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REBECCA BULLEY: NETBALL AND MOTHERHOOD

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THE MUMMY BLOG: FLEETING MOMENTS RECIPES

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WHAT TO EXPECT WITH YOUR TODDLER’S IMAGINATION WHY IS MY LITTLE ONE MOODY? NT SCANS


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UNDERSTANDING ADHD

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WAYS TO DIVIDE YOUR ATTENTION TO THE SIBLING OF A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

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EXPLAINING PUBERTY TO YOUR CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

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REDSBABY: HOW IT ALL BEGAN

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WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL FOR YOUR SON

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EDITOR’S LETTER Hi Lovelies,

I hope you’re all doing well and have been enjoying this year’s issues and content as much as we have loved putting it together and sharing with you. Well here we are again! I’m so glad that we have finally finished the March Issue and we can now put this issue to bed. I pretty sure that I have driven the entire team at My Child up the wall this month with all the changes, but this is our Excellence Awards and Children with Special Needs Issue and it’s a monster for us. Let me take a minute to thank the writers and of course Craig (our Art Director – who I owe a drink or two) for all the unbelievable work they have put into this issue. Our team is small, but their hard work and dedication is appreciated and My Child Magazine wouldn’t be what it is today without them – THANKS TEAM! The Excellence Awards Nominees have been finalised, so don’t forget to check the 84 pages of amazing products that are this year’s finalist. Our Excellence Awards are the only Awards that are voted on by you the public, so make sure you take a few minutes to vote for your favourite products and let them know how much you’ve loved using them. We will be giving away prizes throughout the awards voting period which commences on the 15th March so keep an eye out on our social platforms letting you know that voting is open and what amazing prizes we have up for grabs. Now let’s take a look at what’s in this Issue. This month is Excellence Awards and Children with Special Needs Issue. We have some great articles on Sensory Processing Disorder, Understanding ADHD, NT Scans, Explaining Puberty to Your Child with Special Needs as well as Home Births, Why is My Little One so Moody plus more great reads to help you along the way in the craziness of the parenting journey. All the usuals, interior, fashion, reviews, mummy blog, dad read and much more can also be found in this issue so make sure you check them out too. If you want us to cover a topic that you haven’t seen published, we love to hear from you, email us at editorial@mychildmagazine.com.au and let us know what you what us to cover. Until next month

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WHAT TO EXPECT WITH YOUR TODDLER’S

n o i t a n i g a Im By Jana Angeles A toddler’s imagination is a mixed bag. Sometimes they’ll find odd things interesting or they’ll observe a little too closely, you never know what to expect! Because of their curiosity, toddlers will begin to explore and observe more on what’s around them. There are some questions they would want to find the answers to, so being able to play and observe are just a number of qualities your toddler will have when it comes to their imagination.

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Play becomes a daily part of their routine so if you find your little one switching to a different toy everyday, wanting to go outside or making a racquet in the kitchen with the pots and pans, they are constantly learning about the world around them and the things that exist within it. SO WHAT THINGS CAN I EXPECT FROM MY TODDLER’S IMAGINATION? You’ll notice a couple of things from your little one. Toddlers will find some things fascinating, even from the simplest things. They become creative and observant and from there, they’ll be able to interact and be “in their own world” for a little while. Your toddler would most likely enjoy the following things: • Pretend play and imitating the actions of grown-ups and older children • Messy play (craft activities, etc) • Making their own ‘music’ and dancing • Singing to songs and rhymes WHAT ACTIVITIES WILL STIMULATE MY CHILD’S IMAGINATION? • Dressing up and pretend play. Playing certain scenarios with your children will help them understand certain roles people play in society. You can give them ideas to either dress up as a police officer, nurse, doctor, teacher or detective. Costumes are a great way to get their imagination running and you can also be part of it too! You can make up scenarios together and help them feel confident in their roles. You may inspire them to chase these roles as career choices too when they get older.

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• Music. There are plenty children’s CDs out there that you and your child can listen to. If you know your toddler has a favourite show that has a great musical score, see if their website is selling the soundtrack. Having your kids dance and sing can be a great way for you to bond with them. • Reading books. Reading books allows your child to engage with you when it comes to storytelling. Even if they’re not at that age where they can completely understand what’s happening with the characters, making it entertaining can help increase their vocabulary and listening skills in the future. • Crayons and paper. Though things can get a little messy, your toddler can use their imagination and draw, even if it means doing scribbles around the page. For them, this can help them see different colours and feel the texture of the crayon. • Cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes can be anything, which is why they’re so great to use! You can make a house, tabletop, shopping mall, or whatever your child’s heart desires. Cardboard boxes allow your child to be creative. They can also interact and play with their toys, putting them in various scenarios! • Water play. Getting a bucket of water and creating bubbles with your child is always a treat. Let them create bubbles with their hands and compete against each other on who can blow the biggest bubble. Note: When your kids are playing, be sure to supervise them at all times, especially when it comes to water play.


Never leave your children unattended and don’t let your older children supervise your younger kids either. Anything can happen so it’s best to be safe than sorry! All in all, your child’s imagination will make you laugh, confused or maybe possibly upset if they’re unaware of how wrong their actions can be. Make sure to make the most of these years because you’ll never see creativity like this again once they’re all grown up. Having an imagination rules, so do whatever you can to get yourselves involved and nurture it for as long as you can.

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e m o H h t r i B What You Need to Know By Jana Angeles

When it comes to choosing where to give birth to your child, many women have the option of choosing a home birth as opposed to doing it in a hospital setting. Some women may prefer to avoid the medical interventions that happen in a hospital, decreasing stress levels and approaching a much natural method when it comes to giving birth. If you’re in good health and are currently experiencing an uncomplicated pregnancy journey, home birth is something you and your partner may consider. Of course, with any choice you may have, it’s important to weigh in the considerations of home birth before jumping the gun.

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Make Sure You Do Your Research Compared to hospital births, home births onl y make up less than 3% of all births, so doing your research is a necessity. It is very unlikel y for you to find an ob-gyn who is qualified to undertake a home birth due to the fact that they are trained for potential complications during a medical event. Finding a midwife for the delivery of your baby is your best option. Be sure to interview potential candidates to make sure you are happy with your decision. Ask them relevant questions like how much experience they have with home births, how many babies they have delivered in the past and if they have an assistant that they will be working with. Most midwives will have an assistant working with them during the home birth. We recommend picking a midwife with an assistant. In NSW, you can search for a qualified midwife on either Home Birth Sydney and Midwives Australia. Be Prepared For Emergencies When it comes to picking the right midwife in delivering your baby, ensure that she is able to adapt to challenging medical complications if the situation arises. Ask specific questions on the complications she’s had to undergo and see if she is comfortable in handling emergencies. Home births can be stressful if things don’t go as planned so be sure to see if she is able to bring the right equipment and has the appropriate knowledge for challenging situations. Situations like resuscitating a newborn, suturing a severe laceration (suturing materials supplied by midwife) and administering the appropriate medication are all relevant scenarios you can pinpoint to your midwife.

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Make sure she brings IV fluids, an oxygen tank and oxygen masks (varying sizes of different infants). In addition, she should also supply an oxygen delivery device for adults incase you need it. If things don’t go as planned… • In an ideal situation, your midwife would have an established relationship with a doctor or hospital incase the home birth runs into complications. • Having an implemented emergency plan curated by your midwife can make things easier but if she doesn’t


have someone where she can go to for more medical assistance, you will be treated in emergency. Here you can potentially undergo unnecessary tests and interventions due to the fact that the medical team won’t have any knowledge of your medical history. Many women would want to avoid this at all costs because it would defeat the purpose of having a home birth in the first place. Plan The Important Stuff • Who’s going to be there during your homebirth? Discuss with your partner

which people you want present when you give birth to your baby. You may want close relatives and friends to be part of the event or in the case of emergency. Having extra support may help you ease any anxiety and stress you may be feeling for the home birth. • Get the necessary lab work and clinic tests done. It’s recommended by a midwife to get all the necessary checks and tests done in a clinic if you’re planning on doing a home birth. Having all the prenatal lab work and ultrasounds done by a doctor will have all those important medical files saved so in case you have to be transferred to a hospital, these can be passed on to the medical team. • Check your insurance policy. Be sure to double check what costs are covered if you’re having a home birth with your chosen insurance company. Discuss any extra costs that need to be paid out of pocket and ones that are covered for prenatal care and postpartum care. Know The Risks Involved According to the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal, the risk of death to newborns delivered at home is nearly twice as much than newborns being delivered in a hospital setting. Though you may have an emergency plan in place, things can get complicated and you may need to be required to go to the hospital either way. There is also a risk that women delivering at home can experience prolonged labour and postpartum haemorrhage. Home births can be one of the most rewarding things you can do as a parent but be sure to learn the risks first before taking the plunge. It’s important to take note of the considerations above and see if it’s the best for you and your baby’s health.

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UNDERSTANDING ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER BY GENIE PRICE Has your child recently been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and you are wanting to know a little more about it? What it is and how will it affect my child? Did I cause this? Understandably, there will be one hundred questions you are wanting to know the answers to, and hopefully, we can shed some light on some of the most frequently asked questions. About ADHD: Described as the most common neurobehavioural disorder of childhood, Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, formerly referred to as ADD) is believed to affect up to 15% of the Australian community, with a report published in the Child and Adolescent Component of the National Survey of Mental Health and Well-being suggesting as high as 6.8% of those affected are from the early years with the remaining being adolescents.

Leading facts: 1. Let’s get straight to it - ADHD is real. Although there has been much speculation about the above statement, it has been noted throughout the significant amounts of research undertaken by scientists and other medical professionals, since the early 80’S that ADHD is a brain-based disorder which challenges the lives of many, and it does exist. If you hear from someone that “it’s all in your head” or “that’s not a real disorder” – remind them that in actual fact, ADHD, along with many other disorders – is real. 2. ADHD is a common, non-discriminatory disorder – meaning; ADHD is highly prevalent in Australia with 3-5 children out of 100 being affected. It is genetic, but that does not mean you will pass it on to your child – what that means is, however, the chances of doing so are higher, but it’s not necessarily the case.

ADHD affects the brain and one study suggests that those affected by ADHD have 3-4% smaller brains than those without the disorder.

ADHD can affect both genders and is present in males more so than females. It affects both children and adults alike and is found among all socioeconomic backgrounds and grants itself in people of any age, race or religion.

The study identified that children with more severe ADHD symptoms had smaller frontal lobes, temporal grey matter, caudate nucleus, and cerebellum, parts, all of which are related to a problem area for children with ADHD, such as concentration, impulse control, inhibition, and motor activity.

