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Benefits of cooking with young kids

Benefits of cooking with young kids

There are so many benefits of cooking with young kids and getting them to help out in the kitchen. It offers them a wide variety of opportunities to learn and grow and boosts their development. Spending time in the kitchen with young kids can also foster an interest in food and cooking that will last for life.
Healthy snack ideas for kids on the go!

Healthy snack ideas for kids on the go!

Small kids never sit still! In between mealtimes fuel them up with healthy snacks to give them extra energy. Introducing healthy snacks can sometimes be difficult, but persevere. Gradually try new things to see what works.
10 Lunchbox ideas for toddlers & preschoolers

10 Lunchbox ideas for toddlers & preschoolers

Lunchboxes can sometimes be a source of enormous stress for parents, especially if your toddler or preschooler is not eating their lunch at daycare or kindy on a regular basis. Here are some useful tips on ways you can help encourage your toddler or preschooler to eat what’s in their lunchbox when they’re away from home.
Introducing goat’s milk to babies & toddlers

Introducing goat’s milk to babies & toddlers

In New Zealand cow’s milk is recommended as part of a child’s daily diet from one year’s old due to the calcium, vitamin D and fat content. Increasingly though parents are looking for alternative options. One option is goat’s milk. Find out about the benefits of goat’s milk, goat’s milk formula and things to consider before introducing goat’s milk to your little one’s diet.
Tips on getting toddlers to use cutlery

Tips on getting toddlers to use cutlery

You know introducing cutlery to your toddler is going to be messy! Whether you decide to wean your toddler with purees or go down the baby-led weaning route, all the effort you put in now will be worth it in the long run. Check out these useful tips.
Signs your baby’s ready to give up night time feeds

Signs your baby’s ready to give up night time feeds

It’s not always easy to know when your baby’s sleep and feeding needs change, but once they reach 6 months old, chances are they’re ready to start sleeping through the night without any night time feeds. Age is one factor to consider when dropping night feeds, but here are a few other things to watch out for too.
15 Immune boosting foods for young kids

15 Immune boosting foods for young kids

Unfortunately there are no miracle cures to starve off winter colds and flu, but here are 15 immune boosting foods to help toddlers and preschoolers stay healthy and beat those bugs over the winter months.
Spotting food intolerances in young kids

Spotting food intolerances in young kids

Would you know if your child had a food intolerance? Food intolerances and food allergies are fairly common these days, so it's important to have some understanding of certain food groups and how they could affect your child. We look at the most common food intolerances, how to identify food intolerances and the difference between food intolerances and food allergies.
Introducing cups

Introducing cups

Teaching your baby to drink from a cup is always going to be a messy milestone, so be prepared! So when’s the right time to start introducing your baby to cups? Find out more about getting started and types of cups that are available.
The risks of eating hummus for babies & toddlers

The risks of eating hummus for babies & toddlers

How safe is it for babies and toddlers to eat hummus? It may be a healthy snack, but many of the ingredients in hummus have the potential to cause an allergic reaction or have an effect on your baby or toddler's digestive system. Find out more about the possible risks of eating hummus for babies and toddlers.
Quick & easy snack ideas for toddlers & preschoolers

Quick & easy snack ideas for toddlers & preschoolers

Toddlers and preschoolers are always in so much of a hurry! So when it comes to snacks, you want things that are easy to prepare and ready to eat before they get restless. Food that’s convenient yet still nutritious and fun. Check out these quick and easy ideas.
Getting to grips with fussy eaters

Getting to grips with fussy eaters

Fussy eating is very common in young children, and a great frustration to many parents and caregivers. However our tips on how to encourage good eating habits in your child will help make mealtimes a breeze!
6 Tips on weaning your baby

6 Tips on weaning your baby

The weaning process may take several weeks to several months depending on the number of feeds you are giving. We take a look at weaning babies 9 months and under, weaning babies 9 months and older, breast care, weaning from a bottle and what to do if your child won’t drink milk from a bottle or sipper cup.
5 Tips on eating out with young kids

5 Tips on eating out with young kids

Eating out with young kids can sometimes be a challenge, but don't let that stop you. These tips on eating out with toddlers and preschoolers will help make going to a café or restaurant a more enjoyable experience for you and the whole family.
Guide to baby-led weaning

Guide to baby-led weaning

Keen to give baby-led weaning a go? Or you've heard of baby-led weaning, but not quite sure what's involved? Our quick guide will get you started with suggestions on when to start baby-led weaning, foods to try, preparing for the mess and reasons why baby-led weaning may not be suitable for your baby.
Ideas for healthy kids drinks

Ideas for healthy kids drinks

We all know that sugary soft drinks are not good for our kids’ teeth, but what else can you give toddlers or preschoolers to drink other than milk or water? We take a look at some alternatives that are still healthy for kids but don’t have such a high sugar content.
7 Ways to spot a food intolerance

7 Ways to spot a food intolerance

Does your baby or toddler have an unexplained rash? Begins crying for no apparent reason? They may have a food intolerance that hasn’t yet been diagnosed. Unlike a food allergy, a food intolerance is not life-threatening, but there are lots of symptoms you can look out for so you know when to contact your GP.
When can babies eat eggs?

When can babies eat eggs?

Eggs are an important nutritious part of a baby’s diet. Yet eggs are one of the most common food allergens amongst young children. Find out when it’s good to start introducing your baby to eggs.
Tips on surviving Christmas with a fussy eater

Tips on surviving Christmas with a fussy eater

Is your toddler or preschooler a fussy eater? It can be stressful at the best of times trying to find food that they’ll eat, but with the Christmas holidays just around the corner you may experience added pressure. However, there are some great ways to support your toddler or preschooler to help avoid some of the flash points that can dampen your Christmas cheer.
Are kids yoghurts doing more harm than good?

Are kids yoghurts doing more harm than good?

Many of us buy yoghurts for our kids because of the widely published health benefits they have, ranging from friendly bacteria to the amount of calcium they contain. But not all yoghurts are created equal! Some types of kids yoghurts have the same amount of sugar and additives in them as chocolate desserts! So how do you tell the difference between 'real' kids yoghurts that offer health benefits from other ‘fake’ kids yoghurts that just taste good?
Cows milk allergy

Cows milk allergy

Cows’ milk is one of the most common causes of food allergy in young children, affecting about one in 50 children in New Zealand. So what is cows’ milk allergy? We take a look at the symptoms and management of cows’ milk allergy.
Why is my toddler or preschooler a fussy eater?

Why is my toddler or preschooler a fussy eater?

By understanding a little about why young children can be fussy eaters, you can help to alleviate some of the stress around mealtimes and help to make eating fun. Just because your child says they won't eat a food, it doesn’t mean they don’t like it. They may not have even tasted it! Check out some of the reason for fussy eating.
Kids Christmas food allergies

Kids Christmas food allergies

Is your little one prone to food allergies or food intolerances or do they have a friend who is? At Christmas time with the never-ending series of lunches, dinners and distractions, it can be hard to keep an eye on what toddlers and preschoolers are eating. Check out these helpful tips on foods you might like to avoid.
Pica disorder in young kids

Pica disorder in young kids

Would you know if your kids have pica disorder? Do you know what to look for? Or what causes it? We take a look at pica disorder and how eating non-foods can affect young kids.

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