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Practical Parenting Australia October 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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life with a baby...

Gen with her two kids, Ivory and Jasper... can turn your world upside-down: the sleepless nights, the crying, the endless nappy changes! And just when you think you’ve got through those first 12 months and can start to expect smoother days ahead, your little bundle of joy becomes a walking, talking toddler! Nothing can quite prepare you for the excitement and challenges that come with this new stage in your child’s life. The joy of those first words and emerging independence are beyond thrilling, but the new-found tantrums and stubbornness can also catch you off guard.In this month’s issue, we have included a special toddler section. It’s full of great advice from teaching your child to be respectful to easing your toddler out of nappies. If you’re the parent of…

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word-of- mouth mum

“My toddler loved the option to either face me or outwards, depending on her mood.”Before using the Mamas & Papas Urbo2, had you thought about the kind of stroller you needed?Yes, but like every decision with buying “baby paraphernalia”, it is so hard to compare products. This is especially the case with prams. My partner and I spend more time talking about these kinds of purchases than what car to buy! It's important to us that it's easy to use and lightweight.What are your favourite features of the Mamas & Papas Urbo2?As soon as I put it together, I loved the look and the stylish feel of the pram. Other great features are how intuitive and simple to use the pram is, the large hood (which protects from the elements)…

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letter of the month

THE RIGHT TO FEEDI almost kissed the pages of your magazine when I read the article on breastfeeding in public (Out and About, September 2016). I loved the way it was matter of fact about a woman’s rights but also gave lots of helpful advice on how to go about it.Before I had bub number one I was, perhaps naively, confident about breastfeeding and didn’t know what the big deal was – it’s just feeding your baby. And while I stand by this statement, the reality was much harder than I had ever imagined.For starters, although we live in a liberal neighbourhood, I was made to feel uncomfortable when I breastfed in public. My lowest moment came when I was subject to abuse from a bus driver. I don’t want…

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write to us

SAFE SLEEPING WITH BUBI just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful magazine you prepare each month. I’ve had a rough introduction to parenthood since my son was born 15 months ago.He was a premature baby and suffers with severe reflux disease, tongue and lip ties, and feeding difficulties. I have noticed since subscribing a few months ago how wonderfully unbiased your magazine is.I especially loved the short article on co-sleeping (Co-Sleep Cohorts, September 2016). It’s the only way we have coped with a very irritable baby, and I commend you on providing accurate and safe guidelines. Thank you for showing that different ways of parenting are okay. I’m glad I subscribed as I find the articles informative and learn something new each month.Carla, via emailSCRATCH AND WINThank you…

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what works for me

Reader Lisa puts socks on her highchair so son Arlo, 11 months, can practise walking without scratching the floor.SOCK SAVERSMy 11-month-old son wiggles around in his highchair and flaps his arms in excitement at mealtimes. I have put baby socks on the highchair legs to stop them from scratching the wooden floorboards. It’s also very helpful as he’s learning to walk and has been ‘rearranging’ the furniture in lieu of using his walker. I use the socks with little grips on them so it’s even more secure!Lisa, via email SWING SHADEThis is a tip for those who’ve got a swing in the backyard for their kids. Take the sun cover off an old umbrella stroller and use this to create a shade for your backyard swing. We simply clipped it…

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out of hibernation

PARRTJIMA, A Festival in Light (right), is the first authentic Indigenous festival of its kind in the world, taking place in Alice Springs over 10 nights (from September 23 to October 2). Located within the beautiful Alice Springs Desert Park, the free festival is perfect for families and coincides with the spring school holidays.parrtjimaaustralia.com.au LOUD SHIRT DAY (below, left) encourages Australians to wear their loudest and silliest shirts on Friday October 21, to help raise crucial funds and awareness to help give the gift of sound and speech to deaf and hearing-impaired children.www.loudshirtday.com.au FLORIADE (below, centre) continues to blossom in Canberra until Sunday October 16. Don’t miss the after-dark extravaganza.www.floriadeaustralia.comKIDTOPIA FESTIVAL (far right) is a new outdoor event held in Sydney’s Parramatta Park at the end of the school holidays,…

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