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Welcome back everybody! We hope you had an amazing Easter holiday and managed to get some well-deserved rest and quality family time… and, that nobody got blown away in yesterday’s gale? We hope you won't mind the long newsletter today but we had so much to update you with and we didn't want you to miss out on everything going on this week!
Just a reminder – next Monday is a public holiday islandwide (yey!), indeed Worldwide as it’s International Labour Day, so check out our Events page for some ideas on what to do with your three-day-long weekend!
CYPRUS WALDORF SCHOOL - The Need for an Alternative
Did you attend the introductory lecture of the Cyprus Waldorf School in Limassol on Saturday? In case you missed it, don’t worry, they are planning on holding another one soon… Stay tuned on MiC for more details on that! In the meantime, you can check out this blog post over on the MiC site, telling you more about what Waldorf Schools offer; watch this informative video, explaining the concepts and philosophy behind Waldorf Education; or simply check out The Cyprus Waldorf School’s Facebook page @CyprusWaldorfSchool and Website.
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK & a New #WednesdayWin!
MAΜ Easy Start™ Anti-Colic Bottle – relaxed nights for babies and parents!
The MAM Easy Start™ Anti-Colic is the best choice from the start to feed expressed breast-milk or, if necessary, formula milk. It is specifically designed to support breastfeeding when unforeseen events happen such as Mum getting ill. Thanks to its SkinSoft™ teat that feels like skin, 94% of babies will accept the MAM Easy Start™ Anti-Colic. The unique vented base prevents air swallowing and thereby helps to reduce colic in 80% of babies because they can drink quietly and relaxed. This has been clinically proven by several scientific studies and confirmed by mothers. The extra wide opening makes for easy filling and cleaning of the MAM Easy Start™ Anti-Colic and it can be self-sterilised in the microwave in 3 easy steps. The MAM Easy Start™ Anti-Colic is available in the sizes 130ml, 160ml, and 260ml in the colours blue, pink, green and off-white at pharmacies throughout Cyprus.
MAM Baby is offering three lucky members the chance to win a 260ml, the largest MAM Easy Start™ Anti-Colic Bottle in their choice of colour. Simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org with
MAΜ Easy Start™ Anti-Colic Bottle – relaxed nights for babies and parents!
The MAM Easy Start™ Anti-Colic is the best choice from the start to feed expressed breast-milk or, if necessary, formula milk. It is specifically designed to support breastfeeding when unforeseen events happen such as mum getting ill. Thanks to its SkinSoft™ teat that feels like skin, 94% of babies will accept the MAM Easy Start™ Anti-Colic. The unique vented base prevents air swallowing and thereby helps to reduce colic in 80% of babies because they can drink quietly and relaxed. This has been clinically proven by several scientific studies and confirmed by mothers. The extra wide opening makes for easy filling and cleaning of the MAM Easy Start™ Anti-Colic and it can be self-sterilised in the microwave in 3 easy steps. The MAM Easy Start™ Anti-Colic is available in the sizes 130ml, 160ml, and 260ml in the colours blue, pink, green and off-white at pharmacies throughout Cyprus. For further information please visit the MAM website. For an Interactive Map of MAM Sales Points across Cyprus, please click here: http://bit.ly/MAMCyprus
We've got three MAM Easy Start™ Anti-Colic bottles size 260ml in your choice of colour to give away to MiC members! To enter the draw, simply email:
Recently, increasing numbers of parents are expressing concern with the approach of many modern schools, citing pressures of too many classes, too much workload, and increasing amounts of homework.
The child can, seemingly, become lost in all of this pressure for quantity and pace over quality and engagement.
To name but a few great things about our little island, Cyprus has wonderful traditions, a great safety record, an unconditional love for family and kids, and of course glorious sunshine, beautiful beaches, the sea and yummy halloumi in abundance.
