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Do your kids car seats have more germs than a toilet?

Do your kids car seats have more germs than a toilet?

Who would have thought that your child’s car seat could harbour more germs than your toilet, but a survey carried out by scientists at the University of Birmingham discovered just that. Are you aware of the risks?
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.
Driveway Dangers

Driveway Dangers

This country seems to have more than its fair share of young children being hospitalised with serious injuries received from a vehicle driving in a private driveway. However driveway accidents are preventable. Read up on the danger signs and things you can do to help stop them happening.
Early eating habits

Early eating habits

The hype around what we eat is nothing new with figures showing that a significant number of New Zealand kids are either overweight or obese. It is therefore important for us as parents and caregivers to encourage our children to eat healthily from a young age. Research provides clear evidence that the food habits and patterns children acquire in early childhood remain with them into adulthood.
Finding the right kids shoes

Finding the right kids shoes

Your child’s feet have to carry the weight of their body throughout their lifetime, and the shoes they wear in childhood can make (or break) their future foot health. Neglecting foot health invites not only future foot problems, but also problems in other parts of the body, such as the legs and back.
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.
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!
Healthy body, healthy mind

Healthy body, healthy mind

Find out how physical play and development are linked to reading and writing skills. The brain plays its part in children’s writing and reading but the body needs to be ready physically too. Little hands and eyes need developing ready for successful reading and writing.
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.
5 Tips on swaddling your baby

5 Tips on swaddling your baby

Thinking about swaddling your baby, but not sure if it’s for you? Swaddling your baby is a great way to calm them and help them feel secure. It also helps newborns sleep in those early months. These useful tips help to explain some of the benefits of swaddling your baby and how to wean them off their swaddle before it becomes a problem.
Helping pre-schoolers cope with loss & grief

Helping pre-schoolers cope with loss & grief

Sadly it’s a fact that many preschoolers will be exposed to some form of loss and grief in their early years. Whether it’s when a pet or someone close dies, if their parents separate or a good friend moves away. Toddlers and preschoolers don’t really understand how the world works, so how do we explain loss and grief to them?
How to keep babies & toddlers gear clean & hygienic

How to keep babies & toddlers gear clean & hygienic

Kids are messy from the word go, but with these easy cleaning tips, your everyday baby and toddler gear will be hygienic and stay in tip top condition.
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.
Managing separation anxiety in babies 6 months plus

Managing separation anxiety in babies 6 months plus

Separation anxiety is a normal phase of a child’s emotional development. Your normally placid and charming baby starts to become clingy and tearful, often from 6-10 months onwards. Find out more about separation anxiety and some practical ways to help your little one through this phase.
Merino wool keeping babies warm

Merino wool keeping babies warm

As well as being a natural fibre, merino wool offers many benefits to help keep your baby warm and comfortable during the day and throughout the night. Merino is the perfect fibre for little ones to wear all year long.
NICU common terms explained

NICU common terms explained

NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) is an intensive care unit designed with special equipment to care for premature or seriously ill newborn babies. It can be a daunting place the first time you visit either your own baby or someone else’s. Here we’ll explain some of the common terms and equipment used by the medical team to help guide you through.
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.
Kids pyjama safety & fire risk labels

Kids pyjama safety & fire risk labels

Not all kids pyjamas are created equal! When it comes to buying kids pyjamas there are so many great colours and designs to choose from these days, but make sure you check the fire risk label inside them too. Understanding the meaning of the fire risk labels is so important when it comes to kids safety, particularly in winter when fires are lit and heaters are on.
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.
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.
Natural health remedies for kids spots & skin rashes

Natural health remedies for kids spots & skin rashes

It can sometimes be a little unnerving as parents to discover a sudden outbreak of spots or a rash on your kid’ skin. However having even just a few natural health remedies to hand can help make your job a little easier and ease the symptoms whilst you work out what’s causing the problem.
Cleaning tips for kids with asthma & allergies

Cleaning tips for kids with asthma & allergies

You might not realise, but all sorts of asthma and allergy triggers can accumulate in your home, especially house dust mites and mould. Check out these handy spring-cleaning tips to help reduce the impact of these common triggers at your place.
9 ways music & movement helps young kids learn

9 ways music & movement helps young kids learn

By adding music to movement young kids gain so many more benefits beyond movement alone, and it is lots of fun! From developing their language, memory and social skills to creative thinking and focused listening, they also start to build music foundations such as singing in tune and moving in time. So what can young kids get out of well-written music and movement experiences?

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