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AUSTRALIA’S BEST PREGNANCY, BABY & PARENTING MAGAZINE ISSUE 49

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Many of us have travelled and done a bit of an OE. Travel is something we all aspire to do whether it is a weekend away, to a spot down the road or long family holiday that entails lots of preparation and planning. Every trip or holiday with children (no matter what age they are) takes a while to get all your ducks in a row so that you are able to go away and relax. Undoubtedly something and not someone will get left behind, we can only pack so much. We have compiled some wonderful features that will help you plan your summer holiday, whether it is here in Australia or overseas you need a hand to help you get away and enjoy the summer days with peace of mind. Enjoy.

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50 Top tips for travelling with kids Preparing for your trip Things you should know about travelling while pregnant Busting the booby traps of low breast- milk supply Breastfeeding and travel

FAMILY 16 50 Top tips for travelling with kids Here is our essential checklist to prepare for travelling with children 28 Preparing for your trip 30 Things you should know about

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travelling while pregnant How to make your trip as safe as comfortable as it can be.

BABY 36 Busting the booby traps of low breastmilk supply Pinky Mckay busts some breastfeeding myths about low milk supply 40 Breastfeeding and travel How to travel and keep everyone happy and safe 88 How babies become bilingual at seven month


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IDEAS 50 Snips and snails and Puppy Dogs tails Kylie Kaddens latest story on her life with three boys. 60 Skip and Hop And how it all started 84 Black ‘n White Bianca Ebeling tells us about how Black and White influences our babies 44 Written in the stars And how to plan a party around birth signs 94 A family affair-Queen Bee A strong family business is growing in leaps and bounds 98 Keeping Life in perspective- Life and work balance It’s important to be able to keep the two apart

70 Tutu’s and Tinkerbell-Party planners Beautiful parties that create memories that you do not have to do all the hard work!

TODDLER 54 The big move How to make the transition from cot to bed with no hassle and no tears

SHOPPING AND NEWS 49 79 80

Pregnancy Folate reminder What we love…Baby Carrier One What we love…Cuddle Dry

RECIPE 66 Zucchini Rosti and Zucchini Chocolate Cake

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Noppies - Lola Cocktail Dress perfect for the Christmas parties in Pink from Queen Bee. RRP$149.95. Perfect little bike and caravan for the aspiring adventurer. $175.61 from www.sirch.de Take this animal-themed activity center along for the ride, perfect for stroller bars and infant carrier handles alike Alphabet Zoo Stroller Bar Activity Toy from Skip Hop Each and every Trunki is packed full of clever features, making it extra fun for little travellers as well as providing a practical travel solution for parents. Bernard the Bee from Trunki The BABYBJÖRN Baby Cup is specially designed for little hands. No more mess! $18.95 from babyography.com.au Create the perfect cozy nest for your little one with a Baby Bird Grobag and have them drift off to sleep with dreams of springtime. With a clever two way zip travel opening these Travel Grobags can be easily fitted with a 5 point harness in a pushchair or car seat, so you can take all the safety features of the original Grobag with you on the road.

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Director of Baby Station “With three small children, I know how hard it can be just to get out the door sometimes. My aim is to help parents by providing baby care……when you are on the go” Whilst currently situated just within shopping centres, the company plans for Baby Station kiosks to be located in a variety of attractions and venues frequented by families with young children in the near future. Where would you like to see Baby Station??

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WITH A BIT OF KNOW-HOW, TRAVELLING WITH SMALL CHILDREN NEEDN’T BE A HASSLE. AUTHOR OF THE NEW ROUGH GUIDE TO TRAVEL WITH BABIES & YOUNG CHILDREN, FAWZIA RASHEED DE FRANCISCO OFFERS AN ESSENTIAL CHECKLIST FOR PARENTS

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If this is your first trip with your children, plan for a slower pace than you might usually attempt. If you want to see more than one place, be realistic about what you can cover with little ones in tow. The less you feel you have to pack in, the more enjoyable and stress-free the holiday - and you’ll be better able to take the odd day indoors in your stride if the weather is bad or the kids need to rest.

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If you are travelling with another family, or adults, before you go, discuss what each person wants to do, agree how to split chores or take turns minding the children, and talk about the balance of spending time together and apart. Come to an agreement about the way you’ll split the bills (taking into account the smaller share of expenditures for the children).

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If your children have special needs, it can be helpful talking to parents whose children have similar conditions, and who may have useful travel tips - try disabledfriends.com or youreable.com. Getting an identity bracelet that has details of your child’s medical condition, treatment and their doctor’s name is useful in case of emergencies.

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Similarly if anyone has serious allergies, you might want them to travel with a card that specifies, in the language of your destination, what they’re allergic to and how serious the condition is.

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If you are looking to keep costs down, consider a home exchange. If you swap with another family you can end up with a child-proofed home, toys to play with and insider information on things to do and healthcare services. The following websites may be useful: homelink.org (house-swap organisation with over 13,000 homes in 69 countries); matchinghouses.com (house swaps

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for families with special needs). Other low-cost options include farm stays and university accommodation these have potential pluses such as animals to look at, sports facilities and wide open spaces.

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If you’re going down the hotel route, always check for special family deals, from discounted rates to free meals for children; many international chains offer these. Most hotels and guesthouses provide breakfast, but unless it’s included in the room rate, it’s often a waste of money for children, particularly if they only eat a piece of bread or a bowl of cereal. If breakfast isn’t included, try asking for ‘complimentary’ ones for the children. Alternatively, you could take along something to snack on for the first day, and buy in a simple breakfast to eat in your room thereafter.

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Supervised childcare such as a kids’ club sounds good, but can mean little more than a bunch of children lumped together in front of a TV while an attendant keeps an eye on them. Ask how many children are cared for, whether groups are split according to age, and what specific activities might be - and be prepared to check it out yourself when you arrive. If anything seems amiss, be prepared to cancel your plans and start looking for alternatives.

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Finding accommodation when you arrive can be challenging with children in tow. So even if you do want to keep things flexible, it’s worth pre-booking for your first few nights: this will allow you to look for other places in a more leisurely way.

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If you’re going overseas, see your doctor at least two months before you leave to discuss your plans. When making the appointment, mention the ages of your children and ask if they need to come to the


appointment; when you go, bring everyone’s vaccination records, and ask the doctor to note down their blood groups for you. If any of your children has a pre-existing medical condition, ask for help in identifying a doctor in your destination who specialises in the same condition. Children under 18 months won’t be given any travel-related jabs.

so it’s a good idea to buy a pill-cutter; these are widely available and cost next to nothing.

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If you’re going to need visas for your destination, don’t be surprised if they’re a requirement for children as well as adults, and that their fee is the same as for yours. As many countries require visas to be collected in person by applicants (including children), you If you’re travelling to a country in which may have to make a trip to the main embassy malaria is endemic (check the list of in your country, although it’s often possible to affected countries at who.int/ith/en), you need apply in writing first to avoid two trips. specialist advice on the appropriate antimalarial medication. You’ll also need to There are a number of instances where make sure you take ample supplies of insect you might need to carry extra repellent, clothes to cover everyone up in the documentation when travelling with children. evenings and, if the place you’re staying in If you have an adopted child, you must take doesn’t have them, bed-nets impregnated with their adoption papers; and if you’re the only insecticide. parent travelling - regardless of your marital status - you might be asked for proof of You can get antimalarials in syrup consent from the other parent for your child to form, though tablets are much more travel. This is more likely in countries where common. As children are usually prescribed overseas adoption and/or child trafficking is smaller amounts of the same antimalarials as common. If the name on your child’s passport adults, this means breaking tablets into pieces, is not the same as yours, or if your child bears

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little resemblance to you, the chances of this being an issue increase. The standard requirements for authorisation to travel are your child’s birth certificate, your marriage certificate (if applicable) and a signed and attested consent letter from the other parent confirming you can travel with your child. If the other parent is no longer alive, you may need proof.

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Getting your children started on a few holiday-related projects before you leave is a great way to prepare them for what’s to come. You could explore maps, or the history, geography, animal and plant life of your destination, or read books or watch a film that’s set there. If the food is likely to be radically different, research dishes that they might enjoy, and try rustling up something similar before you go.

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ON THE MOVE

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If it looks like you’re going to be weighed down with mountains of bags, you may want to send on suitcases and bulky items such as prams via a baggage delivery company. It can be a bit pricey but prices per kilo come down the more you send, and you’ll get better rates if you send things a few weeks rather than a few days before you travel. Try firstluggage.com or carrymyluggage.com for a quotation. There are also companies that specialise in delivering baby products such as formula, baby food and nappies - try babiestravellite.com.

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the move, and can double up as a bed, too. Although some hotels offer beds for babies, they’re often pretty poor, with saggy mattresses and no shields to prevent babies from falling out. It’s better to play safe and bring your own. Most carrycots come with a detachable cover for the body and a shade for the head, and some have a built-in net screen as well. Apart from the obvious protection against the sun and bugs, these are useful for blocking out glaring ceiling lights - such as in airports which tend to bother babies. avel cots that break down into several pieces and pack away into their own bag are useful for babies and toddlers too large for carrycots. Carrying babies in a sling strapped to the body is a popular option; both hands remain free and you can detect changes immediately, sensing the moment your child wakes, sneezes, or has a stomach cramp. Slings are the perfect travel aid: they’re comfortable, practical, and fold away into no space at all. They’re suitable for babies over a week old, measuring at least 53cm tall and weighing more than 3.5kg, and the best ones have wide straps that distribute weight, are machine-washable and have a back or neck support for the baby.

Child monitors can be a real help to keep an eye on young children in crowded places such as airports and shopping malls. The parent carries a tracking device - about the size of a TV remote control - while the child wears a watch-like contraption. Should the distance between the child and the tracker exceed the user-defined range, or if the bracelet is removed, an alarm sounds. Furthermore, once the tracker sounds the alarm, you can push a button to set off a bleeper on your child’s bracelet to help you track them down.

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If your child is on bottles, bring what you need to make up fresh ones along the way; to save space, fill spare bottles with water, then add milk powder and top up with boiling water when you need them.

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A pram or buggy can be useful on holiday even if your child is walking, serving as a place for them to rest during day trips, a makeshift bed when out in restaurants and something to help with carrying the bags. If your destination is unlikely to have paved paths, it may be worth investing in an allterrain version.

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In each new place, don’t forget to designate a meeting point in case anyone gets separated from the group. If it’s likely you’ll be in really dense crowds, promising a reward for staying together works as a good incentive.

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If your children still crawl around on the floor, one way of keeping them reasonably clean is to take a plastic sheet that you can put down anywhere for them to play on.

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If you have to sterilise things regularly, consider taking a portable steam steriliser; they work well and with minimum fuss. For sterilising small items on the move - for example dummies or teething toys - you can use sterilising tablets in a watertight screw-top container.

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Breastfeeding in an unfamiliar destination can be a worry, and it is worth doing some research into local attitudes towards feeding in public before you go. If in doubt, try finding some female company, perhaps in a women’s clothing shop. Another idea is to head for the ladies’ toilets of a posh hotel; these are usually spacious, with seats and pleasant surroundings.

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AIR TRAVEL

just powdered milk; you can get hot water to make feeds on most flights, and as soon as you pass security, you can buy bottled water too.

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Some airlines let you check in online, which allows you to book preferred seats from home and cuts out queuing. When you get to the airport, you usually join a fasttrack queue to hand over your checked luggage. Similarly, train stations which feed airports occasionally have check-in facilities, meaning you’re then free to board the train with the children but without the bags. Some airlines allow you to check in luggage in advance, sometimes as much as a day before you fly. Though you have to make an advance trip to the airport to do this, the advantages are that you get to turn up a little later than usual on the day, and will have your hands free to tend to your children.

If you’d like to be met at check-in and helped with the children and the bags all the way to your plane, ask for ‘meet and assist’ services when booking your flight. This is generally provided by the airport and not the airline, and whether or not you get it depends on the availability of staff - but if you’re travelling as a single parent with more than one child, you’ll be given priority.

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If you’re a member of an airline’s frequent-flyer club, you may be entitled to use a private departure lounge. Facilities such as a supervised place to leave hand luggage, comfortable chairs, free drinks and snacks, TVs and spacious toilet facilities are especially welcome when travelling with children. If you’re not a member, you can often use the lounges if you buy a day pass.

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Check the latest restrictions on hand luggage before travelling. The more stringent regulations relate to carrying liquids, gels and creams, which includes baby foods, drinks and nappy cream. The standard instructions are not to carry over 100ml of any single item, although exceptions are usually made for essential medicines or supplies for children under two. You can also get away with more (up to 400ml) in the way of milk and drinks so long as these are decanted into bottles and no-spill cups; if you carry the same in the original cartons or bottles, you’ll be asked to leave them behind. There are also discretionary limits for baby food - these are generally kept vague, but as long as you don’t have more than what security staff deem to be a reasonable amount for the flight, you’ll usually be fine. The best way around the restrictions is to decant creams into small bottles, and bring

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The low humidity of cabin air can cause mild dehydration as well as dry and irritated nostrils, so it’s important to get kids to drink regularly. If anyone gets a streaming nose (also a factor of low humidity), wet the insides of their nostrils with a finger dipped in water - this often works like magic. Flying can also prompt air expansion in the middle ear and sinuses, which can be painful for babies and infants because of their smaller ear passages. To prevent discomfort, massage your child’s ears from behind and give the earlobes a few gentle tugs from time to time. Toddlers also find it helpful to suck on something or have a drink during take-off and landing.