3. Other conditions do co-exist alongside ADHD. • Unfortunately, up to half of the children diagnosed with ADHD, will have other conditions alongside it such as Autism, a sensory processing disorder or oppositional defiance disorder

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• Experts indicate that for up to 70% of those affected (adults included) with ADHD, will be treated for depression and anxiety at some point in their lives • Sleep disorders are also a known disturbance in those affected by ADHD, significantly more so - than for children and adults without it. Types of ADHD: There are 3 types of ADHD (including some symptoms): • Inattentive ADHD means a child is easily distracted and inattentive yet not hyperactive or impulsive. • Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD occurs when a child has symptoms of impulsivity and hyperactivity but can maintain adequate levels of concentration. • Combined ADHD is where a child has a mixture of symptoms including hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. Symptoms of ADHD: Symptoms are varied and no one child who presents with ADHD will be like another. If you or anyone else you know has suspicions about your/their child’s ongoing attention and hyperactivity issues, clustered with some of the other signs listed, go with your gut and seek out specialist intervention as early as possible. Though there may be similarities in traits between children with ADHD, not all children are the same. Some of the signs may include: • A child’s inability to maintain attention and concentration as well as being unable to complete tasks fully • Problems with being impulsive, overactive and irritable – often characterised as a child interrupting others while speaking, “flitting” from one task to another without completing and rushing school work

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• Children with ADHD are noticeably more active or “on the go” than others • Some children who have ADHD have limited social skills, meaning they may have trouble getting along with peers or be disruptive in both the home setting and at school • Some children display restlessness and are often unable to sit for long periods • Children who display symptoms of ADHD can also be unorganised and hard to motivate at times Causes of ADHD: ADHD is not a disease like shingles nor does it have a single known cause. A study conducted by The Brain Sciences Institute at Swinburne University confirms that ADHD is not caused by poor or “bad” parenting, family problems, poor teachers or schools, overstimulation and too much TV, food allergies, or excess sugar. However, the factors that appear to increase a child’s likelihood of having the disorder include; • Gender • Family history and genetics • Prenatal risks • Environmental toxins • Physical differences in the brain ADHD is best known as a label used to describe a range of behaviours which are present in a person, not the person themselves and as above, there may be any number of underlying causes for this. Testing for ADHD: It’s important to work collaboratively with specialists and professionals familiar with the disorder during the process of diagnosing ADHD. Working with the right team of specialists will ensure a thorough and extensive assessment is completed and the correct


services and resources for your needs will be recommended for moving forward. Diagnoses can be reached using a range of methods such as: • Extensive interview procedures • Behaviour and symptom rating skills • Third party observations at both school and at home and by • Obtaining a comprehensive history of your family background. Other means of testing for ADHD include: • Psychological testing • Cognitive and educational testing If a diagnosis does not present clear-cut, specialists may suggest diagnostic testing which measures brain wave activity and can give a much clearer picture if necessary. How can specialists tell if it is ADHD? Not everyone who displays the above symptoms will have ADHD. Since many of us blurt out things we don’t mean to say, do not complete tasks or we move quickly from one task to another – in order to assess whether a child has ADHD specialists will ask: • Are these behaviours excessive, longterm and pervasive? • Do they occur more than in other people the same age? • Are the behaviours a temporary response to a situation or are they ongoing? These criteria are then measured against that of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders version IV and a diagnosis may, therefore, be met. Treatment: ADHD is treatable and there are varied management options available. Research shows that a mixture of therapy and medication based treatment options can lead to successful management of ADHD in your child.

Your options for treatment can include some of the following: • Cognitive behaviour therapy has been a successful method for treating ADHD. • Medication has improved behaviours in up to 75% of children with ADHD • Relaxation and mindfulness techniques have supported children with ADHD to learn control • Parent/teacher collaboration helps to achieve successful outcomes • Social skills group training has enabled those with ADHD to fit in better among peers Any decision you make regarding the treatment options for your child, should be carefully discussed. All relevant parties involved i.e. your psychologist, your child’s teacher as well as yourself should input into any treatment and management plan, which should then be implemented carefully and positively. There is no “quick fix” for the journey ahead and patience and persistence play a pivotal role. Early detection is also critical. No one said having children was an easy task, and for some of us, being the parents of a child with special needs, can be even more challenging - so why not work together to raise them so your time as a parent can be a fun and rewarding experience. NB: ADHD is a complex subject to understand. The above information is a guide only. For further information pertaining to symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options available to you, please see the links below. References: www.adhd.com.au/ADHD_Assessment.htm National Institute of Mental Health: ADHD. www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficithyperactivity-disorder-adhd/ www.everydaywithadhd.com.au/FAQRetrieve. aspx?ID=41495 www.adhdaustralia.org.au/Title: Understanding Attention deficit disorder

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WAYS TO DIVIDE YOUR ATTENTION TO THE SIBLING OF A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS By Jana Angeles Dividing your attention equally with all of your children can be a struggle when you have a child with special needs. There’s a lot to take care of when you have a child with special needs and despite our efforts, we can unknowingly neglect our other kids. This in return may make them feel left out and not considered a priority. If you find yourself struggling with dividing your attention with kids, you’re not alone. Taking care of a child with special needs requires a lot of effort and time. Depending on the needs of your child too, it can be physically and mentally demanding for you and your partner. However, it’s not impossible to take care of your other kids too. So how can you juggle taking care of your child with special needs and their siblings as well? Spending Quality One-On-One Time Finding some quality one-on-one time with your children is important for their development and growth as individuals. Considering that sometimes giving attention to our child with special needs, it’s possible to take some time and catch up with our other children. Whether it’s simply asking how their day was at school, sharing a home-cooked meal or playing with their toys, these moments you spend with your children will be ones they will remember for a lifetime. Not only will it showcase how much you care about them, but it will also remind them that they’re still important

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Teaching Them The Lessons of Patience Reminding your children to be patient is key to their understanding and empathy. It’s important to teach them patience and to wait for you to give them your time. This also applies to your child with special needs too, not just their siblings! Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the things that are important so letting your child know that they have to wait is only going to happen if you communicate this to them. Patience is learnt over time, not overnight. Don’t be afraid to repeat yourself incase they forget! Stick With The Rules Being consistent with the rules is an important factor of parenting, especially when it comes to the siblings of your child with special needs. Setting rules that everyone has to follow will not only keep things simple for the kids but it will also mean that you can give equal attention to everyone. Nobody get’s left behind. Don’t Let Fear Prevent You From Going To Places We understand how tough it is to have a child with special needs. Their siblings may feel left out especially when it comes to participating to certain outings and activities. Try and accommodate with all of your kids and and do your best to make things work for everyone. Family trips don’t have to be boring if you’re willing to be open to new experiences. Never let fear prevent you from going to new places. Life is too short to not try new things with your family! Communication is Important There will be moments where the siblings of your child with special needs will mention to you that things aren’t fair. Of course when you have a child with special needs, they will require more attention and help

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for the things they can’t do. Remember to always communicate with your kids how important it is for them to understand your situation. If you explain that their brother/ sister can’t do particular things, your children will understand. If you’re honest with them, this will encourage them to be compassionate individuals. Always keep the line of communication open to your kids and remind them that they are loved and cared for, even if it doesn’t feel like it at times. If you’re struggling parenting a child with special needs, just remember you’re not alone. There are people out there who have similar circumstances as you. Doing your best for your kids is enough. Do not feel guilty if you aren’t managing equal attention to all your children. As long as you are open and honest with each other, everything will fall into place. Families only go stronger if you fight through your struggles together.


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WHEN IS IT OKAY TO GO AWAY AS A COUPLE? By Jana Angeles Travelling without your children can be a hassle-free way to enjoy your holiday. Saving time on changing nappies and breastfeeding would mean more time to sightsee and explore during your trip. However, there is a lot of controversy surrounding couples travelling without their child. It can become very difficult to leave your little one, especially if they have experiences with attachment issues. There really isn’t any perfect age to leave your children as it just depends on the situation. There are also some things to consider before you jet off with your partner.

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TRAVELLING WITHOUT YOUR CHILD IS NEVER GOING TO FEEL “RIGHT” Leaving your little one behind will guarantee to make you feel terrible but at the same time, if you can’t seem to answer when you and your partner have had time together, it’s been long overdue. Maybe travelling away for a couple of days is exactly what you need to recharge and get a new perspective on things, even if it means leaving your child with an immediate caregiver/family member. Of course, many will judge you for leaving your child behind but that doesn’t necessarily make you a “bad” parent. People have different opinions on this topic but be prepared for any criticism that may come your way. It may not be a good idea to leave your little one if they’re still relying on your breastmilk as a food source or if they’re a newborn. FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN TRAVELLING WITHOUT YOUR CHILD Separation Anxiety Travelling and being apart from your child requires a lot of time planning. You can’t just make an immediate decision to travel and leave them in the care of someone else. It takes time for them to get familiar with someone, especially if it’s a person they don’t know really well. It’s even more difficult to leave your child if they have a bad case of separation anxiety. In this case, you need to take baby steps when it comes to easing them into getting used to your absence. A lot of reassurance is needed in this case, especially if you’re leaving them with someone that isn’t an immediate family member. Test the waters and leave your child in their care for a couple of hours.

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Family Member or Babysitter? When you’re travelling as a couple, pick either a family member or a babysitter to take care of your child. As mentioned above, you might want to go through a couple of trial runs especially if your child isn’t familiar with said person. It’s best to choose someone they can recognise and if you can, let them stay at your house. Leaving your child at home will give them a place of familiarity, easing any stress if they were placed somewhere they’re not familiar with. What food will they eat? Let your family member or babysitter know if your child has allergies they need to be aware of when it comes to food. Supply them with an appropriate grocery list and give them ideas on meals they can easily cook for your child. Make sure it’s something that is easy to prepare with no more than eight ingredients to prep. For the younger infants, you may need to express your milk while you’re away or leave them a decent supply of formula feed. If you’re just starting to feed them solids, leave them some pureed food to eat too as another food option. If you’re prepared to travel without your child then go for it! Never let another person’s opinion bring you down when it comes to this decision, everyone has a different perspective on it. Enjoy your time away together and take the time to do some follow up calls too just to check that everything is running smoothly. Most of all, make some memories you and your partner will cherish forever. It’s not everyday where you’re able to take time out for yourselves!


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Be Brave Little Penguin Written by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees From the team who created the hugely popular Giraffes Can’t Dance comes the story of little Pip-Pip, the smallest penguin in the colony. Teased by his friends, Pip-Pip is worried that the ocean will be cold, dark, and even full of monsters waiting to eat him. When his mother suggests picturing the water instead as warm, light and full of friends and fish, he finally finds the courage to jump, and is rewarded by the thrill of learning to swim. Full of bright, colourful illustrations in ocean hues, and written in Andreae’s signature simple rhyming style, this is a terrific tale of bravery for children aged three to six.

Road Trip Written by Danny Parker, illustrated by Nathaniel Eckstrom l This beautiful tale of a father and son on a journey is a new take on the “Are we there yet?” genre. As the son whines and moans that their hour-long drive is taking forever, the father regales him with a long list of all the wonderful things which take just one hour – making a cake, building a sandcastle, snuggling with a hot chocolate…and as the list builds, the hour passes quickly thanks to their colourful conversation. The earthy tones of the illustrations, together with the idyllic list of peaceful pastimes, make this book a fantastic exploration of the joys of spending an hour together, for children aged two to seven.

71 Sheep Try Soccer Written by Pablo Albo, illustrated by Guridi When 71 sheep decide to try mounting a mammoth soccer match, their progress is hindered at every turn, first by an uncooperative ball becoming repeatedly stuck in a tree, and then by recurring visits from a wolf on the prowl. The sheep work together to retrieve the ball and outsmart the fox in a brilliant display of cooperation, unfortunately leaving them too exhausted to begin their soccer game. The text in this humorous book is very brief, allowing readers to interpret the quirky illustrations on their own. This provides a great opportunity for discussion between parents and their children aged three to six, to discover for themselves how the sheep triumph over their challenges.

