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Once it comes time to introduce solids to your baby’s diet, things can get a little confusing with all the well-meaning advice. We’ve asked nutritionist, mother of two…

What are Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux and Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD), and how can you know if one of these could be what is unsettling your baby?  What are some things…

Mothers from many cultures have been practicing the art of baby massage for centuries, and it is very clear there are many physical, emotional and developmental benefits for…

People have used slings to carry babies since time began, not only for safety, but also to be able to meet their infant’s primary needs.  The meeting of…

Occasionally figures are published regarding how much it costs to raise children. The costs are often eye-watering! One of the major costs for kids is clothes. But clothing…

Cheese adds some protein to this yummy vegetable mash.  You could add some very finely shredded meat, or blend the mash with meat or tofu for further protein…

Storebought flavoured yoghurts can be laden with sugar or sweeteners, and many other additives.  You can avoid these things by simply making your own yoghurt off a starter…

A tiny, grainlike pasta, orzo (or risoni) is the perfect sized pasta for small children and babies.  Combined with vegetables, it makes a healthy and balanced meal.

Strips of egg are an easy finger food for a toddler, and make a nutritious and fast lunch.  You can make an omelette as simple or as elaborate…

Kumara is easily freezable in ice cube trays and can be heated gently for a quick meal for your baby.  Bake a few at once and you’ll have…

With just a little preparation, your baby will be having a meal of steamed pears in no time at all.  Freeze leftovers in ice cube trays for quick…

Rich in minerals such as phosphorus and potassium, and containing vitamins A, C and folate, bananas are a delicious, easy and portable first food for your baby.

Add fresh parsley or other herbs to jazz up these yummy meatballs, or keep them super simple with their two ingredients.  Of course if your little one would…

Throughout our lives, we’re exposed to many different germs which are potentially harmful to us. Some of these, like colds, are minor and our bodies can easily fight…

Every year children are seen at emergency departments with injuries caused by toys they’ve just received as Christmas presents. 

An au pair is a young person from abroad employed by a host family to care for their children. As a member of the family, au pairs provide live-in…

Home based care is care and education provided by adults in either their own home or the child’s.  Find out more about home based care in our article.

Understanding what a Day Care centre is and what exactly they do is important. Our Day Care article will give you this information and answer a lot of…

La Leche League offers information and encouragement – primarily through personal help – to women who want to breastfeed their babies. Find out how it can help you.

Looking for guidelines or checklist of the developmental stages and milestones for your toddler boy or teenage girl? We provide excellent articles for Parents on the key stages and milestones in…

This article covers the signs and symptoms of pneumonia, the treatment and the complications that can occur in children with pneumonia.

This article on influenza – or flu as it is commonly known – explains the common symptoms of flu and how to care for your afflicted child.

This article covers the signs and symptoms of croup, the treatment and the complications that can occur in children with croup.   

This article on colds is full of great advice on how to ease the symptoms of the common cold, including traditional and natural remedies.

This article covers the signs and symptoms of bronchiolitis, the treatment and the complications that can occur in babies with bronchiolitis.

We provide information and advice about the signs and symptoms, treatments, risks and complications of rubella or German measles – most importantly the potential complication for pregnant women.

Measles is a highly infectious childhood disease characterised by a rash and fever. We provide helpful articles and advice about the signs and symptoms, treatments, risks and complications…

Chicken pox is a highly infectious disease characterised by a fever and rash. We provide information and advice about the signs and symptoms, treatments, risks and complications of chicken…

This article explains fever, the signs and symptoms in children and some great tips on how to manage fever at home.

This article on conjunctivitis covers the common symptoms and the necessary prompt treatment to prevent the spread of conjunctivitis throughout the family. 

The National Immunisation Schedule is a series of free immunisation visits designed to provide your family with the best protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.  It is important to get…

This articles provides parents with a basic outline on where to get immunised and includes information on what to expect when your child is immunised.

This article explains what whooping cough is and how it could affect your child. There’s some great advice on the signs and symptoms, treatments, and how to help…

This Mumps article give parents concise information on the signs and symptoms of mumps and how to care for a child with mumps at home.

This article explains the types of ear infections in toddlers and young children, the signs and symptoms to look out for and the treatment for ear infections.

This Kiwi Families article provides an allergies overview and also provides a practical overview on coping with allergies in children. 

The simplest risotto you’ve ever heard of!  Make your own nutritious chicken stock from chicken bones and vegetable off-cuts, then use it as a no or low-sodium alternative…

This article provides ideas, help, and advice on all the major features of prams & buggies & strollers. There are so many styles of prams & buggies & strollers to choose from…

This articles gives great suggestions on what to consider when buying a portacot. Portacots are literally portable cots, which fold away for easy transportation and storage.

While baby hammocks were once seen as quite alternative, baby hammocks are now popular with mainstream maternity carers and parents from all walks of life.

This article will help you find baby toys that encourage your baby to enjoy playing with toys and stimulate the next stage of discovery. In the first year…

For packs & slings, firstly you need to decide between a front pack, back pack or sling and then weigh up the features between different brands. This article…

This article outlines the main options for car seats for babies and children in New Zealand. Safety issues and costs of car seats are also discussed.

When you first start getting out and about with baby, you’ll feel like you’re packing the entire house – including the kitchen sink! It’s hard to know just…

This article provides you with all you need to know about highchairs before making that all important purchase – your baby’s high chair.

This article outlines your main options for sterilizers and explains what each of the different types of sterilizers has to offer.

Here are some products to make baby feeding time easier for parents – we have tried to divide them into essentials and non essentials for baby’s feeding time. Feeding…

This article on expressing your milk provides information on expressing,  storing your breast milk, and how to fit it in around breastfeeding.

In many societies, both here in New Zealand and around the world, children grow up surrounded by the sight of breastfeeding mothers. Breastfeeding is the most natural thing…