120 episodes

I am extremely lucky to be doing the work that I am most passionate about – working with moms and their precious babies. My journey has been exciting and fulfilling – from Occupational Therapist to speaker then writer, my professional life has been stimulating! The launch of this podcast merges my work across all of my parenting brands and the work I am passionate about – moms and their babies.

Sense by Meg Faure Meg Faure

    • Kids & Family
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I am extremely lucky to be doing the work that I am most passionate about – working with moms and their precious babies. My journey has been exciting and fulfilling – from Occupational Therapist to speaker then writer, my professional life has been stimulating! The launch of this podcast merges my work across all of my parenting brands and the work I am passionate about – moms and their babies.

    Episode 119-Milk Feeding Masterclass: Expert Tips for New Moms

    Episode 119-Milk Feeding Masterclass: Expert Tips for New Moms

    On this week's episode of Sense, by Meg Faure, we explore the complex topic of milk feeding for babies. Meg Faure, an OT infant specialist and author, invites Kath McGaw, a pediatric dietician, to discuss the various methods of feeding babies milk. This episode aims to help parents navigate the challenges and benefits of breastfeeding, formula feeding, and combination feeding. Breastfeeding Benefits and Tips Breastfeeding is presented as the preferred method for feeding babies. Kath emphasizes that breast milk is dynamic, changing daily to meet the baby's needs. It provides essential immune benefits, with antibodies transferring from mother to baby. Breast milk also offers the right balance of nutrients, including high-fat content necessary for energy. Kath advises moms to ensure proper hydration, nutrition, and rest to maintain a good milk supply. She stresses the importance of a proper latch to ensure effective breastfeeding. Moms are encouraged to seek help from lactation consultants if they encounter difficulties. Formula Feeding Insights The podcast delves into formula feeding as an alternative or supplement to breastfeeding. Kath explains that formula milk is designed to mimic breast milk as closely as possible. There are different types of formula, including cow's milk protein-based, soy-based, and specialized formulas. Kath highlights the importance of looking for formulas with human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) and added omega-3s. She advises parents to avoid frequent formula changes and to give each new formula at least two weeks before deciding its suitability. Combination Feeding Considerations Combination feeding, which involves both breastfeeding and formula feeding, is another option discussed. Kath mentions that some moms might need to supplement breastfeeding with formula due to various reasons. She advises starting with breastfeeding and then topping up with formula if necessary. This method can help moms determine if their baby is getting enough milk. Kath also suggests maintaining a small dose of cow's milk protein weekly to prevent future allergies. Practical Tips and Challenges The episode covers practical tips for transitioning between breastfeeding and formula feeding. Parents should be aware of potential gut changes and stool variations when introducing formula. Kath emphasizes the importance of observing the baby's reactions and consulting a healthcare provider if issues arise. She discourages formula hopping and recommends seeking professional advice to ensure the baby's gut health. Listeners should tune into this episode for valuable insights into milk feeding options. Kath McGaw provides research-based advice, helping parents make informed decisions about feeding their babies. Whether you choose breastfeeding, formula feeding, or combination feeding, this episode offers practical tips and expert guidance. Download the ParentSense app for more resources and to take the guesswork out of parenting. This episode is essential for new parents navigating the early stages of their baby's life.

    • 32 min
    Episode 118-Managing Anxiety and Sleep Challenges in Early Parenthood

    Episode 118-Managing Anxiety and Sleep Challenges in Early Parenthood

    On this week's episode of Sense, by Meg Faure, we delve into the intricate world of early parenthood and managing anxiety. Host Meg Faure sits down with Chelsea Atherstone, a new mom navigating the challenges and joys of raising a seven-and-a-half-month-old baby. Together, they explore the anxieties of pregnancy, the reality of newborn care, and the ever-evolving journey of parenting. Chelsea shares her personal experiences, providing valuable insights for all new parents. Pregnancy and Anxiety Chelsea recounts her pregnancy, marked by anxiety despite a smooth and healthy experience. She discusses how the abundance of online information often heightened her stress. Meg highlights the importance of filtering advice and trusting one's instincts. They emphasize the need for a supportive environment to alleviate pregnancy-related anxiety. Newborn Care and Initial Challenges Chelsea shares the initial shock and adjustment period after her baby’s birth. With limited family support, she and her husband faced the overwhelming task of newborn care. Chelsea describes the early days as both magical and challenging, learning to navigate sleepless nights and constant worry. Meg and Chelsea discuss common anxieties and how new parents can find their footing. Sleep Patterns and Regression Sleep, a major topic, is discussed in depth, particularly the challenges of night wakings and sleep regressions. Chelsea explains the difficulty of transitioning her baby to self-soothing, especially with the use of a pacifier. Meg provides practical tips for managing sleep disturbances and fostering healthy sleep habits. They explore strategies like using white noise and encouraging self-soothing techniques. Weaning and Feeding Chelsea's journey into weaning and feeding is another significant theme. She talks about her baby’s love for food and the introduction of solids. Meg offers advice on balancing nutrition and sensory experiences during weaning. They also address the common fears around choking versus gagging, stressing the importance of a calm approach. Emotional and Sensory Support Meg discusses the importance of sensory input for babies, suggesting activities like swinging to aid sleep. They also touch on the emotional support needed for parents, highlighting the impact of anxiety on both mother and baby. Meg emphasizes the role of a supportive partner in managing parental stress. Listeners should tune into this episode for a heartfelt and informative discussion on early parenthood. Meg Faure and Chelsea Atherstone provide practical advice, relatable stories, and expert insights. This episode is a valuable resource for new parents seeking guidance and reassurance. Understanding that parenting is a unique journey, they offer support and strategies to help navigate the early stages with confidence.