Hooray for Birds! By Lucy Cousins Cousins is a master of writing and illustrating books for very young children, having created over seventy titles in the Maisy series. Hooray for Birds! uses the same bright colour palette and simple text to provide a gorgeous way to introduce your children to birds. Toddlers will enjoy acting out the bird movements in the text, stretching out their wings and waddling like penguins. There are also opportunities to practice making bird sounds, from ‘cock-a-doodle-doo’ to ‘tuwit tuwoo’. The story ends with the bird snuggled in a nest with its mama, making this a great bedtime story from birth to three years old.

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FLEETING MOMENTS WRITTEN BY: SHEREE ECHLIN

One, two. If mummy gets to five, there will be trouble. Three. I mean it, you don’t want to find out. Four. Only one more number to go, quick move it. Five!” And most times they scramble quicker than the syllables of the word bounce off your tongue. I love using empty threats and promises to my advantage some days and then other days it’s a whole other story. I’ve only got a three-year-old to mostly deal with so far, her one-year-old sister barely knows where her own face is, let alone why mummy is yelling numbers and pointing at random objects. I’m still trying to work out where the last three years have gone. Where did my ‘big’ baby girl go? She’s growing up way too fast. I know one day she won’t want mummy anymore. Well she already tells me to “go away Mummy” so I’m sure there is still plenty more ahead of me yet! My mum’s words, as always, keep coming back to haunt me “it all goes way too fast”. She is so right (you are always right mum!). Blink and six months go by in an instant. Between wiping noses, bottoms, being a taxi service, personal waiter and all round Jack of all trades, time really does fly, especially if you spend at least half the day counting to five! But it’s funny when you are having a crap day, the clock seems to slow down.

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It’s like the universe is saying ‘bad luck, children are all part of the fun, you signed up for it, so suck it up’. And as you watch the clock tick by waiting for your horrible day to end, a little pair of arms wrap around you while whispering “you are my bestest mummy” and it changes everything....well for maybe five seconds anyway. And that’s not all, far from it. The attitude has worsened too I swear we gained an instant teenager overnight. Her ears are definitely painted on, because they certainly don’t seem to be working otherwise. If they are, most things seem to go in one side and out the other, unless it’s a word that really shouldn’t be repeated. Add to the mix a bit of arm folding, pursed lips and good old foot stomping, it’s like a little dictator has taken over where a sweet “innocent” little girl used to be. But as always it’s not all bad. There is still the occasional awwwwww moment. As well as being the “bestest mummy”, apparently I’m pretty awesome if I open chocolate/lollies/chips, any junk food really. And if chocolate or strawberry milk is in sight, Miss Izzie suddenly becomes the best child on the planet. Seriously never come between kids and food (mostly junk food) if you can help it,


it’s better for your sanity to keep them on side where possible, haha! Cheeky doesn’t even begin to describe the terror that is unearthing in the toddler that now runs the house. Much like her sister before her, she rules the roost and the house belongs to her, well as long as her sister is out of action of course. And don’t get me started on what they get up to as a team! Lots of giggles, cupboard banging and toys strewn across the floor, or should I say multiple floor areas, and you have a typical day between two mischievous sisters! I love watching them playing nicely together. It’s a shame it doesn’t last all day. But the bond they have is growing day by day and I can only hope it’s one they will share for life.

For now, riding the roller coaster of motherhood sure keeps me on my toes. From one minute to the next I can be dealing with tantrums, broken toys, banged heads and repetitive movie choices (think Frozen over and over and over and over...). It can be tough, rewarding, bewildering and enlightening all at the same time. But if I’ve got plenty of chocolate in the fridge I know I can survive the day, haha! Day by day, it’s always madness and mayhem in some shape or form in our house. It certainly keeps life interesting. Head over to shereeechlin.com to share in all the fun.

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NT SCANS By Alice Vandyke If this is your first pregnancy you will probably be surprised and overwhelmed by the number of tests and scans that are available to you. However, I believe strongly that knowledge is power and the more information you can gather going into your antenatal visits, the more prepared and relaxed you will feel. As always, all medical tests and tools are optional to you. How common is it to have a NT scan? Not everyone has a NT scan, it has however become common practice in our health care system. The reason to have the NT scan is to be informed as early as possible if your baby is showing signs of having a chromosomal abnormality. These complications are also screened for in the routine 19 week ultrasound scan. The NT scan is also the most accurate and relied upon way to date a pregnancy now, health professionals relying less on menstrual cycle dates or the early dating scan.

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SITUATIONS A NT SCAN IS MOST IMPORTANT The risk of Down Syndrome becomes higher as women age, thus women over the age of 35 are highly recommended to undergo a NT scan WHY DOES THE SCAN NEED TO BE DONE AT SUCH A PRECISE TIME? The scan is performed between 11 and 13 weeks plus 6 days gestation, because this is the most accurate time to measure the Nuchal Translucency which is a fluid filled space at the back of the baby’s neck. The fluid is increased in babies with abnormalities. After 13 weeks and 6 days the NT fluid is absorbed into the baby’s body and therefore cannot be reliably measured. WHAT DOES IT COST? NT Scans are not usually bulk billed, for the most part the scan and blood test is costed differently by each imaging company with a small rebate under Medicare. Have a look around at different imaging companies to compare prices. WHAT DOES THE SCAN INVOLVE? The scan is as simple as all other pregnancy scans. It involves booking in the appointment for the exact gestation, drinking 2 glasses of water to push the baby into the best location in your uterus and having the ultrasound probe go over your lower abdomen. Sometimes the baby can be so low in the uterus, that the best way to see them accurately is through the vagina. This is of course, like all medical procedures, optional. A vaginal ultrasound involves the insertion of a separate ultrasound probe into the vagina with lubricant, to allow a view of the baby through the vagina and cervix and into the uterus. The NT scan can be done alone; however it is more informative accompanied by a blood test. The maternal blood is analysed to see the baby’s blood cells that are

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mixed within it. The baby’s blood is then genetically screened for the chromosomal abnormalities the scan is looking for. WHAT IS THE SCAN SCREENING FOR? Genetic abnormalities including Trisomy 13, 18, or 21. Otherwise known as Downs Syndrome, and the rarer Edwards’ Syndrome and Patau’s Syndrome. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY RESULTS? The results are usually given to you at your next antenatal appointment, however if the results are complicated then your health professional will contact you sooner. WHAT IF THE RESULTS ARE COMPLICATED? A NT Scan is a screening tool, not a diagnostic test. What this means is that the results give a ratio of how likely your baby is to have a chromosomal abnormality. Whereas a diagnosis gives you a yes or no answer. If the results come back with a high ratio, further testing will be recommended. However, even a ratio of 1:10, means that 1 out of 10 babies will have Downs, and 9 will be born healthy. The next test that will be recommended if you have a high risk NT scan result, is an Amniocentesis, “Amnio” coming from the Amniotic fluid, or waters around the baby. This test is diagnostic, however is associated with a minor risk of further complications, which is why it is only recommended with a concerning NT. A NT Scan is just one of a myriad of tests you will be offered throughout your pregnancy, which is used to give you the best information about yours and your baby’s health and well-being. Always remember tests are optional and if you feel uncomfortable or anxious, it’s always a good idea to discuss your concerns with your care giver.


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HOW IT ALL BEGAN INTERVIEW WITH MY CHILD MAGAZINE Redsbaby founders, Brett and Megan Redelman, have packed a lot into the past four years. The company directors have established and led the brand to a household name status but as with any new business venture, it has taken grit and determination. Not to mention the back-of-the-car sales and 10-hour road trips to get where they are today. Meagan, a career product marketer, and Brett, who worked in the finance sector, were destined to become entrepreneurs. “Both Brett and I are entrepreneurial by nature, and we’ve always toyed with various ideas”, says Meagan. “At one stage, while working in our corporate roles, we discussed manufacturing men’s loafers and we also considered some online ventures”.

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It was after they did their research into the Australian pram market that they found a clear gap to pursue. “We recognised that all of the more stylish prams on the market were being made for European families,” says Brett. ”But the way we live is different and, with that in mind, we set out to create an Australian pram brand designed specifically for the Australian market”. Redsbaby prams offer maximised air flow for comfort in hotter weather, a compact fold with lots of storage space for busy days out and about, and a lightweight frame that can be taken in and out of the car with ease. Redsbaby has also developed accessories like a UPF 50+ sunshade to protect children from the high Australian UV index. Four years down the track, their brand of Australian designed prams has gone on to fulfil 10,000 orders, claim 14.5% of total online pram sales (Online Baby Product Sales in Australia, IBISWorld, 2016) and amass annual revenue of $5M. While the business now employs 25 staff across Australia, has an outsourced warehouse and the demand to justify hiring space for their popular ‘Demo Days’, the picture was very different in the business’ early stages. Bootstrapping and Late Night Needlework With $45,000 in house savings and a steely motivation to prove the friends who called them crazy wrong, the Redelmans started Redsbaby as a genuine bootstrap business. “For the first 12 months, so not long ago, we would drive the 10-plus hours to Melbourne and Brisbane to show our prams to the customers who’d visited our website wanted to see our products. Before that, at the very beginning, we would drive to customers’ houses around Sydney and give them one-on-one

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demonstrations. It’s what needed to be done to get started but, in essence, our approach to customer service hasn’t changed. Sure, we might present our demonstrations to 500 people in a day now, but they still get personalised service from the team and access to an expert who will answer their questions and provide advice. It’s always been important to us that we focus on the customer because we learned earl y on that they’re our best teachers and our most valuable assets. We also genuinel y care for them and that culture is evident in the customer service our team delivers every day”. Meagan recalls a story when, due to a minor aesthetic imperfection in one of their first shipments, she had to call upon her commercial sewing experience to hand finish 200 prams. It took three weeks of lost sleep but, to her and Brett, it was preferable to sending out products that were not 100% impeccable. “A pram is a high involvement purchase”, says Meagan. “A new parent or parentto-be labours over the decision and, in the early days, I was also very aware that they took a bit of a punt on us because we didn’t have the rave reviews that we have today. There was simply no way I was going to send anything less that flawless to them - regardless of the unlikelihood that they’d ever notice”. Nowadays, just four years later, the business is in a different position. They’ve just recently been recognised as Product Review’s 2016 ‘4 Wheel Pram of the Year’, launched a new pram and a range of nursery furniture, moved to a new head office and put the wheels in motion to employ more sales and product development specialists to support their rapid growth.


