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Family & Parenting
Practical Parenting Australia

Practical Parenting Australia May 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.
when i first had my...

... babies, I was overwhelmed by the number of lovely gifts I received. Even friends and relatives who I hadn’t heard from in years came out of the woodwork to wish my husband and me all the best for our exciting parenting journey ahead. Many of these gifts were little teddy bears and cute outfits. I have to admit, most of those presents hardly got used, but the ones that included a pack of baby wipes or a tub of nappy rash cream were beyond useful. That’s why we’re really excited to introduce our New Bub Box. Along with our friends at Target, we’ve put together a great range of quality products, which are essential for any new parent – delivered straight to your door. The New Bub Box makes the perfect…

3 min.
practical parenting’s cover cutie search is on!

Once again the search is on to find the cutest baby and toddler to be crowned the 2016 Practical Parenting Cover Cutie. There are two categories for entry in the competition this year: BABY: 0 to 12 months TODDLER: 13 to 36 months* Entry is simple, just go to www.covercutie.com.au There’s over $16,000 in cash and prizes to be won! Plus, don’t forget to vote for your favourite baby or toddler in our Readers’ Choice category – the entrant with the most votes in each category will be granted a spot as a finalist to be in the running to win the Cover Cutie crown! HOW TO ENTER & VOTE 1 To enter, simply visit www.covercutie.com.au and fill in all the details. You’ll also need to enter your magazine code (see below). 2 Before entering make…

2 min.
letter of the month

BREASTFEEDING TOLL Thank you for acknowledging the emotional toll of breastfeeding challenges, (When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Work, March 2016). When I was expecting my daughter, I looked forward to breastfeeding. Of course, I had my reservations. Will it hurt? Will I be able to do it? But for the most part, I couldn’t wait to feed and nourish my baby with my own milk. I went to all the classes, read all the books, bought a breast pump, shopped for nursing bras and even baked batches of lactation cookies in preparation. I hoped to breastfeed my baby into toddlerhood. When my healthy baby girl was placed on my chest, my heart sank when she didn’t latch onto the breast. Subsequent attempts with many patient midwives produced the same disappointing result. My baby was given…

2 min.
write to us

FULL BUT NOT COMPLETE I was very touched by the feature about three childless women – each with very different stories – who work closely with children in their daily lives (My Empty Nest, November 2015). It made me go on to ponder another issue. Even if one’s nest is not empty, women may still feel grief and confusion around the question of: “Is your family complete?”. Particularly, if your family is complete and you still feel ‘incomplete’. This is definitely my situation, I adore my two beautiful children, but I’m heartbroken on a daily basis, as my family feels incomplete due to medical reasons. And just like the ladies in the article, I’m surrounded by babies and preschoolers on a daily basis. In one way it’s so beautiful, but in another…

2 min.
what works for me

GUILT-FREE WORKOUT When I was pregnant with my little one I really struggled with gaining the extra kilos. As thrilled as I was to finally meet our son, I unfortunately suffered with postnatal depression. After a huge amount of support from family, friends and medical professionals I am now on the road to recovery. One of the best things I did was put my son in the gym crèche while I did a quick workout. Initially, I felt extremely guilty about putting my priorities over his at such a young age, but after recieving a lot of support, I continue to use this as a mental and physical release. It’s given me my pre-pregnancy body back in six months, and my son loves watching all the kids around him at the crèche and…

4 min.
what’s on

MOTHER’S DAY is on Sunday May 8 and it’s time to celebrate mums across Australia. Hopefully you’ll get to put your feet up and get pampered by the kids, and even if that doesn’t happen, it’s still a nice chance to give your little ones a cuddle and enjoy some precious moments. The MOTHER’S DAY CLASSIC is a national fun run and walk that raises funds for breast cancer research, held annually on Mother’s Day. Register at www.mothersdayclassic.com.au VIVID SYDNEY is the annual festival of light, music and ideas that just keeps getting bigger, better and brighter. This year it expands across Sydney Harbour to Taronga Zoo, with an illuminated trail of amazing and endangered species. It runs from May 27 to June 18, and includes events the whole family can enjoy.www.vividsydney.com This…