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Learning about Colours with your Toddler

Here are some ideas for learning about colours with your toddler: Go on a Colour Toy Hunt!  Start with crayons of each colour and have your child find toys that are the colour of each crayon. Sweetie Sorting!  Give your child a bag of Sweets and a muffin pan or ice tray and have them fill up each of the holes with […]

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MMR Vaccine

MMR stands for Measles, Mumps & Rubella (sometimes referred to as German Measles). Vaccines against Measles, Mumps and Rubella are often given together at 15 months (instead of the Measles vaccine alone) and is administered again at 5 years of age. MMR & Autism The MMR vaccine has received a lot of bad press as it is rumoured to be […]

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10 tips for School Time with your Toddler

Creating a special time (if you are at home or have time in the evenings or weekend) with your toddler to learn about words, numbers and the wonders of the world is a wonderfully rewarding experience. You may not be able to manage this everyday but it is worth the effort to try at least 3 times a week. Where […]

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Teaching your child how to swim

You’ve got all your gear ready to go. You’re well rested and so are your kids.  Where do you start? Your first visit to the pool will set the tone for the lessons to come. Use what you know about your child to make it a great experience for him, and he’ll be happy to come back again and again. […]

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Potty Training

The most important thing to remember, when potty training, is that it is not a race. Toilet training might take days or months and every child is different. Let your child progress at their own pace. I promise you, you will not have a teenager still in nappies. My dear daughter said her first word at three months but potty […]

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Organising for a Toddler

Adapted from our May Book Club reading – The Toddler’s Busy Book Having various boxes in strategic places all over the house will help keep your toddler entertained while you perform your daily tasks. A Bakers Box Performing kitchen tasks can be difficult when combined with keeping an eye on an energetic toddler. Kitchen cupboards and drawers are full of interesting things that […]

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Toddler Tantrums

Screaming, kicking and sometimes biting. Toddler tantrums, if you have not witnessed one, you’ve certainly heard about them. They are the result of the toddler’s limited ability to cope with frustration. While these mini-meltdowns are a normal part of a child’s development, there are ways parents can help toddlers to experience tantrums less often and with less intensity—something that can […]

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16 Week Injection

The 16 Week injection, as with the 8 and 12 week injections, consists of the following: Immunisation against Diphtheria, Tetanus and acellular or whole-cell pertussis (DTP) and Haemophilus influenza type B combined. As well as, Hepatitis B (Hb) and polio. For more information on these diseases, please read our previous article on the 8 Week Injection. If you opted to have the […]

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12 Week Injection

The 12 Week injection, as with the 8 week injection, consists of the following: Immunisation against Diphtheria, Tetanus and acellular or whole-cell pertussis (DTP) and Haemophilus influenza type B combined. As well as, Hepatitis B (Hb) and polio. For more information on these diseases, please read our previous article on the 8 Week Injection. At this point you will also be […]

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8 Week Injection

Hesitantly you enter the doctor’s/clinic’s room preparing yourself for your baby’s first ‘shots’…. It is never an easy thing to see your poor baby, which you have nurtured and loved for all of eight weeks, being injected with diseases via a needle which you yourself cringe at the sight of! Nevertheless, these first injections are so essential for your little […]

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Baby Choking, CPR, SIDS

A few days ago, a friend of mine had a terrible experience. While she was driving home her son went very quiet. As she was sitting next to him, on the back seat (he was in his car seat) while her husband was driving, she peered into his little cocoon only to see him staring back at her – unresponsive. […]

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How long should baby be sleeping?

thelaboroflove.com suggests that your baby should have the following amount of sleep: birth to 6 or 7 weeks: Newborns sleep between 16 and 20 hours a day. 1 month to 3 months: Babies at this stage will need to sleep around 8 hours at night, and another 8 hours during the day, for a total of around 16 hours. 3 months […]

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Introducing Solids

Every parent has a number of magical parenting moments pre-programmed in his or her brain even before the baby is born. Watching your child’s first step…. Having your first phone conversation…. Letting go of the two-wheel bicycle for the first time as your child   rides away… All are common, wonderful parenting expectations. The first feeding is one of those seminal […]

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Jungle Juice

Jungle Juice!? Yes! You heard right. When I was in hospital, I was given a recipe for making Jungle Juice to increase my milk supply. This has been of such value to me as I have been in and out of hospital and had to switch between breast and bottle a few times. What has surprised me is how many […]

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