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15 immune boosting foods to help kids stay healthy

15 immune boosting foods to help kids stay healthy

Here are 15 immune boosting foods to help kids stay healthy and beat those winter bugs over the coming months. There are no miracle cures to starve off winter colds and flu, but eating a range of essential nutrients all year round from a variety of foods can help boost your children’s immune system and shorten their recovery time when they get sick or start feeling run down.
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 little one to drink from a cup is always going to be a messy milestone, so be prepared! So when’s the right time? We take a look at timing, types of cups and getting started.
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 little one’s digestive system. Find out more about the possible risks of eating hummus for babies and young children.
Feeding kids fast

Feeding kids fast

Young kids are always in so much of a hurry! So when it comes to snacks, you want things that are 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!
The ins and outs of weaning

The ins and outs of weaning

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 babies and young children can sometimes be a challenge, but don't let that stop you. These tips will help make going to a café or restaurant a more enjoyable experience.
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.
Drinks you can give kids as well as water or milk

Drinks you can give kids as well as water or milk

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

7 ways to spot potential food intolerance

Does your little one 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.
Kids party food ideas

Kids party food ideas

Looking for kids party food ideas? Check out these simple recipes that are cheap, quick and easy to make. From pizza shapes and sandwiches to fruit skewers, fairy bread, chocolate crackles, racing cars, jelly faces, lucky dips and strawberry mice. They’re sure to go down a treat!
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.
Are kids yoghurts doing more harm than good?

Are kids yoghurts doing more harm than good?

Many of us buy yoghurt for our kids because of the widely published health benefits it has, ranging from friendly bacteria to the amount of calcium it contains. But not all yoghurts are created equal! So how do we tell apart the ‘real’ yoghurts that offer health benefits from other ‘fake’ yoghurts that just taste good?
Tips on getting toddlers to use cutlery

Tips on getting toddlers to use cutlery

You know introducing cutlery to your little one is going to be messy! Whether you decide to wean your little one with purees or go down the baby-led route, all the effort you put in now will be worth it in the long run. Check out these useful tips.
Cows milk allergy

Cows milk allergy

Cows’ milk is one of the most common causes of food allergy in infants, 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 child a fussy eater?

Why is my child 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 pre-schoolers are eating. Check out these helpful tips on foods you might like to avoid.
Pica disorder

Pica disorder

Does your child have pica disorder? Do you know what to look for? It’s not uncommon for small kids under 18 months or so to put everything into their mouths as they explore the world around them. However after this age, repeatedly eating ‘non-foods’ is generally considered abnormal.
The effects of fruit on kids teeth

The effects of fruit on kids teeth

You think you’re doing the right thing. Your kids brush their teeth twice a day and don’t eat too many sweet treats, so why do they still get cavities? We look at how fruit in their diet can affect our children’s teeth and how to help minimise the problems.
Solutions for fussy eating

Solutions for fussy eating

Don’t sweat the small stuff when it comes to fussy eating! Understand that there will be times when your child is simply not hungry and that healthy snacks are as essential for young children as meals. Add variety to your child’s diet and encourage them to eat home-cooked foods. Check out these solutions to help your fusser eater on their way.
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.
Starting solids

Starting solids

Is your baby ready for solids? What signs do you need to look out for? Starting your baby on solid foods is a major (and very messy!) developmental milestone. Check out these handy tips.
Basic cooking skills for young kids

Basic cooking skills for young kids

Teach your kids some basic cooking skills, and with a little patience, you could soon have your very own budding Master Chef in the family! Kids love to help out in the kitchen and being able to cook is a great skill for anyone to have.

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