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Practical Parenting Australia September 1, 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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healthy exploration

No one wants to see their child sick or hurt, but that doesn’t mean we need to wrap our little ones up in cotton wool each day. Research suggests that adventurous toddlers are healthier, more confident and more aware of their surroundings. Gerald Quigley, a Kids Prospan spokesperson, pharmacist and medical herbalist, breaks down some of the old myths to bring us his top tips for raising happy and resilient little human beings. 1 Allow time for your little one to explore and understand her environment. Don’t restrict developing children, allow them to be ‘uninhibited’ as much as possible. Bearing in mind their own safety, allow them to explore, understand, touch and feel. Recent research even shows that using household furniture to help tots climb and develop their spatial awareness plays…

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homemade versus processed food

There never seems to be enough time in the day and you may find there will be times you need to grab something convenient and quick for your little one to eat. In many cases, store-bought options can be fine to give to your littlie. Foods can be broken down into different categories – those that are considered staples in the diet; those of which we can choose better options; and store-bought foods which must be limited as much as possible to keep your child at his optimum health and help avoid issues such as rapid weight gain and tooth decay. Staples These foods should be used in abundance and generally contain a minimum of ingredients and processing. They will usually make up part of a meal rather than the whole meal. Some…

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write to us

BIG BROTHER TRANSITION I am due to have our second child in a few weeks and your article Big Sibling Blues (August 2015) gave us practical tips for handling our two-and-a-half-year-old when his sibling arrives. Both my husband and I have been worried about how we are going to manage our son’s emotional adjustment when he is no longer our only priority. We’ve been concerned about jealousy and worried about his feelings of being replaced by a baby. In the beginning of my pregnancy my son would cry at times and say he didn’t want the baby. Now that bub is nearly here he cuddles my belly and talks to the baby, but I am aware of the possibility that he may have some more challenging behaviours once baby comes home. As advised…

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happy holidays!

LOCAL GETAWAYS CANBERRA, ACT PLAY: Parents visiting Canberra often wonder why they don’t do it more. There’s family activities aplenty: try kid dress-ups at Old Parliament House or make your own coin at The Mint. The National Arboretum is an excellent place, with superb views, a well-priced cafe, and the impressive Pod Playground. STAY: Kids will love the jungle bungalows at The National Zoo and Aquarium’s Jamala Wildlife Lodge (for ages six and over). www.jamalawildlifelodge.com.au CALOUNDRA, QLD PLAY: On Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, 90km north of Brisbane, Caloundra is a relaxed alternative to the ever-popular Noosa. The calm waters and free barbecues at centrally located Bulcock Beach make it a hit destination with children, and the locals delight in floating peacefully from one end to the other (do watch your little ones with the current, though). STAY:…

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coping with reflux

Dr Maya Griffiths, clinical psychologist (and third-time mum to a newborn), offers Practical Parenting some trusted strategies to cope with a refluxy baby. THE PRACTICAL SIDE: Accept and ask for practical support – whether this be from your partner or family and friends. This can take many different forms: family and friends can help do the washing, clean the house or cook meals. They can also take it in turns to nurse, rock or settle bub for you if you need a break during the day. If it’s during the night, try organising shifts between you and your partner or another support person. For example, take half an hour on, then half an hour off. This way you know that you’re going to get a break and even if bub is giving you…

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raise a smart bub

A IS FOR ATTENTION New research into how babies learn reveals that the everyday, loving interaction with caregivers is what matters most. ”The best thing you can do for your baby’s growing brain is to respond to him,” says Claire Lerner from non-profit early development organisation, Zero to Three. ”Let him know that when he cries, you will comfort him and when he’s ready to play, you will engage him.” B IS FOR BONDING Feeding your baby isn’t just about nutrition and immunity, it is a time for comfort and nurturing that promotes bonding. ”Either in your arms or snuggled alongside you, your baby is nurtured by the snuggly warmth of your body and comforted by your familiar scent,” says author of Baby Matters (www.babyreference.com), Dr Linda Palmer. ”He hears the beat of…