The Balancing Act By 2015, the long-haul car trips were no longer necessary. The business was steadily developing and they had their own warehouse instead of operating out of Brett’s parents’ three-car garage and fulfilling orders themselves… when they discovered that the baby they were expecting was, in fact, twins! “We were incredibly excited but the news that we were expecting twins also meant we had to make some decisions quickly”, says Brett. “We couldn’t keep working from our apartment and we had to staff up to create flexibility”. That’s when Meagan and Brett took on their first customer service team member and, in retrospect, they say that the arrival of the twins was a turning point for Redsbaby. “We were always determined to grow the business by employing a team, and

expanding our product range and reach, but having the twins prompted us to make important decisions sooner than we might have, were we not expecting Levi and Camilla”, says Meagan. Since then they’ve experienced the usual working parental juggle. However, the measures Meagan and Brett put in place allowed them to enjoy parenthood, while also being able to manage the responsibilities of running the business. Family Business Unbeknownst to Meagan and Brett when they resolved to create their stylish and functional range of prams to complement the Australian lifestyle, the Redelman famil y’s expertise in the pram market actuall y dates back nearl y a century. It was during a famil y get together when the business was already more than six months old, that it emerged that Brett’s great grandfather, Isaac Redelman,

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introduced the first folding pram to Australians in 1940. “I thought they were playing a joke on me”, says Brett, “I genuinely couldn’t believe it, but they had kept my great grandfather’s brochures and there it was – ‘The Redelman Pram, the first patented folding baby’s pram’. It turns out that he used similar features to those we use in our designs, like leatherette details and the emphasis on compactness. His tagline was, ‘An Australian Product for Australians’ – it’s the same idea that launched us into this business three years ago”. By Parents for Parents Brett and Meagan cherish being part of their customers’ first years as parents. It’s a precious time, filled with moments of delight as both mother and father navigate their way through the first few years of parenting and the Redelmans take their role in that dynamic very seriously. “We stay attuned to the needs of our customers and we implement changes quickly”, says Brett. “Also, as parents ourselves and, of course, users of our prams, we are continuously exposed to what we’ve produced and coming with ideas to improve and expand. Because we’ve kept in step with our customers, the Redsbaby community has grown considerably and the level of support is overwhelming,’ says Brett. With global expansion plans in the works, some key hires recently made and more on the horizon, as well as 15-month old children to parent, Meagan and Brett Redelman’s future seems bright – and busy. While their credentials in business are already evident and Redsbaby is on the rise, it’s just the first chapter in what will undoubtedly be a great Australian success story.

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EXPLAINING PUBERTY TO YOUR CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Written by Dr Natasha Alexander Your son or daughter with special needs is getting older. You know you need to start preparing them for puberty, but where do you start? How much should you tell them? How much will they understand? Keep reading. I can help you work out what to tell your child, and how to keep them safe.

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WHAT SHOULD YOU TELL YOUR CHILD ABOUT PUBERTY? • Everyone changes from a baby to an adult. • Puberty is when a child’s body begins to develop and change as they become an adult. • Boys and girls grow pubic hair. Girls develop breasts and they start their periods. Boys develop a deeper voice and begin to look like men. • There are things they need to do to keep their bodies safe as they get older. EVERYONE CHANGES You can look at books about puberty together, or use photographs to show your child how they have changed from being a baby to their current age. Puberty is a time for lots of changes. WHAT THE CHANGES ARE: • Their body will change – explain the changes according to your child’s gender and particular needs. • Hair will start growing on their body. • They may experience different moods happy sometimes, cranky the next. This is because of hormones. • Depending on their age, you may also want to mention that they may start to have pleasant, tingly feelings in their private parts, and that they may want to touch themselves. MASTURBATION • Don’t just talk to your sons about masturbation or ‘self-pleasure’. Talk to your daughters too. Let them know that this is normal and natural, but that it is something people only do in private. • When required, provide a bin with a lid in their bedroom, and a box of tissues. Some boys who do not need support with showering or bathing may prefer to masturbate in the shower or bath, avoiding the need for cleaning up afterwards.

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• Consider the need for some time without wearing continence pads, so that selfpleasure or self-exploration can occur. PERIODS • Please don’t automatically assume that your daughter won’t be able to cope with her menstrual periods, e.g. because of her fears about blood, or presume that she won’t be able to manage them herself. • Many teenagers and women with intellectual or cognitive disabilities are able to manage their periods, either with support or independently • Mums – you can let your daughter see you change your pad occasionally, if you are comfortable with this. Explain why you are doing this, and that it is usually a private activity. • Look at accessible books about puberty and periods together. • If your daughter removes her sanitary pad due to discomfort or intolerance of the feeling of a pad, it may help to use special period underwear that has pads integrated into them e.g. ModiBodi. KEEPING SAFE Children with special needs are more vulnerable to sexual exploitation than their non-disabled peers, and we need to help them stay safe. There are things we can do to minimise the risks and to keep them safe. We can equip them with skills and knowledge that will help them to protect themselves. KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS Please tell your child the correct term for their private parts: • Vagina – private parts inside a female body • Vulva - what you can see on the outside of a female’s private parts • Penis • Testicles


Sometimes parents are concerned that informing children of the correct names of their private parts ‘takes away their innocence’, or makes them more vulnerable. Actually, child abusers are less likely to ‘choose’ children who show knowledge about correct terms. These same children are likely to have been taught about protective behaviours, about safe and unsafe touch, and about the importance of always telling someone if they are touched inappropriately. PRIVATE PARTS It is important to teach children no-one should tell them to look at or touch other people’s private parts. No-one should look at or touch their private parts. Helpful touches are different, for example help with personal care, but there are clear rules about this type of touch. Anything covered by their underwear is private. Their mouths are also private. No one can touch these areas without their consent, or without good reason. USEFUL TIPS • Let your child choose how they greet people, e.g. a cuddle, kiss, hug, handshake or high-five. Don’t be worried about offending family members. Your child needs to know they have rights about what they do with their body. • Have an open bedroom door policy e.g. when friends or family members come round to play, or sleep over • Avoid talking about ‘secrets’ if you can – talk about surprises instead, or let them know that some secrets should never be kept • Talk about people they can confide in. Using their hand to count up to 5 people they could tell. They need to ‘yell, and tell, tell, tell’ if something happens to them. Or if they have been told it’s a secret, they still need to tell someone.

There are some books at the end of this article. Remember that these conversations don’t have to be long and heavy. Little occasional chats and reminders are most helpful.

I am a registered clinical psychologist from the UK, now settled in Brisbane with my Australian partner and our two children. I am the founder and director of Consentability, a Brisbanebased service for people with intellectual or cognitive disabilities and their support network in the area of sexuality, relationships, consent and safeguarding. natasha@consentability.com www.consentability.com Facebook @consentability Resources www.secretgb.com - Puberty resources for boys and girls with special needs What’s happening to Ellie? A book about puberty for girls and young women with autism and related conditions by Kate E. Reynolds. Things Ellie likes: A book about sexuality and masturbation for girls and young women with autism and related conditions by Kate E. Reynolds. There are also male versions of the book ‘What’s happening to Tom?’ and ‘Things Tom likes’. www.e2epublishing.info has free posters to download e.g. ‘My Body Safety Rules’ and ‘My Earl y Warning Signs’

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WHY DID IT HAVE TO HAPPEN TO ME, MUMMY? Ellie was just a few months short of her fourth birthday when her hair began to fall out. Ellie has Alopecia Areata Universalis, an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack hair follicles, resulting in dramatic hair loss. Alopecia can occur at any age, however, in most cases, it first presents itself during childhood. Currently, there is no cure. Although Alopecia isn’t a life threatening condition, it is life changing for the thousands of people who are affected by it. Ellie’s mum, Andee, talks to My Child Magazine about Ellie’s Alopecia journey so far.

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In December 2012, when Ellie was three, she returned from a week-long visit at her Dads, when I noticed how thin her hair had become on the sides of her head. My heart sunk, I immediately knew what it was, as my younger sister had Alopecia Areata as a child. I took Ellie to the local doctor straightaway. Even after explaining my family history, she simply said,“It’s just a growing phase, it’s nothing to be alarmed about. She’ll be fine, bring her back in six weeks”. Not satisfied that I was being taken seriously, I talked about it with a work colleague who suggested that I get a second opinion through her doctor. I took Ellie to see the recommended doctor who confirmed my suspicions and diagnosed her with Alopecia Areata. That was ten days before Christmas. By the following February, all of Ellie’s hair had fallen out. By May, she lost her eyebrows, eyelashes and all the hair on her arms and legs and her conditioned progressed to Alopecia Areata Universalis – loss of all hair.

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To an extent, in terms of what to expect, I was prepared because of my sister’s experience with Alopecia. Nevertheless, it was still shocking and hugely distressing. We tried creams, ointments, tablets and diet changes, but Ellie’s hair didn’t return. Even though Ellie was very young, she was aware of her hair loss and that something ma jor was going on. To help her process everything we spent a lot of time with psychologists and psychiatrists, went to skin specialists and just tried to continue on as normally as we could. Ellie is now seven years old. She wears lots of funky scarfs and hats. She loves her school and is generally doing well. However her journey with Alopecia certainly continues to have its ups and downs. The reactions people have towards Ellie are very mixed. Many people think that she’s been through cancer treatments – the looks can be of sympathy to almost,“Why do you have your sick child out in public.” Sometimes the looks can be really hurtful and as Ellie


is growing older she is becoming more aware of just how much people stare at her. I tell her to keep being brave. Sadly, Ellie is also teased because of way the she looks. She often asks me,“Why did it have to happen to me, Mummy?” It’s heartbreaking … All I can say to her is we love her no matter what and it’s just made her extra special. As her parent, I need to remain strong for her and keep positive, even when it get’s really tough. It makes me so proud to see her being strong and standing up for herself. On the other hand, lots of people compliment Ellie on the various hats that she wears. She is always appreciative of their comments and will chat to them and tell them about her Alopecia. As a mum, it is empowering to see how brave your child can be at such a young age. I really want Ellie to meet other children just like her, so we have been going to events for people with Alopecia and have joined online support groups. Ellie is slowly starting to make more and more friends, from as close to home

as Brisbane to as far away as California, which isn’t too bad for a seven year old! I know we still have lots of challenges to face. I worry about how she will be treated by others as she get’s older, especially during the teenage years when appearance and identity become more important. We have lots of girly chats about the positives of Alopecia – like not needing to shave and how by wearing wigs she can change her style whenever she wants! My goal is to set Ellie on a path that helps to make her resilient and to see the positives of what can happen to us in life. I want her to challenge the value that society places on how we look. And I want her to know that, yes it will be sometimes tough, but I will

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always be there to support her. She really is one of the bravest little humans I know! My hope is that throughout her life, she can embrace who she is, including her Alopecia and sparkle like the bright star she is. Do I have any advice for parents of children that may be different? I say, always tell your child just how special they are. I think we all need to remind ourselves that everyone is different in some shape or form. If we were all the same, what a boring world we would live in! Every child is unique, some children will have more obstacles to go through than others. It’s our role as their parents to prepare them to get through challenging times and grow as a person into adulthood. On a final note, try not to take the sometimes judgmental stares to heart, just remember that it’s human nature to stare when things are different. Difrax

Alopecia- the facts • Almost half a million people in Australia are affected by Alopecia Areata. • Alopecia Areata is an auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles, which results in hair loss. Alopecia Areata Universalis is an advanced form of Alopecia resulting in total hair loss, including eyebrows and eye lashes • Anyone can have Alopecia Areata; women, men and children. The condition often first emerges in childhood. • People with Alopecia Areata in the family have disposition of being affected. • The vast ma jority of people with Alopecia Areata experience some degree of regrowth. But the condition is highly unpredictable – it can get worse or improve at any time. • Currently, there is no cure for Alopecia Areata and no universally proven therapy to induce hair re-growth and sustain remission.

