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Home and Away insider reveals shock baby secrets: ‘Exploded’

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On Tuesday night, Ziggy Astoni’s (Sophie Dillman) and Dean Thompson’s (Patrick O’Connor) baby girl were finally introduced to Home and Away viewers. While there was much pleasure and wonder at the newborn’s arrival, the baby’s true mother revealed some details about what actually transpired behind the scenes.

The mother provided a glimpse into how a baby is handled on set in a message that has been making the rounds in Summer Bay Facebook fan groups. Fans were shocked to learn that the newborn baby girl was actually portrayed by Charlie, a three-week-old boy.

Despite Charlie having a major disaster during the scenario, the pleased mother assured followers that Sophie was a natural during their first embrace. The baby arrived with a hilarious reason for its frown, as keen-eyed viewers would have noticed.

The reason for the grimace he makes in the opening shot is that he did a poo that burst out of [his diaper]. She revealed that Sophie was extremely professional and continued regardless. She is so nice that she didn’t bother when Charlie pooped on her.

The newborn had a white substance covering his head to simulate the effects of birth when he was first presented to Sophie. His mother confirmed that no synthetic blood was used; instead, the makeup crew used Sudocrem to treat diaper rash.

The mother revealed that Charlie won’t appear on screen again because Ziggy and Dean’s child will either be replaced with a doll or by an older male baby.

NSW’s strict guidelines regarding working with children

To keep working children safe, the New South Wales government has developed incredibly rigorous rules.

While some viewers criticized the baby for not appearing young enough to be a newborn, infants under three kilograms at birth are not permitted to appear on broadcast until they are at least 12 weeks old.

According to Steve Kinmond, the NSW Children’s Guardian, any production firms using infants younger than 12 weeks old in performances or picture shoots must obtain their consent. Before the Office of the Children’s Guardian approves any requests, the infant must first undergo an evaluation by a registered nurse or registered midwife as part of the procedure.

“[Production companies must] satisfy us that the baby will be safe and well looked after before commencing any work,” he says. “The registered nurse or midwife must advise the employer that the work environment won’t cause distress or harm to the baby…our officers can [also] visit productions to make sure baby and child performers are being cared for properly.”

“Although it can be a lot of fun to work in the entertainment industry, there are risks and demands for both employers and young performers. So that their needs in terms of education, health, and wellbeing are met, we place strict regulations on the working conditions for kids and babies, he says.

When Baby Charlie made his big TV debut, he was only four kilograms in weight.

“A nurse visits, checks on feeding, weight, and general health before filming,” the mother said. Because they require a check at least a week or two before for clearance, tiny babies cannot be used. Additionally, no mother wants to watch TV right after giving birth!

According to Charlie’s mum, the OCG also puts a limit on how many people can handle such a young infant. “They are held by two actors, the nurse and parent only. Another reason they need several babies!” she said.

Fans react to the behind-the-scenes secrets: ‘Interesting’

People were eager to congratulate the mother on her bundle of joy and to thank her for the “unique” perspective after she described her experience on the Home and Away set.

He is so adorable. We appreciate you allowing “Ziggy” to be your baby’s mother during the filming. One person gushed, “It’s nice to get some background information.

“We appreciate you letting us meet your adorable baby son. Congratulations! What a delight for you to be a part of such a lovely plot,” another person said.

“Great post; 24 years ago, my daughter performed in the play Breakers. She like viewing video of herself. Very nerve-wracking but exciting for a new mother to do. Congratulations,” said a third.

Sophie’s mother Karen Dillman even thanked Charlie’s mum for allowing her daughter to hold the infant during the emotional scene.

“Sophie is my real-life daughter and I’m glad she was able to do the scene well with your beautiful bubba,” Karen gushed.

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