    • 33 min
    Episode 117-Brain Boost: Nurturing Early Development with Sensory Stimulation

    Episode 117-Brain Boost: Nurturing Early Development with Sensory Stimulation

    On this week's episode of Sense, by Meg Faure, we dive into the incredible journey of early brain development. Our guest host, Tove Gant, joins us to explore how sensory stimulation shapes the human brain in the first thousand days. This episode is essential for parents keen on optimising their child's cognitive, emotional, and social skills. The Importance of Early Brain Development We discuss why the first thousand days of a child's life are crucial. Meg explains how sensory experiences significantly influence brain development during this period. Listeners will learn about the concept of neuroplasticity and how the brain remains moldable throughout life. Sensory Stimulation and Neuroplasticity Meg elaborates on how sensory inputs create connections between brain cells. She explains how sensory stimulation impacts the brain's development and the concept of "use it or lose it." Parents will understand the importance of providing varied sensory experiences to their children. Environmental Influence The conversation highlights the role of the environment in shaping the brain. Meg shares a compelling story about a child from Hong Kong who faced developmental delays due to limited environmental exposure. This example underscores the significance of varied and rich sensory environments. Emotional Engagement and Learning Meg and Tove discuss the impact of emotional engagement on sensory stimulation. Fun and happiness are crucial for effective learning. They explain how positive emotional interactions can foster better brain development and social skills. Balancing Stimulation and Overstimulation One of the key discussions is finding the right balance between stimulation and overstimulation. Meg emphasizes the importance of reading a baby's signals to avoid overstimulation. Parents learn how to provide appropriate sensory experiences without overwhelming their children. The TEAT Framework Meg introduces the TEAT framework (Timing, Environment, Activity, and Toys) from her Baby Sense book. This framework helps parents integrate sensory stimulation into daily routines effectively. The TEAT framework ensures that activities are appropriately timed and varied throughout the day. Practical Tips for Parents Throughout the episode, Meg offers practical tips for parents to enhance sensory stimulation. She emphasizes the importance of floor time, tummy time, and using natural environments for sensory experiences. Listeners should tune in to this episode to gain valuable insights into early brain development. Meg Faure provides actionable advice and scientific explanations, making this podcast a must-listen for new parents. By understanding and applying these principles, parents can significantly impact their child's future cognitive, emotional, and social success. This episode offers a comprehensive guide to fostering optimal brain development through sensory stimulation.

    • 32 min
    Episode 116-Navigating Childcare: Expert Advice from The Nanny Movement

    Episode 116-Navigating Childcare: Expert Advice from The Nanny Movement

    On this week's episode of Sense, by Meg Faure, we delve into the vital topic of childcare with a focus on nannies. Our guest, Evette from The Nanny Movement, shares her expertise on the importance of effective caregiving, attachment, and communication in creating a nurturing environment for children. Evette,  brings her extensive experience and insights on training nannies to ensure they provide exceptional care that meets the needs of each unique child. We discuss how nannies can be more than just caregivers—they can be pivotal figures in a child's emotional and social development. Building Secure Attachments Evette explains the significance of secure attachments between children and their nannies. A stable, predictable caregiving environment is crucial for a child's emotional and brain development. She emphasizes the importance of consistency in routines and attentive care, mirroring the child’s experiences with their parents. Effective Communication Communication between parents and nannies is essential. Evette highlights how clear, open, and continuous communication can bridge the gap between parental expectations and nanny practices. This alignment helps ensure that the child's needs are met consistently, fostering a secure and loving environment. The Role of Training Evette discusses the need for comprehensive training for nannies. Her workshops focus on equipping nannies with skills to handle various developmental stages. Proper training helps nannies understand and respond to each child's unique needs, promoting better care and development. Special Needs Care The episode also covers the specific training provided for nannies who care for children with special needs. Evette shares her personal experience with her adopted son, Joshua, who has epilepsy and autism. This segment underscores the importance of specialized knowledge and skills in managing the unique challenges these children face. Conclusion Listening to this episode of Sense by Meg Faure will provide parents with valuable insights into selecting and working effectively with nannies. Understanding the importance of secure attachments, effective communication, and comprehensive training can transform the childcare experience, ensuring children receive the best possible care. Tune in to learn how nannies can not significantly contribute to a child's overall development.