Support The Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation (AAAF) is a not-for-profit that provides people with Alopecia and their families with essential support. AAAF also funds research into the disease in order to find a cure or acceptable treatment and informs the public about the condition. For more information visit www.aaaf.org.au

How can you help? You can directly help someone with Alopecia by donating your hair to AAAF Wigs for Kids program find out more at http://aaaf.org.au/ get-involved/wigs-for-kids/

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b.box Divided Plate bbox.com.au

Sinchies Screw on Spoon for Reusable Pouches sinchies.com.au

Nurture My Baby Smoosh nurturemybaby.com.au

Cherub Baby Clip ‘N Sip Universal Straw Spout & Teat Lid cherubbaby.com.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusk BabyMumMum.com.au

Only Organic Pouch Range onlyorganic.com.au

Little Bud Fresh Toddler Meals littlebud.com.au

Only Organic Rice Cake Range onlyorganic.com.au

Nestle Cerelac Infant Cereals nestle.com.au

Annabel Karmel Frozen Toddler Meals annabelkarmel.com/au

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Heinz Baby Basics Removable Freezer Pod Tray heinzforbaby.com.au

Sinchies Reusable Pouches sinchies.com.au

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b.box Bowl and Straw bbox.com.au

Cherub Baby Freeze ‘N Squeeze Reusable Popsicle Pouches cherubbaby.com.au

Subo Products The Food Bottle suboproducts.com.au

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Houdini Houdini Stop Car Seat Safety Accessory lifestyleparenting.com

Houdini Houdini Door lifestyleparenting.com

Gro Company GroBag au.gro-store.com

Childcare Assisted Auto Close Gate- White cnpbrands.com.au

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Recaro Performance Booster theamazingbabycompany.com.au

Hurphy Durphy Buckle Guard lifestyleparenting.com

Infasecure Astro Infant Carrier infasecure.com.au

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MONITOR

Oricom Secure710 - 2.4� Video Baby Monitor oricom.com.au 20

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Oricom Babysense2 Infant Breathing Movement Monitor oricom.com.au


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Oricom Secure850 - 4.3” Pan & Tilt Digital Video Monitor oricom.com.au

Motorola Wi-Fi with Touch Screen Monitor cnpbrands.com.au

Snuza Snuza Hero lifestyleparenting.com

VTech BM3500 2.8” Pan & Tilt Video Monitor auphones.vtech.com

VTech BM4500 4.3” Pan & Tilt Video Monitor auphones.vtech.com

Oricom Secure870 - 3.5” Touchscreen Video Monitor with Lightshow oricom.com.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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VTech BM4500-Owl 4.3� Pan & Tilt Video Monitor auphones.vtech.com

Motorola 3.5 Inch Video Baby Monitor cnpbrands.com.au

Snuza Snuza Pico lifestyleparenting.com 22

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Uniden Baby Watch 4.3� Digital Wireless Smart Baby Video Monitor - Pan & Tilt Camera with remote viewing via Smartphone App and Handy Clamp Camera uniden.com.au

Childcare Movement Monitor cnpbrands.com.au


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SLEEP AID Sungbags Merino Sleeping Bag snugbags.com

Safe T Sleep Sleepwrap Travel lifestyleparenting.com

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Leroy Mac Designs 100 % Australian Merino Woollen Blanket leroymac.com.au

Euky Bear Euky Bearub eukybear.com.au


FAV O U R I T E B A B Y S L E E P A I D

Sleep Rumbler Sleep Rumbler sleeprumbler.com.au

CoziGo CoziGo - Sleep Easy Cover cozigo.com

The Gro Company Gro Clock au.gro-store.com

Red Castle Cocoonababy cocoonababy.com.au

Baby Shusher Australia Baby Shusher babyshusher.com.au

Euky Bear Sleepy Time Inhalant eukybear.com.au

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favourite SWADDLE Love To Dream Swaddle UP lovetodream.com.au

Little Turtle Baby Stretch Muslin Wrap littleturtlebaby.com.au

The Gro Company Swaddle Grobag au.gro-store.com

Love To Dream Swaddle UP 50/50 lovetodream.com.au

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FAV O U R I T E B A B Y S WA D D L E

Sleepy Bub Romper sleepybub.com.au

SNUGBAGS Merino for Kids SNUGPOD Merino Zip Up Swaddle snugbags.com

Ergobaby Swaddler ergobaby.com.au

Sleepy Bub Swaddle sleepybub.com.au

Plum Plum Pod plumcollections.com.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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favourite SLEEP Plum Sleep Bag plumcollections.com.au

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FAV O U R I T E S L E E P B A G

Aden and Anais Winter Swaddle and Sleep adenandanais.com.au

Baby Studio My First Bag babystudio.com.au

Gro Company GroBag au.gro-store.com

SNUGBAGS - Merino for Kids Merino Sleeping Bag snugbags.com

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THERMOMETER

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Safety 1st Bath Pal thermometer safety1st.com.au

Cherub Baby 4 in1 Ear And Forehead Thermometer cherubbaby.com.au

Oricom Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer oricom.com.au

Vicks Forehead Thermometer vicks.fgb.com.au

The Gro Company Gro-Egg au.gro-store.com

Braun ThermoScan 5 Ear Thermometer braun.fgb.com.au

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BABY

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Silvercross Classic Wooden Dolls Pram silvercross.com.au

Sponky Comforter Blankie sponky.com.au

Jellycat Bashful Bunny jellycat.com

Tomy Octopals tomy.com

Lamaze Freddie the Firefly Gym tomy.com/lamaze

Skip Hop Explore & More Collection Roll-around Rattles bloomandgrowasia.com excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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BREAST

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Avent Comfort Single Electric Breast Pump philips.com.au

Avent Comfort Double Electric Breast Pump philips.com.au

Medela Freestyle Double Electric Breastpump medela.com.au

Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breastpump medela.com.au

Tommee Tippee Miomee Electric Breast Pump tommeetippee.com.au

Difrax BtoB Breast Pump difrax.com.au

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favourite BREASTFEEDING PRODUCT

Ergobaby Natural Curve Nursing Pillow ergobaby.com.au 36

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Hotmilk Lingerie Nursing Lingerie & Sleepwear au.hotmilklingerie.com

Milkbar Lifestyle Pillow breastfeedingpillow.com.au


FAV O U R I T E B R E A S T F E E D I N G P R O D U C T

Rite Aid Hydrogel Breast Discs riteaid.com.au

Pea Pods Bamboo Nursing Pads peapods.com.au

KissKiss HugHug Breastfeeding Cover kisskisshughug.com.au

Rite Aid Hydrogel Nipple Serum riteaid.com.au

Born to Feed Breast Care kidscoldpacks.com

Natures Child Nipple Balm natureschild.com.au

GAIA Skin+Body Nipple Balm gaiaskinnaturals.com

Little Bairn Nipple Balm littlebairn.com.au

KissKiss HugHug Breastfeeding Infinity Scarfkisskisshughug.com.au

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favourite BOTTLE Mii Sophie la Girafe Mii Feeding bottles Forever www.sophielagirafe.fr

Medela Calma Feeding Device medela.com.au

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Easi Vent Baby Bottle tommeetippee.com.au

Comotomo Natural Feel Baby Bottle minimonarch.com.au

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FAV O U R I T E B A B Y B O T T L E

Avent Natural Bottle philips.com.au

Cherub Baby Wide Neck Colour Change Bottle cherubbaby.com.au

Difrax S-Bottle difrax.com.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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Avent 4-in-1 Electric Steam Steriliser philips.com.au

Dr. Brown’s Deluxe Bottle Sterilizer drbrowns.com.au

Chicco NaturalFit Microwave Steam Sterilizer chiccoshop.com

Milton Antibacterial Tablets miltonbaby.com.au

Pigeon Steriliser Microwave pigeonbaby.com.au

Milton Steriliser Mini Soother Green miltonbaby.com.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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BABY TRAVEL PRODUCT

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GB Pockit cnpbrands.com.au

CoziGo CoziGo - Sleep Easy Cover cozigo.com

ecococoon Vacuum insulated bottle ecococoon.com.au

Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier ergobaby.com.au

bebe Care Travel Dome cnpbrands.com.au

The Gro Company GroAnywhere Blind au.gro-store.com

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FAV O U R I T E B A B Y T R AV E L P R O D U C T

BabyBjรถrn Travel Cot Light babybjorn.com.au

Medela Quick Clean Microwave Bags medela.com.au

Pop-in Car Seat Protector ozbabytrends.com.au

Baba Sling Baba Sling babaslings.com

Baby Jogger City Tour babyjoggerstrollers.com.au

Cherub Baby Click n Go Travel Bottle Warmer cherubbaby.com.au

Silvercross Zest Stroller silvercross.com.au

GAIA Natural Baby Baby Starter Kit gaiaskinnaturals.com excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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FAV O U R I T E C H I L D R E N S T R AV E L

Brica Are We There Yet Travel Tray munchkin.com

Banana Boat Kids Clear Spray bananaboat.com.au

Trunki Ride On Luggage trunki.com.au

Crayola Doodle Magic Travel Pack Animals ozbabytrends.com.au

MyTravelTot Foldable Travel Blankets mytraveltot.com.au

Fridge-To-Go MEDIUM Insulated Lunch Bag Box fridge-to-go.net.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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favourite PRODUCT

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FAV O U R I T E O U T D O O R P R O D U C T

WOTNOT SPF 30 Natural Baby Sunscreen wotnot.com.au

Little Innoscents Natural Sun Lotion SPF 30 littleinnoscents.com.au

Globber My FREE 5-IN-1 globber.com.au

Rashoodz Swimwear Long Sleeve Rashsuit with Attachable Hat and Reusable Swim Nappy rashoodz.com.au

Plum Swimwear plumcollections.com.au

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favourite COT Stokke Sleepi stokke.com

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BeBe Care Euro Cot cnpbrands.com.au


FAV O U R I T E C O T

BeBe Care Oxford Cot cnpbrands.com.au

Childcare Urban Cot- White cnpbrands.com.au

Cocoon Flair cocoonfurniture.com.au

Cocoon Aston cocoonfurniture.com.au

Redsbaby Paloma redsbaby.com.au

BabyBay Original mybabybay.com.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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BeBe Care Oxford Change Table cnpbrands.com.au

Stokke Care Change Table stokke.com

BeBe Care Euro Change Table cnpbrands.com.au

Childcare Universal Change Table Two Tie rcnpbrands.com.au

Childcare Bristol 2 Tier Change Table cnpbrands.com.au

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ACCESSORY

Snugbags Reversable Merino Cot Blanket snugbags.com 52

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Tilly & Otto Heirloom Blanket tillyandotto.com.au


FAV O U R I T E N U R S E RY A C C E S S O RY

Snugbags Merino Sleeping Bag snugbags.com

Living Textiles Smart-Dri Mattress Protector livingtextiles.com.au

The Gro Company Gro-Egg au.gro-store.com

The Gro Company GroBag au.gro-store.com

Tilly & Otto Heirloom Swaddle tillyandotto.com.au

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favourite NAPPIES

BabyLove Cosifit babylovenappies.com.au

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Little One’s Nappies woolworths.com.au


FAV O U R I T E D I S P O S A B L E N A P P I E S

Tooshies by TOM Planet Friendly Eco Nappies tooshiesbytom.com.au

Mamia Nappies aldi.com.au

BabyLove Nappy Pants babylovenappies.com.au

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NAPPY Baby BeeHinds Bamboo Fitted babybeehinds.com.au Baby Bare Bare Cub Nappy babybare.com.au

