Creating A Sensory Garden For Your Child’s Development

Creating A Sensory Garden For Your Child’s Development With children all over the world getting increasingly dependent—and addicted—to gadgets and technology, a growing movement in New Zealand is now enabling children to enjoy the great outdoors (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11944529) with as much freedom as possible. It appears that mobile phones, television, and other gadgets are not the only reasons why fewer children are heading  ..

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Why Good Air Quality In The Home Is Important For Your Family’s Health

Why Good Air Quality In The Home Is Important For Your Family’s Health New Zealand is lucky as it has some of the best air quality (http://www.mfe.govt.nz/air/overview-air-quality/air-pollution-and-new-zealands-air) compared to the rest of the world. However, 2012 still saw 1000 premature deaths in the country as a result of pollutants in the air. Breathing in good quality air is key to a healthy mind and body and to keeping illnesses at bay. Therefore, as soon as your  ..

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Safe in the Sun: Protecting Your Little One From Harmful UV Rays

Safe in the Sun: Protecting Your Little One From Harmful UV Rays Sunny days are perfect to share the beauty of the great outdoors with your child while getting valuable exercise for both yourself and baby. Whether it’s crawling on a picnic blanket or climbing on a play structure at the park, sun safety is an important consideration (http://www.sunsmart.org.nz/) for any parent who takes their child outdoors. Protecting Your Baby The delicate skin of babies and young toddlers ..

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More than Milk: Healthy Options for Baby’s First Foods

Parenting is a practice of highs and lows, the late-night feedings and diaper changes offset by the thrill of many “firsts” you’ll experience with your child. From the first time your baby rolls over to their first words and steps, you’re comforted by the knowledge that your guidance, patience, love and care has enabled them to add these skills to their growing list of triumphs. An important “first” for every parent and child is the journey ..

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Making Sure Your Baby’s Toys Are Clean and Germ-Free

Keeping your child's toys clean and germ free, is one of the most important bits of advice for new parents. Babies’ immune systems are still developing, so it’s important to help them to stay healthy. From crawling around on the floor, touching everything they can and discovering the inside of their mouth, your baby can pick up germs and illnesses very easily. They may have a favourite teething toy or a cuddly teddy bear, but it could be a hotbed for germs. Washing y ..

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Teething 101: Baby Teething Signs, Symptoms & Treatments

Teething: it can be an exciting yet stressful time for any parent. Especially those experiencing teething for the first time! But whether your little one pulls through teething like a champ, or is champing at the bit for some teething relief, preparing yourself for when the first signs of teething begin to show will ensure the teething process is a smooth, stress free experience for all involved. What Is Teething? Teething is the process that transforms your little one&rs ..

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Are amber necklaces a cure for teething babies or plain bunkum?

Their mums believe it is a miracle worker, a magic cure for their drooling and grumpy children, while health and child safety authorities say the necklaces not only have no therapeutic benefits but are choking and strangulation hazards. Rachel Clark's children's store Rainbow Tree, in Kensington Park, has stocked amber for six years but says in the past 18 months sales have soared. "It took a while to have enough people out there using them, but now they've become mainstream," she said. ..

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Birth

Reading the books, talking to others who have shared the experience, and watching the movies are all great ways to inform you of what to expect during childbirth. However, none of those can fully prepare you, because every labor and delivery birth experience is different. As much as mums like to be prepared, things come up that can’t be predicted or avoided sometimes. So, to save yourself the stress of worrying and to best prepare your body and baby for birth, make a decision. Deci ..

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How much formula your baby needs

Normally, babies eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. The formula-fed babies are heavier than breastfed babies. The appetite varies among babies, and each baby's nutritional needs changes from time to time. If you follow the basic guidelines and check in regularly with the doctor, everything will be on track. It is recommended not to give your baby more than 32 ounces of formula in a day. Once he starts eating solids, you need to cut back on the amount of formula you feed h ..

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Breastfeeding Method

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding alone for the first 6 months and then continuing for at least 2 years. Breastfeeding helps in bonding with your baby. It also allows you to lose the extra weight gained during pregnancy. Breast milk provides the best possible nourishment for your baby. Breast milk is easily digested. It protects babies from many infections, fever and can delay the development of some allergies. It has great immunity power. The basic breastfeedin ..

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