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Baby Hammock does not decrease baby’s oxygen levels

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We’ve recently discovered that our baby hammock was the subject of a University of Auckland research project last year. The research looked at whether using the hammock might cause impaired breathing.* Concerns about the use of car seat capsules for sleeping, and the public message to only sleep babies on a firm flat mattress, has led to some confusion over the use of baby hammocks. However, the professionally conducted, double blind study of infants aged 4-8 weeks by the Department of Physiology found that oxygenation levels and sleep apnoea are the same as in a standard bassinet. Continue reading »

Mums need better access to breastfeeding in the workplace

Breastfeeding in the workplace

The New Zealand Breastfeeding Authority (NZBA) is calling for stronger workplace policies for nursing mothers in a bid to improve national breastfeeding rates once mothers leave hospital. Continue reading »

New Zealand Trampoline Safety Standards

Springfree trampolines

In the media recently there has been a growing number of reports on the number of trampoline related injuries that are occurring throughout the world. New Zealand figures received from ACC show that 7,644 people injured themselves on a trampoline in 2013. This was an increase by 10% from 2010. That is almost 150 kiwi kids that are visiting emergency departments or doctors’ offices each week. The studies also showed that 81 percent of these recorded injuries were caused by children falling on to the frame or off the trampoline completely resulting in fractures. Almost all of these injuries are avoidable Continue reading »

Talking about Dry July (and some delicious mocktail recipes!)

Dry July

Giving up alcohol for a month to be part of the Dry July fundraiser, doesn’t mean you are admitting to having a problem. On the contrary, it usually proves that you don’t, that you can happily and healthily make a self-directed change that you and your family can benefit from.  Continue reading »

The future of kids content on tv in New Zealand


Kids content on our television is in a precarious position. We just have to look at the demise of John Campbell’s programme on TV3 to see how stories about ourselves and our country are valued by commercial broadcasters. Children’s content on our television is just as much at risk – there is no quota saying that broadcasters must have a children’s local content offering and no commercial imperative to ensure it has a place. Continue reading »

Talking about Bowel Health

Bowel Cancer

Is bowel cancer on your radar? If not, you’ll likely find the following statistics as sobering as I do: Continue reading »

The importance of wearing the (under)pants.

The importance of wearing the (under)pants

Four years ago, I discovered a pile of unopened utility bills on my husband’s desk. They were buried under a pile of sweet wrappers, junk mail and cat food samples. As a SAHM I decided enough was enough –it was time for me to take over the family finances, a decision my husband would live to regret. Continue reading »

Feel Good for Life: An interview with Claire Turnbull

Claire Turnbull

Nutritionist Claire Turnbull has recently published a new book – Feel Good for Life and we thought she might have some valuable thoughts to share with parents, because who doesn’t want to feel good!?  She’s also recently had a baby so she knows lots about what it’s like to juggle life!
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Sharing common ground – the gift of gardening

Mother's Day

Pondering how best to grow healthy, well-nourished kids is something that occupies the mind of almost every mother. This Mother’s Day, ChildFund is giving Kiwi and Kenyan mums added inspiration with Gunny Sack Gardens. Continue reading »

New Zealand Sign Language Week: Dylan Louie

Sign Lanaguge Week

Every year, Deaf Aotearoa chooses a Deaf person to be the Face of NZSL Week. This year, it’s Dylan Louie, a young Auckland father. Dylan tells us what it’s like to be a Deaf parent today. Continue reading »

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