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FAV O U R I T E R E U S A B L E N A P P Y

Bubblebubs All in Two Candie bubblebubs.com.au

Hippybottomus Stay Dry Bamboo Nappy hippybottomus.com.au

Close Ltd Pop-in Bamboo ozbabytrends.com.au

Baby BeeHinds Magic-Alls Multi Fits babybeehinds.com.au

Pea Pods One Size Nappy peapods.com.au

Seedling Baby Multi-fit Pocket Nappy ozbabytrends.com.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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favourite NAPPY RASH PRODUCT

Little Bairn Bottom Balm littlebairn.com.au

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Nature’s Child Bottom Balm natureschild.com.au

Aromababy Natural Skincare Barrier Balm aromababy.com


FAV O U R I T E N A P P Y R A S H P R O D U C T

Sudocrem Healing Cream sudocrem.com.au

Wotnot Baby Balm wotnot.com.au

Mater Mothers’ Hospitals Mater Nappy Balm matermothers.org.au

GAIA Natural Baby Natural Baby Powder gaiaskinnaturals.com

Little Innoscents Intensive Soothing Cream littleinnoscents.com.au

Aromababy Natural Skincare Moisturising Nappy Change Cream aromababy.com

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WOTNOT Naturals WOTNOT Biodegradable Baby Wipes wotnot.com.au

Little Innoscents Natural Baby Wipes littleinnoscents.com.au


FAV O U R I T E B A B Y W I P E S

GAIA Natural Baby Bamboo Baby Wipes gaiaskinnaturals.com

Pea Pods Pea Pods Bamboo Wet Wipes peapods.com.au

Tooshies by TOM Pure Baby Wipes tooshiesbytom.com.au

Bambure Natural Baby Wipes www.bambure.com

Little One’s Unscented Baby Wipes woolworths.com.au

Little One’s Scented Baby Wipes woolworths.com.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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favourite BAG

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Lassig Rosie Bag lassig.com.au

Skip Hop Grand Central Take-it-all Diaper Bag - Stripe thestorknest.com.au

Babymel Robyn Convertible Backpack babymel.com.au

il Tutto Nico Nappy Bag iltutto.com.au

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FAV O U R I T E N A P P Y B A G

Melobaby Melobaby Nappy Wallet fertilemind.com.au

ISOKI Double Zip Satchel Nappy Bag isoki.com.au

Storksak Noa Nappy Bag storksak.com.au

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favourite FASHION LABEL

Oishi-m oishi-m.com

Bonds bonds.com.au

Tiny Tribe tinytribe.com.au

Plum plumcollections.com.au

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Anarkid anarkid.com.au

Attipas Australia attipas.com.au

Ciciban shoes cicibankidsshoes.com.au

Hootkid hootkid.com

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favourite

MUM PRODUCT

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Fertile Mind Bando Maternity Band fertilemind.com.au

Belly Belt Belly Belt bellybelt.com.au

Aromababy Natural Skincare Stretched to the Limit aromababy.com

GAIA Skin+Body Belly Butter gaiaskinnaturals.com

Nibbly Bits Nibbly Bits Rainbow Abacus nibblybits.net

The Baby Focus The Baby Focus thebabyfocus.com

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FAV O U R I T E M U M P R O D U C T

Medela Ultra Stretch Nursing Bra medela.com.au

Boobie Bikkies Boobie Bikkies boobiebikkies.com.au

Medela Ultra Soft Nursing Top medela.com.au

Nanny McPea Worlds Cutest Frozen Pea nannymcpea.com

The Infant Massage Baby Boutique Calm Balm infantmassageboutique.com.au

The Infant Massage Baby Boutique Calming Massage Oil infantmassageboutique.com.au

BeBe Care Regent Chair and Rocker cnpbrands.com.au

Beau BĂŠbĂŠ Soother Saver and Toy Tether nurturemybaby.com.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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The Fingerprint Tree Seedlings thefingerprinttree.com.au 68

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FAV O U R I T E K E E P S A K E

Pearhead Babyprints Deluxe Wall Frame thestorknest.com.au

The Fingerprint Tree Birth Print Series thefingerprinttree.com.au

The Fingerprint Tree Children’s Range thefingerprinttree.com.au

Baby Made The Baby Inkless Print Kit babymade.com.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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favourite FASHION STORE

Plum plumcollections.com.au

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FAV O U R I T E FA S H I O N O N L I N E S T O R E

UrbanBaby urbanbaby.com.au

Queen Bee Maternity queenbee.com.au

Baby Donkie babydonkie.com.au

hipkin hipkin.com.au

Mini Mooches minimooches.com.au

Tiny Stlye tinystyle.com.au

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favourite PORTABLE or

SEAT

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FAV O U R I T E P O R TA B L E C H A I R

Chibebe Snuggle Pod chibebe.com.au

Toosh Coosh Toosh Coosh Booster Seat lifestyleparenting.com

Mamas and Papas Baby Bud mamasandpapas.com.au

Childcare Primo Hook On Highchair cnpbrands.com.au

Infasecure Vario Vera Booster Seat infasecure.com.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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favourite

HIGHCHAIR

Ingenuity Trio 3-In-1 Smartclean High Chair ingenuitybaby.com

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FAV O U R I T E H I G H C H A I R

Stokke Tripp Trapp stokke.com

Childcare Pod Timber Highchair (Natural) cnpbrands.com.au

Phil & Teds Poppy Highchair philandteds.com

OXO TOT Sprout Highchair White Frame oxo.com

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favourite PRAM Silver Cross Pioneer Special EditionChelsea silvercross.com.au

Redsbaby Jive redsbaby.com.au

Childcare Vogue Stroller cnpbrands.com.au

Mamas and Papas Urbo2 mamasandpapas.com.au

Silver Cross Wave silvercross.com.au

Cybex Priam Lux Seat cnpbrands.com.au

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FAV O U R I T E P R A M

Recaro Denali theamazingbabycompany.com.au

Stokke Trailz stokke.com

Redsbaby Metro redsbaby.com.au

Joolz Day2 my-joolz.com.au

Cybex Jeremy Scott WingsPriam Stroller cnpbrands.com.au

Silver Cross Pioneer Special Edition Eton Grey silvercross.com.au

Baby Jogger City Premier babyjoggerstrollers.com.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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favourite GB Pockit cnpbrands.com.au

Baby Jogger City Mini GT babyjoggerstrollers.com.au 78

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Greentom Classic greentom.com


FAV O U R I T E S T R O L L E R

Mamas and Papas Armadillo Flip XT mamasandpapas.com.au

Silver Cross Zest Stroller silvercross.com.au

Babe Care Mira Lite cnpbrands.com.au

LARKTALE chit chat stroller larktale.com

GB Qbit+ cnpbrands.com.au

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FAV O U R I T E T E E T H I N G P R O D U C T

The Mibblers The Mibblers themibblers.bigcartel.com

Gummee Gummee Glove thestorknest.com.au

Difrax Crown Teething Ring difrax.com.au

Beau BĂŠbĂŠ Soother Saver Toy Tether Kit nurturemybaby.com.au

Sophie the Giraffe Sophie the Giraffe lesfolies.com.au

KissKiss HugHug Drool and Chew Me Baby Bib kisskisshughug.com.au excellence awards 2016 | mychild

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TRAINING AID

Wee Target Toilet Target weetarget.com.au

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Baby BeeHinds Training Pants lupilu.com.au


FAV O U R I T E T O I L E T T R A I N I N G A I D

Baby U Potette Plus babyu.com.au

Pop-in Training Pants ozbabytrends.com.au

Pea Pods Bamboo Training Pants peapods.com.au

Lupi Lu Dual Toilet Seat lupilu.com.au

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PRODUCT REVIEW

Drifax Toddler Feeding Range Review Difrax is a Dutch brand known for their innovative products made for babies, children and parents. If you’re looking for reliable baby bottles and soothers, Difrax is a brand you can trust. My Child Magazine Readers had the opportunity to use the bowl, cutlery and training cup and took the chance to review them. The bowl has a non-slip base, providing a great grip especially if your high chair has a slippery surface. Though it’s a little heavier than what you expect, this will minimise the chance your little one will lift its contents and tip it over. The bowl is also perfect for snacks/finger foods and your child will not need their fork and spoon to eat them. The cutlery goes hand-in-hand with the bowl and is perfect for your child’s tiny hands. The fork and the spoon are smaller than most kids’ cutlery but has a wide grip so your child can easily hold them while eating. However, the cutlery has a rubbery grip so be aware of your child chewing on them, especially when they’re at their teething stage. The sippy cup is non-spill, which our reviewers loved. It also has a flow controller under the lid so parents

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can adjust the speed of flow when your child drinks. The toddler training cup is recommended for older toddlers as the younger ones may find it difficult to sip and gulp from it. One of our reviewers found that the hole to drink from prevented their child from tilting their head while drinking, so issues with flow were not found. Both the sippy cup and training cup can be easily cleaned and is dishwasher safe. Described as “refreshing” and “bright”, the Difrax range is colourful and can be enjoyed by your toddlers. The handles that come with the sippy cup and the training cup provide convenience as your child can easily hold them while drinking. Making this unique for your little ones, they will feel a sense of independence using the cups - you could say it’s an upgrade from their milk bottles too! Although the Difrax range will provide your child a stepping stone

to eating and drinking independently, it all depends on the pace of your child and how quickly they learn. Give it time, they will be able to eat and drink on their own eventually. “All in all, we loved the range. It is brightly coloured and the designs are refreshing…” My Child Magazine Review (2017)

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BABY

WHY IS MY LITTLE ONE SO

? y d o o M By Jana Angeles They call it terrible two’s for a reason, however you’ll start to see signs of your moody child as early as 18mths. You’ve probably noticed that your child is no longer the sweet angel you once saw them as. They’ve started talking back, pulling random tantrums and even throwing in a nasty bite on your leg somehow. Let’s face it – little ones can get out of control with their mood swings and we can only hope these things get better with time.

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Unfortunately, not many parents are as lucky to have obedient children and sometimes, we just have to wait it out when our child becomes moody for no apparent reason. There comes a point where we have to be accepting of their unpredictable habits while doing our best to encourage our children to respect us before things get out of hand. So why do our little ones share the same mood swings as our teenagers? YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THEIR WANTS AND NEEDS Between the ages of 1 and 3, it becomes difficult to understand what your child wants or needs from us. Because of their limited vocabulary, you may not completely interpret their babble correctly, resulting in a very frustrated. Always remember to remain calm and patient when it comes to the needs and wants of your child. Even if it takes forever to get things right with them or getting the right item they want to play with, know that you have the power to guide them through their wants and needs. For example, if your child wants a specific item but you’re not too sure what it is, you can name each possible choice and point them out as soon as you say them. From there, they can visually see what items are available and they can point to what they want. THEY STRUGGLE WITH MOVING ON TO A DIFFERENT TASK Transitions for your little one is a struggle for them especially if they have to move on to a different task after the completion of one activity. Living in an adult world, we’re expected to physically and mentally adapt to the changes that happen around us but even for us, that can be too demanding. The demand for a child is much higher and if they don’t feel control over these transitions, it’s no surprise that some can react very negatively to a certain task.

