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POSTNATAL DEPRESSION SIGNS

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EDITOR’S LETTER

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MUMMY BLOG: LOSING TIME AND REALITY

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TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN SELF CONTROL CHILDREN LEARN THROUGH PLAY


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RECOVERY FROM PND

WHO IS AT RISK FROM PND

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THE ABC OF DIABETES

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Letter Hi Lovelies, So, November we meet again! This month has been a little crazy to say the least. Honestly, I just can’t wrap my head around it. By now, I am struggling with my darling daughter Max, who is at the wonderful age of two. I’ve decided that this age should be called the dreadful two’s, not terrible. She is developing her own bossy personality and isn’t afraid to tell me what she wants or more often what she doesn’t want! However, I have been blessed with a great eater - she hasn’t been fussy and loves to eat grilled salmon & rice and grilled chicken & kale salad with yoghurt dressing. in the last month, boy has that changed. I was pretty concerned with her lack of food intake. Max had me running around in circles making three meals and surprise, surprise, she wasn’t eating any of it. I even tried offering her junk food like chips and nuggets but not even that worked. She definitely has a sweet tooth, though. I was telling her caregiver at day care that she hadn’t eat much and how I was worried. She told me to feed her just one meal either at breakfast, lunch or dinner and if she refused it, not to worry because she will eventually eat what is being served. I just hope that this phase ends soon because I really can’t understand how she runs around and burns off all that energy without fuelling her body properly. In another fortnight, she might end up going back to three meal choice. I’ll keep you posted. This month’s theme is Postnatal Depression (PND) and we have a big focus on such a serious issue. PND is nothing to be ashamed of and is more common than what’s discussed, so we’ve decided to share some helpful articles to help you or someone you know. Make sure you check out Recovery from PND, PND signs and who is at risk of PND? There are also a whole lot of other amazing articles such as How To Get A Good Night Sleep in your Third Trimester, Tips and Tricks to Soothe a Restless Baby, Toddlers Learn Through Play, Teaching Your Children About Self-Control and Why a Healthy Relationship is Important For The Kids. All the usuals, interior, reviews and blogs can also be found in this issue too. Until next month!

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Written by Karli Steenkamp Expecting a baby is a time in a person’s life where many mixed emotions emerge. It is one thing to carry a baby for nine months and then suddenly have a little bundle of joy to look after and care for. Adjusting to motherhood and trying to lead a fairly normal life can be hard. After birth, a woman’s hormones are raging and emotions are high. It is normal to have ‘baby blues’ after you had a baby. Women are emotional and feel out of control. These feelings usually last only a few days. However, if you feel like this for longer than two weeks, you might have Post Natal Depression (PND), which affects one in seven women in Australia. It is important to identify the onset of PND early because if undetected, it can lead to ma jor depression later in life or it can get worse when you have your next baby. How do I know if I have Post Natal Depression?

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HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE POST NATAL DEPRESSION? SYMPTOMS Women feel different emotions after giving birth. It is important to identify these feelings and distinguish between ‘baby blues’ and PND. The symptoms of PND can be categorised in two ways: 1. Your thoughts and feelings. • You might feel inadequate and overwhelmed in your new parenting role. • You can feel depressed or irritable. • Feelings of fear or anxiousness that something bad could happen to you, your partner or baby. • Struggling to bond with your baby. • Thinking the worst or having negative thoughts of harming yourself or others. 2. Your behaviour. • You don’t do or enjoy the things you used to do before you had your baby. • Losing your appetite or over-eating. • All you want to do is sleep (out of the ordinary) or Insomnia. • Obsessive behaviours can also occur. Not all these symptoms need to be present for you to have PND. If any feelings or behaviours continue for more than two weeks, then it is necessary to seek help. WHAT CAUSES PND? It is difficult to pinpoint a direct reason why people get PND, however, there are a few things that have been linked to PND. If there is family history of depression or you already had depression before you fell pregnant, then you are more prone to PND. A difficult pregnancy or traumatic

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birth can also have an effect. An unstable relationship or a lack of support can contribute to these symptoms. TREATMENT It is completely normal to feel overwhelmed with your role as a parent. Some people try and hide the fact that they are not coping because they feel guilty. It is perfectly okay to admit that you are not okay. Parenting can be hard and people need all the help they can get. If you feel that you might have PND, consult your GP or speak to your midwife or gynaecologist. PND is easily treatable. Medicine is a common treatment in which an antidepressant is usually given. Therapy may also work or join a support group. Get out, be active and take care of yourself. A happy mummy is a happy baby. Ask for help and support from family and friends. There is no reason to go through this on your own. PND affects many women; it is nothing to be ashamed of. Get the help you need and know that there are many people to support you in your new role as parent. You can do the Edinburgh Depression Scale online to see if you might have PND or search for support groups of people going through the exact same thing. There is always someone to help. IMPORTANT NUMBERS TO KEEP ON HAND: Post and Antenatal Depression Association (PANDA) 1300 726 306 Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 Lifeline 13 11 14 References: 1. Government of Western Australia, Department of Health 2. Health Direct 3. Beyond Blue 4. Health24

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TIPS AND TRICKS TO SOOTHE A RESTLESS BABY Written By Jana Angeles It’s night three and you’re about to go insane. Your baby is constantly crying and you have no idea what to do at this point. You have a raging headache and your ears are ringing and you don’t remember the last time you had a good night’s sleep. Parenting is a tough gig and having your baby reach the ‘restless’ stage can feel unbearable. Fear not, there are ways to soothe your baby.

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All it takes is to find a moment to experiment and try things that will calm them down. If it feels like you’re battling a war, here are some tips and tricks to soothe your restless baby so you can finally catch up on some sleep!

make bicycle movements with their legs, gently pushing them up towards their stomach. Relieving them from wind is a sure way to stop your baby from being restless. It’s also effective in soothing them.

CHANGE THEIR SURROUNDINGS Like adults, babies do enjoy the change in scenery. Maybe they’ve been cooped up in the same room for weeks and you’ve been comforting them with the same toy and blankie for ages. Taking them for a stroll around the block or nearest park can help them feel refreshed. There’s nothing more relaxing than to embrace the nature and sunlight around us. Your baby will feel calm and relaxed if they are somewhere peaceful with noise kept to a minimum.

SCHEDULE IN THEIR FEEDINGS It’s important that babies have some form of routine when it comes to their feeding sessions. Hunger is one of the main reasons why babies become restless. If you’re too busy to think about scheduling feeding sessions, write down and set your own time frames that work for you and the baby. You can also download some apps on your phone to schedule in your baby’s feedings or set up regular reminders if you prefer digital over the pen and paper method!

MAYBE THEY NEED TO BURP OR PASS SOME GAS It can be distressing for babies to need to burp or pass some gas. When a baby has wind, it is often painful for them and this can result in hours of crying. If your baby needs to burp, lay them on their back and

NURTURE THE BOND WITH YOUR BABY Parenting doesn’t have to be dull and traditional, you’d be surprised on how creative you can be when you put your mind to it! Start reading stories so they can get used to your calm voice. If you’re not the best singer, sing to them some lullabies anyway. If you have your own rocking chair, you can carry them and rock them to sleep while humming your favourite tunes. You can also give them a bath and a light massage to help them fall into relaxation mode. Nurturing the bond with your baby early on is an important step to take as a parent. It forms that unconditional love for your child. Simple activities like that can help take the restless side out of them! Overall, if you have other tips and tricks in mind, go ahead and try them and see if they work. Otherwise, the points mentioned above can help you keep track of your restless baby. If you’re concerned about the health of your child, speak to your local doctor and ask questions. Constantly monitor your baby and ensure their temperature and eating habits are normal. There’s no “right” method in soothing a restless baby; only approach the ones that work for you!

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Recovery from PND

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Written by Jana Angeles Having Postnatal depression (PND) is a hard battle to overcome. It will bring you challenges in life you never anticipated. It will change the relationships you have with your current support network and you will have to take on certain lifestyle changes with it. The recovery process from PND is not simple and no journey is the same. Each individual will have different coping strategies. The first thing to do when you recognise symptoms of PND is to get help as soon as you can and to also find support from your family and closest friends. Don’t rush the recovery process from PND. Appreciate the baby steps you take in healing and let yourself grow and learn from your mistakes. You are human after all. So, what’s the best advice you can give to yourself during the recovery process? ACCEPT THAT YOU’RE NOT A BURDEN It’s easy to feel ashamed when you’ve always been someone who never relied on other people. Just remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you need it. Anyone that has struggled with depression knows that they feel out of place and can oftentimes feel self-conscious about expressing their feelings and thoughts. Communicating with your family and close friends can help you with your recovery from PND. When we’re clouded with dark thoughts and feelings, it can be draining. So, don’t feel ashamed if you need to vent and talk to people about your problems. It’s okay to vocally express them to the people you trust. YOU ARE A DIFFERENT PERSON There will be days where you’ll feel like your old self again, but let’s be real, PND changes your perception of things. You’ll find appreciation in the steps you take to recovery, but you’ll also feel a sense of sadness for lost time. After giving birth,

you may have spent a long time grieving and you may not remember the first few months you had with your child. It’s tough to accept this, but it get’s easier when you realise you can make up for it in the present. Remember, you’ve done your best to get to this point and that having PND doesn’t dictate your life. Recognise that you’re doing everything in your own capacity to do what’s best for you and your mental health. HAVE A PLAN FOR BAD DAYS Just because you’re recovering doesn’t mean those awful days where depression hits you are totally gone. Unfortunately, they will come back and affect you at some point. There will be triggers for some people and moments where you’ll feel like everything is going backwards. Have a plan for those bad days and let your friends and family prepare for incoming calls from you. Accept the fact that each day is different and it will bring on obstacles you may not expect. If you’re not willing to talk to any loved ones, just remember you can contact either PANDA (1300 726 306) or Lifeline (13 11 14) for extra support. YOUR LIFE WILL MOVE FORWARDS Twelve months ago you probably didn’t want to get out of bed or take a shower. Now, you just want to take the dog for a walk and have brunch with a few friends. Just remember that life does go on and each step you take is a step forwards. You’ve come so far and you deserve a pat on the back for reaching this stage in your recovery. Tasks you thought were a drag now come naturally. It’s easy to forget the small stuff but when it comes to PND, any progress is better than none. You deserve to move forward in life. You deserve to be happy. Never forget that. If you feel depressed, anxious or showing any signs of PND, please call the PANDA hotline on 1300 726 306 (10am-5pm AEST Monday - Friday) for further support and help. For after-hours assistance, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.


Teaching Your Children About Self-Control Written By Jana Angeles Self-Control is a continuous learning process for growing kids and in this day and age, we shouldn’t let teachers do the work when it comes to discipline. Some parents think it’s not their responsibility to do this, but when it comes to adapting appropriate, respectful behaviour, you are the role model they look up to.

