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Protecting kids eyes against sun damage

Protecting kids eyes against sun damage

We all know we need to put on sunscreen during summer, but did you know it’s just as important for young kids to put on good quality sunglasses too? Kids eyes need to be cared for and protected from the sun's damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays just as much as their skin.
Using white noise effectively for babies

Using white noise effectively for babies

Using white noise to help babies sleep and settle is nothing new, but using it effectively is another challenge. Chances are that you’ve come across white noise as a recommendation for babies, or you might be using it already as a sleeping measure for your own baby. However, do you know how to use a white noise app or portable white noise machine to your advantage?
Moving your baby from a bassinet to a cot

Moving your baby from a bassinet to a cot

Moving your baby from a bassinet to a cot can be a big step for both you and your baby. However there will come a point when your baby no longer fits inside their bassinet or moses basket and it’s time to move them into a cot to sleep. Follow these tips and make the transition easier for both of you.
First visit to the dentist

First visit to the dentist

So when should kids first visit the dentist? Sooner than you may think! Find out at what age you should take your kids to the dentist, choosing a dentist and things you can expect from their first visit.
Baby swaddling techniques

Baby swaddling techniques

Check out these swaddling techniques on how to swaddle a baby. Swaddling simply means wrapping a baby securely. Swaddling is a great technique to calm a fussy baby and makes settling to sleep much easier. Many babies enjoy being swaddled well past 6 months old. There are many different ways to swaddle, but try these two different techniques and see which works best for you.
Reducing the risk of SIDS

Reducing the risk of SIDS

Is your baby sleeping safely or is your baby at risk to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)? In New Zealand, SIDS is one of the leading causes of death among babies who are 1 month to 12 months old. It claims the lives of around 45 babies each year in this country. Find out how you can prevent and help reduce the risk of SIDS happening to your baby.
Symptoms & remedies for teething babies

Symptoms & remedies for teething babies

Some babies breeze through the teething stage while others find it a very painful process. We take a look at teething symptoms and teething remedies to help ease the teething pain for your baby.
Quick guide to nightmares & night terrors in preschoolers

Quick guide to nightmares & night terrors in preschoolers

It’s likely that your preschooler will experience nightmares and night terrors at some stage during their early development, but what's the difference? What are the signs you should look out for when it comes to nightmares and night terrors?
Why a bedtime routine is good for your toddler

Why a bedtime routine is good for your toddler

If you’re looking to improve your toddler’s sleep and sleep habits, adopting a bedtime routine is a good place to start. Establishing and maintaining a bedtime routine comes with many benefits and will help your toddler to fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up rested and refreshed. Here are 5 reasons why adopting a bedtime routine is good for your toddler.
Dealing with headlice in toddlers & preschoolers

Dealing with headlice in toddlers & preschoolers

So where do you start when your toddler or preschooler gets headlice? Headlice or ‘nits’ as they’re often referred to, can be one of the most dreaded experiences of a parent. You don't know how your toddler or preschooler got them, and often you’re not sure of the best way to get rid of them.
6 Ways to keep babies cool in hot weather

6 Ways to keep babies cool in hot weather

Keeping babies cool during the hot summer months isn’t always easy, but here are some useful tips that will help keep them a little cooler when warmer weather strikes.
Teaching young kids to be sun smart

Teaching young kids to be sun smart

As we head into summer here's a quick reminder of what we need to do and what we need to teach our kids to do. We’ve all heard the phrase Slip Slop Slap and Wrap a thousand times, but it’s so important as parents and caregivers to keep kids safe in the harsh New Zealand sun whilst they're playing outside, swimming in the pool or visiting one of our many beaches.
Meningitis in babies & toddlers

Meningitis in babies & toddlers

Would you know if your baby or toddler had meningitis? Spotting the symptoms early could save their life. We take a look at some of the causes, treatment and prevention of meningitis, the glass test and how you can help protect your baby or toddler.
Are your kids getting enough Vitamin D?

Are your kids getting enough Vitamin D?

How do you know if your kids are getting enough vitamin D or if they're deficient in anyway? We look at the importance of vitamin D, common sources and how to ensure your kids get enough vitamin D on a daily basis.
Baby naps – daytime sleep tips

Baby naps – daytime sleep tips

Baby naps are essential for your little one and filled with lots of benefits. However settling your baby down to nap can sometimes be a bit of a challenge! Here are some dos and don’ts to help you teach your baby to nap well during the day.
How much sleep do babies & young kids need?

How much sleep do babies & young kids need?

As parents we know that young children need their sleep to grow and develop, but many of us are unsure as to how much sleep babies, toddlers and pre-school kids actually need to reach their full potential. Unfortunately when it comes to sleep patterns, there’s no such thing as an ‘average’ child, but our sleep guide will give you an idea of what you can expect for newborns to 5 year olds, from day time naps to sleeping through the night.
Importance of sunglasses for kids

Importance of sunglasses for kids

Sunglasses are not only for adults. We should teach kids from an early age about the importance of wearing sunglasses so that they develop good habits that last for life. Sunglasses maybe a fun fashion accessory, but they can also save your kids skin and help prevent eye problems as they get older by blocking out the sun's powerful ultraviolet rays (UVR).
8 Tips on kids asthma & sleepovers

8 Tips on kids asthma & sleepovers

Sleepovers with friends and family can be lots for fun for young kids. However if they or one of their friends has asthma, it pays to do a little planning up front. A new or unfamiliar environment can pose unforeseen problems that could trigger a child’s asthma, so good communication beforehand is key.
5 Ways to stop kids being afraid of the dark

5 Ways to stop kids being afraid of the dark

Are your kids afraid of the dark? Do they get upset and can't sleep as they think there are ‘monsters’ under their bed each night? They're not alone! We take a look at some of the reasons behind your kids fears of the dark, ways you can respond, how to make a monster fighting kit and putting some monster rules in place!
Quick guide to kids coughs

Quick guide to kids coughs

Check out our quick guide to kids coughs and coughing - common types of coughs you might come across this winter. Kids coughing is not uncommon at this time of year, but would you be able to recognise what sort of cough it is and how to treat it? Here are some of the more common types of coughs, symptoms and how you can help treat them.
Teaching kids how to blow their nose

Teaching kids how to blow their nose

Learning to blow your nose must be one of the hardest things for kids to learn to do! Most are experts at blowing air out of their mouths, but blowing through their nose is a whole new technique they need to master. Try these simple steps to help your kids learn how to blow their nose.
Bedtime routines for toddlers & preschool kids

Bedtime routines for toddlers & preschool kids

In this article we take a look at some of the benefits of good bedtime routines for toddlers and pre-schoolers, why they're important and how to put a bedtime routine in place. We also share some ideas to help you establish your own bedtime routines and encourage healthy sleep habits for the future.
Reasons for bed wetting & how you can help

Reasons for bed wetting & how you can help

It may be of some comfort to know that wetting the bed is very common and the majority of children will grow out of it. We take a look at what causes bed wetting and how parents can help to manage it.
5 Tips on how to look after your baby’s skin

5 Tips on how to look after your baby’s skin

Babies have delicate skin which can sometimes become irritated by things like textiles, talcum powders, soaps and other common baby care products. Often, the culprits are harsh chemicals, which can not only harm your baby's sensitive skin, but can also damage the planet. Here are 5 ways to help look after your baby's skin using eco-friendly baby products, which are better for your baby and for the environment.

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