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Have a read of our latest articles, practical tips and advice for parents on your toddler’s health and wellbeing from ages 1 – 3 years old.
Hay fever tips for young kids

Hay fever tips for young kids

Do you have young kids who are prone to seasonal hay fever? Runny nose, itchy eyes and lots of sneezing? As we head into the warmer months seasonal hay fever will start to strike. Find out what you can do to help.
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?
The effects of W-sitting

The effects of W-sitting

We take a look at the effects of W-Sitting, why it’s not ideal and the postural and developmental issues it may cause young kids.
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.
Common eye problems affecting young kids

Common eye problems affecting young kids

Most kids suffer eye problems at some stage or other, it comes with the territory. But are you prepared? Here’s what you need to know about the most common problems affecting toddlers and preschoolers.
Effects of dummies & thumb sucking on kids teeth

Effects of dummies & thumb sucking on kids teeth

Does your little one suck their thumb or use a dummy? It can be a way to pacify them when they’re young, but did you know that it can cause long term damage to their teeth as they grow nearer to school age?
Healthy spines & smarter brains

Healthy spines & smarter brains

Find out how growing a healthy spine and a learning brain both need the same thing for your kids to develop and why movement is so important. Kids these days just don’t move as much as they used to. So, what can we do to support a healthy spine and a healthy brain?
15 Reasons for babies & kids to see a doctor

15 Reasons for babies & kids to see a doctor

You should always rely on your gut instinct as you know your child best, but here are 15 common reasons when you should take young kids to a doctor or seek out medical advice.
8 Sleep tips for the Christmas holidays

8 Sleep tips for the Christmas holidays

Even babies and kids who are usually good sleepers may find it difficult to get enough sleep or settle during the busy Christmas period. So here are some useful sleep tips for the Christmas holidays to help ensure your baby and kids sleep is not disrupted during this hectic time of year.
Childhood apraxia of speech

Childhood apraxia of speech

Does your child have childhood apraxia of speech? Find out more about this muscle disorder, the main characteristics of apraxia of speech and how it can be treated.
Basics of toilet training your toddler

Basics of toilet training your toddler

Every toddler is different when it comes to toilet training, but here are some basic tips on what you might expect. From understanding whether your toddler is ready to start toilet training, tips on using a potty versus a toilet seat and some toilet training techniques to help you on your journey.
The effects of fruit on kids teeth

The effects of fruit on kids teeth

We all know that fruit is full of vitamins and an important part of kids diets, but did you know that too much fruit (whether it's fresh fruit, fruit juices, dried fruit or canned fruit) can have a negative effect and contribute to problems such as cavities and erosion, especially if your kids are grazing on fruit all day?
Kids pet allergies

Kids pet allergies

How do you know if your kids have pet allergies? We take a look at what signs you need to look out for, dealing with pet allergies, testing for pet allergens and common culprits. Plus we share some helpful tips on living with your family pet and ideas on what to do if allergy symptoms persist.
Keeping kids safe around water

Keeping kids safe around water

Water play can be a great source of fun and exercise for the whole family, but it can also be dangerous for kids if the proper water safety precautions are not taken. The good news is though there are many ways to keep children safe in and around water. Check out these helpful tips.
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.
Why hire a sleep consultant?

Why hire a sleep consultant?

It’s often difficult to know where to start if your baby or child is having sleep problems or you’re looking to create some healthy sleep habits. That’s where a baby and child sleep consultant comes in! The role of a professional sleep consultant is to teach your child the skills necessary to happily sleep through the night and to take long, restful naps during the day. Find out if hiring a sleep consultant might work for you and your little one.
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.
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.
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.

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