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How you act, what boundaries you set and how you respond to situations are paramount when it comes to your children learning about self-control. There are many benefits in teaching kids about selfcontrol. These include: achieving more important goals in life, learning the importance of academia and treating others with kindness and respect. You don’t have to be the “bossy” parent when it comes to self-control. Find the balance between being firm and lenient at the same time.

learn differently and you’ve got to find ways that nurture their learning style when it comes to daily activities. Try to visually map out tasks your children need to undertake when it comes to housework. When it comes to doing assignments, help manage them into smaller tasks they need to accomplish. Helping your kids be open to new ways of thinking can help them pick up healthy habits when finishing an important task. Help them learn the balance between work and play.

So, what effective strategies can you implement when it comes to self-control?

TEACH THEM HOW TO RESPOND IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS Children are unpredictable when it comes to their emotions. They’re still trying to discover their identity and continuously learning how to respond to situations that may create frustration, anger, fear or anxiety. To prevent them from lashing out, throwing tantrums or bursting into tears, get them ready to do some role-play scenarios with you.

CHANGING THE SITUATION Are you tired of your kids eating ice cream before they’ve eaten dinner? Do they keep fighting with each other? A simple way in teaching kids how to adapt good habits of self-control is to take care of the situation yourself. Have a “no sweet food” policy for a month and avoid taking the kids with you when it comes to grocery shopping. Mention that it’s only a “once a month” type of treat to have ice cream. If the kids keep constantly fighting, move one child into an area that separates them from one another. This will allow any sort of conflict to fizzle down in the meantime. You have the ability to change the situation and you can call the shots to manage the kids. This will also teach them the lesson that they can’t always have it their way if they consistently act up and break the rules. OPEN THEM UP TO NEW WAYS OF THINKING Some of us like to stick to traditional methods, others like to try new ways all the time. Each parent has different habits when it comes to undertaking certain tasks. Whether it’s doing house chores or working to pay the bills, we should allow our children to adapt methods that work for them when it comes to their school work. You’ll find that your children

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For example, if you teach your children what to do in a situation where they are being bullied, pretend you’re the bully and do a scene where you are calling them names. Ask them how they would respond to that situation. Let them have a go first and then teach them what the appropriate response would be when they come across a bully. It’s also important to teach your kids when to ask for help when a situation escalates that could possibly put them or others in danger. Learn how to effectively communicate with each other about selfcontrol and give your child a chance to speak up when need be. Self-control is important to teach at an early age. As your kids grow older, they will have to face scenarios requiring them to be resilient, patient and proactive. Make sure to teach them the benefits of discipline and motivation but also consistently check in to see if they are not putting themselves in dangerous or harmful situations.


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The Baby Jogger City Select is one of the most popular, talked about strollers from the Baby Jogger range and now has a new plush and luxurious sister – the City Select LUX. Built to deliver all the same great features expected from the top seller, the City Select LUX has incorporated the latest advancements in Baby Jogger technology to ensure that customers enjoy even more benefits with this new model.

bassinets, glider board, car capsule/s (compatible with Maxi Cosi, Infasecure, Recaro & Nuna Pipa via adapters) and the new bench seat with footrest (for older children), the pram can go from a double to a triple support unit with ease. The range of accessories create the opportunity for over 20 unique seating combinations, which is 25% more riding combinations than ever before!

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one step further, folding with the same ease, but finishing to be 30% more compact than its predecessor, while still offering the ability to leave the seat in place while folding. The finished result – a more compact stroller with all the function and stability required in a trustworthy transportation for little ones! The City Select LUX is fully equipped with all the features that is expected of a Baby Jogger stroller, including the slimline, lightweight, all terrain wheels and it boasts all wheel suspension on the 12” rear and 8” front wheels. Thanks to Baby Jogger’s amazing foreverair technology, parents needn’t worry about punctures or pumping up tyres, forever guaranteed to have a smooth ride with the City Select LUX. While the capacity has increased for the City Select LUX to carry up to three kids on board, manoeuvrability has not been compromised. The ease to weave in and out of shops is still at hand with the compact design, plus full control is at the driver’s fingertips with the handbrake and a decelerating brake for big hills and great speeds when out and about. Another new feature to be enjoyed by parents is the new shopping tote, which forms part of the accessories range on offer, delivering on additional storage whenever it is needed with the City Select LUX. Other features present within the City Select LUX model include: • Multi-position seat recline • 3 panel, height adjustable canopy with UV50+ protection and one peek-a-boo window with magnetic closure • Extended canopy – yes that’s right even more extended than our already extended canopy • Adjustable 5-point safety harness with shoulder pads and buckle cover • Adjustable foot well to support their legs as they grow • Plush and easy to clean fabrics in the latest colours offering a gender-neutral

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The City Select LUX promises to adapt and grow with the modern family, whilst taking parents stylishly and easily through day-to-day life. Baby Jogger is for parents, and represents the journey that they must take. No one said it would be easy; it didn’t come with a manual. We didn’t study it in college; we learned on the job. We know how to roll, we know how to stroll, how to hike and run. We know how to get you there. We didn’t give up jogging when we became parents. We changed the definition of what a stroller could do, and we continue to redefine strollers. Through innovation, not imitation… we don’t change trends, we chase ingenious ideas. For every surface and every purpose, we will never stop finding ways to make the path easier. We are Baby Jogger, and we’ll never stop pushing. Baby Jogger City Select LUX from RRP $1,299 Accessories: Bassinet Kit RRP $225 Second Seat RRP $399 Glider Board RRP $119 Bench Seat RRP $139.95 Shopping Tote RRP $84.95 For Stockists: 1300 661 885 / www.babyjoggerstrollers.com.au november 2017 | mychild

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Who is at risk of PND Written by Jana Angeles Trigger warning: The following article contains content that may cause distress for victims of domestic violence or child abuse. Postnatal depression (PND) can affect anyone, but some people are at high risk of getting it. Certain physical, emotional and environmental factors can contribute to PND. Unfortunately, not all of us were lucky enough to grow in a stable and nurturing environment. If you are planning on having a baby sometime soon but are fearful of getting PND, remember it could happen to anyone and you might even beat the odds!

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THE FOLLOWING RISK FACTORS CAN LEAD TO PND: TRAUMATIC BIRTH OR PREGNANCY Everybody’s pregnancy journey is different, some go as planned, others don’t. If you unexpectedly undergo a C-section or had your first baby be kept in NICU, it can be a frightening experience to give birth or go through pregnancy again. We understand it may be a daunting process, but once you’ve experienced a traumatic birth or pregnancy, it’s easy to fall into the trap of not having another baby again (even though you wanted to in the beginning!). If you are still traumatised from a previous birth or pregnancy, speak to your local GP and see if you can do some sessions with a psychologist to help you ease your way through the next pregnancy or birth. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SEXUAL OR OTHER ABUSE According to Our Watch’s facts and figures, on average, at least one woman a week is killed by their partner or ex-partner and one in three women have experienced some form of physical violence since the age of 15. Domestic violence or any form of abuse can be triggering for women and it’s no surprise that these victims are more prone to PND. Some may never recover from the trauma that comes with domestic violence or abuse. With ongoing support, victims can still live a normal life with therapy and appropriate medical treatment. TRAUMATIC CHILDHOOD You may have experienced a death of a family member or had a troubling relationship with your parents as a child. From time to time, triggering memories from your childhood may cause emotional trauma later on in adulthood; as a result, some suffer from PND. Pregnancy is a journey where you’ll experience all kinds

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of emotion, good and bad. It’s advised to go through therapy or seek support from family and friends, especially when the triggers happen frequently. STRESS Have you experienced a ma jor change in life? Job redundancy? Divorce? Mortgage you can’t afford? Stress can trigger PND in individuals, especially for those experiencing ma jor events that dramatically alter their life. It’s normal to feel a bit stressed during the pregnancy in terms of the baby’s health or what you should be eating. However, too much stress can lead to feelings of anxiety, fear and depression. If you find yourself stressed to the point where you can’t cope, talk with your local GP and schedule in some therapy sessions. Talking about these ma jor changes can help with the transition and make you feel settled with everything. Overall, just because you’ve experienced the above does not necessarily mean you’ll suffer from PND. Each individual is different and a perfectly healthy and mentally-stable adult can still be at risk of PND. Just remember you are not alone during the term of pregnancy and birth of your child. Speak to your local GP, communicate with your family and friends and do your best to find effective ways in coping with previous trauma. If you feel depressed, anxious or showing any signs of PND, please call the PANDA hotline on 1300 726 306 (10am-5pm AEST Monday - Friday) for further support and help. For after-hours assistance, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Sources: https://www.ourwatch.org.au/UnderstandingViolence/Facts-and-figures

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How to get a good night’s sleep Written by Cara Barilla; educational columnist and journalist

In 2017, we are constantly being surrounded by different techniques to assist in sleep deprivation, battling insomnia and guiding ways to element the key source as to why your individual sleep loss has continued. After having your baby, your body is going through all sorts of ways of healing. Whether it’s your baby crying, depression, things running through your mind or bodily imbalance, there are always ways to trigger loss of sleep. Here are some techniques to assist in the healing process of sleep loss. ROUTINE When you and your baby are in sound routine, things are more predictable and you will find yourself having to sleep more frequently. Speak with your local medical practitioner in regards to creating a healthy based daily routine, which will aid in the additional sleep for yourself and bub.

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DIET When someone consumes additional caffeine and high sugar content, it could keep you awake and unhealthy. Lower down your quantity of bad food intake, get plenty of dark leafy greens and balance your body. Once your body is healing from naturally sourced ingredients and healthier foods, you will be able to relax easily and have longer periods of sleep. Keep your surroundings relaxed and positive: As parents, we are flooded with musical toys, loud sounds, our children and everything related. When it’s time for sleep, it’s healthy to disconnect from those loud, stimulating sounds so everyone in your household can relax their bodies and minds. A couple of hours before bedtime, begin to switch off all the surrounding lights and noise. This will effectively declutter our minds.


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WATER Water is the prime source for human development and the foundation of health. If we don’t drink enough water, we will become dehydrated and our body will come into a state of stress and tension. Consuming up to eight glasses of water a day assists in energy, positive health, great blood circulation, relaxing your muscles and your overall sleeping experience. Relaxation and meditation: keep the surroundings of the home relaxing and tranquil by diffusing Vicks, eucalyptus, lavender, chamomile or tea tree in the air. Not only will this release tension and trigger feelings of happiness, it will also cleanse the air and prevent sickness. Consuming herbal tea or picking up a meditation class could really assist in sleep. When all of your muscles are relaxed, you will naturally feel more at ease for rest. SLOWER PACED When we are moving a million miles an hour with lots of things constantly on our minds, we are not allowing our mind to rest by the end of the day. Try to simplify your life by decluttering your surroundings and thoughts. When our body is at rest, all of our surroundings are at the prime mobile function. It’s best to speak with your local health practitioner in order to discover what your individual needs are. Remember to keep positive habits around you in order to gain quality body results.