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When booking tickets, make a point of asking for deals for families and young people. In many instances, a family travelcard reduces the cost of ordinary tickets by so much that it’s worth buying one even for a


single trip. Such deals are usually restricted to travel outside rush hours. To buy a railcard, you usually need to show identification for one or both parents, and have photographs with you.

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If you’re travelling with more than one child and you want space for them to play, it’s a good idea to buy more tickets than you need, or book out an entire compartment. This might sound elitist, but sharing a packed carriage can be overwhelming when you’re with small children.

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When you’re boarding a bus or train, decide who is going to get on first, who will go last and who is stowing the luggage so as to be sure nothing and no one gets left behind. If you’re on a train, establish limits in terms of how far older children can stray and how long they can be away for, emphasising that they always need to come back to you when the train slows down to stop.

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Regardless of the regulations in your destination, always use children’s car seats whenever driving with your kids. If you’re going to use the seat in several different cars - taxis, say - go for a universal model which works with all kinds of seatbelts. For general guidelines and information on some of the common errors when fitting child’s car and booster seats.

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Extra rear-view mirrors trained on the back seats will allow you to keep an eye on the children without having to turn around, and are particularly useful if you’re driving without another adult. They are easy to get hold of in car accessory shops or online.

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Accessories for entertainment such as tape decks or portable CD/DVD players fitted for use in cars (via the cigarette lighter) help to ensure the right mix of entertainment for children.

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And if you don’t want their fun to bother the driver, bring headphones as well.

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If you’re heading for the heat, choose clothes made from natural fibres - sweat irritates delicate skins and can lead to prickly heat or sweat rash. Expect to change your baby up to three times a day - particularly if they’re not used to the heat and will sweat a lot. Children will need two sets of clothes per day, and sunhats with wide brims and neck flaps are worthwhile when playing outdoors. Equally, don’t overlook the fact that children’s eyes are more vulnerable to glare than yours; get them sunglasses, or goggles with elasticated straps, which stay on better.

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If the tap water isn’t safe to drink, you’ll need to boil, filter or sterilise your own, or buy bottled water. If you plan to use bottled water to make up formula feeds, aim to get the lowest mineral content you can. Make sure the children don’t drink from taps, including when brushing teeth. Keeping a bottle of drinking water by the sink is a helpful reminder.

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When eating out in countries with poor standards of sanitation and hygiene, always eat at busy places where the turnover of food will be fast, and avoid buffets: they’re notorious for harbouring the bugs that cause diarrhoea.

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When eating in restaurants, if the crockery or cutlery is wet, giving it a dry wipe with a clean tissue will lower any

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potential dose of bugs. Check that bottles and cans are unopened before handing these to the children (and use straws or clean the can or bottle before they drink), and get them to avoid ice and salads.

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Carry some non-prescription antihistamine, for symptoms such as sneezing, streaming noses or itchy eyes.

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Children are particularly prone to dehydration, mostly because they don’t drink unless they feel thirsty. If your baby is exclusively breastfed, you should drink more whenever it’s hot so that you produce slightly diluted milk; but if temperatures are particularly high and you don’t have enough milk, give them some water to drink, too. Also check all your children’s urine from time to time; if it’s darker than usual, cloudy or strong-

smelling, insist that they drink more.

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Constipation can be caused by dehydration or changes in diet. Give babies water to drink, use a light oil to massage their tummies, and bring their knees up to their chests a few times. You can also gently rub a button of Vaseline over their anus. Give older children water and a few teaspoons of a light vegetable oil to drink, as well as trying the Vaseline and abdominal massage.

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Most hotels do not provide mosquito nets for baby cots so you’ll need to take your own. The easiest way to protect babies from insect bites (apart from mosquito nets), is to put them in a light cotton fabric sleeping bag, with a long-sleeved top, and slather a healthy dose of insect repellent on the fabric.

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Most tourist accommodation isn’t particularly child-friendly, so once you’ve checked in you’ll probably need to make some adaptations yourself. Start off by checking locks on doors and windows to make sure the room is secure. Check the sturdiness of the fittings - wobbly balconies and railings are unsafe and mean you should change your accommodation straight away. Point out things such as loose towel-rails or curtain rails to the staff and either agree that you can’t be responsible should they fall down, or ask for them to be fixed or removed. Use insulating tape to cover exposed wires or sockets or block them off with furniture that’s too heavy for your children to move. It’s also a good idea to check the temperature of the hot water; it’s often scalding, so you may need to warn your children.

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Once you’ve researched your destination, prepare a list of possible activities that take various lengths of time and suit different weather conditions. If you’ve more than one child, give each a turn to make choices from the activities list.

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or rides include following a river or canal towpath; there are no hills to negotiate, and there’s the possible bonus of water to play in and birds to feed. It’s also a good idea to combine walks or rides with an activity such as swimming or taking a short train ride.

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Children might get more exposure to sunshine than adults if carried in backpacks or on a child seat at the front of a bike; and if they’re not walking or cycling themselves, they’ll get colder than everyone else as they won’t be warmed up with exercise - protect them accordingly and have layers to pull on and take off.

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Apart from taking photographs, there are lots of ways to help your children preserve memories of your trip. You could buy a postcard for each destination and help them to note a single memory on the back, alongside the date or their age. You could also get them started on collections of things that can be found in most places, such as badges, paperweights, model cars and boats or toy animals.

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If your children are keeping a journal, encourage them to draw and list things they see and eat; they could also collect autographs and doodles from people they meet as well as ticket stubs and labels to stick in. If free mini-maps of places you visit are available, get extras for the children to stick into their books, and help them circle the places you’ve seen. If you’re encountering different languages, put in lists of new words and add more as they learn one set.

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Local toys are often worth seeking out, and make great gifts to take home. Apart from the novelty value, kids tend to like playing with the same things that local children have, and it can help with making friends.*


PACK LESS TRAVEL MORE Finally you’re off on holiday! You’ve got your tickets, passports, swimmers and a good book. Oh, and the car seat, pram, booster seat, baby monitors and half the contents of the toy box. Travelling with youngsters can be challenging, not to mention trying to juggle a change of environment, luggage, children, routines, feeds and sleeps. It is much easier to hire your baby equipment when you reach your destination. In fact you can pre-book it so that it is all ready for you when you arrive. It really takes the stress off without having to worry about: • airline surcharge for excess baby equipment • Your expensive baby equipment may be damaged in transit, • You can take more of your own luggage if you hire baby equipment at your final destination. • Let’s face it. Waiting to see whether your baby equipment arrives undamaged or even

arrives at all is no fun. • You may have to pay for two taxis or a larger one to fit in all your baggage. • You may have to replace your baby items upon arrival as any damage to them may not be covered by the airline. • You have to lug your bags and baby items from home to the airport, to your hotel or villa, back to the airport and then again at your airport in your home town – All this while dealing with a little ones and the departure and arrival procedures It makes sense to just hire what you need at your destination, you are on holiday you need to relax! Whether its for a holiday, a visiting friend or a new baby pop over to Hire for baby and they will be able to help with what ever you need. And they are Australia wide! They specialise in hiring baby equipment. Book early to avoid disappointment – book online or call 1300363755 www.hireforbaby.

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Preparing for your trip BOUGHT TO YOU BY BABY BJORN

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ifferent trips require different amounts of preparation, and when you’re travelling with children it might be a good idea to be just that little bit more prepared. Although you can’t predict what challenges your trip will throw at you, there are lots of things you can sort out in advance in order to make life easier and make your trip as pleasant as possible. Run through our checklist and make sure you do the most important things before making any longdistance journeys with your family.

VACCINATIONS

Check in plenty of time beforehand what vaccinations you and your child need. There are some vaccines that you have to have a month in advance if you’re to be fully protected on your trip. If your child hasn’t had

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all of his/her vaccinations through the public vaccination programme, it may be necessary to bring a vaccination forward. Take your vaccination card with you on your trip.

PASSPORTS

In some countries, your passport has to be valid for six months after you return home if you’re to be allowed entry to the country, and temporary passports aren’t valid in some countries. Check what rules apply at your destination, and check when your passport expires. Remember, in Sweden anyone under the age of 18 has to have written permission from all guardians when applying for a passport.

VISAS

For some destinations you have to apply for a


visa in advance, while for others you don’t need one or you can get one at the airport when you arrive. You can apply for a visa at the embassy of the country in question in Sweden, or via various online service sites that help with visa applications.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Well before you plan to travel, check what insurance you have and what it covers during your trip. Some debit cards, such as VISA and MasterCard, come with “built-in” travel insurance if you pay for the trip on the card, and if you have home insurance you’ll often find travel insurance is included for a certain number of days. Print out your travel insurance certificate and take it along with you on your trip. And don’t forget to make sure your policy covers your child as well.

AIRLINE LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS

Do you have to pay extra to take a pushchair and child seat on flights? Airlines have different regulations on how much luggage and hand luggage children under the age of two who don’t have their own seat booked are allowed to take with them. With some airlines, your child can check in luggage with the same maximum weight as an adult’s but not take along any hand luggage, while with others the maximum weight of the child’s luggage is lower. Check what rules are in force at the airline you’re travelling with.

AIRPORT RULES

European airports have restrictions on how much liquid you’re allowed to take aboard a plane, and creams, gels and sprays also count as liquids. Check what rules apply at the airports you’ll be travelling from. If you’re not allowed to take the kind of liquid you want, you can take along empty (milk) bottles that you can fill up

when you’ve gone through security or are on the plane.

WHAT DOES THE HOTEL OFFER?

Many travel agencies have special offers for families with children where hotels offer fun things for children to do. If you don’t book a package tour through a travel agency, a number of hotel booking sites also have information on how child-friendly hotels are, and whether they have childminding, clubs for children and activities for children close to the hotel.

ROAD SAFETY AT YOUR DESTINATION

If you’re travelling in your homeland, you’ll probably have more of an idea of how road traffic works than if you go abroad, and you may also be travelling in your own car. If you’re going somewhere you’ve never been before, you can plan ahead to make your journey safer. If you know you’ll be travelling in taxis a lot or hiring a car, check whether you can also hire child seats or whether there’s a hire company that specialises in hiring to families with children. If you can’t find once, check with the airline whether you can take a child seat with you as luggage for free.

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One good way of preparing for your trip is to download practical apps to your mobile. Before you travel, you can use apps to book hotels, read reviews and gather all your travel information in a single location; while you travel your children can entertain themselves with books, games and videos in app form, and when you arrive there are all kinds of travel planners, maps, city guides and translation apps you can use. The App Store, Google Play Store and Windows Phone Store all have detailed lists of apps, split into categories. * october 2015 | mychild

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Things You Should Know About Travelling While Pregnant THERE ARE FEW PREGNANCY AND TRAVEL RELATED CONCERNS; HOWEVER, THIS IS PROVIDED TO HELP MAKE YOUR TRIP THE SAFEST AND MOST COMFORTABLE IT CAN BE.

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ravelling while pregnant is safest during the second trimester. If you are pregnant, not experiencing any complications and want to travel, consult with your doctor. Most vaccines used for immunisations are not recommended for pregnant women, and some antimalarial medications are harmful to the fetus, so it is important to seek medical advice. Airlines have different policies on when pregnant women can fly. If you are pregnant and considering travel, you must consult with your doctor, especially if your pregnancy is high risk. Consider the standard of medical care at your chosen destination, just in case you need help. Some countries have reciprocal healthcare arrangements with Australia – check with Medicare. Travelling to developing nations is not encouraged during pregnancy for various reasons, including the risk of disease and the

lower standard of medical facilities compared to Australia.

HIGH-RISK PREGNANCIES AND TRAVEL Pregnant women experiencing complications are advised not to travel. Some complications include: • Cervical problems, such as ‘incompetent cervix’ • vaginal bleeding • multiple pregnancy • gestational diabetes, past or present • high blood pressure, past or present • pre-eclampsia (a toxic condition sometimes occurring in pregnancy), past or present • abnormalities of the placenta, past or present • prior miscarriage • prior ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy that develops outside the womb) • prior premature labour.

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Pregancy • If you are aged 35 years or over and pregnant for the first time, you are also advised not to travel.

TRAVEL IMMUNISATION WARNINGS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN Travellers to most developing nations need to be immunised against diseases such as typhoid. Most vaccines are either dangerous to unborn babies or haven’t been adequately tested for safety on pregnant women. The important exception to this is the influenza vaccine, which can be safely given during pregnancy. It is strongly recommended for all pregnant women, as influenza in pregnancy can be a very serious illness. Generally, all live virus vaccines (such as mumps and measles) should be avoided during pregnancy. Some vaccines, such as for yellow fever, may cautiously be given after the first trimester. Be advised by your doctor. It is recommended that pregnant women delay any travel to developing nations until after their babies are born.

