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Family & Parenting
Practical Parenting Australia

Practical Parenting Australia April 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.

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In this issue

1 min.
the to have average your first age baby...

... in this country is 28.6 years. This figure has been slowly increasing over the years, and while many of you may be around this age when you give birth, we know that there are loads of mums who are much younger or older when entering motherhood for the first time. This month we meet up with three different mums who have experienced pregnancy and birth at very different ages – one as a teen, another in her late-twenties and the third in her mid-forties. It’s fascinating to read their different perspectives on their journey into motherhood. While they may all be at various ages and stages of their lives, there is the one thing that bonds them – and that is the joys (and challenges!) of being a new mum. Here…

1 min.
write to us

BORN TO TRY Thank you for the article on vaginal birth after caesarean (Birth after Caesarean, January 2016). I read your magazine every month and although all of the articles give great insight into all of the little challenges and joys we face as parents, this one was perfectly timed for me. I had a caesarean birth for my first child who is now 18 months and we are expecting our second child in July. I always hoped I would be able to have a VBAC [Vaginal Birth After Caesarean] and your article confirmed my decision to try. It has also prepared me with a number of questions to ask at my next antenatal appointment. My husband had his own questions about VBACs and he was unsure of my decision to try. I…

1 min.
letter of the month

NO ROOM AT THE INN Thank you so much for addressing the topic of confinement after birth (New Mamas in Pyjamas, March 2016). I am currently pregnant with my second child and I wish I had read this when I was pregnant with my baby number one. I agree with Kerri, shutting out the outside world when you’ve just given birth can be the best thing for new mums and their bubs. There’s so many things mums feel guilty about, but this shouldn’t be one of them. I wish I had been more honest after my traumatic 21 hour labour. Instead, I had friends and family turning up unannounced, literally knocking on the hospital curtain and demanding cuddles from my baby, photos and all the gory details of my birth. Some even put…

1 min.
what works for me

BLOCK OUT THE SUN For a quick and easy way to block out light from baby’s room window (especially when travelling) I use aluminium foil. All you need to do is wet the window generously with a cloth and apply foil immediately onto area. Foil will stay on there until you pull it off. Then all you need to do is clean the window with window spray. I always remember to pack the foil when I stay somewhere new with my baby – it could be the difference between sleep or no sleep! Jayde, via email NAPPIES ON THE GO-GO I am a second-time mum and I have found that pre-packaged nappies have made life so much easier. What I do is bag each nappy in a nappy bag so I always have the…

3 min.
planets align

THERE ARE LOADS OF WORLDWIDE EVENTS GOING ON THIS MONTH. WORLD IMMUNISATION WEEK Immunisation saves millions of lives and is widely recognised as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Immunisation Week is a great time to talk about and celebrate this fact (April 24–30). WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY In honour of World Autism Awareness Day, on April 2, landmarks around the world will light up in blue. Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is going colourful to represent the brilliant spectrum of people in the autism community. Share your photos using #coloursforautism. WORLD HEALTH DAY This year, World Health Day is targeting diabetes, with a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the diabetes epidemic, April 7. EARTH DAY Trees for the Earth is this year’s Earth Day theme, so get planting and share a photo with…

4 min.
the fertile approach

When you’re struggling to fall pregnant, you may feel like you’re at the mercy of luck, but there is a lot that can be done to optimise your fertility. Stacey Roberts is a natural fertility and women’s health expert and the author of The Fertility Bible (Positive Image Publishing, $9.95 for Kindle version). She answers our burning questions here… WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU TELL COUPLES WHO ARE STRUGGLING? People who are having trouble falling pregnant need to know they’re not alone and that one in six couples in Australia deal with fertility issues. In the vast majority of cases there’s a lot that can be done to optimise their fertility for a natural conception or to prepare them for an assisted procedure such as IVF or insemination. WHAT FOODS COULD MAKE YOU…