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THE NEW AND IMPROVED GROEGG2 DIGITAL BABY ROOM THERMOMETER REVIEW!

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Bringing home a newborn can be scary and challenging. Add that to all the other concerns you’ll have as new parents, overlooking your baby’s room temperature will be one of the things that slip many new parents’ minds and will be the last thing you’ll think about before your bub’s arrival. Once you’re home though, you’ll ask yourself 100 + times a day, “Is my baby warm or cool enough?”. Soon, you’ll realise that a room temperature thermometer is an essential part of a baby’s nursery!

SHOULD I HEAT OR COOL MY BABY’S ROOM IF IT GETS TOO HOT OR COLD? Babies control their temperature predominantly through the face and head. It is not necessary to leave the heating or cooling on all night, as long as the baby is dressed appropriately for the room temperature.

WHY IS ROOM TEMPERATURE SO IMPORTANT? Overheating has been implicated in SUDI for many years. Avoiding overheating has been one of the strategies to reduce the risk of SUDI.

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the Groegg2, has just been released and here are the hero features that you should know about: • The Groegg2 is a unique colour changing nursery thermometer giving you peace of mind that your little one is sleeping at the correct temperature. • It changes colour to let you know the temperature of your baby’s room • The Blue glow (16 °C and below) indicates that the room is Cold. • The Yellow glow (16 °C - 20 °C) indicates that the room is Just Right and is the recommended glow you want in bub’s room. • The Orange glow (20 °C - 24 °C) indicates that the room is Warm. • The Red glow (24°C and above) indicates that the room is Hot. • The 4 changing colours match the back of the Grobag tog rating system. This makes it easier for you to ensure that you’re using the right tog sleeping bag based on the room temperature and is the perfect accessory for the Swaddle Grobag or Grobag. • It has an easy to read digital display for the temperature. • The dome is made of soft touch silicone so you don’t have to worry about breaks. • The Groegg2 assists in maintaining a safe sleeping environment for your baby so that you can alter the level of bedding required based on the room temperature. • The Groegg2 has 4 adjustable brightness levels, which allows you to find a light level that suits your baby. • The Gro egg can also be used as a night light • It’s USB powered so now you can take it with you anywhere, anytime. • The new Groegg2 still works with the Shells so that you can give your Groegg2 a bit of character.

Take the guess work out of monitoring your baby’s room temperature. With the Groegg2 coloured lights system, it makes it easy to see if your baby’s room is at the right temperature. You can even see it on the baby monitor! Here is what a few mums had to say about the new Groegg2: “The sleek new design is stunning and will compliment any nursery décor. Love the fact that you can easily tell the room temperature by light colour without waking baby” “The new Groegg2 is beautiful and looks great in the nursery. I never knew that telling the room temperature could be so easy. I love that it also doubles as a night light for those late night/early morning feeds” “This room thermometer is so much more than you expect. It’s really pretty and the light is soft and creates an inviting space for your baby to have a peaceful sleep. My favourite feature about this product is that it is USB powered making it so easy to move from room to room and even take with me when going to visit friends and family. I can’t wait to travel and take it with me as I can already see the benefits of creating a space that feels like home” So, if you are looking for a digital room thermometer, look no further then the Groegg2. At only $59.95, it’s full of features that will please any new parent and match any nursery styling you’ve done. For more information visit: www.gro-store. com.au november 2017 | mychild

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DANNY BLUE’S REALLY EXCELLENT DREAM Written & Illustrated by Max Landrak Danny Blue lives in a world where everything is – as you might guess – blue. But what happens when Danny dreams of a new colour? How will he describe it? Can he create it? And how will people respond to this new colour, ‘Not-Blue’? This is a whimsical tale of dreams and creativity. It shares a message of perseverance and thinking outside the box, and will be enjoyed by children aged 4-7.

IMAGINE Written by John Lennon, Illustrated by Jean Jullien As the name suggests, this is an illustrated version of John Lennon’s iconic song, and is a beautiful way to introduce children to the classic lyrics. Whether you prefer to sing or read them, the message of peace, love and inclusion rings true, and is as important now as it was when the song was written over 45 years ago. The bright, powerful illustrations tell the story of a bird on its journey around the world, taking all the birds it meets along the way under its wings regardless of colour or species. This is a lovely book to share with children from birth, and would make a perfect bedtime lullaby as well.

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AUSSIE LEGENDS ALPHABET Written & Illustrated by Beck Feiner This visually striking book takes readers through the alphabet, with each letter being represented by an iconic Australian. The people themselves form the gorgeously designed letters – from Kath & Kim and Ned Kelly, to Steve Irwin and Dame Edna. Each page gives some introductory information that will be as interesting for the adult readers as it will be for the children, with more detail to be found at the back of the book. This alphabet book combines fun, colourful illustrations with fabulous content, and is suitable for ages 3+.

GOOD NIGHT SLEEP TIGHT Written & Illustrated by Kristina Andres The subtitle of this book is ‘11½ Goodnight Stories with Fox & Rabbit’, and each short story is a charming tale of Fox and Rabbit as they make their way to bed. The two friends love to sleep, but they like to try things a little differently sometimes – if they usually sleep like a log, can they try sleeping like something else instead? If they usually say Good Night, can they try bidding each other a different bedtime wish? Some tales are humorous, others adventurous, but each one is sweet and quirky, and would make a perfect bedtime story for 3-7 year olds.

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Ollie the Owl

Product Review Written by Olivia Arrow Have you had a baby recently or are expecting soon? If you’re new to this parenting gig, let us “already been there and already done that know it all’s”, give you a heads up! The moment your little one exists the womb, they have lost access to the best hotel they will ever stay at. It’s always the right temperature, food and drink is on demand and the best part is that there is constant noise, whether it’s our heartbeat’s or simply our food digesting, our little one’s never feel alone. With all the changes that bub has to go through while entering the world, it understandable that sometimes it can be difficult to sooth a restless baby. The Gro Company, experts in all things babies have released a new plush companion toy called Ollie the Owl. After reviewing this little gem of a product, it’s became clear that this is the must have for all parents of newborns and beyond! So, what does Ollie the Owl do? More like, what doesn’t it do! Ollie the Owl (which I will refer to as Ollie moving forward), has obviously been designed as a sleeping aid companion, but sorry The Gro Company, we think Olliie is an all-day, everyday companion and a lifesaver all parents with a newborn. Made using beautiful super soft and plush materials, Ollie is a cuddly toy that even

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you won’t be able to resist. With it’s adorable appearance and soft grey colour, Ollie easily fits in with any nursery décor. With 4 built in soothing sounds which include: White Noise Static, Heartbeat, Rainfall and Brahms Lullaby, you will be able to choose a tune that best helps your little one settle. You can adjust the volume with the 3 volume settings and Ollie plays soothing sounds for 20 minutes continuously and then the auto off kicks in.


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One of our favourite features of Ollie is the intelligent CrySensor. The intelligent CrySensor automatically turns on the last soothing sound played if baby cries within 3 hours after auto off, helping settle and sooth your bub right back to sleep. Ollie has a soft and tranquil light up tummy that has 3 levels of light to choose from and can also be used as a night light for up to 30 minutes before automatically switching off. With the Velcro fastening loop that you can secure to the cot, pram or even in the car, Ollie is the perfect companion to take out and about or simply to use at home. Suitable to use from birth, Ollie will be the ultimate friend for your bub and will be your toddler’s night time security to keep the monsters at bay. Here’s what our other mum’s had to say about Ollie the Owl. “There are a lot of these sleeping aide devices in the market place these days. However, what set Ollie apart from the rest is the intelligent CrySensor. I’m loving that I don’t have to get up every time baby stirs. The White Noise is currently our choice and even sends me off to sleep” “Ollie the Owl is by far the best soothing aide I’ve used on my baby girl. I use it as much in the day as I do at night. The soothing sound of the heartbeat just seems to settle bub down and must give her a sense of still being in the womb. Before Ollie the Owl, my little princess only seemed to be settled when I or hubby cradled her in our arms so she could hear our heartbeat. Now with Ollie in our lives, I’m able to get a few chores done while she is peaceful sleeping or just resting and bonus I can even squeeze in few extra naps to make up for all the late nights we have feeding – A great product I would definitely recommend” “Car trips were a nightmare for us. My son would scream as soon as he was

strapped in and this wouldn’t stop until we got him out of the car. This was every upsetting for me and baby as I have family that live about an hour away and it was stopping me from going anywhere more than 10 mins from home. Since having Ollie, it’s the first time that bub has slept in the car. Thanks to the CrySensor feature, it has changed the way we are able to travel and have a peaceful trip. I simply loop him through the front set headrest and switch him on before getting bub in the car. We can now travel all the way to mum’s place and along the way if the music stops and bub cries, the tunes start again. The Brahms Lullaby does the trick for us and I really couldn’t be happier – highly recommend” At only $79.95 Ollie the Owl, The Gro Company’s latest edition, is a must have for all parents of newborns. His soothing sounds will help settle your baby and provide comfort not only at night but during the day for you and your baby. For more information or to purchase visit: https://gro-store.com.au

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LOSING TIME AND REALITY WRITTEN BY: SHEREE ECHLIN

Where has the year gone? Or should I say years?! I thought time went fast before kids but now, there really are no words, or maybe I have said them and time just flew past me too quickly. Blink and you miss it is pretty spot on! My “babies” at the ages of four and two are now my little girls, growing up way too fast! There are some days I wish I could hit the pause button and soak up their littleness just a bit more. Other days, I’m copping some serious attitude I wouldn’t mind skipping ahead just a little bit. I don’t want to wish the time away, but it’s been a tough year, one full of some big adjustments for my beautiful girls and myself. The sound of them playing nicely and listening to their giggling has certainly made the bad days feel much brighter. It’s funny how kids know when to push your buttons at the wrong time but also know how to lift your spirits when you are feeling down. Whenever you’re having a rough day and feel like throwing your hands up in defeat, there’s nothing sweeter than a little kiss or a sweet hug from your babies to make you feel whole again. I never tire from hearing an unexpected “I love you, mummy” - it even