TRAVEL AND THE RISK OF MALARIA DURING PREGNANCY Malaria is an infection carried by particular species of mosquito. A pregnant woman who catches malaria risks miscarriage, premature labour and stillbirth. Some antimalarial drugs (such as chloroquine) are considered safe to take during pregnancy, but others (such as doxycycline) are potentially harmful to the unborn baby. It is recommended that pregnant women avoid travelling to areas where malaria is present.

RISKS OF LONG-DISTANCE TRAVEL DURING PREGNANCY Long periods of not moving during car, bus, rail and air travel increases the risk of clots forming in the deep veins of the leg, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). These clots can circulate and lodge in parts of the body such as

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The risk of DVT is increased in pregnancy if: you had a DVT in the past you weigh more than 100 kg you have a multiple pregnancy a family member has had a DVT. One in 1,000 pregnant women will develop DVT. Research indicates the risk of DVT can increase by two or three times in a longdistance flight. There is no research-based advice on travel for pregnant women. However, if you choose to travel long distances, you should: Do frequent leg exercises. Walk regularly (in the case of air travel, walk around the aircraft cabin if the flight is smooth). Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water. Minimise alcohol and caffeine intake. If you have an increased risk of DVT, you are advised to: Discuss travel plans with your doctor. Wear well-fitting elastic below-knee compression stockings during the journey. Receive heparin injections before and after any journey longer than four hours.

AIR TRAVEL AND PREGNANCY Before you decide to travel by plane: • Discuss any potential risks particular to your pregnancy with your doctor. For example, a woman with gestational diabetes or a multiple pregnancy is generally advised not to fly. • Be aware that air travel in the last six weeks of pregnancy could trigger premature labour. • Check with the airline – some airlines won’t allow a woman over 35 weeks to fly at all, or they require a doctor’s note. • Check the fine print of your travel insurance – some policies may not cover pregnancy. • Arrange with the airline for a bulkhead seat


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or a seat near an exit for extra leg room. • Consider booking an aisle seat – going to the toilet will be a little easier. Before you leave, discuss with your doctor whether you need to travel with a medical kit. Remember to pack this kit in your carry-on luggage so you can access it during the flight.

ITEMS YOUR MEDICAL KIT COULD CONTAIN: • preparations to help you treat common pregnancy complaints such as heartburn, thrush, constipation and haemorrhoids • oral rehydration preparations in case of traveller’s diarrhoea • multivitamins formulated for pregnant women • urine dipsticks to check glucose levels (if required).

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DURING THE FLIGHT: • Wear your seatbelt under your bump and across your lap. • Stretch and move your legs regularly while seated. Consider wearing support stockings for the duration of the flight. A pregnant woman’s circulation is already under strain – the lower cabin pressure inside a plane can theoretically increase the risk of blood clots. • Drink plenty of water to reduce the risk of dehydration. Keeping up your fluid intake will also reduce the risk of DVT. • If the flight is smooth, walk up and down the aisles every half hour. • If the flight has turbulence, stay in your seat, but flex and extend your ankles frequently. • If you are feeling short of breath or lightheaded, ask one of the flight attendants to give you breathing oxygen.

IF TRAVELLING BY CAR: • Make frequent breaks to stretch your legs

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and visit the toilet. Always wear a seatbelt. Fasten the lap sash across your lap and under your bump, fit the shoulder sash above your bump and between your breasts. Avoid wearing the lap sash across your bump as a sudden jolt could cause your placenta to separate from your uterus. If you are sitting in the front passenger seat, move your seat well back from the dashboard to reduce airbag impact in case of a collision. If you are driving, have your seat as far back from the steering wheel as possible, while still being able to drive safely and comfortably. It may help to tilt the steering wheel downwards, away from your belly. If you are involved in a collision, however minor, see your doctor. If you have contractions, pain or bleeding after an accident, see a doctor as soon as possible. Let them know if you have a rhesus negative blood group, as you may need to have an anti-D injection. Consider joining a roadside assistance program that can help you in case of a breakdown, and always carry a mobile phone. Heat and sun exposure and pregnancy

IF TRAVELLING IN HOT WEATHER: • Carry a water bottle with you and drink water frequently. • Stay in the shade or inside during the hottest part of the day. • Protect your skin by wearing loose-fitting clothing, a hat and sunscreen. • Avoid rushing or overexertion – plan your activities and give yourself plenty of time.

OVERHEATING DURING PREGNANCY • If you feel weak and dizzy, light-headed or even slightly nauseous, it may be a sign that you are overheating and dehydrated.


Remember: • to seek shade or go inside, drink a glass of cool water and lie down • to bring down your temperature by using a fan, placing a cool, wet cloth on your forehead and the back of your neck, or running cool water over your wrists. • that dizziness may also indicate a drop in blood sugar, so have a light snack such as a banana or a piece of toast.

SPORTING ACTIVITIES AND PREGNANCY • Certain sporting activities carry an increased risk to your unborn baby. Activities to avoid include: • Water-skiing – coming off the skis could force water into the vagina. • Scuba diving – the changes in blood gases may harm your baby. Snorkelling is fine and scuba diving to depths of less than 18 metres (60 feet) is reasonably safe, but check with your doctor first. • Saunas and hot tubs – raising your body temperature can harm your baby. • Horseback riding – the motion of horseback riding carries a risk of placental abruption (separating the placenta from the uterus). Falling from or being kicked by a horse carries a high risk of trauma to your baby, or even death. • High-altitude activities such as mountain climbing – at heights over 3,000 metres, the oxygen level in the air is low. This reduces the oxygen available to your baby. Pregnant women are also more vulnerable to developing altitude sickness.

TRAVELLER’S DIARRHOEA AND PREGNANCY • Be careful to avoid food poisoning, as certain infections can harm the baby or trigger miscarriage. Remember to: • Avoid food buffets, seafood, undercooked meats, soft cheeses and pâtés.

• Wash your hands thoroughly after going to the toilet, before preparing food and before eating. • In developing nations, only eat fruit that you have peeled yourself. Avoid leafy greens and salads because they could have been washed in contaminated water. • Drink bottled water if you are unsure of the water supply. Use bottled water when brushing your teeth. Make sure that all eating utensils are thoroughly dried after washing. • Avoid ice. • If you must use the local water, boil the water thoroughly for five minutes before using.

MEDICATIONS TO AVOID DURING PREGNANCY • Pregnant women should be wary of taking medications of any kind. Some medications can pass to the baby through the placenta and cause birth defects or miscarriage. • Avoid taking any over-the-counter medication unless advised by your doctor, who knows you are pregnant. • Medications that are commonly used to treat traveller’s diarrhoea are dangerous during pregnancy. • Avoid alcohol. • Avoid using ‘social’ or ‘recreational’ drugs.

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Busting the booby traps of low breast-milk supply THE MOST COMMON REASON WOMEN SAY THEY GIVE UP BREASTFEEDING IS BECAUSE THEY DON’T THINK THEY HAVE ENOUGH MILK. PINKY MCKAY BUSTS SOME MYTHS

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s it any wonder that a breastfeeding mother’s confidence can be shattered when almost any variation in her baby’s behavior (read, sleep or feeding patterns) will be explained by unhelpful advice such as, “are you sure you have enough milk?” While there are certain medical conditions that may create challenges to breast-milk supply, such as PCOS, diabetes, thyroid disorders, low iron levels, high blood pressure

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baby need to ditch your nursing bra just yet. Try to remember, whether you can exclusively breastfeed or not, every drop of mummy milk is liquid gold and there is help available. Calling in an expert such as an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) could make a world of difference to your confidence and your breastfeeding experience. Meanwhile, let’s bust some ‘booby traps’.

MY BABY FEEDS ALL THE TIME: Your newborn’s stomach is the size of a marble and after about ten days it will only be the size of his tiny fist (or a ping pong ball if you don’t yet have a baby and can’t visualize this), so he will need frequent feeds - around 8 to 12 feeds in 24 hours. Also, in the early weeks your baby is mastering the art of sucking, swallowing and breathing so he needs lots of practice to become an efficient feeder. It’s also worth understanding that women have different breast milk storage capacities so although most women produce enough milk, a woman with a smaller storage capacity (this isn’t necessarily related to breast size), will need to feed her baby more often than a woman with a larger storage capacity, whatever the age of the baby. Tip: Watch your baby, not the clock. In the early weeks, there is still some breast development going on and by feeding according to your baby’s hunger cues, you are setting your breasts’ capacity for milk production. This means that the more milk your baby removes, the more milk your breasts will be signaled to make and the higher you will ‘set’ your ongoing milk production. But if you space out feeds (by implementing a feeding schedule) or you top your baby up with formula, she naturally eats less at the breast, your breasts will respond by making

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less milk. If you do need to offer supplements (first rule is ‘feed the baby’), expressing, as well as putting your baby to the breast, will help increase your supply.

MY BREASTS FEEL SOFT: At first your breasts will feel hard and swollen as your milk comes in but a lot of this swelling (engorgement) is extra blood circulation and tissue fluid as your body gets used to this new experience. As your baby and your breasts become synchronized so you are making the amount of milk your baby needs, your breasts will naturally soften and feel less swollen. As long as your baby is feeding effectively and you respond to his hunger signals, you will usually make exactly the amount of milk your baby needs. Tip: If your baby is only drinking breast milk and having at least one soft yellow bowel motion and 6 to 8 very wet cloth or 4 to 5 heavy, wet disposable nappies a day, he is getting enough milk (what comes out must be going in!).

MY BABY HAS SUDDENLY STARTED FEEDING MORE FREQUENTLY: Your baby may be having a growth spurt and a corresponding appetite increase or he may be coming down with a bug and need an immune boost: the transfer of saliva from your baby’s mouth to your breasts signals you to produce antibodies to any bugs your baby is exposed to and he will receive these antibodies as he drinks your milk. Tip: Take your baby to bed or relax on the couch with a stack of DVDs and rest with your baby, snuggling skin to skin (this will boost your milk making hormones) and allow him to feed whenever he shows hunger signals. This will help your body catch up with your baby’s increased need to feed.


MY BABY ONLY HAS SHORT FEEDS: Although in the early days, feeds seem to take forever, often at around 10 to 12 weeks, many babies seem to quite suddenly feed more quickly. As long as your baby is having wet nappies (see above) and gaining weight, they have most likely become an efficient feeder so don’t need to suck as long. However, if your baby seems to be having short feeds and isn’t gaining weight steadily, consider, is he latching and sucking well, has he been checked for an issue such as tongue tie, is he distracted during feeds? Tip: Any time you are concerned about your baby’s feeding patterns, get a professional such as a lactation consultant to observe a feed to make sure your baby is attaching, sucking and transferring milk effectively.

MY BABY GRUNTS AND SQUIRMS AND SEEMS FRUSTRATED WHEN HE FEEDS: Although some babies become impatient as they wait for the milk to start flowing, others can feel uncomfortable for various reasons. For example, your baby may be affected by tummy discomfort because as he starts sucking, this also starts peristalsis (food or wind moving around the gut) so he is struggling a bit to coordinate feeding and farting at the same time. Tired babies or babies who have been crying (crying is a LATE hunger signal), will often squirm at the breast because they are having difficulty organizing feeding behavior. This often happens in the evening, leading mums to believe they don’t have enough milk. Tip: Observe your baby’s feeding cues (rooting towards the breast, moving his hand to mouth and making little noises) and respond quickly. If you have been giving your baby bottles, he may be developing a preference for the fast flow from a bottle so if you do need to supplement, start at the breast

then ‘finish at the breast’ so that he associates a full tummy and comfort with Mummy and breastfeeding.

MY BABY GULPED DOWN A FULL BOTTLE OF FORMULA AFTER A BREASTFEED: Sucking is an involuntary newborn reflex. Its particularly strong in babies under three months. This means that when you pop a bottle teat into your baby’s mouth, it will automatically stimulate a sucking reflex. As the baby sucks, his mouth fills with milk, which he then has to swallow. The swallowing triggers the suck reflex again so your baby keeps on sucking and swallowing. It looks as though he is ‘hungrily’ gulping the bottle of formula when, actually, he simply can’t control his natural sucking reflex. Of course, after drinking a bottle of formula, your baby will fall asleep for hours because he is ‘full’ and also because formula takes longer to digest than breast milk, so it’s only natural that you will start to doubt your ability to produce enough breast milk. Tip: It’s never too late to get help – watch your baby, not the clock, eat nutritious foods, drink to your thirst, surround yourself with supportive people and seek help if you have any concerns about your milk supply. If anyone asks, ‘are you sure you have enough milk?’ tell them, ‘my nurse/doctor/ pediatrician’ says we are doing fine, thankyou,’ then quickly change the subject. Pinky McKay is an Internationally Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and best-selling baby-care author. She is the creator of Boobie Bikkies, all natural and organic cookies to boost your energy and support a healthy breast milk supply. Download Pinky’s Free Ebook ‘Making More Mummy Milk, Naturally’ at www. boobiebikkies.com.au

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Breastfeeding and travel BREASTMILK PROTECTS YOUR BABY FROM ILLNESS AND INFECTION, SO IT IS THE SAFEST DRINK FOR YOUR BABY WHILE TRAVELLING. HERE ARE SOME SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP MAKE IT EASIER

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reastmilk protects your baby from illness and infection, so it is the safest drink for your baby while travelling. You won’t have to worry about finding infant formula, clean water or heating facilities. Your milk supply may drop due to dehydration after flying or illness (such as travellers’ diarrhoea). Breastmilk is instantly on hand and contains immune factors, so it is the safest food and drink for your baby while travelling. If your baby is exclusively breastfed, you won’t have to worry about unclean water supplies or sterilising bottles. In developing countries, avoid travelling with a baby outside major centres. There is a higher risk of disease and it can be difficult to find good medical facilities.