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When it comes to teaching your child transitions, make sure you go at their pace and lay them out in order. little ones are able to understand things sequentially so starting off a bath routine can help them learn the steps it takes to accomplish bath time. THEY BECOME TIRED AND HUNGRY QUICKLY For a very tiny human, you’re most likely dealing with an energiser bunny when it comes to playtime. It’s important to treasure the moments where your little one is able to nap for a couple of hours. During those golden hours, you should try and make the effort of doing something productive (ie. work that never get’s done when your is awake). You’ll notice if your child plays around too much and has missed their nap time,


the tantrums become more frequent. Furthermore, feeding your child healthy snacks will fuel them for longer. Avoid junk food or foods high in sugar as these will only make them hyperactive and they’ll crash and burn quicker if they consume them regularly; only keep them as treats. THEY HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THEIR EMOTIONS Little ones have no sense of logic and reasoning behind their strong emotions. When they are upset, they will continue to be and you just have to let them feel that way for that period of time. Like with all moods, they experience emotions on a different level and may feel an amplified version when they’re happy or upset. As they grow older, it’ll become easier for them to manage and control their emotions but for now, you just have to let them feel how they feel.

As a parent, try to connect how they feel with words they could use so they can attempt to connect the dots. Offer up alternatives if they become engaged with a particular activity. Although some of the choices you make for them will make them mad, explain why you are stopping a particular action. For example, they want to stay in the bath for a long time. Let them know this isn’t allowed and offer their favourite toy to play with instead. Use terms like, “I understand” or “you must feel” so in that way, you can let them know that you understand their emotions. HOW CAN I DEAL WITH THEIR TANTRUMS? • Don’t bother arguing with your child. Arguing with your little one is not going to do you any favours so try and avoid it if you can. Take control of the situation and fix it. • Put them in a safe place - like a cot or playpen. Let them cry for a minute or two in the safe place and walk away. This will give them the opportunity to calm down and soothe themselves. It will also avoid the temptation of a tantrum too because they’re in a smaller space. • Pick them up when things get calmer. Carry your and get on with your day. There’s no point dwelling on what has happened. They will evantually realise that tantrums will never get them what they want. Your little one and their mood swings are just part of the deal at this stage but what you can do is to encourage your child to listen and respect you. It will take a lot of time and patience but this “moody” stage will pass you by eventually. There are more learning curves ahead of you, the journey has only just begun!

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Rebecca Bulley On Her Comeback To Netball and The Joys of Motherhood By Jana Angeles

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Rebecca Bulley is a champion in the world of netball. Since 2005, she has cemented a successful career in the sport and is well-renowned for her position as defence in the team. Through her skills and talent, Bulley made her international debut in 2008 and successfully won 100 ANZ Championship games in 2015. Using her family as inspiration, her passion for netball was where it all began for her. “I grew up in country Victoria and watched my mum and my sister play netball,” she says. “I was stretching out a bit to be old enough to go out on court and play too so I’ve spent a lot of time around netball and it’s always been a part of my life. I’ve absolutely loved it.” Going to a World Championship has always been a dream for Bulley and she mentions that it’s “pretty unbelievable” she managed to experience a once-in-alifetime opportunity. Though netball has been a big part of her life, she has had to juggle her career with motherhood. Despite the challenges she has had to encounter since the birth of her daughter, the immense support shown by her netball team is something she is beyond grateful for. “I’m just the most fortunate person,” Bulley explains. “I get to do what I love. I say it’s work but it’s not really work. It’s playing sport so I love doing it and I get my childcare paid for but I’m also working as well. There’s not a lot of women that have that opportunity so I’m really thankful. I just hope that all women in sport take this on board and that it becomes available for all female athletes.” In 2015, Bulley announced her immediate retirement from netball so she could focus more on being a mother to her daughter. Only after a year, she has returned to the sport and has proven to many women that it’s possible to return to work even after a short period of time. Although not

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many women are as lucky as Bulley to have the support she receives, she likes to think that she is a positive role model for all females.

how good it is and how much you can love this person,” she says. “I still pinch myself and think, ‘Wow, we made her.’ Of course, becoming a mum is not easy. You think it’s gonna be this natural thing and you’re constantly worrying if you’re doing things right or if they’re getting enough food. But it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I guess I’ve likened it to winning a grand finale but it doesn’t even come close - it’s just so much better than that.”

“You can make a successful comeback after you’ve had a baby,” she states. “I had children and I still have a lot to offer to sport and if we are supporting female athletes to come back, it’s only going to be beneficial to the sport.” Nobody can prepare you for motherhood and Bulley realises this as she speaks. As someone with years of experience as a professional netball player, she came to the conclusion that she’s still constantly learning the quirks of motherhood. Though it has become a challenge to juggle both work and being a mother, Bulley is overjoyed to be part of something special, like the rest of us are. “I absolutely love being a mum and I don’t think anyone can prepare you for

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WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL FOR YOUR SON By Olivia Arrow Having a baby is one of life’s greatest joys, whether you’re having a boy or girl, being a strong male role model is vital in shaping who they will be. In this article, we want to explore the importance of the father-son relationship and why your role will shape your son into a wonderful man. There are no handbooks on how to be a good role model for your son, so here we are giving you some guidance on how to build a solid and longstanding relationship with your son.

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Making sure your son knows that you love him In today’s world, nurturing your son is not only a mother’s role. Cuddling, kissing and telling your son that you love him daily lets him hear your message loud and clear. By looking after his basic needs, bath time, playtime, reading and cooking, these are also great ways you can show your son that you love him. Helping mum with these daily tasks will also be seen as love and that will certainly make mum happy knowing she has extra help in the parenting department! Making sure your son knows that you’re proud of him. It isn’t just about what he does and doesn’t do - it’s about who he is. Telling your son you’re proud of him for the A+ he received is great but make sure he knows you’re proud of the person he’s become, that’s what matters. Sons look to their fathers for approval, so make sure you tell them that you’re proud of them when they display kindness, courage, humility, generosity and any positive behaviour. Showcasing how proud you are of him will not only give him confidence but he will also thrive as an individual. Making sure your son knows that he is important Sons want to please their fathers, which is natural. Your son’s interests, passions, hobbies and schoolwork are all things that he would want you to show an interest in. It’s important for dads to be involved in these areas, especially during the time where he is growing and developing into his own person. It can sometimes be hard to stay focused when your son is telling you about a tale

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from his day, but if he’s talking to you and telling you about something that’s going on in his life then it’s important to him. Chances are if you’re pretending to listen, he knows that you’re not really paying attention. When you’re interacting with your son, it’s important for him to know that he has your full attention and that his stories and concerns are important to you too. This validates that his father loves him and that he is important. Making sure your son knows that you matter to him. We all get caught up in life’s busy schedules and demands. We can be so preoccupied with working hard and building up our bank balances to provide a financial security that when we get home, we want to have a little ‘me’ time. As tempting as sitting back and relaxing after a hard day at works seems, you must remember that your son won’t necessarily understand this and this can result in them feeling like they don’t matter. Making your son a priority will show him how much he matters to you. Although you may be short on time, investing time and energy in doing things together will show them that you are making them a priority. You will have plenty of time to relax later in life but you only get one shot at making your kids feel like the most important part of your life. The father-son relationship can be complex. Parenting is full of joys and frustrations but to help you along the marvelous adventure, let your son know that you love him, that you are proud of him, that he is important to you and that he matters. From here, you will give him a chance of becoming a well-adjusted and successful adult.


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By Genie Price Living with and raising a child with a sensory processing disorder (SPD), is challenging. With doctors not recognising the varied cluster of symptoms as an official diagnosis, leaves many parents feeling exhausted and alone. Courtney speaks of her experience with sensory processing, how it has affected her family. Rhys, he is smart and cheeky, loving and crazy funny - all at the same time. He flits between playing with trucks and cars in the mud to all things minecraft, and at 5, he idolises his older brother. With a mechanical mind, he’s a profound thinker and more often than not - must know specifics about speed, shape, size, and colour of objects present in the world around him. Currently, in pre-primary, he recently participated in the sports carnival, where he ran well and came first in his race. He is most certainly kept busy through regular swimming and sports lessons during an average week. Needless to say, Mum Courtney is busy!

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Sounds easy, right? When really, most days are more difficult than others for him. Since Rhys, he experiences what clinicians throughout the world refer to as a neurological “traffic jam” by the name of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). The term sensory processing refers to taking in information through the senses. Although all children possess neurological processes, which help them to organise the information coming in from their environment, those affected with SPD misinterpret information through the senses, resulting in overwhelming responses to situations, baffling behaviours and occurrences of “silly” or “slower than normal” responses. This includes stressful meltdowns, which are hard to recover from. SPD will affect 1 in 20 children in Australia, and according to experts from the Faculty of the Farber Institute for Neuroscience, will coexist alongside an Autism diagnosis in as many as 96% of children. However, most children with sensory issues are not on the spectrum. They can also be found in those with ADHD, OCD and other developmental delays or with no other diagnosis at all.

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made toast and cut it into triangles and he wanted squares that would “put him out for the whole day.” INCIDENCES WE TAKE FOR GRANTED. “We say these [feelings] are small, but really to them [the kids], they are big.” She says, “It’s upsetting because we can’t and don’t know how to help them.” Conversations with family and friends suggested he was “a typical boy wanting attention”, leading Courtney astray with thoughts of loss, division and at times, selfdoubt. To any unsuspecting eye, it would look as though Rhys was playing up when really it’s highly likely he was equally as confused as the adults around him. There were early signs which Courtney says she didn’t think about at the time as not being “normal”, as he was meeting all his other developmental milestones.

When asked about raising a child with SPD, Courtney describes it as “never a dull moment”. Then in a more sympathetic tone, “hard in the beginning, frustrating and challenging.”

Some behaviours Rhys displayed were not unlike other infants, such as: • He didn’t like baby swings, he was “petrified” she recalls. • When it came to tummy time, he protested about that also, wouldn’t push up using his hands and much preferred his back instead. • At times when he would walk out on to the gravel, he never appeared to notice it was rocky and hard, or notice when he got splinters.

Courtney and her family moved from Mount Isa, Queensland to Western Australia in late 2013, where at age three, like thousands of children his age, Rhys began daycare.