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makes me smile and tear up just thinking about it. I know I probably spend more time yelling over stupid things (who doesn’t?!) when I should be giving my girls more credit. They are smart (sometimes too much for their own good) little girls who I hope grow into strong, young women. Not sure if I set the best example some days, but I’m hopeful something is rubbing off, other than my feisty nature, of course. Watching them play games with their dolls and running around, pretending to be invisible makes me laugh at their creativity, but I know if I put a foot in the wrong place or say the wrong word I can stop a game in an instant. Hell hath no fury like a child whose fun game has been ruined by not-so-fun mummy. Cue the usual eye rolling, arm folding, foot stomp and huffing and puffing that I cop on an almost daily basis, sometimes from both of them! I’ll say it again, I’m already terrified of when we hit the teenage years. Maybe I can run and hide during that time or maybe that’s when I really need to hit the fast forward button! Even though they get along most of the time and competing for mummy’s attention, I wonder: Is this why many parents have a favourite child? I’m kidding, we

all know there is no such thing as favouritism when it comes to your kids (I maintain my older brother is still the favourite, haha. I am joking, mum!). I do have moments where I could easily choose one child over the other, especially when my nerves are frayed and one of my girls is pushing my buttons a bit less than her sister. But I do love them both so much that I could never say one is my favourite, haha! There’s one thing I’ve noticed more and more as my beautiful girls grow and develop - they won’t let anything get in their way. Whether it’s their stubborn side (we all have one whether we like to admit it or not) or just their strong determination, there isn’t much stopping them, other than mummy saying “no” of course. That’s one-word kids don’t like hearing, especially when they have a “great idea”. It’s alright for them to tell you “no” repeatedly but as soon as that word hits their ears, you just know things aren’t going to go well. Oh, I just love the fun of parenting, there never really is a dull moment. Keep on smiling, mummas! There’s always a chance tomorrow will be a better day. Read more of my mummy tales online at www. shereeechlin.com.

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How to bond with Baby when suffering from PND Written by Jana Angeles It can be a challenge to bond with your baby if you’re suffering from post-natal depression (PND). As with those who suffer anxiety or depression, it’s hard to live your normal routine, especially if you’re feeling helpless and drowning in feelings of sorrow. It isn’t your fault you feel this way and it doesn’t help if you’ve just recently given birth to a child. Your life has definitely changed since then. You were probably bubbly and full of life, always wanting to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle and being social amongst your group of friends and family. Now, you’re withdrawn and totally isolate yourself from others (even people you care about). Having PND can affect the way you bond with your baby and it’s important to do your best to find ways in coping.

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STAY FIT AND HEALTHY When suffering from PND, we understand how difficult it must be to stay motivated when it comes to working on yourself. Staying in bed with the curtains closed is a familiar scenario and it may be tempting to not be mentally and physically active. The first step in coping with PND is to distract yourself and change your diet, sign up to a gym and take classes such as kickboxing or zumba. Taking initiative is all you need to get yourself started and this will distract you from feeling down. It’ll give you clarity and peace of mind that you’re eating the right foods and exercising on a daily basis. Doing this will surely give you a positive boost and can keep you on track in bonding with your baby. GET ENOUGH SLEEP Having an active lifestyle as well as getting enough sleep go hand-in-hand and it’s important to embrace sleeping at an early hour. Getting plenty of rest is important so we encourage you to sleep roughly the same time as your baby. Having given birth, you’ll find that you’re more exhausted than usual and you may feel like you’re unable to cook, clean and entertain like you normally would. It’s okay to feel like you can’t take on normal day-to-day activities. Remember to pace yourself and don’t let guilt take over. Having a good night’s sleep can really help you feel energised and refreshed, giving you another opportunity to start bonding with your baby. ASK FOR HELP It’s easy to feel ashamed when asking for extra help from your family and friends, but the real truth is, you shouldn’t! Having PND as well as a newborn can be tough to juggle. You may find yourself not being able to do household duties or grocery shopping. Let others take care of that for the time being. Having all that extra time

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can help you strengthen the bond of your baby, without being so time-sensitive. STAY SOBER Avoid taking any alcohol and drugs. Alcohol is a depressant and the effects of it can make you feel more depressed than usual. Drugs can cause problems to your body and it can interfere with the medication you’re taking to treat PND. Also, you should avoid both alcohol and drugs if you’re breastfeeding as you can pass them through your breast milk. Besides that, drugs and alcohol are a bad mix, especially if you suffer from PND. Though they may seem to provide a temporary escape, staying sober is important to keep track of bonding with the baby. JOIN A SUPPORT GROUP When suffering PND, sometimes it can feel like you can’t find people you can relate to. Joining a support group can make you feel less isolated and comfortable in your own skin. You’ve got to remember that having PND doesn’t define you and there are other people who are on the same boat. Having conversations with people sharing the same journey can definitely help you see the bigger picture and regular communication can help you cope and heal too. A support group can encourage you to feel less weighted by PND and keep you on track when strengthening your bond with the baby. It’s hard to persist through life when the unexpected happens. You’ve followed the “rules” but the road is different for you as a mother. It’s okay to feel helpless at times and not feel like yourself most days, but remember that you can get through this. The battle is going through PND and still making the effort of bonding with the baby. Adapting a healthier lifestyle and finding a support network can really go a long way to help you on the road to recovery.


Ways to use a baby monitor beyond the baby stage!

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Written by Olivia Arrow When we think of a baby monitor, we think of monitoring our precious little ones when they first start sleeping in their own rooms. It’s best practice to have a monitor when you’re not co-sharing a room with your little one anymore, ensuring that your baby has a safe sleeping environment. But what do you do with your monitor once baby has outgrown that scary period of needing it for safety?

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Well, take it from us, don’t get rid of your monitor anytime soon. Baby monitors have so many functions these days and are so helpful beyond the baby stage that you’ll wonder why you ever packed it away or regret giving to Susie Smith down the street! Here are some handy ways that we wanted to share with you how you can use your baby monitor once baby is no longer a baby. 1. Sleep Monitoring– It doesn’t stop! You go from monitoring your baby to monitoring a toddler to monitoring your young child. I usually get the “Mummy, Mummy” at 2am and reluctantly drag myself out of bed to demands of milky and nappy change requests. As my toddler turns into a young child, I know I’ll be called to chase the monsters away so I’ll be needing the monitor for years to come. 2. Nap Times – If you’re a parent of two kids and have them both at home with you, this is when your monitor becomes your best friend. You’ll be able to entertain the child that’s awake as well as monitor your sleeping child. Whether you’re playing in the yard or doing arts and crafts in the lounge, you’ll easily be able to hear your sleeping child wake and tend to them. 3. Transitioning to a toddler bed – Have you ever walked into your toddler’s room to do a last-minute check to make sure that they are safely tucked in bed only to find them playing with their toys, wide awake and guess what, doing it quietly? You’re not alone. Transitioning to a bed and getting your toddler to actually stay in it can be quite challenging. If you have the VTech Safe & Sound BM4500-OWL Pan & Tilt Video Monitor watching their every move, you’ll be able to see them get out of bed (or scan the room to see what their up too) all from the comfort of the parent unit.

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4. House chores and working from home– If you’re like many multi-tasking parents these days and work from home and are the full-time cleaner, sometimes you just need to send a quick email or vacuum up the lunch time crumbs. Having a monitor can be your other set of eyes when your kids are playing in the lounge or playroom while you get on with your chores. 5. Safety – Monitoring your kids (especially toddlers) when there are in other rooms can be literally lifesaving. Accidents happen, objects can be left out and within their reach that they think might be tasty. Using your monitor could be the reason that you are able to see if they are in trouble, allowing you to act quickly and potentially avoid a terrible situation. 6. Traveling – Who would have thought that you would find a monitor so useful when traveling? Well take it from me, it’s a necessity for any trips away. Your kids might not be so good at staying in new environments and if you’re in another room enjoying a glass of wine and a chat, you’ll be able to easily monitor your kids and if needed, help them settle in their new surroundings. 7. Communicating – Have you ever watched your partner put your little one to bed and thought oops, they forgot place the water bottle on the night stand? With the two-way communication feature, you’ll be able to see what’s going on and tell them what needs to be done without getting out of bed yourself. You’ll also love this feature as the kids get older so that you can sooth them without going into their room and having to start the whole nightly routine from scratch. Making sure you get the right monitor is important if you want to use it for years to come. You need a monitor that will grow with your family and features that


are useful beyond the first year. If you’re looking at purchasing a monitor that you can use well after the baby stage, make sure you check out the VTech Safe & Sound BM4500-OWL Pan & Tilt Video Monitor. This monitor will spoil you with all of its functions and the top 7 we love the most include: • 2.4GHz FHSS technology for secure connection and clear sound without interference • Baby Camera with motorised 260 degree pan & 55 degree tilt, infra-red for night use and digital zoom • Temperature sensor • Speaker/microphone for 2 way communication with parent unit • 4.3 inch colour parent display

• Additional monitors (up to 4 baby units) with the ability to display all 4 units on the parent display at one time. • Out of range audible alert These features are just the tip of the iceberg with many more functions that are packed in this little beauty. You’ll love the ongoing assurance it offers plus the benefit of peace of mind which is invaluable. For more information on the VTech Safe & Sound Baby Monitor range visit: http:// auphones.vtech.com

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The Cybex Mios The Perfect First Stroller for Your Child Imagine, you’re in your third trimester, the arrival of your first child is fast approaching and you still have to purchase a stroller that ticks all of the boxes – safe, affordable and light to name a few! It truly is a crazy time for parents-to-be, and the weight of purchasing baby goods (especially a stroller!) can be daunting and deter even the most organised parent. Options, options, options! There are a million strollers on the market, with differentfunctions and capabilities – where do you start and how do you choose the best of the bestfor your little one? You’re in luck, as we have a hot tip for you – familiarise yourself with German baby brand; Cybex! Not only is Cybex leading the way in design and innovation, they have also released their lightest and most compact stroller to date – the Cybex Mios. WHAT’S NEW ABOUT THE CYBEX MIOS? The new lightness in the space of baby strollers, the Cybex Mios is breathable, light and of course, compact; a small wonder that you’ve been waiting for. Providing maximum stability in a lightweight frame, the Cybex Mios offers an airy, floating appearance. The retromodern seat design offers breathable mesh to not only support the lightweight aspect, but to help regulate the child’s body temperature. The narrow design glides through the urban bustle with ease. Compact, flexible, functional and stylish, the Mios is suited to modern parents needs. With a one-hand folding mechanism (proving

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extremely handy when battling your kids, bags and stroller at the airport), a reversible seat unit, all-wheel suspension (for a smooth, comfortable ride), you’ll notice the difference with a Cybex Mios in hand. Both functional and reliable, you can also customise your stroller to suit your needs. The Mios offers a Carry Cot attachment (suitable from birth to six months) in addition to supporting the award-winning infant car seat – the Cybex Cloud Q (arriving to Aus in November!)


