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Take a look at our latest articles for parents on baby health advice and practical tips for your baby’s first year.

From newborn babies up to babies who are 1 years old.
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.
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.
Benefits of baby massage

Benefits of baby massage

So what’s all the fuss about baby massage? We take a look at some of the positive effects and benefits of massaging your baby and how to get started.
What can babies see?

What can babies see?

There’s been a lot of discussion about what babies can actually see and it’s something that has fascinated scientists for decades. At birth, sight is the least developed of all our senses. However by 3 months of age the eyes have made their most progress and babies are able to see all colours.
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.
7 Things to know about newborn babies

7 Things to know about newborn babies

Every newborn baby is unique, but they already have the most amazing brain ready to soak in new experiences and the ability to learn. Here are a few basic things you need to know about your newborn baby's senses and development.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)?
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.
The teething process

The teething process

All babies are different when it comes to teething. We take a look at when the teething process begins, which teeth usually come first and some of the teething symptoms your little one might experience.
10 Tips on surviving hay fever season

10 Tips on surviving hay fever season

Are your kids prone to seasonal hay fever? Runny nose, itchy eyes and lots of sneezing? We look at the symptoms and ways to help keep the sniffles at bay when the pollen counts start to rise.
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.
Flat head syndrome

Flat head syndrome

Does your baby have flat head syndrome, also known as positional plagiocephaly? We take a look at some of the causes, treatment and tips on how to prevent flat syndrome. As well as ways to improve your baby’s posture, balance and head control, and encouraging natural correction of their head shape.
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.
The effects of dummies & thumb sucking on kids teeth

The 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?
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 & kids sleep is not disrupted during this hectic time of year.

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