CULTURAL SENSITIVITY WHEN BREASTFEEDING Most families with babies are travelling to visit and stay with family and friends. If this is the case, you will most likely know what is normal and polite in the country you are visiting. Babies are welcome in most places, and can be a great way of helping you interact with people you may meet on your travels. Breastfeeding in public is generally accepted, but people in some countries may

consider it offensive. Before travelling, check with the Australian embassy in the country you are visiting, or with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. A discreetly placed bunny rug or shawl is very useful when breastfeeding in a public place.

IMMUNISATION AND BREASTFEEDING See your doctor to discuss vaccinations before you travel. Your doctor may suggest giving your baby the routine vaccinations earlier. Research suggests that vaccinations are safe for mothers and babies. But it is not possible to vaccinate a newborn baby against some diseases, such as yellow fever, and breastmilk will only offer limited protection. Unless you really must travel, it may be wiser to delay your trip until your baby is older.

MALARIA AND BREASTFEEDING If you are travelling to a place where malaria is present, you will need to take anti-malarial medications. Small amounts of this medication will be passed to your baby through your breastmilk. Doctors do not think this is harmful. But the medication your baby receives in milk will not be enough to protect them against malaria. Before you travel, discuss with your doctor

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baby which medications and dosages will be suitable for your baby. Malaria is spread by mosquitoes. While travelling, take extra care to avoid mosquito bites. Suggestions include: • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. • Make sure your baby’s skin is well covered with clothes. • Wear insect repellent. • Do not put insect repellent on your baby’s hands, as they may swallow the lotion if they suck their fingers. • Use insect sprays or mosquito coils in your room. • Sleep under mosquito nets (both you and your baby).

OTHER MEDICATIONS WHILE BREASTFEEDING Both prescription and over-the-counter medications, including herbal medications, can be passed to your baby through your breastmilk. Generally the amounts are so small that taking the medications is usually okay when you are breastfeeding. Only take medications prescribed or recommended by your doctor who knows you are breastfeeding. If possible, take with you all the (safe) overthe-counter medications you think you may need during your trip. Remember that other countries may not have familiar brands, and what you assume to be a suitable substitute may not be a good thing to take while breastfeeding.

MAINTAINING BREASTMILK SUPPLY WHEN TRAVELLING Some women find their milk supply temporarily decreases at times during their trip. This could be due to dehydration after flying or illness (such as travellers’ diarrhoea) or because there are fewer opportunities to breastfeed. It may help if you:

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• Continue to breastfeed as often as your baby wants • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, especially on long-distance flights • Avoid caffeinated drinks • Don’t smoke • Avoid smoky environments • Get enough rest • Plan plenty of rest breaks and feed breaks • Drink more water if you get travellers’ diarrhoea.

TIPS FOR BREASTFEEDING WHEN TRAVELLING • Ask friends or your travel agent for advice on child-friendly airlines. Some airlines are more accommodating than others. • Ask your travel agent for suggestions on airline travel with children. • Speak directly with the airline if you have questions or concerns. • Be aware that water does not come to a full boil on aeroplanes. Make sure you can breastfeed, or take sterile water with you if you need to make up infant formula. • If you are unsure whether baby products will be available at your destination, take enough supplies to last you the whole trip. Take sachets of an oral rehydration product (to treat fluid and electrolyte loss) in case you or your baby gets diarrhoea. • If your baby gets diarrhoea when travelling, keep breastfeeding. It is fine to go back to exclusive breastfeeding for a while until your baby is better. • If you express milk, take your own equipment (such as breast pump) with you. Remember to take a power point adaptor if your breast pump is electric. • If you are travelling alone, ask the airline if they can give you an ‘assistant’ to help you at each stop. For example, the staff member might collect your luggage and help you on and off the plane. • While travelling by plane, try to time your


baby’s feeds so they are drinking during take-off and landing. This will help avoid ear pain caused by changes in cabin pressure. • Thieves tend to target women travelling with young children, because mothers are often distracted and not able to hold on to their handbags. Carry your valuables on your body, such as in a neck pouch or money-belt worn under your clothes. • Carrying your baby in a sling or specially designed backpack baby carrier can make it easier to get around in places like airports, train stations and bus terminals. You will also know exactly where your baby or toddler is, and that they are safe and secure, where they can gain comfort from being close to you.

WHERE TO GET HELP • Your doctor • Australian Breastfeeding Association

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Breastfeeding Helpline Tel. 1800 686 268 Travel agent Airline Australian embassies Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Tel. (03) 9221 5555 Travel guidebook with information on travelling with children

THINGS TO REMEMBER • Breastfeeding in public is considered offensive in a few countries, so check beforehand to avoid unpleasant attention. • In developing countries, avoid travelling with a baby outside major centres – the risk of disease is higher and it can be difficult to find good medical facilities. • Dehydration and illness (such as travellers’ diarrhoea) may temporarily reduce your milk supply. http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.

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UNSURE WHICH PARTY THEME YOUR YOUNGSTER WILL LOVE? IF YOUR CHILD IS CHANGEABLE OR SIMPLY ‘OVER’ THE LATEST CRAZE, YOU’LL APPRECIATE ASTROLOGER PATSY BENNETT’S GUIDE TO THE PERFECT PARTY. ARIES:

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High-energy little Aries will appreciate outdoors activities such as children’s playgrounds or a beach party. And, if the weather is an issue, book a party at an indoor playground with plenty of diverse activities on the menu to keep these active toddlers busy. Ideal themes: Outdoors activities, such as a beach party; indoor playgrounds with soft landings for active Aries.

Indulge your little Twin’s mischievous side. Games that involve wits, such as pin the tail on the don-key and musical chairs will appeal, but most of all a sense of fun and lightheartedness will suit. Games that encourage interactions will be a hit too, such as twolegged races. Ideal themes: interactive party games in pairs, and skills such as juggling, circus themes.

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Activities which engage the senses will appeal to your earthy Taurean. A naturethemed party and keeping hands busy with sand castles or making art will appeal. A treasure hunt in nature could in-dulge a taste for the outdoors, or a large playground will suit. Ideal themes: Treasure island, nature trails, playing with clay or sand, music and dance.

Loving a good story, these toddlers will enjoy a trip to the movies with their friends or a visit with a storyteller. Base themes around your child’s favourite book to bring the main character alive: for girls, a fairy or angelthemed party; for boys, a magical or pirate theme. Ideal themes: A storybook character dress-up; a visit from a children’s favourite book author or character.

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Little Leos love to shine like stars, so they’ll love a dress-up, and themes including favourite movie characters, singers (think Wiggles or Dora) will suit. Leos love drama too, so a visit to a live theatre play or a circus with their friends will be memorable. Ideal themes: Dress-ups as favourite movie characters or singers. A karaoke or a sing-a-long- for musical toddlers.

An outdoor theme is a must, even if the weather spells indoors. Animal themes, such as ‘the out-back’ or ‘owls and pussycats’ will appeal. Ask guests to be prepared for walking and dancing. Competitive games, such as running, egg and spoon races, sack races and musical chairs will suit. Ideal themes: wildlife, animals, outdoors, picnics, competitive games.

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Virgos like everything to be just right, and the themed party food and presentation will hold the key to a happy party. Sporty and earthy Virgos love the outdoors, but meticulous little Virgos will prefer a perfect table setting with all the trimmings as the base of operations. Ideal themes: Games and races in the garden or playground and, for meticulous Virgos, a beautiful table and well-organised fun activities.

An earthy atmosphere will appeal, such as a marquee in the garden or flower decorations. Glitz and glamour are a must on the day too, so add sparkles, stars and glitter in silver or gold. Traditional games like pass-the-parcel with a luxurious feel will add to the special occasion. Ideal themes: A traditional event with family will suit; an earthy theme; an ideal dream, glitz and glamour.

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Little Librans love luxury: large bows, ribbons and balloons all spell party time! Tie party themes to a centrepiece cake and party rewards. A ‘best dressed’ theme, such as a flower or hat theme, and dress-ups to match characters Librans love to love will remind them they’re admired too. Ideal themes: luxury, ‘best-dressed’, lush colours or materials, ‘candy-stripe’ or ‘polka dot’; characters they admire.

Bright-spark Aquarians adore funky outfits. Add sizzle by asking parents to dress up too; or hire a pro-fessional fairy or clown. Go with the flow a little with Aquarians; let the decorations, fuss and music take them where it will on the day! Ideal theme: funky outfits; fairies, clowns and decorations that add pizzazz, colour, music, tricks and delights.

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Pisces will adore sea-based themes such as ‘Mermaids’ or ‘Sea creatures’ and fantastical characters like pixies or wizards. A party by the beach or a river would be ideal. Little Pisces love dreamy deco-rations, music and lighthearted games such as bobbing for apples and sing-alongs. Ideal themes: fairies and magic; sea or water-based themes; imaginative play, arts and crafts.

Scorpios enjoy a little drama and theatre, so they’ll love to marvel at life’s wonders. Think: a visit to a wildlife park, or an upbeat theatre play. Dramatic games, such as ‘Cowboys and Indians’ or ‘Cops and Robbers’ will also appeal to their sense of play. Ideal themes: Role-playing or dramatic themes, such as magic or wildlife theme; a theatre or zoo visit with friends.

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PREGNANCY FOLATE REMINDER Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Baggoley, has written to networks representing GPs and obstetricians alerting them to a global shortage of folic acid for food fortification that may affect Australia, to ensure they remind pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy to take folic acid supplements, as is standard practice. “This global shortage of the production of folic acid means there may not be sufficient supplies to add to wheat flour for making bread for up to 12-18 months,” Professor Baggoley said. “However Australian manufacturers inform us they have several months’ supply in stock.” Professor Baggoley said that supplies of folic acid for use in supplements and infant formula will not be affected by this possible shortage and he is urging doctors to remind their pregnant patients or women planning a pregnancy, to continue to take folic acid supplements as recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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“Pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy should follow the NHMRC recommendations and continue to take a daily folic acid supplement at least one month before, and three months after conception. This is in addition to eating a healthy and varied diet as recommended in the Australian Dietary Guidelines,” he said. “The target population of women aged 16-44 years is also encouraged to consume other food sources of folate which includes dark green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, citrus fruit, fruit juice, legumes such as lentils and peas, and whole grains.” Professor Baggoley said this issue has been discussed with all State and Territory health authorities and health practitioners are being asked to remind their patients who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy to take folic acid supplements.


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Snips and Snails and Puppy Dogs’ Tails.

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reminds me of those disturbing life-sized huddling dolls that trended in the craft markets a few years back. Her dress is ironed. Her socks matched. Her hair braided, fastened with ribbons the exact same shade of pink as the dress. The mother catches me eyeing-off her daughter, and I muster a smile, just as one of my son’s calls the other a Penis Head and makes shooty noises that shower saliva on my arm. ‘Got your hands full there!’ the woman says, curling her finger through her daughter’s ringlet, and the green-eyed monster in me

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big kids wonders if she has the matching-set-boy waiting at home. I smile, unload my Cadbury Megablock and Coke Zero onto the conveyor belt with only a plastic spacer between them and her organic asparagus. Between my life and hers. I glance back to my side of the spacer. To Master-Three, in mismatched socks and a trail of wizards stamped up his face that have converged into a purple smudge closely resembling a black eye (at best) or subtropical disease (at worst). He blows a wet raspberry on his forearm and Elmo-giggles proudly. ‘You know, there’s a special spot in heaven for mothers of three boys,’ the woman says down her nose, a smug smile barely masking the pity playing on her face. Her head tilts, her lips purse. I know it’s coming. ‘Not trying for a girl?’ she asks.

“without the balancing effect of a sister, there is little to buffer the boyness, curb the physicality, mute the roar” ‘Not today,’ I laugh, as Master Eight continues his Clash of Clans battle behind the impulsebuy rack. Well-meaning comments like these used to trigger the ‘poor-me’ attitude. Thoughts of why the odds were against me in terms of family gender balance. I wasn’t sure why it bothered me. I’m not a girly-girl. I even kind of like the kids I have - no refunds required. But I realised, it wasn’t a girl I thought I wanted: it was a daughter. Having a great relationship with my own mum, of course I want to share that same, lifelong sense of connectedness with a child of my own. But who says closeness is exclusive to mothers and daughters (or guaranteed, for that matter)? In India I’d be heralded a hero. But in Western culture, announcing I was expecting a third son was greeted with condolences, arm squeezes and ‘never mind, at least he’s healthy’.