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Awarded the 2017 Red Dot for best design, the Mios combines functionality with innovation. Known as the ‘little brother’ to the Cybex Priam, the Mios is a simplified yetfunctional luxury stroller perfect for the modern-day parent. WHO STROLLS WITH THE CYBEX MIOS? Strolled and loved by celebrities and influencers globally, including Giselle Bundchen, Liv Tyler, Coco Rocha, and Australia’s very own presenter and media personality, Nikki Phillips. Nikki and husband Dane welcomed their little boy, Jett, earlier this year, and are so pleased that his first stroller was the Mios. “The Mios is compact, lightweight and stylish – three must haves in a stroller. It really has made transitioning into motherhood that little bit easier knowing my stroller is reliable and still suits my active and stylish lifestyle”, Phillips said. WHERE TO PURCHASE? The Cybex Mios retails for $799.99 and available at David Jones, Baby Mode, Baby Bunting, Baby Kingdom, Toys ‘R’ Us or from Australian distributor, CNP Brands www. cnpbrands.com.au The Cybex Mios range is available in basic colourways including Stardust Black, Midnight Blue, Manhattan Grey and Autumn Gold. For more information visit www. cnpbrands.com.au or follow CYBEX Australia @cnp_baby #CybexMios

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Children Learn Through Play Written by Madeline Mitchell, Owner of Hi iQ Tutoring There is nothing more magical and rewarding than the sound of children laughing, babbling and exploring language and behaviours through play. Simple reactions to cause and effect, huge grins from funny faces, hide and seek, dressing up, stacking Duplo AND who could forget the joy of wrapping paper at birthdays!

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This may sound like a typical day in your household and guess what the best news is: This is how your toddler is learning - through play! Playing is the best way for your child to learn and develop his/her fine and gross motor skills, social skills, develop conceptual understandings and enhance language skills. Fine and gross motor skills are so important for daily functioning both at home and at school. As your toddler grows, he/she will need to develop the skills necessary to use cutlery, tie shoe laces and buttons, hold a pencil, throw a ball, carry a school bag etc. Believe it or not, these skills are developing with every single movement! Toys such as puzzles, ball games, stacking blocks, Lego/Duplo, threading beads, sorting shapes, using pegs, spraying water from a bottle, rolling objects, push and pull toys and tricycles are all fantastic toys for developing fine and gross motor skills. Play is a vital part of brain development and conceptual understanding. Toddlers are learning to interact with the environment and the world around them. This builds on their understanding of animals and sounds, nature and surroundings, people and places. Picnics, trips to the park and beach, visiting friends, shops, cafes and being out and about are all excellent ways of exposing your toddler to different locations and stimulations. Your toddler is learning by observing and playing with you and other children. Singing songs, reading books, sharing nursery rhymes and pointing and naming objects are all ways that your

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toddler is developing oral language skills and comprehension. Talk to your toddler as much as possible and try to use the correct name for things. Your toddler is absorbing everything like a sponge! Not only is play fun and a great way for you and your toddler to bond, playing and engaging with other children and adults is also a way for your toddler to develop social skills. Your toddler is building resilience, concentration, optimism and creativity through playing. Toddlers have an innate interest in other kids and their toys! We’ve all been at the park or shops and witnessed the strong-willed persistence of a toddler, desperate to grab another child’s toy and claim it as their own! Playing in the park and communal areas is an excellent opportunity for your toddler to learn how to share and tolerate others. Children communicate with each other from babies and are interested in other children the same age and older. Providing opportunities for your child to interact with other

kids is an excellent opportunity to nurture their social growth and development. Play along with your toddler in many fun and creative ways as possible. Observe their strengths, challenges and encourage tasks that may seem difficult. Laugh with your toddler and let them know how much fun you are having together! Playing with different textures is also very important! Sitting on the grass, running hands and toes through sand, squishing Play-Doh and clay, finger paints, fluffy carpets and rugs and water stations are all excellent stimulants for a toddler. This type of play certainly can be messy, however, these types of sensory games should be experienced by all toddlers. Remember that every experience is a valuable learning opportunity for you and your toddler! You don’t need the latest toys or extravagant holidays; you just need laughter, love, creativity and a little bit of imagination! Have fun playing and learning with your toddler!

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You Now Have a Nurse-On-Call from the Comfort of Your Own Home It’s 2 am – your baby has had a fever for 4 hours and won’t settle. You’re exhausted, extremely worried and to make matters worse, the doctor is closed! Worrying is unavoidable once you become a parent. This rewarding and sometimes intimidating role brings a responsibility to provide the best we can for our tiny humans. When it comes to our child’s health, sometimes we just don’t have the answers. When a child is unwell, we inherently seek the expertise of medical professionals. If 56

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it’s late night/early morning when the doctor is closed, most parents would bundle up bub and rush to the hospital to sit in emergency for hours on end, waiting to diagnose the little one’s symptoms. We all need reassurance that we are doing the right thing for an unwell child. At any time, when your child is unwell and you’re not sure what to do, the first thing you should do if your doctor is closed or before you head to the emergency room is call NURSE-ONCALL!


NURSE-ON-CALL immediately connects you to a registered nurse. This free service provides health advice 24/7. The team will diligently assess your situation and advise you to do one of three things:

Inresponsetogrowingemergencydepartment presentations, Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN) CEO Robyn Whyte commented on complementary services available.

1. Recommend ways for you to give care. 2. Provide details of local or mobile GP services. 3. Or transfer you onto emergency services in the case of an emergency.

“When someone is unwell or caring for a sick person it can sometimes be difficult to know what to do, particularly in the after-hours when their regular GP may be closed.”

The benefits of this service are tenfold and because of its convenience, you can have peace of mind, knowing that your child is receiving the best care.

“We are urging the community that if they’re unsure if the situation is an emergency, to contact NURSE-ON-CALL for free and immediate health advice, as well as peace of mind from wherever you are. We need to keep the emergency department for emergencies,” said Whyte.

According to a recent study, 50% of patients in emergency departments don’t require emergency attention. This means 50% of patients waiting in emergency departments could save time and resources by seeking alternate care and advice. Because of our innate concern, parents of children under 4 are the most frequent patients who are presented to emergency departments with non-urgent cases.

With over 5 years’ experience leading primary health organisations, Whyte is confident in the benefits of services such as NURSE-ON-CALL for both the community and hospitals. With today’s technology, we rely too much on panic-evoking Dr Google to diagnose symptoms. With NURSE-ON-CALL, you can receive free health advice when you need it most. The immediate access to a registered nurse can allow you to make safer decisions as well as put your mind at ease. Another health service available nationally in Australia is the National Health Services Directory. This web directory hosts a search engine which tells you of pharmacies, General Practitioners and other health resources most accessible to you, at the time of searching. National Health Services Directory also has an app available for free download (healthdirect. app) to point you in the direction of any health service, closest to your immediate location.

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Xmas

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i Fisher-Price

Beat Bo Junior rrp $14.99 Big W, Kmart, Target, TRU, Myer

iFisher-Price Zoom ‘n

Crawl Monster rrp $49.99 Big W, Target, TRU, Myer

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Calming Vibrations Elephant Soother rrp $49.99

Myer, Target

i Minnow

Booties rrp $35.00

Beach

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LITTLE KIDS g Two-in-One

Wooden Market and Puppet Theatre rrp $49.00

Target i Tamagotchi

rrp $39.99

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Sports Aero Howler Football rrp $14.99

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i Dream

Baby Jumbo Toy Storage Corner Hammock rrp $19.95 dreambaby.com.au

h Young

Ones Wooden Drum rrp $12.00

Target

h Fraggle

Rock Indestructible Shades rrp $30 - 40.00

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Board rrp $10.00

Up Drawing

h Quercetti

Fantacolour Basic rrp $14.99

Kmart

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Control 2.5 Channel Helicopter rrp $14.99

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h LEGO

Classic Creative Builder Box rrp $39.95

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DAD READ

Dads Get Postnatal Depression Too Written by Jana Angeles Just because you’re a dad doesn’t mean you have to hide away your emotions and toughen up. Gone are the days where you expect males to have it together because let’s face it, we’re all human and we’re allowed to feel. It’s tough to carry on certain expectations and it’s no surprise that dads can get postnatal depression (PND) too. Even during pregnancy, men are prone to feeling heightened emotions. You also have to accept the mood changes your partner will experience in the term of her pregnancy. There’s no step-by-step guide when it comes to the pregnancy journey; some people can’t cope with the changes that come with it, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad thing. To get to the root of the problem, we have to face it together.

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WHAT CHANGES WILL I EXPERIENCE WHEN MY PARTNER IS PREGNANT? It’s an exciting time to celebrate the news of the pregnancy: congratulations! However, it’s normal to feel anxious about everything when you continue the journey with your partner. There’s so much to look forward to but there’s also stress that comes with it too. It’s important to remember that no pregnancy journey is the same and unexpected things can happen. Obviously, you have to sacrifice more time to be with your partner when it comes to medical appointments and consultation. You also have to be there when your partner is feeling emotional about their pregnancy term. All these factors can contribute to postnatal depression. It can be an overwhelming experience for some dads. WHAT SIGNS DO I NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR PND? 1 in 10 males experience depression before (antenatal depression) or after (PND) the birth of a baby. If you experience any of these signs mentioned below, please seek help from your GP immediately. Physical Signs to look for: • Fatigue • Frequency of pain or headaches • Loss of appetite • Irregular sleep • Weight loss or gain Emotional Signs to look for: • Feelings of sadness • Feelings of shame or guilt • Anger or anxiety • Withdrawal from family and friends • Overwhelmed • Not being able to enjoy activities you used to find fun 64

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Other signs: • Substance abuse (drugs or alcohol) • Loss of concentration • Overworking attitude (preference of staying at work more instead of staying at home with family) • Taking risks • Not interested in sex • Having trouble making a decision HOW CAN I COPE? Talk to someone It helps to have a conversation with a loved one about feeling depressed. We understand it’s never easy to fully express how we feel and sometimes we may think we’re burdening others with our problems. Just remember a lot of people do care about you and if you’re feeling depressed, talking to someone helps. If you’re uncomfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings to someone you know, you can always call these hotlines to speak with a counsellor: PANDA 1300 726 306 or MensLine 1300 789 978. Start the recovery process with your GP Even if you feel like you can cure depression on your own, it’s advised to speak to your local GP if you show symptoms of PND. Starting treatment early is important because you can get the right help instantly and be on the road to recovery faster. Don’t put off any chance of getting help. Learn to recognise symptoms of PND early and take initiative. Let your family, friends and work know about your situation It’s important to let your family, friends and colleagues know about your situation. Keep them updated on how you’re doing and consistently follow-up about appointments, taking leave from work and where you’ll be. Remember they care and are only looking out for you.


