Baby and Me

Providing baby massage instruction to mums and dads throughout Ayrshire. This can be locally in a small class or as a one to one within your own home.

Ayrshire Sling Library


Buggies are not considered essential items for families arriving in Scotland. We pass on between 30-40 buggies every month to recently arrived families.

Right now we have almost 30 families in need of newborn, double or single prams and pushchairs. If you have one that is in good working order and that you’d like to pass on to a very appreciative recently arrived family please get in touch with [email protected].

Please note that for each buggy there are usually four points of contact - donor, partner organisation, interpreter, family and we only have ONE Hannah (and we’d really like to keep her!) Your patience and understanding with the matching and drop off process is massively appreciated.

Thanks for making a difference with us!

The Beyond Sleep Training Project

Our top tips for getting your head around and accepting normal infant sleep for new and expecting mamas

1. Expect that your baby will wake A LOT and want to nurse back to sleep most times throughout the first year and beyond.

2. Even if your baby starts sleeping longer… Expect it not to last.

3. Expect there to be times when your baby will be super hard to settle and may be impossible to put down. Embrace the beauty of contact napping and the enforced rest it brings or look into your local babywearing group to find a carrier or wrap that enables you to keep moving and hands-free.

4. Expect that your baby will sometimes catnap during the day (20 - 40minutes) and that may be all they need at that time. If they are hard to settle within 15 minutes, it's okay to stop and try again later.

5. Expect that at times, you will need to call in back-up support to help you get the rest you need while meeting the night time needs of your baby.

6. Expect that you may need to consider some sleeping arrangements that you may not see as your ideal situation (e.g. bedsharing when you really wanted a cot sleeper).

7. Expect that your baby will want to sleep on the boob and not let go at times. This is normal and not a sleep or supply problem.

8. Expect that in a few short years, it is a long forgotten stress and all you miss is all the cuddles, nursing and closeness.

Expect these things and then, if it turns out your baby finds sleep more easily than this...winner, winner, chicken dinner! Realistic expectations (even if you consider them low expectations) make it so much easier to mentally to prepare, surrender and make peace with your baby’s sleep behaviour. Your baby is so much more than their ability to sleep. Expect little in the way of sleep and enjoy them for the whole person they are 💙😴👍🏻
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Postpartum Depression and the Baby Blues Postpartum Depression and the Baby Blues Signs, Symptoms, Coping Tips, and Treatment Having a baby is stressful—no matter how much you've looked forward to it or how much you love your child. Considering the sleep deprivation, new responsibilities, and lack of time for yourself, it's


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You’re building your baby’s brain each time you talk, sing or play with them. We’ve got loads of free and fun brain-building tips to try out with your little one 👇

The Lullaby Trust

#safersleepweek starts today! This year we’re going to be focusing on co-sleeping. We want to help parents make informed choices about sharing a bed with their baby and advise them on how to do so more safely.

Whether you plan to share a bed with your baby or there is a chance of it happening unplanned, it’s important to make your bed safe for your baby.

We’ve created this brand new animation to show how to make sharing a bed with your baby as safe as possible. English

Your baby does NOT need to 'learn to self-settle' If you're questioning the rightness of your desire to pick up your baby when he cries, or lie beside him as he falls to sleep, read this.

The Natural Parent Magazine

So relatable. Please just listen...

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NHS Ayrshire & Arran

Are you thinking of weaning your baby?

Our free Messy Munchers session gives you the information to support a happy, healthy weaning experience.

See what one mum had to say about their own experience and the session here -

For more info email the Dietetic Health Promotion Team at [email protected].

Whitelee Countryside Rangers

Dog owners/walkers visiting Whitelee - please be aware there will be movements of sheep to and from Lochgoin Farm in the coming weeks as the ewes are moved so they can be scanned to find out if they are pregnant, and then those with lambs separated off.

Movement of the sheep from the grazing area is usually along the 3rd array road (from the visitor centre) with turbines 11, 26 and 42 on it.

Please keep your dog within sight or to be on the safe side, keep it on a lead at this time when in this area or the grazing area (denoted by the cattle grids to enter/exit).

Allowing your dog(s) or dogs in your care (if a commercial dog walker) to chase sheep could result in the loss of the dog and criminal charges, and can cause ewes to miscarry - so please don't take the chance.

Scottish Cot Death Trust


The Ayrshire Women's Hub C.I.C “To empower women and children to improve their life chances and lead independent lives, by reducing inequalities"

Infant Massage: Include Dad in the Practice | International Association of Infant Massage

LET'S NOT FORGET ABOUT DAD! Have a look at this link, it describes the benefits to dad and baby and shows the importance of including dad in baby massage. Forty years ago, dads were relegated to the waiting room as the birth of their child took place behind closed doors. Fast-forward and those doors have been thrown wide open. In some instances, however, fathers are still part of the background, playing a supportive but limited role in the upbringing....

[02/05/18]   Thank you to the mums and babies who completed their 4 week baby massage course this morning. What a lovely group of girls and it was so nice to see how much your babies developed over the past few weeks...... All the lovely baby smiles this morning made my day 🌻.

4 Month Old Sleep Regression Explained The 4 month sleep regression marks a permanent change in a 4 month old baby's sleeping patterns. We offer 4 month sleep regression signs and tips, and 4 month baby sleep help.

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Baby Massage - 6 Steps For A Nurturing Baby Massage | BellyBelly Baby massage is a wonderful way for parents to bond with their baby. Find out the benefits of baby massage and how to get started massaging your baby.

Colic - Treatment - NHS Choices Read about what you can do to comfort a colicky baby, and find out what treatments are available if you need them.

feedgood Breastfeeding - how to guides, information for each stage of feeding your baby, support for family and friends and finding help. The site also includes information for professionals.

Touching Your Baby in the NICU Could Help Their Brain Development New research suggests that gentle skin-to-skin touch, including breastfeeding and massage, improves brain responses in preterm infants on the NICU.

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