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And while I have been known to resent the fact that I’m the only one that doesn’t pee on the floor but the only one that cleans it, I’m thrilled with my sticky brood of boys; mayhem, mess and all. Pink-free, Barbie-free, boisterous and brave: things get crazy. I’m sure we look rather scary to some. This boy business is not for the feint hearted. Socks become snail habitats, sticks become lightsabers and in our house, hair-brushing is optional. Boys shout and punch and throw stuff, but they’re also unapologetically honest, surprisingly sensitive, and have an innate ability to find fun. They find a simplicity in the world lost on me. Boys aren’t better or worse or harder or easier - but they are different. And without the balancing effect of a sister, there is little to buffer the boyness, curb the physicality, mute the roar. Boyhood is alive and well in our house (just ask the neighbours…three houses down). You can feel like a bouncer, at times. They may all be boys, but they are individuals first - just like every girl is unique (and some, so I hear, inflict their own kind of havoc). They’re my children, and I love them fiercely; poor hygiene and all (and if they could hear me over the rambunctious laughter, when they stop spear-tackling each other on the couch, I’ll tell them). So if there is a special spot in heaven for me as a Mothers Of Boys, I hope that spot is right next to them (and close to the self-cleaning bathroom). Kylie Kaden has an honours degree in psychology, but says it helps little with raising her sticky brood of boys. She tops up her sanity by writing women’s fiction for Random House (while the washing mounts). Find out more at www.kyliekaden. com.au

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The big move CHANGING YOUR CHILD’S SLEEP ARRANGEMENTS FROM A COT TO A BED MAY TAKE A FEW LATE NIGHTS. HERE THE EXPERTS AT TWEDDLE EXPLAIN HOW TO MAKE THE TRANSITION EASIER

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A NEW BABY It may be necessary to move your toddler into a bed so that the cot is available for your new baby. It is best to make the transition from

cot to bed before the birth of your baby or a few months after if possible. Otherwise, your toddler may resent the baby for coming into the house and immediately “stealing” their cot. Also keep in mind that, generally, a child younger than two is not emotionally or developmentally ready to sleep in a regular bed. You might consider keeping the cot for your toddler and buying a second cot for the baby. If buying a second cot is not an option, try moving your toddler to a mattress on the floor so that rolling out is unlikely to hurt them.

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SAFETY ISSUES A “big bed” means your child can get in and out of bed when they want. This may present a few safety issues so, before you set up the bed, check your child’s room for possible hazards. Could she tangle herself in the curtain cords? Could he open the window and fall out? Does your house have stairs? Address any safety issues first. Also, because children can occasionally fall out of bed in their sleep, your child should be at least nine years old before you allow them to sleep in a bunk bed. A fall from a top bunk could cause injury, while a young child who is told to sleep in the bottom bunk may climb to the top bunk when their parents aren’t around. Reduce the risk of falls by pushing one side of the single bed flush against a wall. Buy a removable guardrail that attaches to the unprotected side of your child’s mattress. When you set up the bed, explain to your child that the guardrail prevents them from rolling out. Let them practise rolling against the guardrail a few times before their first night in the “big bed” to reassure them that they can’t fall out.

A QUICK TRANSITION IS BEST Some parents set up the child’s bed but leave the old cot in the room just in case. This is not necessary. A child who feels daunted at the thought of sleeping in a bed may insist on continuing to sleep in the cot. It is better to make a quick transition. To do so, you can: • Allow your child to help pick out sheets and doona covers for their new bed. Involve your child in setting up the bed and packing up the cot. • Let your child know you are excited and proud of them. • Find ways to celebrate the move. For example, you could have a family trip to the zoo or an afternoon tea party for extended family members. • Consider marking the transition by

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redecorating your child’s room. It doesn’t need to cost a lot – just changing the pictures on the wall or covers on cushions will make the room look different. Involve your child in planning and decorating their new “big kid” bedroom.

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 Some children are unsettled for the first few nights in a bed. Here are some tips to help: • Stick to your child’s familiar bedtime routine. • Allow your child to choose a couple of items for bed that they find reassuring, such as soft toys. Your child may want to sleep with an item from the cot such as a special blanket. • Try not to be impatient or cross if your child keeps getting out of bed. Be loving and reassuring, and accompany them back to bed. Offer lots of hugs, say goodnight and tell them that it’s time to go to sleep. Be prepared to go through this routine quite a few times over the next few nights, if necessary. • Remember that arguing with your child and punishing them for getting out of bed will increase their anxiety and prolong the difficulties. • Remind your child that the cot is packed up (don’t mention that it is going to the new baby) if they ask for it back. Reassure your child and praise them for being a “big kid”. Let them know that their new bed will soon feel familiar and cosy. • Install a night-light if your child’s anxiety about being in an unfamiliar bed brings on other fears, such as a fear of the dark. Try to be patient and reassuring if your child calls out in the night. Remind yourself that this rocky period will soon be over, and that staying calm and loving will speed your family through the transition. From www.tweddle.org.au.*

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GET OUT AND ABOUT Spring is here and Summer is on the way, it’s time to prepare for delightful summer escapes, family travels and outdoor adventures. Don’t let a pram hinder you or limit your options … Ergobaby has the perfect solution for summer babywearing, for active parents and for hot climates. Inspired by the Latin word for wind, the Ventus Carrier is Ergobaby’s ‘coolest’ carrier yet. Featuring a 3D-mesh panel for refreshing airflow, and moisture-wicking mesh lining for warm weather comfort, the super-cool Ventus Carrier is beautifully comfortable and breathable. As Ergobaby’s lightest carrier, it’s easily kept on hand for impromptu outings and is the perfect companion for any adventure! www.ergobaby. com.au

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The Dreambaby® Play-Yard Insect Netting is a fantastic tool to protect your child from insects while they’re playing outdoors. The netting is extra large and can protect your children from pesky mosquitos and flies while playing outside. This is the perfect product for outdoor events that will keep the kids outside for extended periods of time. It is made from soft, durable mesh can easily be stored away when not being used. Only $14.95 from Dreambaby. com.au

BAMBOO WIPES ‘Eco’ and skin-friendly, the wipes are made from ultra soft bamboo cloth that biodegrades in just 14 days (independently tested), GAIA Natural Baby Bamboo Baby Wipes contain pure, natural, organic extracts to gently cleanse, soothe and care for your baby’s skin at change time.


SWEET DREAMS Travelling with children typically involves a lot of luggage, so it’s good to know the travel cot only weighs 6 kg. It’s easy to move around once set up, and the bag’s smart design means that the travel cot is easy to store, carry and stow in any baggage space – perfect for all kinds of trips. Sweet Dreams wherever you are with the BabyBjorn Travel Cot Light, NEW colour Turquoise available mid November 2015. Find a store.

CLEANING WITH QUICK CLEAN MICROWAVE BAG Safe, quick and practical. With Medela Quick Clean Microwave Bags you can disinfect breastfeeding accessories such as bottles and tubes in less than three minutes - it only takes three steps. This makes it faster and easier than boiling. During the cleaning process with Quick Clean Microwave Bag , hot steam is produced in the bag, killing 99.9% of the most common germs and bacteria. Disinfecting with Quick Clean Microwave Bag is therefore completely chemical-free, highly efficient and environmentally friendly, as you can use each bag up to 20 times. They are handy and easy to transport. Disinfect at home or on holiday. $22.99

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Skip and hop THEY LOVE PRODUCTS AND THEY LOVE PARENTING. SERIOUSLY. THEY EAT, SLEEP AND BREATHE THIS STUFF.

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e caught up with Ellen Diamant, Chief Creative Officer at Skip Hop. who co-founded the company with her husband Michael, CEO. By putting their passion into these two parenting and products, they create unique, innovative and highly functional products that make parenting easier, better and more fun. In 2003, new parents Ellen and Michael Diamant were a lot like new parents everywhere: overjoyed with the birth of their son, and overwhelmed with so many choices, so little time, and so few solutions that satisfied. When they searched for a diaper bag that looked great and worked well, they found nothing. So they invented something. Almost a decade and hundreds of products later, Ellen and Michael are still inventing “everything-in-its-place” solutions that are smart, functional and great- looking for overjoyed, busy parents like themselves. Today, Skip Hop is a global brand recognized by discerning parents for innovation, great design and the highest quality in the baby products business.

ARE YOU A PARENT? Yes, Michael and I are parents to a teenage son. It’s unbelievable how quickly time has flown by! It feels like just yesterday that we started Skip Hop together—and that parent sensibility is something we keep front and centre here. In addition to our teenage son, we have two other “children” that came into our life around the same time: our dog Charlie, and our company—Skip Hop!

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE IN THE BUSINESS? I’m the Chief Creative Officer and co-founder, and my role is really to drive the product, merchandizing and marketing vision for Skip Hop. I have an amazing design team that consistently delivers on products that offer both style and superior functionality. I also work with my team to identify new consumer needs and potential new categories to enter as a company. As CEO and co-founder, Michael drives the strategic long-term vision for the brand. He’s definitely got the head for the details of the business.

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Zoo Backpackers WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE BUSINESS? When our son was born, I could not believe how limited the choices were for a cool, functional nappy bag! Finding nothing, we designed our own—a super functional, stylish bag that kept us prepared for anything and everything we might encounter living in New York City with a baby. And this is how Skip Hop was born!

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU OFFER? Designed for parents, babies and toddlers, our products deliver on our brand promise “MustHave’s Made Better.” We take essentials and re-think, re-imagine and re-engineer them to be better. Today, we touch multiple categories—nappy bags, on-thego accessories, playtime, bathtime, mealtime, nursery and layette. Our Zoo collection is built specifically for toddlers to foster independence and imagination—with unique animal characters across multiple categories from backpacks and other on-the-go tools to mealtime and bedtime.

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE TEAM? We have an awesome team of the best creators and innovators. Innovation and creativity are core to our culture and carries

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through to all aspects of our business, from our talented product designers to sales, marketing and beyond.

HOW DO YOU SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES BETWEEN YOU? I’m responsible for overseeing the design, production and creative teams in developing on-trend products for the ever-evolving world of parenting. Michael ensures that our sales, marketing, finance and supply chain teams deliver on these products. I like to think our skills complement each other well!

HOW LONG HAS THE BUSINESS BEEN OPERATING? We’ve been in business since 2003 and are proud to say that we’re one of the fastest growing companies in the infant and toddler industry.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF SETTING UP THE BUSINESS? Every day is a learning process, especially in an increasingly global marketplace. We try to challenge ourselves with not just staying on top of trends in the marketplace, but driving them.

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Skip Hop Bandana Buddies YOU’D BEEN GIVEN? In the beginning, we figured a lot of things out as we went along. But that’s part of entrepreneurial life, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT THE BUSINESS? We love that we can positively impact the lives of families by simplifying their decisions and arming them with tools that allow them to be the best parents possible.

HOW IS YOUR BUSINESS DIFFERENT TO OTHER SIMILAR BUSINESSES? Skip Hop is really one of the few true global lifestyle brands for parents, babies and toddlers. Our brand promise, Must-Haves Made Better, puts the needs of our consumers front and center—and we innovate to ensure that their needs are met in a better way. And the end of the day, our goal is to infuse joy and ease into family life.

WHAT GIVES YOUR PRODUCT THE EDGE? As New Yorkers, we stay on the edge of the latest and greatest trends in culture, lifestyle and more. As well, it comes back to our Must-

Haves Made Better brand promise—ensuring our products always include that little thoughtful detail or unique functionality that really sets it apart from the rest.

WHY SHOULD PEOPLE SHOP WITH YOU? We think about parenting in a bigger way— from a lifestyle approach. We ensure that our products work for parents and are loved by babies and toddlers. We obsess about all the details and brainstorm all the possible scenarios to ensure our products always work. We are constantly questioning functionality, form and design to make the best products we can. Our standards are high and our passion for quality is evident in everything we do.

HOW DO YOU MARKET THE BUSINESS? We are where our parents are—and we listen and engage with them! We know that 80% of our parents are Millennials, which means they were practically born with a phone in their hand. We take an omni-channel approach to engaging with our parents—whether it’s instore, online via registries, outreach to key influencers and bloggers, a strong PR strategy, and of course, managing all of our digital and social channels.

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Skip Hop Moby Waterfall Rinser We are also extremely fortunate to have the best retail partners across a wide range of channels. We work very closely with them to ensure Skip Hop stays top-of-mind!

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE OF THE BUSINESS? We have lots of exciting projects in the works, with plans to break into new categories. I can’t give too much away, but stay tuned!

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE MY CHILD READERS TO KNOW? Know that Skip Hop will continue innovating to bring you the best products in the industry. We hope you’ll follow us on social media to stay on top of product launches as they happen! But there is more to Skip Hop than just products they recognize that we are part of a larger world and it’s important to all of us at Skip Hop that we help make it a better place. A portion of all Skip Hop profits go to charities benefiting parents and children. In particular, they contribute to three organizations that they are honoured to be able to help support. Whenever you purchase Skip Hop products, you are also helping to support the work of these great organizations.

