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Practical Parenting AustraliaPractical Parenting Australia

Practical Parenting Australia October 2015

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.

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yippee! it’s our most exciting issue of the year...

... as we launch our annual Cover Cutie competition. We know how many of you would love to see your gorgeous bub or toddler on the cover of Practical Parenting and we’re thrilled to give you the opportunity for it to happen! Just like in previous years, we will have five finalists in each category (baby and toddler) and one finalist in each group will be voted for by all of you guys. But there’s one more thing this year that we’re really excited about... for the first time ever, your entry will be uploaded onto a mock PP cover and you'll be able to share that image with all your family and friends. You never know, it might just be a preview of what’s to come if your little one…

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write to us

PP TO THE RESCUE! Holy wow PP, as a first-time mum-to-be I really want to say a huge thank you for making all my worries and questions answered in one issue! I stumbled across your August issue at my local newsagent when I was at a loss as to what advice I should and shouldn’t take. I sat for hours flicking through the pages, literally, thinking to myself, ‘that answers that’ (Birth Worries Conquered) and (Express Yourself) and having a lightbulb moment over all the tips and tricks throughout the issue. Thank you so much for such a wonderful magazine, I can now call myself a subscriber and look forward to a year of giggles, help and a little time out with my new favourite magazine. Ellen, via email DAYCARE DRAMAS Thank you for…

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what works

HOOKED ON NAPPIES I have a very organised change table with everything in arm’s reach, but I found it awkward trying to keep the dirty nappy and wipes away from bub once changed. I found having an over-the-door hook on the side of the change table has made it much easier. Just pop a nappy bag on the hook and then dispose as you go. Emma, via email DRY NIGHTS I found as my milk supply adjusted and baby’s feed demands changed I would wake some mornings to a saturated top, bed sheets and mattress, even when using the breast pads. I found placing a dry-nite bed mat under my sheet protected my mattress. I wish I had thought of this when I had night sweats after giving birth, too. Veronica, via email CONGRATULATIONS! The writer of…

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letter of the month

SLEEP STRUGGLES I literally kissed your August article, Urban Sleep Legends (baby news, August, 2015). Beth MacGregor’s gentle techniques on sleeping were music to my ears. Understanding why my baby wakes through the night and enjoys co-sleeping most was a welcome breath of fresh air into my existence of late! Sleep patterns for babies obviously vary for each family and circumstance, but your mag alleviated so much doubt and stress at just the right time. There’s nothing more stressful than attempting the various ‘self-settling’ techniques while hearing my son scream in desperation. I would tell little white lies when asked, “How is he sleeping?” because of the guilt I felt that we co-slept. Thank you, for making it okay that I’ve struggled. Knowing my son is acting normal and not being needy has given me…

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what’s on

monday 5 If you have a green thumb and are looking for inspiration, head to the Leura Gardens Festival. tuesday 13 Bondi‘s Festival of the Winds kite flying festival is a colourful and fun day out for the whole family 27 Blue Knot Day supports adults surviving child au wednesday 7 Tanderrum is the opening event of the Melbourne Festival. It‘s on tomorrow at Federation Square. Don‘t miss it. Tomorrow is International 14Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. thursday 1 It‘s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Show your support. 8 There‘s still time to catch Canberra‘s spectacular Floriade. It runs until October 11. 22 Melbourne‘s sweetest day out starts tomorrow – it‘s time for the Cake, Bake and Sweets Show. www.cakebakeand friday 2 The 52-Storey Treehouse is on at the Sydney Opera House until October 4. www.sydneyopera 9…

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we’re online

SECRET ANGELS We look at the unexpected struggle of leaving your littlies with their grandparents. Why are they angels for Nanny and Poppy but not for you? See the website, for more. You’ll also find plenty of other great articles to read, including... Helping a catnapping baby sleep longer and more comfortably. The television shows parents are turning to for baby name ideas. Adjusting to your post-baby body. Creative ways to serve banana to bub. How to handle sibling rivalry amongst toddlers. Join us on Twitter! Follow PP at We’re on Instagram, too! Follow us: @PP_Mag FIND US ON FACEBOOK! ON PP’ FACEBOOK PAGE, WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PRACTICALPARENTINGAUSTRALIA,WE HAVE OVER 675,000 FANS! WHY NOT MAKE IT ONE MORE? Recently we asked our fans to describe motherhood using just three words... Renee said: Tornado meets volcano. Mariam said: Totally worth it. Kate said: Pour wine now. Amy said: Holy…