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Handy guide to help you scoot with confidence There’s no reason for anyone to miss out on all the scooter fun. Here’s a handy guide to help you choose the best scooter for every family member and age group:

12 Months +

Looking for your child’s first scooter? Suitable from 12 months to six years, the fully scalable Globber EVO 4-IN-1 and Globber EVO 5-IN-1 will grow with your child and adapt as they develop. Offering pushchair, ride-on and scooter modes with adjustable T-bar, parents will love the clever convertible for its value and long-lasting usage. First time riders will be comfortable with the two adjustable seat heights and handlebar for parents to push. Then as their skills develop, the scooter can be ridden with or without the help of parents pushing the handle bar. As confidence builds, it transforms into the ultimate adventure scooter for growing little ones.

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Once youngsters find their love of scooting, they will want to take it everywhere. Suitable for ages three plus, the Globber My FREE Fold Up features an easy-to-use ellipse folding mechanism, ensuring transportation is a breeze. When folded, the compact scooter can easily be stowed or pulled along behind. Or choose something from the new Globber PRIMO range. PRIMO scooters come with assisted steering for safe learning and a button on the front locks the steering so tots can master the straight line and learn to balance before attempting to turn corners. Designed with three handlebar height positions that are a cinch to adjust and are extremely comfortable. Supporting up to 50kg, the reinforced metal plate structure has exceptional strength, making these scooters an excellent choice for young riders.

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Kids & Teens

It’s time for your child to get on a big kid scooter. Depending on when your child is ready to switch, some kids may give it a go at four years old and others at six or above, either way, the Globber My Too Fix Up is perfect for those transitioning from a three-wheeled scooter to two-wheels. Packed with loads of features, it’s a super stylish scooter and a smooth ride with non-slip deck, high-rebound wheels, moulded handlebar grips, soft brake and three adjustable height positions. It can handle up to 100kg with the reinforced fixed structure, built tough enough not to wear out before they hit their teens.

FAMILY

Adults

If you’re one of those parents who has to run to keep up with your kids on their scooters, it’s time for you to get in on the action. The Globber ONE K series is a smart scooter for grown-ups. It boasts a very cool folding feature; simply kick the mechanism above the front wheel and the scooter folds up in one second flat. It can then be stored away easily or pulled along by the handlebar. With large rebound wheels, front lever hand brake, soft grips and a wide deck, you’ll be gliding around the local park like a pro in no time. Why not take it down to the shops, your favorite cafe or to a friend’s place. Who knows, you might even teach the kids a trick or two!

Protective Gear

It’s important for all scooters riders to wear helmets and protective gear such as knee and elbow pads. When purchasing a helmet, it’s crucial to get the right fit. Wrap a tape measure around the circumference and largest portion of the head which is about 1 inch above the eyebrows. Or wrap a piece of ribbon or string around the head, the measure the length of the string. For the best head protection, choose helmets that have accredited labels. Globber Helmets are Australian Bike Standards Approved so they can be safely used on bikes, scooters and other wheeled toys. There’s an easy-to-close magnetic catch that won’t pinch delicate skin under the neck and it comes with a dial-lock size adjustment at the back of the helmet which helps to get just the right fit once on, all you have to do is turn it. Genius!

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Why a healthy relationship is important for the kids Written by Karli Steenkamp Relationships and families have changed over the years. We don’t necessarily have the traditional family life. Families can be parents living apart, parents living together or married. With all these different types of families, one thing is certain: a child needs a stable and healthy home. Every relationship you have, whether it is with family, a child or friend needs to be nurtured.

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Strong relationships help kids grow into strong individuals who can concur the world. Kids look up to adults. They have no other point of reference on how relationships should be other than what they see from the people around them. A healthy relationship helps kids feel safe and secure and they are more likely to form healthy relationships later in life. WHAT IS A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP? A healthy relationship between two parents is very important. It doesn’t matter what the living arrangements are. How you react towards your partner or co-parent teaches your child how people should treat each other. Having mutual respect for one another shows kids can be accepted for who they are and that it is okay to make mistakes. A healthy relationship is where you feel safe and secure. WHY ARE HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS SO IMPORTANT? Healthy relationships teach kids how to behave. It builds self-confidence and improves their overall health, physically and emotionally. Kids are very sensitive to what people are feeling. If you are unhappy or depressed, it can reflect onto your child. They can portray these negative feelings in their relationships with other people or their schoolwork. If parents don’t get along, kids might see this as a gap to try and play parents up against one another to get something they want. Not only is a healthy relationship important between you and your partner, but also between you and your child. It is important to give a child lots of attention because they thrive on it. If a child lives in a home where both parents are constantly unhappy and fighting, it can have lasting effects on them and it will stay with them forever. Kids learn through what they see. It is not always the answer to stay together because of kids. Two happy relationships with two parents are better than one bad relationship with parents staying together. 70

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HOWTOMAINTAINAHEALTHYRELATIONSHIP? It is very important to remember to take care of yourself. Taking a nice hot bath or grabbing a coffee with a friend is essential for your wellbeing. It takes effort to make a relationship work. Parents can get caught up in trying to raise kids that they forget about taking care of each other. Bring date nights back and little surprises for each other! Communication and respect are crucial elements of healthy relationships. If there is no respect or communication, a relationship will fall apart. Communicating isn’t only about talking, it’s listening as well. Listen to what your partner says and talk about things that bother you or things that you feel as parents are doing right. Balance family and one-on-one time. We live in a society where technology can take over if we allow it. Make sure that technology time is limited to everyone. Conflict is a sensitive issue. It is important for kids to see parents disagree and resolve the problem, so that they can see that every time you and your partner have a fight, the outcome will be positive. Disagreements are healthy for kids to see how conflict can be solved. However, choose your battles. Some disagreements are better left when kids are not around. Good and healthy relationships can help kids lead a longer, happy life. It is good for their overall health. It doesn’t matter what the child’s circumstances are, they have the right to a happy, safe home. They need to see different relationships and how to build upon them in a positive way. The only way they can see that is through their parents who they constantly look up to. References: Raising children The Nation’s Health Kids Help Phone Kids Helpline University of Minnesota – Taking charge of your Health and Wellbeing

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TRAVEL WITH BABY Travelling with a young baby or toddler doesn’t have to be stressful. Creating a memorable holiday is what it’s all about and if keeping your little ones calm in transit is important – whatever the reason for your travel, these simple tips may be just what you need. LITTLE JETSETTER Moisturise and Hydrate To help keep skin well-hydrated during long-haul flights, use non-greasy, water based natural cream. We suggest locking in moisture with an unscented product try Pure Baby Moisture Cream specifically formulated for babies and anyone with sensitive skin. For older children and adults, why not opt for a more nourishing formula? Also free from essential oils, Natural Baby Lotion is an ideal choice. The thicker cream formulation spreads further and is more moisturising, ideal also for eczema and dermatitis sufferers. Travel can take its toll and be extremely dehydrating to the skin. A good routine which includes the application of a high quality, natural moisturizer to hands, face, legs as well as keeping up fluid intake, is vital for even the youngest of frequent flyers.

SOOTHE TO SLEEP Massage Moment Whether it’s a long haul flight or a short, day trip, you can use massage to soothe your little one off to slumber in no time at all. Aromababy’s Baby Massage oil is heavenly, with relaxing lavender and rose. Simply warm a little oil in your hands, whilst singing or speaking softly to your child in preparation for massage. Using circular strokes massage the soles of their little feet, then gently massage and wring each little tootsie and circle your thumbs around the ankle bones to finish off. If your child enjoys their hands being massaged, repeat these strokes on the hands and use long, flowing strokes down the length of their arms. The organic oils will help to moisturize dry skin and the gentle touch will signal sleep time.

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ROAD TRIPPER Protect and Pamper If your child is in nappies or pull-ups, using a protective, natural balm can help to guard the skin from wetness and help minimise irritation. Natural ingredients including vitamin e are ideal to calm skin irritations. Aromababy’s Barrier Balm includes also calendula to help soothe and then protect the skin by leaving a light barrier. Not just for babies, Barrier Balm is suitable for the entire family and has been soothing skin for two decades. Perfect to help minimise chafing, dry lips, as a nail and cuticle balm, for dry, cracked heels and elbows, for sunburn, insect bites and much more. If you’re seeking an effective, natural product that works as an all-round, multi-purpose super-hero, look no further - you’ll be delighted at the superior results one little jar can provide. PARENTAL PAMPERING With all the focus on keeping the little ones calm and content, sometimes the adults forget to take time out for themselves. Why not take the Aromababy day spa

experience on the road with you – choose from new luxe, Soothing Bath Salts (also idea to use in a foot bath) to help soak away your cares. With sea salt and sandalwood to help encourage relaxation, these salts can also be used in a hotel basin when there is no bath handy. Simply prop yourself up on the bench and let your feet soak in the aromatic bliss. For those who love a body polish, you can’t go past the new Exfoliating Body Scrub with Raw Sugar and Grapefruit. Aromatic heaven in the palm of your hand – add a little water and apply to the skin using a circular motion whilst in the shower or bath. Ladies, concentrate on thighs, hips, knees and elbows. For the gents, this fabulous, unisex aroma is sure to please and will entice him to indulge in a little pampering too, the body scrub helping to buff his skin to pure perfection! Now available in select duty free stores including Think Sydney (International Terminal, Sydney Airport) online with Adore Beauty, Pharmacy Online, select National Pharmacies and where quality, natural products are sold. © Aluxe Pty Ltd For more information on massage visit www.aromababy.com november 2017 | mychild

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Meet the founder of Musluv One of Australia’s most innovative sun care products Mother of two and founder of Musluv, Natasha Jacquot, has an important message to spread about sun care and babies. After years of research, Natasha has developed a new, patented product in Australia that works to safeguard the delicate skin of babies worldwide. My first baby, Alex, was born during one of the hottest summers Sydney has ever had, when the temperatures were regularly topping 40 degrees. My husband, Thomas, and I had relocated from London to Sydney the year before, and one of my biggest worries was how much more UV exposure there is on this side of the world, especially now we were in the scary position of being first-time parents. As a former lawyer, detailed investigation is in my nature. To try and educate myself about the dangers of the Australian sun, I immersed myself in medical research. I found out that babies are particularly vulnerable to sun damage because their skin is so much thinner than an adult’s skin. I also discovered that researchers believe that because baby skin cells are still immature, they can be more susceptible to UV damage. Worryingly, this means that sun exposure during infancy and childhood, could contribute to later skin cancer more than the same level of sun exposure at other times of life.

