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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 little one 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?

Would you know if your kids were getting enough Vitamin D or if they were deficient in anyway, particularly during winter? 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.
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 young kids being afraid of the dark

5 Ways to stop young 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 their 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 & 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 your little one.
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 & pre-schoolers

Bedtime routines for toddlers & pre-schoolers

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.
Dealing with nappy rash

Dealing with nappy rash

At some point most babies get a touch of nappy rash, a red blotchy and sometimes spotty and sore, area in their nappy area. Sometimes the whole area is affected and at others times it may only appear in one area. We take a look at some of the causes of nappy rash and some tips on how to deal with it.
Measles

Measles

Would you recognise if your child had measles? Measles is a highly contagious viral disease which kills around 1 million children worldwide each year. It is passed on through droplets on the skin or by breathing in contaminated air. A rash usually occurs, but the most infectious period is 4 days before there are any noticeable changes to the skin, meaning the disease is often passed around before there are any major signs of illness.
Testing Baltic Amber jewellery for authenticity

Testing Baltic Amber jewellery for authenticity

Is your baby’s Baltic Amber necklace the real deal? There's a lot of amber on the market in New Zealand right now and at first glance it's difficult to tell if it's genuine Baltic Amber or plain amber, copal, or plastic. Try one of these tests to determine if the amber you have is authentic.
Does your child have ADHD?

Does your child have ADHD?

The number of young children being diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) has increased over the last decade. So what is ADHD, and why are more children being labelled with it?
Baby poo guide

Baby poo guide

Baby poo and understanding what’s in babies’ nappies always seems to be a hot topic amongst new parents! It’s hard not to notice how much baby poo varies from nappy change to nappy change. Find out what’s normal and what’s not, the difference between breastfed and formula fed babies’ poo and starting on solids.
10 steps to ditching the dummy

10 steps to ditching the dummy

The longer you leave it to ditch your child’s dummy, the more attached they will become to it. Bite the bullet while they're young and the agony will be less in the long run (although it may not feel like it at the time!). Make a start and follow these 10 simple steps.
Reducing the risk of SIDS

Reducing the risk of SIDS

In this article we look at ways parents can help reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). In New Zealand, SIDS is one of the leading causes of death among infants who are one month to 12 months old. It claims the lives of around 45 infants each year in this country. Is your baby sleeping safely or is your baby at risk to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)?
Is your child depressed?

Is your child depressed?

Do you think your child is depressed? Childhood depression rarely has a single cause and it’s usually a combination of factors that depend on your child’s innate coping abilities. We take a look at the causes of childhood depression, signs and symptoms, getting help, treatment, supporting your child and improving communication.
Parents separation anxiety

Parents separation anxiety

It’s not uncommon for young children to suffer from separation anxiety, but parents separation anxiety is common too, especially when it comes to leaving their little one for the first few times. Check out these tips on how to manage separation anxiety and make leaving your child a little bit easier.
Toddler constipation - common causes & treatment

Toddler constipation - common causes & treatment

So why do toddlers suffer from constipation? It’s fairly common in this age group and can appear out of nowhere for some or be carried on from infancy for others. We look at some of the reasons why toddlers suffer from constipation, symptoms, common causes and remedies to help treat it.
5 ways to help kids sleep on hot summer’s nights

5 ways to help kids sleep on hot summer’s nights

We all love summer, but it can wreak havoc with kids sleep patterns with balmy nights and daylight streaming through their curtains. A good night’s sleep is important for all of us, so help make things more comfortable with these 5 easy tips to help them get to sleep during the warmer months.
Toileting Tips

Toileting Tips

Everyone's different, but children are usually ready to start toilet training somewhere between 18 months - 3 1/2 years on average. We take a look at some of the cues for toileting readiness, managing poo issues and moving through each phase at your child's pace.

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