SKIP HOP Zoo Placemat Giraffe $25.95

Baby Buggy Baby Buggy is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing New York City’s families in need with essential equipment, clothing, and products for their infants and young children. We send them many of our diaper bags, among other items, to ensure parents have all the supplies they might need to care for their little ones. Ovarian Cancer Research Fund The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund exists to fund research to find a method of early detection and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer. In support of this mission, they help patients and their loved ones understand the disease and its treatment, and provide outreach programs to raise public awareness. Operation Shower Operation Shower helps the transition of deployment by providing baby shower baskets full of goodies for expectant military families. Our diaper bags, paci pockets and other on-the-go items are some of our favorites to give to help prepare them for parenthood! Facebook: facebook.com/skiphop Instagram: @skiphop

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Zucchini rosti with poached egg INGREDIENTS 500g zucchini 200g red onion 5 eggs ½ teaspoon (3g) salt 10g coconut flour 10g chives, fresh 62.5ml olive oil METHOD • Grate the zucchini and remove all the liquid by pushing through a sieve or squeezing through a clean tea towel. • Grate the onion and add to the grated zucchini. • Lightly beat 1 egg with the salt and add to the zucchini mix. • Chop the chives, add the zucchini and mix in the coconut flour. • Cover the base of the frying pan with oil and heat. • Place 2 tablespoons of the mixture per rosti into the hot oil and cook until browned • on one side, then turn and brown on the other side. • Drain on paper towel and keep warm. • Using your favourite method poach 1 egg per person and serve with 3 rosti as a base. Prep time 15 mins; total time 30 mins; serves 4; serve weight 122g october 2015 | mychild

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Chocolate zucchini cake MAKES 8 SLICES OF A WONDERFUL CELEBRATION CAKE.WE USED A 10CM WIDE X 21CM LONG X 5.5CM DEEP SILICONE LOAF PAN. INGREDIENTS 110g zucchini 2 tablespoons (8g) instant coffee 200g hazelnut meal 62.5ml milk, reduced fat 45g cocoa powder, unsweetened 1 teaspoon (3g) baking powder 3½ tablespoons (70ml) sugar free maple flavoured syrup 2 eggs 20g hazelnuts, whole 2 tablespoons (40ml) water 20g dark chocolate (70% cocoa) ¾ teaspoon (3.75ml) coconut oil

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silicone one. Grate the zucchini and set aside to drain. Warm the water and dissolve the coffee. Set aside the dark chocolate, coconut oil and the whole hazelnuts to decorate. Mix all the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Pour mixture into the pan and cook for 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in the pan for at about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate and the coconut oil together. Plate the cake and drizzle the chocolate mixture in bands across the cake and the plate. Scatter with the hazelnuts.

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Tutu’s and Tinkerbell WITH IT’S PRETTY PALE PINK, WHITE AND GOLD COLOUR SCHEME THIS PARTY IS SURE TO DELIGHT ANY LITTLE BALLERINA.

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party working full time and was completely overwhelmed by it all. I simply didn’t have the time to go to countless different shops to buy matching party supplies, organize the entertainer and then the food... where to start!? Organizing kids parties is stressful and if I, an experienced events manager, was feeling the pressure ‘Ahoy ‘Ahoy their Maties’! Come and grab a surely others were too. I sat seat at our party table complete with pirate down and thought what I would have loved right then hats, mini treasure chests, pirate money and fake jewels to be taken on a pirate and there and that was to adventure. have someone come in and do it all for me. So with that Parties with their mission statement being ‘Sit thought I created All in All Parties.” Back, Relax and Enjoy’. All in All Parties Clients often approach me not knowing organize everything from the set up to the where to start. They might have a theme in pack down. They offer three different mind which may not fit the scope of my packages and have ten different themes. They standard themes. I spend time discussing have partnered with some fantastic businesses each birthday child with customers so we can such as Fly by Fun for entertainment and come up with the perfect party just for them. Kate’s Custom Cakes for birthday cakes to A recent party we did was ‘Superhero meets ‘help create a memory that will last a lifetime’. Science’; now that’s unique. We send a You literally have nothing left to organize and proposed agenda to the parents one week really can sit back, relax and enjoy. before the party which will include things like: when guests arrive; when the entertainer One of our most popular themes is a Ballet arrives; when the games begin; when the food Party. The party pictured was set up for a should be eaten. This may all sound basic but special little girl turning four. The party was after doing hundreds of parties I have held in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and was for reaslised that there is a time and place for sixteen kids. We provided the catering, everything and some things work better than birthday cake, entertainment, complete set others. One thing my clients love is that each up, complete pack down, craft of choice, dress of my packages include a party coordinator. up rack and all props. All of this is standard in The coordinator will stay for the duration of their Sit Back and Relax package, which is the party to help with things like serving food, designed to take workload off busy parents. tidying up and basically just being there to help wherever needed. This allows the Lisa’s advice is to make sure you enlist parents to mingle and really enjoy their child’s helpers. It is almost impossible to host and special day. run a party yourself and don’t forget you want to enjoy the party too! You can find Lisa at All in All Parties specialize in Kids Pop Up www.allinallparties.com.au

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When you set a budget and theme it will make it easier to set a location.

If you are planning on holding your party in a park make sure you contact the local council for approval. permit is normally required if you would like a jumping castle Make sure you put a RSVP by date on your invite, this will make it easier for you to cater the party

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Keep party favours small and simple. How about a bubble wand as a non -lolly option

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Kids don’t actually eat that much at parties so don’t go overboard on the food. For something different serve in a lunch box. By serving in lunch boxes you will find most kids will eat everything in it

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Make sure you have people to help run games, serve the food, hand out party favours and keep an eye on the kids, it is almost impossible to host a party and run one

at the same time. A proposed agenda for a 2 hour party:
 10.00am – Guests Arrive 10.30am – Game
 10.45am – Game/Craft 11.00am – Sit for Snack/Lunch
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11.45am – Cake
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On the guest list leave room for parents name and number. Parties for kids aged 5 and above are normally drop off parties and you may need to get in touch with parents during the party.

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Game Suggestions
 Pass the Parcel
 Pin Games (can be changed to suit theme e.g. pin the treasure on the map, pin the bug on the flower.)
 Musical Statues/Bumps
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SHOPPING

BABY&TODDLER

BABY STARTER KIT Now travelling is even easier with this compact 5 x 50ml pack of essential GAIA Natural Baby products: Keeping one on hand will make packing a breeze. You can rest assured knowing all your baby’s skincare needs are sorted – naturally! These mini refillable sizes are great for the nappy bag, for taking to hospital ready for baby’s arrival and for your holidays. Perfect size for travel as it complies with the Australian Government’s rules for liquids in ‘carry-on’ luggage on international flights. When low, simply re-fill from your larger GAIA Natural Baby product bottles. $19.99

ON THE MOVE The award-winning Hippychick™ Hipseat has been developed to allow adults to carry their children naturally on their hip without the usual strains on the back. Specifically designed to address one of the root causes of adult back pain, the seat provides a firm shelf for the child to sit on and supports their weight from underneath. Simple, practical and easy to use, the Hippychick™ Hipseat is recommended by osteopaths, chiropractors and other health professionals. Available from toysrus.com.au. RRP from $59.95

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SO EASY! The must-have weaning pots, with their clever push-through bases and click together design were created to solve a parenting problem. With flexible, easy push-through bases and leak-proof hinged lids; you can pop out frozen food or thaw/defrost and serve your little one directly from the pot. Each pot provides one small 40ml or one large 170ml portion that can be placed in the fridge or freezer and then straight into the microwave. The pots click together for easy filling. RRP 1st Stage $17.95 2nd stage $19.95


SLEEPOVER ELEGANCE The sleepover elegance is the pram fit for a king or queen! Chosen by princess kate, the sleepover elegance combines contemporary design with the elegance and style of the silver cross heritage. It comprises a lie flat pram from birth, which also converts into a fully reversible pushchair. It’s the ultimate in baby comfort and contemporary chic.The luxury sleepover is a true 3-in-1: lie flat pram, carrycot and reversible pushchair in one. With its luxurious padded cotton pram liner and mattress - a comfortable night’s sleep is guaranteed. The sleepover features beautiful quilted leatherette outer fabric when in pram mode, creating a wonderfully classic look. Convert it into pushchair mode and your baby can be forward or rearward facing with a multi-position recline for snoozing. RRP $1399.99

YAHOO! I AM SITTING The Minimonkey Minichair is a handy seat for your child. With the Minichair you can turn a regular chair into a kid’s seat in a snap. The Minimonkey minichair is a kind of “harness” that will transform every seat, including a high chair, into a stable baby seat. The minichair has an ingenious patented design with 3 adjustable straps at the back of the chair that come together in a 3-point buckle. You use the two horizontal bands to put the baby in the chair and the vertical band, that runs in between the legs to the back of the chair, to make sure the baby will sit upright and does not slide down. $39.99 from Minimonkey.

SUPER COMFORTABLE Mums can be assured of real comfort and support if they use one a theraline nursing pillow. Filled with the consistency of sand, they adapt perfectly to her body, irrespective of size, to provide support and real relief. The odourless, micro bead filling makes this pillow really flexible and supportive, especially during the latter stages of pregnancy when it is often difficult to get comfortable. Available from urbanbaby.com.au. Available from RRP $115.00

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NO MORE DIRTY TOILET SEATS! There is a simple, convenient and hygienic accessory which is vital to pack when travelling with toddlers: that is SeatEase DISPOSABLE TOILET SEAT COVERS. The days of having to worry about your toddlers touching the toilet seat or holding your toddler awkwardly over the bowl are over. Disposable toilet seat covers provide the comfort of knowing your toddler is sitting on a previously untouched, pristine clean, germ free and chemical free surface. Not only are little ones more susceptible to viruses, they’re also prone to ‘toilet seat dermatitis’ -an increasing problem, according to doctors in the journal of Paediatrics. These nasty rashes are due to the strong chemicals used to clean public toilet seats found to be irritating the sensitive skin on toddlers’ buttocks and legs. Woolworths and various independent grocery stores now stock SeatEase disposable toilet seat covers, found in the toilet paper aisle next to the wipes. www.bluelinehygienics.com

WHY IS SNORING NOT SEEN AS A PROBLEM? Introducing a month dedicated to moving snoring out of the bedroom and into the light If your partner woke you up three times a night, almost every night, because of an ailment, what would say? Would you tell them to see a doctor or go to the pharmacist? In most cases we simply wouldn’t put up with it - so why do we with snoring? An extraordinary number of Australians (particularly males) snore, yet statistics tell us very few Australians do anything about it Sue Yorsten, Senior Manager at Relationships Australia Victoria says snoring in a relationship can have a negative impact on both parties. “Snoring can put great strain on relationships. A snoring problem often creates not only tiredness but also frustration and resentment between couples. It can interfere with sexual and emotional intimacy, and can push couples to sleep in separate bedrooms. Marital complaints about snoring are common and they can have significant implications for each member of the couple as well as for their relationship as a whole

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“It’s important that open dialogue is encouraged by snorers and those affected by it,” explains Ms Yorsten. There are many causes of snoring, from throat and nasal abnormalities, drinking and being overweight, to sleep apnoea. Recent innovation in the field has lead to even more effective solutions - finding the right one is the key. Snoregust aims to activate snorers and their partners to take action. Mute, a new Australian innovation, is leading the charge against snoring during Snoregust, along with partners Mitch Dowd, Sleep GP and Discount Drug Stores. Michael Johnson, CEO of Rhinomed, the Melbourne based company behind Mute, says: “It’s about time more attention was given to snoring as it effects so many millions in Australia and the rest of the world. We hope the month gets people talking about how snoring effects them and starts to change the perception that it is a secret kept behind closed doors.” Find out more about what is going on during Snoregust at www.mutesnoring.com/snoregust.


WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT… ...THE BABY CARRIER ONE Imagine if your head weighed a third of your entire body weight! That’s how it is for newborns. wwNewborn babies are not strong enough to hold their heads up without support for the first five months. Just like our other baby carriers, this baby carrier can be adjusted to provide your baby with the correct head and neck support. There is a special inward-facing carrying position for newborns to allow you to carry your baby high up on your chest and close to your heart. This provides you with eye contact and all-important closeness, while allowing you to monitor your child’s breathing. Baby Carrier One is equipped with a sturdy waist belt and padded, form-fitting shoulder straps to make it comfortable for carrying a growing child from newborn up to the age of three

years. The waist belt allows you to support the child’s weight on your hips, and avoid back and shoulder discomfort. You can vary between four ergonomic carrying positions throughout the period of use, with your child sitting in either the normal or wide leg position. Baby Carrier One – a hip-healthy baby carrier The International Hip Dysplasia Institute has tested Baby Carrier One and acknowledges it as a “hiphealthy” baby carrier. The hips of a newborn baby get the correct support and are held in an optimal position with the legs angled outwards. This encourages the good hip joint development that is so important during the first months of your child’s life.