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covering their prams with thin muslin wraps. I understood why parents would do this - in fact I used to do this myself, with Alex. It was always so convenient to grab a basic muslin swaddle from my baby bag and just drape or clip it on the pram to try and provide a little shade from the sun. But what I only realised later on, after trawling through technical textile journals and getting some independent lab-testing done, is that ordinary muslin fabric is just far too porous to use as a sun shade. Almost all the UV goes straight through and we certainly have an excess of UV here in Australia, even during the winter months.

Dr. Alice Rudd from Skindepth Dermatology says, “It is important for all parents to be educated about sun damage- 100% of children will have moles on the skin by the age of two, compared to Spain where only 26% of children will have moles by age 10. Our Australian sun is one of the most brutal and harmful contributors to sun damage; it is possible that early sun exposure kicks off a mutagenic pathway that is exacerbated with every subsequent sun exposure. Mothers need to be educated about their baby’s skin and shield it from the harsh rays.” What is also very concerning is that the summer of 2017 was dubbed as being the “angry summer” by Australian climate change scientists, when over 205 heat records were broken. Unfortunately, this trend is set to increase over the next five years, including an expectation of more extreme weather this upcoming summer of 2018. The thing that concerned me the most was seeing the high number of parents

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Dr Ritu Gupta, a specialist dermatologist from Platinum Dermatology Skin Specialists in Ultimo says, “I think that there is a lack of awareness amongst parents of the extent of the need for sun protection in babies. If you hold a muslin up and see the light through it, then it’s probably only going to have a UPF of about 8. Covering a pram with ordinary muslin is inadequate. It’s really a matter of education – parents know that they should use a pram cover but they need to make sure it really is effective at blocking UV, otherwise it’s just giving a false sense of security.” I was worried that parents were not aware of the risks to their babies’ sensitive skins, especially when the babies were in prams angled upwards, which meant they would catch a significant amount of UV rays. I wanted to not only warn parents of this risk, but also give them a safe and portable alternative, which would be just as convenient and baby-friendly as a muslin wrap. I shared my ideas with a good friend of mine, Erin, who encouraged me to think seriously about going into business, and together we started our brand, Musluv.


Our aim was simple: to give good, trustworthy baby sun care advice to parents, and to help them get out and about with their babies. As mums, we both knew how important it is for new parents to get out of the house and connect with the outside world, for their own wellbeing. We wanted to take away some of the worry they might feel in doing that. We knew that any baby product had to be very light and easily transportable for a parent, and it should offer them great flexibility. There already exist lots of excellent, fitted pram shades out there, but you would never be able to use them as simple drape over your baby in the sunshine, or as a makeshift tent on the beach. Our product is made of pure cotton muslin and can be tucked away in a baby bag ready to be taken out and used whenever needed as a baby carrier sun shade, a pram cover, a car window shade and a breastfeeding canopy, as well as in lots of other ways. It also had to be a product that parents could trust implicitly. As a mum, I identified a few areas which I knew would concern any parent. First, the product had to have the highest UV protection at UPF 50+, and this protection should be retained even if the cover was washed frequently. The layered technology of Musluv covers ensures optimum sun protection and we confirmed this with wash and UV testing through independent labs.

fabric itself. Again, independent labtesting confirmed this. As an extra precaution, we made sure that parents can be flexible in how they attach the Musluv cover, with its soft cotton ties, so that they are able create ventilation openings to allow any warm air to escape. The third was that the fabric should be non-toxic for a baby. So, for example, the UV treatment we use follows the OekoTex standard to ensure that it does not contain harmful substances. It was only once we had achieved these three objectives (which took us many years) that we were happy to launch the covers to market. One other aspect of the business I have absolutely loved is the process of designing our covers. We wanted them to look great on any pram or wrapped around a baby, and we spent a long time workshopping a fresh and modern colour palette to go with our bold but sweet, exclusive graphics. Musluv covers are currently available to buy online at www.musluv.com, with the new limited-edition collection and a new, dark charcoal “sleep-time” cover available from December 2017 onwards.

The second was that it had to be able to be used safely to enable a good airflow in the pram. Lots of parents have been scared off using pram covers because they are worried about their prams becoming mini hothouses. Whilst the main safeguard against this is parents’ vigilance (and not allowing a pram, uncovered or covered, to face direct sunlight for long periods of time), we wanted to make sure that air could flow very freely through the

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AWARENESS

The ABCs of Diabetes Diabetes is a word that unless you’re familiar with the condition in your own family, is something many adults tend to gloss over. But let’s get schooled on diabetes – after all, at the very core of parenthood is the function of nourishing and nurturing our children. Understanding the role of food therefore is a lesson we all need to sit down and take!

Author: Mark Macdonald – fitness and nutrition expert, best-selling author and founder of Zen Project 8 Oh to be a kid again, right? No bill stress, worries about the cost of living, or work dramas with colleagues! Life seemed so easy back then. But for 11,000 Aussie school kids, there is a significant stress in their lives, one that affects their day to day lifestyle and threatens the longevity and quality of their life. It’s a serious issue, and this World Diabetes Day on November 14 presents a timely reminder to discuss the impact that diabetes has in society, and how we as parents can play a role in helping to prevent our children developing the disease.

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WHAT IS TYPE 1 AND TYPE 2 DIABETES? When people talk about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, they are talking about a disease that elevates the level of sugar in the blood. Type 1 diabetes is when your child is no longer producing insulin in their body to break down sugars, but because the body needs insulin, it needs to be replaced. In Type 2 diabetes, your child is still producing insulin, but the body no longer reacts to it the way it was designed to. The production of insulin that isn’t being processed correctly can lead to a number of complications.


HOW DOES FOOD AFFECT BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS? Excessive carbs and calories in each meal can create a blood sugar spike, where the body goes into fat storing mode. Skipping meals, restricting calories or playing sport on an empty stomach can result in your child’s blood sugar levels plummeting, causing the body to burn muscle and hold on to fat.

HERE’S SOME GREAT PFC EVERY 3 EXAMPLES: Equal portions of chicken (protein), brown rice (carbs) and avocado (fat) with vegetables like salad or cauliflower or capsicum. • Eggs (offering protein and fat) with a side of apple or watermelon (carbs). • Turkey (protein) with avocado (fat) on a wrap with a side of fruit (carbs).

So the goal is to balance the body’s blood sugar, which really isn’t difficult. When your child eats protein, it positively affects the blood sugar hormone glucagon (raises blood sugar), eating carbs affects your child’s blood sugar hormone insulin (lowers blood sugar), and eating fat slows down the rate of your child’s digestion by inhibiting the release of HCL (stomach acid). Too much of any one of these can cause those spikes and crashes, but when your son or daughter eats a combination of the three nutrients in the right portion sizes and intervals, they can keep their blood sugar balanced and keep feeling satisfied for longer. I call it PFC Every 3 – a combination of protein, fats and carbs every three hours.

And I know, kids will be kids! If yours is like my son Hunter, they’ll pester for sweets until you cave. And that’s ok. Just keep it balanced! So, if your child wants lollies, give them some cheese (protein and fat) with some lollies (carbs). This makes the meal PFC Every 3, which balances the blood sugar and most importantly prevents kids from going on a sugar binge. Kids then never feel deprived and understand the importance of balance and moderation.

WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD BE EATING? I remember as a kid the last thing I thought about was what type of food I was eating. If it smelled, looked and tasted good I was all in! But as a parent, and usually the decision maker at meal times, it’s your job to teach your growing kids that basically the better quality food they put in their body, the better their body will work for them, especially when it comes to concentration and study or performance and sports.

LEARNING BEGINS AT HOME As parents, we are role models, first aid officers, taxi drivers and so much more! But first and foremost we are educators and role models for our children. It is our job to show and tell the correct information to help our children grow into healthy men and women. For more information on PFC Every 3 visit https://www.jeunesseglobal.com/en-AU/ zen/project

Of course, the moment kids are told they can’t eat something, that’s the only thing they want! I’ve been a kid myself and I’m a parent, so even though I’ve made nutrition and fitness my life’s work, I firmly believe in eating the foods you love. If your child is not enjoying their meals, they will quickly rebel!

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three sun possums Australian children’s clothing brand – Three Sun Possums: Sun-Savvy Playwear for Kids – has released a summer clothing line, the Summer Holiday Collection.

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p Three Sun Possums Popsicle ‘Green Bicycles’ ($34.95; 1-4 years; $37.95; 5-12 years )

p Three Sun Possums Chill ‘Smiley Sharks’ Blue Background ($34.95; 1-4 years; $37.95; 5-12 years)

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p Three Sun Possums Shirt Zephyr ‘Orange Vibe’ ($34.95; 1-4 years; $37.95; 5-12 years)

Pippen Shirt $89.95 | Appin, Cotton Cashmere Leggings $69.95

p Three Sun Possums Shirt Popsicle ‘Sailboats’ White Background ($34.95; 1-4 years; $37.95; 5-12 years)

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p Three Sun Possums Popsicle ‘Sailboats’ White Background ($34.95; 1-4 years; $37.95; 5-12 years)

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p Three Sun Possums Breezy ‘Lilac Garden’ ($34.95; 1-4 years; $37.95; 5-12 years) Possum Pants ‘Blush’ ($24.95; 1-5 years)

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GET THE LOOK:

interiors Leah Shannon is a designer and owner of Parade and Company, a lifestyle brand specialising in decor for children’s rooms. She has 15+ years experience in design and a passion for creating children’s spaces that inspire, educate and spark the imagination.

