Writers: Jayne Eddington

Jayne Eddington

Jayne has over 18 years experience in caring for children and has worked in both New Zealand and the UK. She has a vast range of expertise and can offer help and advice if you are struggling with your children. You can read more about Jayne on her website- Everything But The Stork.

Jayne writes regular columns for Kiwi Families and will also answer your questions about babies and children

8 expert ideas to get your kids to bed (and keep them there!)

Getting kids to bed

Getting kids into bed doesn’t need to be a drama. Having the right tools can make it a battle free zone. Sure they’ll be hick-ups and regressions, but these 8 expert ideas to get kids to bed will help create a routine; that gets them there, and keeps them there!

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Natural ways to help your baby with teething pain

Natural ways to help your baby with teething pain

All babies experience teething pain differently. The one thing that is the same is that they all experience it, and they all get through it. If your little one is struggling though this phase, there are a few natural ways to help your baby with teething pain. Continue reading »

What to do when potty training is not working

potty training

A reader contacted me with her son who was not a willing participant with potty training. I thought it might be useful to share our conversation for those who are having similar issues, or those looking to embark on the journey and what to watch out for. Continue reading »

It’s chunky, lumpy time – the second stage of solids

Baby Boy Sticking Tongue Out With Food

So your baby is well and truly into the puree phase of eating, and soon it’s time to move onto chunks and whole foods… Continue reading »

Getting Baby to Sleep – 6 to 12 months

Getting Baby to Sleep - 6-12 Months

How to get your 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 month old baby to sleep through the night is a hot topic of conversation for new parents. But getting baby used to going asleep unassisted from 6 to 12 months, is still the goal here. Getting your baby to sleep right throughout the night will take a lot of commitment on your part! Continue reading »

Thinking differently about baby health

healthy baby

Harlow was not a happy baby.  She rarely smiled.  Of the more than 150 babies I have looked after, she was the most uncomfortable I had ever met.  Harlow was in one of three states when I first met her: Eating, sleeping or crying / screaming. This is not an exaggeration. Continue reading »

Getting Baby to Sleep – 6 to 12 weeks

Getting Baby to Sleep - 6-12 Weeks

This month, I’m back on the topic of sleeping babies. Last month we looked at getting baby to sleep in the first few weeks after birth. But the next step, getting baby to sleep from 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 weeks of age, can be quite a hurdle for some parents.  Continue reading »

Getting Baby to Sleep – 0 to 6 Weeks

Getting Baby to Sleep 6-12 Weeks

There is a minefield of information about babies out there and the issue of sleep is no different. In this article we look at the first stage of sleep training, how to get a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 week old baby to sleep.  Continue reading »

Early days with your baby

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In my role as a maternity nurse I often will be in contact with a baby at 48 hours old.  The mums that I work with are in a privileged position to be able to afford to get someone like me to help with the sleepless nights, often they have a cleaner also, nanny for older children, and in the UK, where much of my work has been, there are awesome healthy ready meals available, so that pretty much covers the basics of what is needed in the early days after having a baby…. Continue reading »

The role of communication in getting kids through change


Changes within the family come in almost any conceivable way.  It could be as joyous as the addition of a new baby all the way through to the death of a beloved family member.  Either way, I am going to mention what I believe is the most important aspect of change.  Communication. Continue reading »

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