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WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT… .....CUDDLE DRY One of the m or e c hallengi n g j o b s for new par ents when the y l e a ve the hospital it bathing a n e w b a b y, par tic ular ly the tr ansition o f b a b y into and out of the bath. Intr oduc ing the Cuddledr y Ba b y Apr on Bath Apr on, a genui n e ly useful pr oduc t to help take s o me o f the str ess out of those early w e e ks and m onths with a new bab y. Out of the bath and into y o u r a rms , in the c uddliest, m ost nat u ra l w a y possible. This towel is worn l i ke a n apr on, keeping you dr y an d le a vi n g both hands fr ee to lift your b a b y fr om the water . P ut its ho o d o n t h e baby’s head, and they ar e i n s t a n t ly snuggled into a wonder fu l ly w a rm and soft double layer of go rg e o u s bam boo and pur e c otton, a n d yo u c an giv e them a lov ely c ud d le without getting wet. It’s s i mp l e , i t ’ s safe, and it br ings you an d yo u r baby ev en c loser togethe r. “As par ents our selv es, we kn o w h o w diffic ult it c an be bathing a n e w baby,” says Helen Wooldri d g e , o n e of Cuddledr y’s c r eator s. “We wanted to c r eate a pr oduc t t h a t would giv e par ents ex tr a r eassur anc e and c onfiden c e , a n d help take the str ess out o f b a b y bath tim es.” The Cuddledr y Baby Apr o n Ba t h Towel has won a str ing of a w a rd s and ac c olades for its qual i t y a n d innov ation, is pr ac tic al and s t yli s h , and r eally is one of those p ro d u c t s y ou wonder how y ou ev er l i ve d without! 80

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BOUNCING BABY 4moms may be a small company, but they have some big ideas. They are dedicated to finding innovative solutions that make parenting tasks easier and more enjoyable for families all over the globe. The latest addition to the 4moms product family is the 4moms® bounceRoo™. It is the only bouncer with three unique vibration modes heartbeat, wave and bee, and three intensity settings to help calm and soothe your baby. The bounceRoo also entertains with a fun, natural bouncing motion created by your baby’s movement and an overhead toy mobile with removable and reversible toy balls. The lightweight, portable and compact design is easy to move around the house or take on the go. RRP: $279.99

PRACTICAL SIZE The Smart Potty from Babybhorn is ergonomically designed with soft lines to provide your child with maximum comfort. The potty perfectly combines functionality and comfort, and is ideal for smaller bathrooms. The minimalistic design and compact size mean that it takes up very little space, making it perfectly-suited for trips. There is a handle on the back of the potty so that you or your child can easily move the potty from room to room. $39.99 Find a store

AUTUMN GOLD The requirements of a stroller are as diverse as life itself, because when you’re out and about with children, things don’t always go according to plan. The beautiful styled rotatable seat unit has surprising diversity. Whether it is forward or rear facing, fully reclined and or perfectly aligned with typical table heights, doubling as a high chair; the Priam is an ideal companion because it meet all requirements right from the start. The lightweight classic frame is also fully compatible with the MAXI COSI baby capsule (adaptors included with unit) making it easy to go from on road to off road. Parents of young children have enough to think about – luckily the Priam offers a simple and practical solution to offer piece of mind, with style! RRP: $1699.99

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SOFT AND GENTLE Cetaphil has created these wonderful products with your little one’s delicate skin in mind. The rich lathering wash contains baby lotion and is designed to leave a baby’s skin soft and smooth. It is specially formulated with calming organic calendula extract, derived from the marigold flower and used for centuries to soothe sensitive and irritated skin. And the gentle baby lotion is designed to soothe and nourish, while moisturizing and protecting your baby’s skin from dryness. It is specially formulated with calming organic calendula extract, derived from the marigold flower and used for centuries to soothe sensitive and irritated skin. Available from all major supermarkets and pharmacies.

WIGGLE WORM Created to keep one wiggly baby, in one place, for more than one minute. The Totseat is perfect for weaning, and thereafter, is ideal for out and about living, and as a traditional highchair replacement in compact spaces. Easy and safe. Highly adaptable, pocket-sized, machine-washable. With a lifetime guarantee. Totseat is a fully adjustable versatile chair harness for babies aged from 8­-30 months. The washable and squashable portable highchair is available in 8 different designs. Available from toysrus.com.au. RRP from $49.95

FUN IN THE SUN Banana Boat is designed for every outdoor occasion, whether it’s the beach or a barbie. You can find the perfect level of protection from the Sun’s UV rays with our Sunscreen Selector to make sure you and your family are properly covered. This means you can spend more time loving your fun in the sun! As a parent your number one priority in Summer is to ensure your baby’s precious skin is protected from the harsh Australian Sun. SPF 50+ is safe to use on babies and is gentle on their skin whilst providing advanced UVA/UVB Broad spectrum protection. And it’s fragrant free!

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LER RAINBOW SOUND BLOCKS These stunning wooden sound blocks are filled with colourful beads that make different tones. A multi-sensory toy, these wooden blocks will capture attention of little ones with their interactive play. each blocks contains different objects. Children can see through the coloured perspex fronts, sit them together to make different colours and shake them to make sounds. They can be used for construction, sorting, stacking and colour matching. Made by Wonderworld in Thailand using rubberwood and formaldehyde free glue while the packaging is made from at least 70% recycled paper. Various Prices

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IN TOUCH WITH NATURE

Sketch out your design onto a piece of paper before you start to decorate your hat. Once you have a design, transfer it lightly onto your hat using a pencil. This is not essential, but helps with planning your design. Make Christmas presents and summer treats. .Use fabric markers to complete your design on the cap. To heat set your design iron the reverse side of your design using a low heat setting for 4 minutes. Adult supervision is recommended. $5.39. from Clever Patch

Ecococoon have the perfect travel products for adults and kids – either our vacuum insulated leak free bottles (perfect for protecting the back seat of the car!) or our Urban Chic 4 Cup Sets. The cups are durable, versatile for everyday use and perfect for travelling with the family as families can reuse these and not have to use plastic or throw away cups that are more harmful to the environment. These are a throwback to the original anodised version of the 70’s…but with a modern twist! Shop here

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Black ‘n IT ISN’T A WELL KNOWN FACT ABOUT THE IMPACT BLACK AND WHITE HAS ON BABIES YET IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR THEM AND THE RESULTS ARE REALLY FANTASTIC. BIANCA EBELING EXPERIENCED THIS FIRST HAND WITH HER OWN BABY

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ave you ever noticed that your newborn is drawn to specific toys or items around your home and then other things just seem completely invisible to them? My newborn was incredibly drawn to a specific light fitting, a painting and my pyjamas. The reason for this only became apparent after my local maternal nurse organised a session for our mother’s group at our local library. The librarian highlighted the importance of reading to babies and which books are most appropriate for their developmental stage. She also explained that up until the age of 6 months, a baby’s eyesight

is rapidly developing. They can only see in black and white and are drawn to high contrast objects. Our black light fixture in the lounge room contrasted with the white ceiling, our painting with several black and white elements and of course my pyjamas, again black and white. It all started making sense. No wonder he didn’t like this gorgeous giraffe toy I had made for him in a beautiful cream and pale blue colours! For the first several months of a baby’s life, they simply cannot see these pastel colours that the world seems to associate with babies and surround them with.

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baby The librarian recommended getting some black and white books and placing them next to my baby as a stimulating activity for them in their early months. My little one simply hated tummy time and after the session with the librarian I placed a black and white book in front of him and HEY PRESTO! It was as if a magic switch had been flicked. Our son was lasting so much longer on his tummy than ever before, and actually enjoying it. He was simply transfixed by these images. During an outing we were driving back from the coast and got stuck in traffic. My son was getting quite distressed and I thought about trying the black and white book again. Within a few minutes he was calm and enjoyed the rest of the trip home as we flicked through the book and I made up a story for each page. I quickly realised the book was a fantastic resource to have and I went to all my local baby stores and gift shops to purchase one but none of them stocked books for newborns or even knew about the benefits. This is how my book idea came about and 6 months on, I held in my hands my very own published black and white book titled “Let’s go outside”. It is a black and white board book with beautiful outdoor themed images. One of the best ways to enjoy the book is to snuggle up with your newborn and slowly go through the book, making up your own story for each set of images. The other wonderful benefit of doing this is that babies are introduced to books at a very early age which can support a life-long love of reading.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF BLACK AND WHITE IMAGES ON BABIES? • They can have a soothing and calming effect on a crying baby. • They can give a baby something simple to focus on, which also helps them develop concentration skills.

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• They can assist with extending tummy time in an enjoyable way for the baby. • They can encourage babies with flat head to turn their heads to the other side. • They aide faster visual development. From a slightly more medical point of view, there is plenty of credible research supporting both the importance of black and white for babies as well as why it has such an effect on them. When a baby is born, their retinas are not yet correctly developed. Over time as their eyesight develops, a baby goes from seeing their surroundings as black and white or light and dark to distinguishing shapes and objects and seeing things in their correct colours. Continuous visual stimulation in a baby’s early months is crucial for developing nerve cell connections in the brain. Studies to date have proven that high contrast images (such as black, white and red) register strongly on a baby’s retina which in turn sends a much stronger signal to their brain, helping their visual part of a baby’s brain develop faster. For further information about visual stimulation for newborns check out www.askdrsears.com It is recommended by many paediatricians, maternal nurses and librarians to surround your baby by black and white in their first few months. Black and white books, toys, blankets and mobiles provide your baby with a stimulating activity combined with an important developmental component. You will simply be amazed at how your baby will react to these high contrast items. It is also important to ensure that these items are within the correct distance from your baby. In their first few months your baby can only see approximately 30cm in front of them. To order your copy go to www. mylittlebookywooky.com or www.facebook.com/ mylittlebookywooky


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How Babies Become Bilingual at Seven Months

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t is remarkable that bilingual babies can learn two languages at the same time other babies learn one. On average, bilingual and monolingual babies start talking around age 1 and can say 50 words at 18 months. But, the question is how?

DURATION AND PITCH According to a research from the university of British Columbia and Université Paris Descartes, from the age of seven months babies are able to distinguish two languages with different grammatical structures. A journal was also published on the 14th of February, Nature Communications, and was presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting for the Advancement of Science in Boston. It shows that infants in bilingual environments use duration and pitch cues to distinguish between two languages that have opposite grammatical structures. Even if they do not understand the meaning of the words, they seem to be able to tell the difference between nouns, prepositions, verbs, and articles based on sound qualities. According to Janet Werker, UBC psychologist and co-author of the study, babies know the differences between two opposing languages and use them as cues to tell one from the other in as early as seven months. Typically, languages have two grammatical structures – verb-object and object-verb. For example, the English phrase “Eat the banana” has the verb before the object. In Japanese, the equivalent phrase is “Ringo o taberu” which directly means “Apple eat”. Notice that the object comes before the verb.

FREQUENCY Previous researches also showed that babies use frequency of words in speech to know their significance, so essentially they are learning by counting. F or example, the words “the” and “with” come up more frequently than other words. However, babies who are growing up bilingual need to develop new methods to cope with two languages. Italian researchers also wondered why there is no delay and found out that being bilingual makes the brain more flexible. According to their studies, bilingual babies learn two kinds of patterns at the same time. So, if you speak two languages at home, you do not need to be afraid your baby will have delayed speech development, as your baby is well-equipped to keep those languages separate. These researchers hope to reassure parents that learning two languages at the same does not cause any delay in speech development. In facts, raising a bilingual child has a number of benefits. Learning two languages has been linked to earlier reading, better problem solving, and creative thinking compared to monolingual kids. Speaking to babies in two languages enables their brains to develop even more synapses, which helps them intellectually in numerous ways. It’s similar to exposing them to music. Don’t worry if they mix languages early on, as they will sort this out with continued practice. The benefits in the long run are well worth an extended period of development in the beginning. * october 2015 | mychild

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Across the road THIS GUIDE TO PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AND ROAD SAFETY WILL HELP YOU KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE AROUND CARS, DRIVEWAYS, ROADS AND CAR PARKS.

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ven if you don’t use a car, you and your child will probably be around roads and vehicles quite a bit. Pedestrian safety and road safety for kids Until the age of 10-11 years, children need active adult supervision to help them navigate driveways, cars, roads and car parks safely. Even children who seem to know all the road safety rules won’t necessarily remember to follow them. Always holding your child’s hand when he’s near cars is a great first step. You can also teach your child about road safety, including how to be safe around parked cars and on footpaths and driveways. Your child will learn about pedestrian safety by watching you, so use safe behaviour around cars, roads, footpaths and car parks. Always stop, look, listen and think before crossing a road, and use pedestrian crossings wherever possible. Always cross at the safest point, even if you

have to walk further out of your way. And if you’re crossing at the lights, wait for the green man. A top tip for helping kids learn about pedestrian safety and road safety is to describe what you’re doing each time, so your child can understand why it’s important.

PREVENTING DRIVEWAY ACCIDENTS Toddlers are especially at risk in driveways and yards. Toddlers might not yet realise that cars are dangerous. They can also move quietly and quickly. They get highly absorbed in whatever they’re doing, including chasing a ball behind a car. They often don’t stop, even if you ask them to. And it’s not just toddlers – older children can get hurt this way too.

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baby check that no child is behind or in front of the vehicle. Don’t rely only on car cameras and sensors. Always do a visual check around the vehicle. • Never leave young children alone to play near parked or moving vehicles in driveways. • Separate your child’s play areas from driveways. For example, you could fence off the driveway or garage so your child can’t run towards it. • Get into the habit of waving goodbye to people from inside your home. • Always hold your child’s hand near cars, even if you’re just near your driveway or walking to the letterbox. Explain why it’s important for your child to hold your hand. It’s worth noting that car parks are similar to driveways in that reversing drivers find it very difficult to see small children behind their cars. You can use similar safety guidelines.