But it also has an unusual custom: the Easter lambradja with its nightly youth gatherings, fireworks, overnight parties and random
Theoretically and biologically, having a kid defines you as a mum. However, unless you can do at least five different things within 60 minutes, you still haven’t become a real mum. Mothers have plenty of jobs, not only the ones that get paid. They have to take care of their kids, prepare at least three meals a day, do all the chores, and basically keep the whole
Every year, the second Sunday of May is reserved for raising awareness of incredible achievements of moms around the world. Some families even commemorate the occasion by giving gifts to their moms and mother figures, or collecting donations for research in the fields of female-related illnesses like breast cancer. And although this day represents wonderful appreciation of everything motherhood involves and stands for, every mom deserves to take excellent care of herself any day of the week. Being a mom will always be
I just posted some thoughts on achieving a natural birth after a c-section as part of Birth Forward's Caeserean Awareness Campaign which I wholeheartedly support.
It's a short utterly honest piece that I hope will inspire expectant mothers and future ones too.
Please share if you know anyone who needs this and let's do everything we can to bring down those scary numbers of c-sections on our little island.
Peace and love
MiC HQ is winding down for the Easter holidays for some quality family time and we hope you manage to do the same over the Easter weekend. For those of you leaving the country, we wish you safe travels! For those of you staying put, we hope you manage to make the most of this warmer weather before it gets HOTHOTHOT!
We’ll be back in your inboxes from Monday 24th. Until then, “Καλό Πάσχα”!
Very pleased to announce that “The Pelvic Floor Part 3 - Post-birth and Pelvic Floor Function For Life” – the conclusion in our three-part series with Anastasia Uvarova from A-Z Physio Health, is now online! Anastasia tells us more about what to expect, sensation-wise post-birth (um, discomfort!), how to protect our Pelvic Floors during this time (rest, preferably lying down!) and what we need to do to maintain healthy function (i.e., continence and sexual intimacy) for life!
BABY INFO – Colic in Babies
If you missed our MiC Exclusive earlier in the week, you can find
From adults’ perspectives toys are just toys. They’re meant for playing and having fun. For babies, they are far more important. Infants learn and discover the world by playing. Toys help develop gross and fine motor skills, spatial perception, creativity, and even have an impact on forming one’s personality. Giving your babies challenging, stimulating and appropriate toys will help your little one grow into a creative, physically capable and fully cognitively developed individual. So, choosing them is not a game. Here is how to find the best toys for your baby in a very saturated market.
Birth to 6 months – focus on sensory and motor development
Yes, even small babies under six months need toys, not only teethers and rattles. In fact, they can soak new information and experiences like sponges, and that’s why it is crucial to choose the best toys for their age. Because their vision is limited, they respond the best to bright colors and bold graphics. Colorful mobiles will definitely stimulate their vision, but be aware that they also have to encourage
We’re very pleased to have Anastasia Uvarova joining us again in the final article of this 3-Part series on the Pelvic Floor. Previously, we talked about how Pelvic Floor muscles change and adapt during pregnancy and in the actual process of labour and delivery. Today, Anastasia will cover the aftermath of delivery, before moving on to recovery and the return to normal daily activities.
With so many changes occurring and issues affecting our Pelvic Floor function during pregnancy, labour, delivery and post-birth, we guessed that you would want to hear quite a bit about it! So, we’ve done a three-part #AskTheExpert with Anastasia Uvarova on this topic, with: Part 1 covering the Pelvic Floor changes that occur during pregnancy and what it's important to know during this stage of your life; Part 2 discussing the Pelvic Floor Before, During and Immediately After Birth and today’s conclusion to this series – Part 3 – telling you more about your Pelvic Floor Post-Birth and how to maintain healthy function for life.
What should I expect sensation-wise after giving birth?
There is no single answer to this question. This all depends on your mode of delivery, the length of the pushing stage, the use of instruments, the size of your baby, any tears that may have occurred and your pain threshold. Immediately after a vaginal delivery, many mums experience a very specific sensation of a