    • 38 min
    Episode 115-Newborn Care & Immunity: Surviving the First Weeks

    Episode 115-Newborn Care & Immunity: Surviving the First Weeks

    On this week's episode of Sense, by Meg Faure, we dive into the complexities and joys of newborn care.From understanding their sleep patterns to handling fussy periods and managing colic, this episode is a must-listen for all new parents. In this episode, we discuss the first few weeks of a newborn’s life. The focus is on their sleep patterns, feeding habits, and general developmental milestones. Expert advice from Meg Faure provides guidance on navigating this crucial time with confidence and care. Sleep Patterns & Awake Time For the first 10 to 14 days, newborns have distinct sleep patterns. Babies gradually begin to have differentiated states of awake versus sleep. Keeping awake times to 45 minutes is crucial, as this period includes changing diapers and feeding. Overstimulation can be counterproductive, so minimal stimulation is advised. Managing Fussy Periods Interestingly, newborns often experience fussy periods, especially around two weeks old. Signs of fussiness and colic are discussed. It's important to keep stimulation minimal and understand that fussy patches are common. Additionally, various tips are given on how to handle these periods, such as using a SnuggleRoo carrier for comfort. Feeding and Weight Gain Feeding poses its own set of challenges, especially with issues like congestion. Newborns have a natural store of antibodies from the placenta and initial breastfeeding. Bottle feeding can be easier for congested babies. Monitoring weight gain is essential to ensure they are getting enough nourishment. Handling Nighttime Feeding and Colic Nighttime feeds should be calm and low-stimulation. Keeping the room dark and interaction minimal helps prevent overstimulation. Meg shares some practical steps to manage colicky babies, like using a dummy and proper swaddling techniques. Immunity and Health Precautions The immunity of newborns is a key topic. Second children often face more germs due to less sterile environments. Strategies to manage and boost a newborn's immunity are discussed. Recognizing and acting on health issues early can make a big difference. Emotional Well-being of the Mother Julia opens up about her emotional journey during these first two weeks. Meg and Julia discuss the impact of postpartum hormones on a new moms mood. Meg Faure provides tips for managing stress and anxiety. The importance of seeking support from family and friends is emphasized. This episode offers a comprehensive guide to the early days of newborn care. Julia's experiences and Meg Faure's expert advice provide valuable insights. Listeners will find practical tips and reassurance. The podcast aims to support new parents in navigating these challenging yet rewarding times. By listening, parents can gain confidence in their ability to care for their newborn. Tune in to gain practical advice and emotional support for the first weeks with your baby.

    • 33 min
    Episode 114-Essential Parenting Tips for New Dads

    Episode 114-Essential Parenting Tips for New Dads

    On this week's episode of Sense, by Meg Faure, we explore the essential elements and tips of fatherhood. Meg Faure, an occupational therapist and parenting expert, interviews Craig Wilkinson, a prominent figure in fatherhood advocacy in South Africa. Craig shares his journey, insights, and practical advice on building strong relationships between fathers and their children. This episode is a must-listen for new dads, moms, and anyone interested in the pivotal role of fathers.  The Role of Fathers Craig Wilkinson emphasizes the critical role fathers play in their children's lives. Fathers are pivotal in shaping their children's identity and sense of worth. He discusses the impact of fatherlessness, highlighting its correlation with various social issues. Fathers must be present, engaged, and nurturing to foster healthy development. Foundational Elements of Fatherhood Craig outlines two foundational elements crucial for fatherhood. First, fathers must work on themselves, addressing their own issues and becoming the men they want their sons to become. Second, fathers need to spend quality time with their children, being fully present and engaged. Time and presence are the greatest gifts a father can give. Balancing Strength and Sensitivity Craig discusses the dual nature of masculinity, combining strength with sensitivity. Boys need to be strong yet gentle, learning to handle their emotions and vulnerabilities. Fathers must model this balance, showing their sons how to be both warriors and poets. This duality is essential for healthy masculinity.  The Impact on Daughters Craig highlights the unique role fathers play in their daughters' lives. Fathers are their daughters' first love and set the standard for future relationships. A father's affirmation and love help daughters develop a strong sense of self-worth. Fathers must pursue their daughters' hearts, showing them they are valued and cherished. Advice for New Dads Craig offers practical advice for new dads, encouraging them to seek help and work on themselves. He stresses the importance of supporting their partners and maintaining a strong marital relationship. Fathers must be loving, nurturing, and present, building a solid foundation for their children's future. Listeners should tune in to this episode to gain valuable insights into the crucial role of fathers. Craig Wilkinson's wisdom and experience provide practical advice for new dads and highlight the importance of fatherhood. This episode offers a blend of inspiration and practical tips, making it an essential listen for parents and those interested in family dynamics.

    • 42 min

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