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Practical Parenting Australia January 2016

Practical Parenting is the leading parenting magazine in Australia introducing pregnant women to motherhood and offering insightful advice and support on pregnancy, new borns, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Pacific Magazines Pty Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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happy new year! i hope you and your...

... family had a fabulous Christmas and are ready to take on 2016 with everything it has to offer! Maybe you’re preparing to welcome a new bub into your life this year? Or perhaps your little one will be celebrating his first birthday? Or your eldest may be getting ready to take that giant leap into ‘big school’ Every new stage brings exciting changes, and there’s always that feeling at the beginning of the year that it will be a fresh start. If you can relate to this feeling, then check out our feature on p70. We’ve got loads of great tips on how to help make this year the best yet for you and your family. We also know that this time of year can be a scorcher in many parts…

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this month i’m loving…

Get ready! The new school year is fast approaching. Load the kids up with these cool markers and pens from Artline Stix (from $6, artlinestix.com.au). Meet our 10 finalists! It wasn’t easy, but we’ve picked our top 10 Cover Cutie finalists! Thankfully two from each category were picked by our readers which made it a bit easier. To find out which bubs and toddlers have made the final 10, go to p46. A good start You can purchase the Australian Women’s Health Diary knowing that all profits go to breast cancer research ($16.95, www.bcia.org.au). Be sun safe Protect your skin with Billie Goat Soap Natural Zinc Sunscreen ($24.95, leading pharmacies, David Jones and selected health food stores).…

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write to us

DADS IN THE DELIVERY ROOM Thank you so much for your article on how men view the labour experience (Delivery Men, November 2015). It brought a tear to my eye to read about the dad’s perspective of birth. There is so much emphasis placed on the woman in labour and the midwives and doctors, that the poor old dads are often neglected. My husband was an absolute star when I gave birth to our bub, Caleigh (now 11 months). Going through a 27-hour labour was certainly tough on me but hubby was there every step of the way with words of wisdom, a Jack Johnson playlist and plenty of back rubs. Let’s hear it for the dads! Catalina, via email…

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letter of the month

MUMMY GUILT, BEGONE! Thank you, PP. As a first time mother who felt guilty about not always enjoying parenthood, I felt less terrible and consoled after reading your story on mother guilt (Great Mummy Expectations, November 2015). I was your typical guilt-ridden mum – feeling like a failure in six of the seven listed categories. I remember sitting in my local park with another new mum from my Mothers’ Group, asking her if she was enjoying parenthood. I was hoping she’d admit that it was ‘tough’, to validate my own feelings and struggles with the adjustment. But I felt even more guilty when she said she was hoping to be able to stay at home and not have to return to work for another year. I return to work in four weeks…

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what works for me

KEEPING WARM I’ve never been a singlet fan but still want the same warmth and protection for my daughter, so instead I use all-in-one button-up suits under everyday clothes and especially pyjamas. You have the choice of either short or long sleeves and there are no cold back chills! The same goes with socks – we use footed tights and that way she doesn’t get cold feet like she did as a result of pulling her socks off. It also makes washing and hanging out a whole lot easier, too! Felicity, via email ON-THE-GO ORGANISER Car organisers are a great way to keep our car tidy and prepared. I have two boys, and my car is always stocked with nappies, wipes, spare clothes, drinks and a jumper each. I originally bought these car seat…

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thredbo blues

Just because it’s summer, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Thredbo. Kicking off on January 15, the Thredbo Blues Festival is a three-day event of toe-tapping family fun in the Alpine Village. Blues lovers can enjoy more than 15 concert venues located within walking distance of each other, all set among the stunning background of the snowy mountains. Visit www.thredbo.com.au/thredboblues for tickets and line-up info. TAKE THE KIDS TO SEE THE DELIGHTFUL PRODUCTION OF STICK MAN AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, ON JANUARY 6–17. SEE WWW.SYDNEYOPERAHOUSE.COM.AU FOR TICKETS. Take twinkle-toed toddlers to Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty, a special kids’ production of the classic fairytale by the Australian Ballet. Visit australian.ballet.com.au As the month draws big school to a will close, be the just corner around ! It’s time pencils to get ,…

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