Behaviours, which were not unusual for any infant or child, but when clustered together could forewarn of a sensory processing issue. How they came to a diagnosis:

Recalling days where she had to take him to daycare in pyjamas, Courtney says “It was almost impossible to get him dressed, breakfast was a drama.” She confirms he had to have a blue plate, with an adult cup and spoon – in a specific spot and if she

The Educators watched as Rhys would cry desperately when asked to put shoes on, even jumpers and long pants (in cold weather) became an issue. Courtney indicates “having just left a warmer climate it was hard to gauge what was happening

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with Rhys.” But, the Educators kept persisting. The team documented his behaviour and gathered developmental observations over a period of several weeks. In an attempt to help, observations, which indicated sleep pattern, time, location, weather and how many children present were undertaken. The team tried various teaching strategies with Rhys to gauge his responses, from redirection to reinforcement, and before long, ideas began to take shape. Around four weeks later, a decision was made to refer the Casey family to a professional for advice. A sense of relief came as Courtney attended an appointment at the local health nurse, where a referral was made to see a child psychologist, then later, an occupational therapist. It was after the visit to the psychologist in February 2014, where the diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder was initiated. SPD is complex. Each child is different. For Rhys, he struggles with an array of symptoms from disliking the dark and avoiding hugs, to wanting and almost needing a massage and deep/tight hugs to help calm him. His reactions can never be measured or predicted, therefore the way his family respond cannot always be the same. Though the diagnosis for Rhys is relatively new, he continues to make progress each day. His school and teachers are supportive. Here he will continue to grow and develop among those who truly understand him and further develop everyday coping strategies to help him succeed. SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE: A child who is “under sensitive” may display: • Constant need to touch, little understanding of personal space • Be distracted by background noises and appear as though they are not listening

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Display high pain tolerance Be fidgety and unable to sit still Crave “thrilling”, fast movements Enjoy being tossed, jumping on furniture and trampolines • Enjoy bouncing, spinning and crashing activities • Like, and need tight hugs A child that may be “over sensitive” may display: • Sensitivity to lights and loud noise i.e. ambulance • Refuse to wear types of clothing; may prefer to be naked • Dislike surprise touch and avoid hugs • Overly fearful of playground equipment swings or faster-moving play things • Limited spatial awareness – bumps into others often • Genuine meltdowns, which are hard to recover from DO YOU THINK YOUR CHILD MAY HAVE SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER? The signs and symptoms for SPD are varied and extensive. The list above is not inclusive and should only be used as a guide. If you think that your child may be affected by SPD, seek advice from your local health nurse, general practitioner or child development centre as soon as possible. Early detection is key. References: www.additudemag.com/adhd-web/article/11393. html www.spdstar.org/basic/about-spd www.childdevelopment.com.au/areas-of-concern/ diagnoses/sensory-processing-disorder-spd w w w. ch i l d m i n d . or g /ar ti c l e / h ow - s en s or y processing-issues-affect-kids-in-school/

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4/5 CREATE A CACTUS BALANCING GAME Containing 27 colourful pieces, the idea of the game is for each player to add a piece to the cactus when it’s their turn. If you make the cactus fall over - you’re out! Our Verdict This fast-paced game will help your child develop basic math skills in a fun, stress-free environment. It can be played with up to four people, so it also encourages children to play cooperatively. Not to mention its fun and creative design, which will keep children entertained for hours. It also helps develop spatial awareness.

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roasted nectarine breakfast bruschetta 12.15 Prep 0.30 Cook

Servings 4

INGREDIENTS • 500g Brand Greek-style Yoghurt • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon • 1/3 cup (80ml) dark agave syrup, or Pure Canadian Maple Syrup • 6 (about 1kg) ripe yellow nectarines, halved, stoned • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste • 1/2 sourdough baguette, thickly sliced diagonally, toasted • Baby mint leaves, to serve

METHOD 1. Combine the yoghurt, cardamom, 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 2 tbs agave or maple syrup in a bowl. Line a sieve with muslin and place over a bowl. Spoon the yoghurt mixture into the sieve and lightly tie the edges together to enclose. Place the mixture in the fridge overnight to drain. 2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180C. Place nectarines, cut-side up, in a roasting pan. Combine the remaining agave or maple syrup with vanilla and remaining cinnamon. Drizzle over the nectarines. Roast for 25-30 mins or until tender. Set aside to cool slightly. 3. Spread the thickened yoghurt mixture over the toasted sourdough. Place on serving plates and top with nectarines. Sprinkle with mint leaves to serve. march 2017 | mychild

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INGREDIENTS INGREDIENTS • 10 round (15cm-diameter) flour tortillas • 6300g bacon rashers, and excess trimmed, thinly peeled sweetrind potato, cut intofat1cm thick rounds sliced crossways • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil • 12 eggs, lightly whisked • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced • 125ml (1/2 cup) thickened cream • 75g trimmed kale, coarsely chopped • Salt & freshly ground black pepper • 2 eggs, poached • 20g butter • 1 tablespoon natural almonds, chopped • 120g (1 1/2 cups) coarsely grated cheddar • 4 green shallots, ends trimmed, thinly sliced

METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan forced. Line a METHOD baking tray with baking paper. Place potato on 1. Preheat 160°C. Wrap tortillas in foil. preparedoven tray.toLightly spray the with olive oil. Roast Place in preheated oven for 10 minutes or until for 20-25 minutes or until golden and tender. hot. 2. non-stick frying pan 2. Meanwhile, Meanwhile, heat heat aoilmedium in a large non-stick frying over medium heat. Addheat. the bacon and cook, pan over medium-high Add garlic and stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or aromatic. until crisp. cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until Transfer a plate linedjust with paper towel. Add kale to and stir until wilted. 3. egg and cream in plates. a bowl.Top Season 3. Whisk Divide together the potato among serving with and pepper. Melt butter in a heavywith salt the wilted kale mixture and poached eggs. based saucepan over medium-low heat until Sprinkle with the almonds. foaming. Add egg mixture and use a flat-edged wooden spoon to gently push the egg mixture, scraping the spoon along the base of the pan, from 1 side to the other in 4 different directions. Repeat pushing action every 10 seconds, including around the edge of the pan, to prevent egg sticking. Cook for 5 minutes or until three-quarters of the egg mixture is cooked, but mixture is still creamy and slightly liquid. Remove from heat. Stir in the bacon. 4. Transfer scrambled eggs to a warm serving bowl. Garnish with a little of the cheese and green shallot. 102

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roasted haloumisweet hot dogs pot AND ALMONDS 0.10 Prep 0.25 Cook

Servings Makes 424

INGREDIENTS INGREDIENTS 750gpeeled mixedsweet vegetables, sliced • • 300g potato,thickly cut into 1cm (see thicknotes) rounds hot dog buns smallolive baguettes • • 14teaspoon extra or virgin oil slicedsliced • • 1200g garlichaloumi, clove, thinly 1 tablespoon chopped herbs (see notes) plus sprigs, • • 75g trimmed kale, coarsely chopped to serve • 2 eggs, poached • Sriracha or sweet chilli sauce, to serve • 1 tablespoon natural almonds, chopped • 1 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice or lime juice • 1 avocado, mashed

METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place potato on METHOD prepared tray. Lightly spray with olive oil. Roast 1. for Step 1: Preheat barbecue grill or chargrill 20-25 minutesa or until golden and tender.pan on medium-high. Spray the vegetables with 2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a vegetables, large non-stick frying olive oil. Season. Cook turning pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and occasionally, until lightly charred and tender. cook, stirring, for 30 Set seconds Transfer to a plate. aside.or until aromatic. Add kale and stir until just wilted. 2. Step 2: Cook the hot dog buns or baguettes, 3. Divide thedown, potatoforamong serving plates. Top cut side 2 minutes or until charred. with the wilted kale mixture and poached eggs. 3. Sprinkle Step 3: Cook the almonds. haloumi for 1-2 minutes with the each side or until charred. Transfer to a plate. Drizzle the haloumi with 1 tbs lemon or lime juice. 4. Step 4: Combine the avocado, chopped herbs and remaining juice in a bowl. Spread over buns or baguettes. Top with vegies, haloumi and herb sprigs. Drizzle with sriracha or sweet chilli sauce.

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pesto chicken baguette 0.10 Prep

Makes 2

INGREDIENTS • 1 x 30cm baguette or 2 small baguettes halved lengthways • 60g tub Extra Light Spreadable Cream Cheese • 2 tablespoons basil pesto • 20g baby spinach leaves • 200g chicken breast fillet, cooked and sliced • 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes • 1/2 small red onion, sliced

METHOD 1. Combine the Philly with the pesto then spread onto the base of the baguette. Top with the spinach, chicken, tomato and onion. Close with baguette top and cut in half. Serve immediately.

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garlic chicken with zucchini pasta 0.15 Prep 0.15 Cook

Servings 4

INGREDIENTS • 400g dried thin spaghetti • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra to serve • 2 chicken breast fillets • 2 zucchini, peeled into ribbons • 1 baby fennel, shaved • 1 garlic clove, crushed • Grated orange rind • Chopped fresh dill

METHOD 1. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. 2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cook the chicken for 5 minutes each side or until cooked through. 3. Heat remaining oil in the pan. Cook zucchini, fennel and garlic for 1 to 2 minutes until soft. Toss with chicken, spaghetti, orange rind and dill. Serve drizzled with a little extra oil.

Photo: Al Richardson

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pumpkin chilli con carne 0.10 Prep 0.25 Cook

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS • 1kg pumpkin, unpeeled, cut into thin wedges • 1 tablespoon Cajun spice mix • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 1 brown onion, finely chopped • 1 red capsicum, chopped • 270g cooked black beans, drained, rinsed • 1 tablespoon salt-reduced tomato paste • 200g cherry tomatoes, quartered • 1/4 cup coriander sprigs • 1/2 cup Light Greek yoghurt

METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 220C or 200C fan. Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Place pumpkin on tray. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of oil and sprinkle over 2 teaspoons of spice mix. Toss to coat and arrange in a single layer. Roast for 25 minutes or until golden and tender. 2. Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook onion and capsicum, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add remaining spice mix and toss to coat. Add beans, tomato paste and 1 cup water. Stir to combine. Bring to the boil. Simmer for 2-3 minutes to thicken. 3. Divide bean mixture between 4 plates. Divide pumpkin, tomato and coriander between plates. Serve with a dollop of yoghurt.

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Photo: Craig Wall


rocky road and berry mess 0.15 Prep

Makes 4

INGREDIENTS • 250g strawberries • 250g raspberries • 1/3 cup icing sugar • 250g Philadelphia Light Spreadable Cream Cheese • 1 teaspoon vanilla • 100g mini meringues, reserve 4-6 for decoration, break the rest into pieces • 200g Cadbury Dairy Milk Rocky Road, roughly chopped

METHOD 1. Cut 1/3 of the strawberries in half and set aside with 1/3 of the raspberries. Use a fork to roughly mash the remaining strawberries and raspberries with 2 tablespoons of the icing sugar. 2. Step 2: Beat together the Philly with the remaining sugar until smooth then gently stir through the meringues 3. Step 3: Spoon a little of the Philly mix into the base of each serving glass then top with berry mixture and 1/3 of the chopped Rocky Road. Repeat the layers and then decorate with the remaining berries, reserved meringue and Rocky Road to finish. Refrigerate for at least 30 inutes to an hour before serving.

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frozen yoghurt sundae 0.05 Prep

Makes 6

INGREDIENTS • 1kg Greek natural yoghurt • 120g (1/2 cup) honey • 240g (1 cup) Henry Jones ® & Co Fruit and Chia Spread Mango, Passionfruit & Chia seeds, warmed • Passionfruit pulp and/or extra Mango, Passionfruit & Chia jam (warmed) to serve • Fresh cherries, optional, to serve

METHOD 1. Whisk together the yoghurt and honey. Pour into an airtight container and freeze for 2-3 hours or until starting to set around the edges 2. Place in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Return to freezer for 1-2 hours or until partially set, return to bowl of food processor and process until smooth 3. Return to the container. Add the jam and swirl. Freeze until solid. 4. Serve scoops of ice cream topped with passionfruit pulp and a cherry

All recipes sourced from taste.com.au

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