.

    Store in plastic bags, plastic wrap or mason jars in order to reuse the dough a couple of times.

    If you have enjoyed this article why don’t you have a look at last weeks Tips! And please don't forget to share pictures of your play-dough activities with us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram!

    - Kerstin
    Hello Baby Intern

  • Overdue? My top tip for bringing on labour

    April 19, 2014



    I was overdue with both of my boys.  With Oliver, I was a week late.  I didn’t really mind too much; I had worked right up to 39 weeks with him, so having a bit of extra time was a bonus.  My pregnancy had been problem-free and I wasn’t too uncomfortable, so I was happy to leave it to nature to decide when the time was right.

    With Max, I worked right up to my due date, so again, was pleased to have a bit of extra time to sort things out, batch cook a few meals and generally prepare for his arrival.  However, the second pregnancy took its toll a little more in the final stages (not sure why, perhaps being 4 years older made a difference?) – I felt heavier, more tired and uncomfortable.  So once a week had gone past his due date, I started to try a few of the classic tricks.  I was booked in for induction, but wanted to avoid it, if at all possible.

    I ate very hot curries.  I ate my own bodyweight in pineapple.  I went on very long walks.  Still nothing was happening.  Then I started to think about alternative therapies.  I had never had acupuncture and although I have heard very positive reports about it, I didn’t want my first try of it to be in an attempt to bring on labour (as I am a bit of a chicken about the needles, to be frank!).

    Then I started reading up on reflexology.  I liked the sound of it as it is non-invasive and well, even if it didn’t work, it was going to be a relaxing treatment so I thought “why not?”

    Reflexology is an alternative therapy which basically involves applying pressure to certain ‘acupressure’ points in the foot and ankle area.  These points correspond to certain parts of the body and once pressure is applied to these points, then blocked energy is released.

    I found a local practitioner and they told me they had pretty high success rates in bringing on labour.  I guess they would say this! But it was a very relaxing environment and my reflexologist put me at ease right away, explaining which areas he would work on and that they would hopefully trigger a hormone to tell my body that it’s time to get going!

    The treatment was so relaxing that I actually fell asleep.  I never, ever sleep in the day – even when I am exhausted.  When I woke up, I felt a bit dizzy and lightheaded but I put that down to having dropped off for a short time.  I then went shopping with a friend (still feeling a bit strange), had dinner and went to bed as normal.  This was Friday night. Then at around midnight, I woke up suddenly because contractions had started.  They were painful enough to mean that I could not get back to sleep.  I had a full night of irregular contractions….followed by a full day of them…and was eventually admitted to hospital the following evening.  Max arrived after another long labour in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    I honestly can’t say whether it was the reflexology which brought on the labour or not.  I was 10 days overdue, so it may have just been my time – it’s impossible to know for sure.  However, I would certainly recommend reflexology to anyone who is overdue – it’s got to be a safer bet than a vindaloo, right?






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