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Wood Sign $95.00 rrp thehouseofbelonging.com Hanging canopy $63.00 rrp worldmarket.com

Comforter $320.00 rrp beddys.com

Wallpaper $46.00 rrp etsy.com/shop/livettes

Bed $999.00 rrp incyinteriors.com.au

Neon Light $149.00 rrp neonrepublic.com.au

Basket $185.00 rrp connectedgoods.com Mermaid Doll from $59.00 rrp blablakids.com

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Cushion $87.00 rrp anthropologie.com


Credit: Nikki Ray, @helloetta joy

Metal Cabinet by Maileg $99.00 rrp wildandwhimsicalthings.com.au

Cushion $20.00 rrp target.com.au

Bed Skirt $175.00 rrp etsy.com/shadesupandco

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Credit: Bree Mitchell, @sipsopkids

Round grey floor mat $90.00 rrp myhomestyle89. bigcartel.com

Pom pom cushion $48.00 rrp mylittlejoy.com.au

Bed $1349.00 rrp rafa-kids.com

knot cushion $70.00 rrp mylittleecho.com.au 96

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Moon and Tassel $35.00 rrp cloudette.bigcartel. com

Explore banner $30.00 rrp minimamaco.com.au

Hexagon blocks $25.00 rrp andieandollie.com.au

Art Print $40.00 rrp (A4 size) thewhimsicalwall.bigcartel.com

GroBag $64.95 rrp gro-store.com.au

Toy Bag $25.00 rrp smallprintdesign.com.au

Mountain cushion $25.00 rrp bigandlittle.bigcartel.com

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REVIEWED BY APRIL DAVIS JELLYCAT RAINBOW POMPOM

5/5

Zooming down from a fabulous planet, Rainbow Pompom is here to dazzle! This quirkster’s just a big soft ball of colourful sherbet fluff. Those violet legs and neck and nose are suedey-sweet - great for running and discovering! Here to dance and discover new games, Rainbow Pompom can’t wait to meet you! . Our verdict What’s not to love about this colourful, super quirky stuffed animal? The pretty colours will be sure to catch your little one’s eyes, and it’s soft squishy fur and body will ensure your child drags this little cutie around with them everywhere they go! RRP $44.95 – AVAILABLE FROM: INVITE ME - WWW.INVITEME.COM.AU

JELLYCAT JUNGLY TAILS BOOKS What a lot of funny friends, all packed into the Jungly Tails Book! Get to know jungle animals by their tails; who is all feathery? who’s got bright spots? And who is the owner of those gorgeous green scales? This soft book is perfect for toddlers, and has a carry-loop for car trips to deepest darkest Peru! Our verdict Toddlers learning the value of reading and storytelling from a young age is invaluable for both their creative and intellectual development. While this toddler’s soft book doesn’t have much in a way of words, it’s bright colours and engaging pictures will draw your child’s eyes and teach them the appeal of books from a young age. The jungle noises button will also ensure their sense of sound is as equally captivated as their sight and touch. The only downside is that the button only plays one noise on repeat. It would have been nice to hear the different noises of each of the pictured animals. RRP $26.95 – AVAILABLE FROM SEND A TOY - WWW.SENDATOY.COM.AU 100

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childs FROM A VIEW

4/5 ROO IN A BOX Crank the handle to play the tune ‘Pop Goes The Weasel” and make roo pop up! To re-set, push roo back into the box and close the lid. If the lid does not stay closed, turn the handle to reset latch. Our Verdict Native Australian wildlife plays a big part in our culture and the learning and development of our children. Much like a music box, your child will love listening to the classic ‘pop goes the weasel’ tune, and they will scream with delight as the mother kangaroo with her baby in her pouch pops out to surprise them. The catchy tune might get a little bit annoying for parents, but seeing the smile on your child’s face will make it all worthwhile!

RRP $39.95- AVAILABLE FROM: HOMING INSTINCTS - WWW.HOMINGINSTINCTS.COM.AU

MIRACLE MELTING SPARKLE UNICORN Create a magical unicorn friend by taking your putty out of the tub and building it up. Add the colourful eyes, horn, tail, mane and legs. Watch your creation melt away and then build it all over again. Our verdict This is a little bit of an unusual craft item, but it does help teach your child problem solving skills as they try to build the little unicorn. They’re little fingers will have to be careful with the tiny parts though, and special care will need to be taken that none get lost or eaten! Definitely make sure this rainy day activity is reserved only for children aged three years and up.

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toasted muesli, mango & yoghurt breakfast parfait 0.00 Prep

Servings 4

INGREDIENTS • 1 1/4 cups of toasted muesli • 3 mangoes • 1 1/2 cups natural yoghurt • 1 tablespoon of honey

METHOD Step 1: Divide muesli (see related recipe) among 4 tall parfait or sundae glasses. Thickly slice mango flesh and add to the glasses, then divide yoghurt among each. Drizzle honey over the top of each parfait and serve.

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cheat’s crumpets benedict 0.05 Prep 0.15 Cook

Servings 4

INGREDIENTS • 1/3 cup light wholeegg mayonnaise • 1/4 cup Greek-style natural yoghurt • 2 teaspoons lemon juice • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard • 40g butter, melted

• 4 eggs • 8 Golden Crumpets, toasted • 8 slices Don Thinly Sliced Leg Ham • Chopped chives, to serve • Steamed asparagus, to serve

• Pinch cayenne pepper

METHOD Step 1: Whisk the mayonnaise, yoghurt, lemon juice and mustard in a small bowl until combined. Slowly pour in the butter while whisking to combine (do not add the milky part – see Notes). Season with a pinch of cayenne pepper. Step 2: To poach the eggs, fill a saucepan with water to two-thirds full. Add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a medium-low heat. Stir the water until a whirlpool forms. Break an egg into a saucer, and then slide into the water. Cook, without stirring for 3 minutes for a soft yolk. Remove to a plate lined with paper towel using a slotted spoon. Repeat with remaining eggs. Step 3: Place 2 crumpets on each plate. Top with the ham and egg. Drizzle over the sauce. Sprinkle with chives and a little cayenne pepper. Serve with steamed asparagus. Photo Credit: taste.com.au november 2017 | mychild

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ravioli salad with summer greens 0.20 Prep 0.13 Cook

Servings 4

INGREDIENTS • 375g packet spinach and ricotta ravioli

• 100g mixed baby salad leaves

• 150g snow peas, trimmed

• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

• 150g podded fresh peas or frozen peas • 1 bunch broccolini, cut into 3cm lengths • 4 spring onions, finely chopped

METHOD Step 1: For the dressing, whisk the ingredients together, season to taste, then set aside. Step 2: Cook the ravioli in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water according to packet instructions. Remove with a slotted spoon and refresh under cold water, then drain again. Transfer to a large bowl. Step 3: Return water to the boil. Cook snow peas, peas and broccolini for 2-3 minutes until tender. Drain, then refresh under cold water and shake dry. Add to ravioli with spring onion, salad leaves and nuts. Pour over dressing, toss to combine, then serve.

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steak with crushed peas & peppercorn sauce 0.10 Prep 0.10 Cook

Servings 4

INGREDIENTS • 1 x Gravox Peppercorn with Cream Finishing Sauce 165g • 4 x 150g scotch fillet or sirloin steaks • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra to brush • 500g frozen green

peas, thawed • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives • 2 tablespoons thin cream • Mixed salad leaves, to serve

METHOD Step 1: Cook the peas in a large saucepan of boiling water for 3-4 minutes, or until tender. Drain well, return to saucepan. Add half the chives and the olive oil, mash, keeping some texture. Keep warm. Step 2: Preheat a char grill pan over a high heat. Brush the steaks with extra olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Grill the steaks for 2-3 minutes each side, or until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate, cover loosely with foil and set aside to rest for 3-4 minutes. Step 3: Return pan to a medium heat, add Gravox Peppercorn with Cream Finishing Sauce and cream, stir until well combined and heated through. Step 4: Serve steaks on the peas, with mixed salad leaves and drizzled with the peppercorn sauce.

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barbecued sausage rolls with caramelised onions 0.30 Prep 0.25 Cook

Makes 12

INGREDIENTS • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 red onions, halved, thinly sliced • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

• 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard • 12 flat-leaf parsley sprigs

• 12 chipolata sausages • 12 small dinner rolls, split

METHOD Step 1: Heat oil in a frypan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, for 10-12 minutes until softened and browned. Increase heat to high, add balsamic and stir over high heat for 2-3 minutes to caramelise. Transfer to a bowl, season well, then cool. The caramelised onion will keep, covered in the fridge, for up to 5 days. Step 2: Cook sausages on a barbecue preheated to medium for 8-10 minutes, turning until browned and cooked through. (Or preheat oven to 180C and cook for 15-20 minutes on an oiled baking tray). Allow to cool. Step 3: To serve, lightly pack each dinner roll with caramelised onion. Add sausage, top with mustard and tuck in a sprig of parsley.

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macadamia-crusted fish with asparagus and green beans 0.10 Prep 0.20 Cook

Makes 12

INGREDIENTS • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 4 x 180g skinless blueeye fillets • 1 cup (150g) roasted macadamia nuts, roughly chopped

• 1 large garlic clove, crushed • 1 tablespoon macadamia butter • Blanched asparagus, to serve

• 1 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon

• Green beans, steamed, to serve

• 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

• Lemon wedges, to serve

METHOD Step 1: Preheat the grill to medium-high. Heat oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat. Season fish all over with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes each side until just cooked. Transfer to a lined baking tray. Step 2: Meanwhile, combine nuts, herbs and garlic in a bowl. Evenly spread 1 teaspoon macadamia butter over the top of each fillet, then top with nut mixture, pressing down well to coat. Place under grill for a further 1-2 minutes until golden. Serve fish with vegetables and lemon wedges.

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key lime pie 0.35 Prep 0.25 Cook

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS • 250g digestive or wheatmeal biscuits, crushed

• 150ml (about 4-5 limes) lime juice

• 60g unsalted butter, melted

• 3 limes, rind grated, plus extra pieces, to garnish

• 5 egg yolks

• 3 egg whites

• 400g can sweetened condensed milk

• Fresh cream, to serve

METHOD Step 1: Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease a 23cm loose-bottomed tart pan. Step 2: Combine the crushed biscuit and melted butter in a bowl, then press onto the base and sides of the greased pan. Refrigerate for 15 minutes while you make the filling. Step 3: Beat the egg yolks with a whisk until thick, then slowly stir in the condensed milk. Add the lime juice and rind, whisking well to combine. Step 4: Use a clean whisk to whip the egg whites until stiff then fold in the lime mixture. Pour into the tart pan then bake in the oven for 2025 minutes. (The filling will still have a slight wobble but will firm on cooling.) Set aside to cool, then refrigerate.

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lemon curd & orange flan 0.30 Prep 0.30 Cook

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed

• 100g raw sugar

• 1 egg, lightly beaten

• 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese

• 2 small oranges

• 1/2 cup lemon curd

METHOD Step 1: Preheat oven to 200°C (fan-forced) or 220°C (not fan-forced). Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface until 2-3mm thick and large enough to cut out a 22cm-diameter circle. Place on a baking paper-lined baking sheet, prick base with a fork. Chill for 15 minutes. Step 2: Remove from fridge, brush with egg and bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cover with another tray to flatten base and cook for a further 5 minutes, then cool. Step 3: Meanwhile, zest 1 orange, reserving zest, then peel other orange. Remove pith from both, slice flesh thinly into rounds and toss slices with 1 tablespoon sugar. Combine lemon curd and mascarpone in a bowl. Step 4: For candied orange zest, dissolve remaining sugar with 1/3 cup (80ml) water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Step 5: Add reserved zest and simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until zest becomes glossy and liquid is syrupy. Strain and spread zest out on baking paper to dry. Step 6: Just before serving, spread cooled base with lemon butter mixture, then top with overlapping orange slices. Scatter with candied orange zest and serve. Photo: Ben Dearnley

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