SAFETY GETTING IN AND OUT OF THE CAR • Always use the kerbside, rear passenger door when putting your child into her restraint. This way, your child will get used to always getting in and out of the car through the safest door – the one furthest away from traffic. • If you have a baby and a toddler, keep your toddler safe inside the car while you look after your baby. • Once you’re all out of the car, hold hands with your child and together work out where cars could come from before you walk away from the car. When you go back to your car, help your toddler in first, because your baby is less likely to move out of sight.

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You can help children develop pedestrian safety skills and road safety skills by giving them plenty of practice around real roads – for example, by walking with children to and from child care or school, around the block or to the local shops.

“A top tip for helping kids learn about pedestrian safety and road safety is to describe what you’re doing each time, so your child can understand why it’s important.” WHILE YOUR CHILD IS LEARNING, THESE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY GUIDELINES WILL HELP PREVENT ACCIDENTS: • Hold your child’s hand when crossing roads together and wherever there’s traffic or cars. Take special care where there’s a lot of traffic, high-speed traffic, narrow or non-existent footpaths, or things that block the view, such as parked cars and trucks, trees, hill crests or crowded footpaths. • Always cross at pedestrian crossings or corners, wait for the lights, and look in every direction to check there are no cars coming. To help your child understand about when and where it’s safe to cross, explain what you’re doing. • Stop at driveways and check there are no cars reversing or entering. Start talking about road safety while your child is still in the stroller. For example, ‘Uh oh, car coming. Better wait until it’s gone before we cross’. Keep talking about road safety as he grows. As you walk together, you can ask your child simple questions to get her thinking about pedestrian and road safety: • Where is the safest place to cross this road? • What do we need to do before we cross the


road together? • Why do we hold hands to cross the road together? • When is it safe to cross the road? • What do we look for when crossing the road? • What sounds are we listening for when crossing the road? Knowing when your child is ready to go solo Your child’s readiness to cope safely in traffic on his own depends on his development and how much practice he’s had around real roads and traffic. As a general guide, your child is ready to navigate roads safely on her own when she knows and understands road safety rules. She also needs to understand that even though she must follow the road rules, drivers don’t always follow the rules. Your child must be able to pay attention to vehicles on the road and work out how far away they are and how fast they’re coming towards him. And, of course, your child must be able to choose safe places to cross roads.

YOU CAN STILL HELP BY: • checking your child stops, looks, listens and thinks before crossing the road • talking about road rules in simple terms • walking and talking together with your child around the streets • making sure your child wears colours that are bright and easy to see.*

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A family affair QUEEN BEE MATERNITY, IS AN ONLINE MATERNITY CLOTHING WEBSITE AND THE CREATION OF ONE ‘MUMPRENEURS’

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reastfeeding was always going to be a fundamental part of Sharon Chim’s motherhood but the challenge for any new parent is to combine a career with full time childcare. ‘After three and a half years working as an accountant, I fell pregnant with my first son Mitchell and once he was born I realised I just couldn’t go back to work,’ says Sharon. From humble beginnings in May 2005, it was Sharon’s appetite for technology which drove her to create Queen Bee: ‘I began to find a way of combining my passions – accounting, graphic design and technology and decided to open an online web-store.’ With a new born son and surprisingly little background in fashion, Sharon observed a huge niche in the market for fashionable nursing wear: ‘I was so passionate about breastfeeding

and felt there were no clothes on the market that were both fashionable and functional,’ she explains. ‘I quickly began to import clothing from the UK, USA and Asia and sell them on Queen Bee.’ Sharon emphasises that her years of invaluable accounting experience have been imperative in propelling her business: ‘I specialised in Management Accounting and feel this is so important for any business. My accounts are reconciled daily and I am always thoroughly monitoring budgets, managing costs, profitability and sales.’ It is this business savvy approach which extraordinarily meant that Sharon never had to borrow money from the bank to set up Queen Bee: ‘Within one month my initial investment on creating the site paid off. Sales poured in from day one of opening the site’. With Queen

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Noppies - Saint Tropez Swimsuit RRP$89.95. Bee taking off instantly, Sharon took the decision to expand her business and enlisted the help of some close family members. In 2009, Sharon’s sister Karen Chim joined the business to take Queen Bee to the next level: ‘I love working with her, she is extremely smart and her IT/programming skills are amazing! We are constantly developing and coming up with more ideas to streamline operations in conjunction with working in the virtual environment, I love technology and what the future holds!’ In late 2010, her brother Colin took on the role of Warehouse Operations, and Sharon believes that family input is ‘the perfect combination.’ In late 2012 the operation moved to a much larger office space and fengshui was an important factor in choosing the location. The warehouse has floor to ceiling glass with beautiful views – it was so important that all the team members got to enjoy the benefits and we all sit together in a lovely big office. The team has now grown to 9 of the most amazing,

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dedicated staff members I could ever know plus some work off site too. When asked about her inspirations she describes her passion for global sites, design books and fashion magazines, but more than anything it’s her family. ‘The whole reason for starting my business was so I could stay home with my children for the first few years of their life and be there after school most days – that was my ultimate goal.’ Sharon adds that the birth of Queen Bee was completely structured around her children: ‘I managed to be there every day for them and now they are so confident and well balanced. I’m really happy I managed to do this and also create a successful online business as well.’ Queen Bee Maternity is now thriving in its eighth year of operation, and due to Sharon importing brands from overseas, customers can rely on the latest European trends from the season ahead. With more than 60 labels in immediate stock, super-fast delivery, excellent customer service and an easy exchange/return


policy, Queen Bee endeavours to provide retail therapy to help induce a stress free pregnancy. Queen Bee began as a small home based business after the birth of Sharon’s first son in May 2005. As a passionate breastfeeding mum she wanted Australia to discover stylish nursing wear with hidden openings that allowed discreet nursing in public. Not long after the range expanded to include designer maternity wear. Now in their 10th year with a dedicated team, Queen Bee is Australia’s leading pregnancy and motherhood online style boutique. Boasting over 60 local and international labels, we stock a beautiful range of maternity clothes for all occasions, from swimwear, maternity jeans to formal wear and everything in between. Queen Bee is the go to destination where you can buy everything you need to see you through pregnancy and beyond. We make shopping online a pleasure - providing detailed product information and size charts, fast delivery, excellent customer service and an easy returns policy - read our live reviews here. Today, Queen Bee has become more than just an online shopping destination, we are a constant source of inspiration and advice for expecting and new mums. Our Maternity Style Blog is a daily must read for wellbeing and health tips, celebrity pregnancy news, plus style and lifestyle ideas to encourage and inspire. Discover how we can transform your wardrobe as you embark on your journey to motherhood in style. www.queenbee.com.au

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Keeping life in perspective IT’S NOT EASY TRYING TO FIND A BALANCE BETWEEN A WORKING LIFE AND A PERSONAL LIFE IN A MODERN FASTPACED WORLD, DR BRUCE WELLS HAS SOME TECHNIQUES THAT WILL HELP.

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t’s not easy trying to find a balance between a workig life and a personal life in a modern fast-paced world. And this becomes even more challenging for families who have to juggle relationship and parenting commitments. There is the expectation to be on call 24/7 for work, unfinished reports to be completed at home, spouses who need shared intimacy time, children who need to be ferried to sporting events on weekends, family holidays to be organised, and the list goes on. Work-life balance statistics The latest work-life balance statistics reflect this growing concern. The 2012 Australian Work and Life Index reported that almost half of all Australian men and women reported feeling pressure related to balancing time between family and work, 52% of full-time women reported taking work home, and 70% of fathers felt they didn’t spend enough time with their children and wanted to work less. Other studies have examined the negative effects of a poor work-life balance on families. A 2012 Safe Work Australia report found that overworked claimants complained of heightened anxiety, disrupted sleep patterns, a greater incidence of physical health illnesses, and negative impacts on their relationships. However, this stress also affects the health of children as the parents return home feeling tired and ill-tempered. A US study by the

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development examined the fallout of parents spending less time with their children due to working long hours and found that the more time that children spent in child care, the more likely their sixth grade teachers were to report problem behaviour. Top 10 tips for achieving a happy work-life balance The message is clear. A poor work-life balance can have serious consequences on a family. In response, the following 10 tips will help your family achieve a happier and more meaningful work-life balance where the quality of your relationship is enhanced and your family ties are strengthened.

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A hospice nurse wrote a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. One of the top regrets was, “I wish I’d spent more time with loved ones.” No-one wished they had spent more time at the office, had bought a larger house full of all the latest gadgets, or had spent more time alone. You have made the choice to be in a relationship with another person – what amount of time do you wish to spend together and how do you wish to spend that time? What ‘work-life balance’ do you both want? It may not be 50% work, 50% personal life. Together

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you may decide that a healthy and happy balance for your relationship is 70% work and 30% home, or 40% work and 60% home. Once you decide upon a ratio then you can discuss how best to keep the two areas separate so as to maximise the quality of the time you spend together.

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.RENEGOTIATE YOUR WORK ARRANGEMENTS WITH YOUR EMPLOYER. Once you know exactly the type of life you want with your partner and where your priorities lie you can think about renegotiating your work arrangements with your employer. Typical issues include reduced working hours, more flexible working hours such as working from home or working part-time, and leave options. If your employer is amenable to changing your office hours great, if not at least you know where you stand and can begin thinking about whether your current job meets your needs.

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What values do you and your partner want your family to live by every day? This will determine where the family should be investing its energy and time. If physical health is one of the family’s highest values then everyone should always be conscious of their food habits, their exercise regimes, and their sleep routines. If success through hard work is an important value then everyone should be encouraged to practise this whether through time spent at the office, school homework, or weekend tennis lessons. Bear in mind that the family’s values will be tested, for example, when either parent has unusual work commitments or teenage children want to spend holidays with friends instead of their family. In such situations the family should reassess the relevance of the family values. Old values may be discarded and new ones chosen.

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EMPHASISE GOOD COMMUNICATION PRACTICES.

At the heart of all healthy families and relationships are effective communication practices. First, time has to be set aside for family members to talk. Obvious times are at the dinner table and when vacationing. But in between are numerous opportunities every day – when gardening, doing the dishes, walking the dog, helping with homework, replacing a faulty light bulb, picking up groceries – provided that family members are always encouraged to do things as a family. Second, effective conversations skills need to be modelled by the parents including giving the speaker 100% attention, disabling and removing Smartphones, direct eye contact, paraphrasing to gauge understanding, refusing to accept one-word answers or one-syllable grunts, appropriate body language, and gratitude for the person’s time for a face-toface conversation.

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CULTIVATE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE PRACTICES.

This should definitely be one of your family’s top values. Achieving individual goals as well as family goals all hinge upon each family member being physically healthy (if you doubt this, recall the last time someone became horribly ill). Among the many physiological benefits, caring for one’s body will also boost selfconfidence, improve resiliency, help one sleep better, and supply one with unlimited reserves of energy. So encourage everyone to exercise regularly – sometimes exercise as a family, prepare healthy and nutritious meals containing a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, have each person drink plenty of water, and promote good sleep routines.

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.CULTIVATE THE IDEA OF YOUR FAMILY BEING A TEAM.

If one of the goals for your family was to


share things together then get into the habit of cultivating the family as a team. This will strengthen family relationships, help reduce the time for completing jobs and projects around the home, and teach children the value of teamwork, one of the most highly prized values in the workplace today. Consider placing a work schedule on the fridge where each family member’s responsibilities are clearly listed, everything from cooking duties, dog feeding duties, car cleaning, placing the rubbish bins out on the kerb, and household chores. Everyone, no matter the age, has jobs to do as each person is a member of the team. Ensure task adherence by promoting family outings as a team reward.

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SET RULES FOR TECHNOLOGY USE AT HOME.

While the rise of Smartphones and laptops have been a blessing for helping people connect with distant friends and loved ones, they have been a curse by discouraging communication with people in our midst. If one of your family’s values is open and respectful communication then I would encourage you to set boundaries for the use of these devices around the home. Consider having a cut-off time for all devices during the evening, a rule that applies to parents as well as children. Also, tell your children that phones, laptops, and televisions are to be turned off during family meals or when visitors come to the home allowing quality conversation time and the strengthening of family ties.

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EXPRESS GRATITUDE.

Gratitude is one of the kings of happiness. It reminds us about what we have, instead of what we don’t have. We recognise our accomplishments, our life teachers, our supportive family and friends, our health, and our freedom to make choices and to change our life. Parents can teach their children,

through modelling, to thank all those people we come into contact each day that we sometimes forget to thank properly like the supermarket cashier, the bus driver, the police officer walking the beat, the receptionist at work, one’s siblings. Encourage family members over dinner to list some things that happened that day that they are thankful for.

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EMBRACE DOWNTIME MOMENTS.

We live in a culture that is becoming addicted to busyness and the belief that happiness is just around the corner. But happiness is now. So encourage family members to learn to enjoy those unexpected lulls that pop up during the day instead of feeling the need to fill up these moments ‘catching up’ with text messages or phone calls. These moments are a wonderful opportunity to relax and calm oneself. Practise mindful breathing or try mindful observation where you visually explore something outside the window such as a bird in the branches, the wind rustling leaves, or clouds skating across the sky.

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Multitasking has been debunked as a myth. Instead of increasing productivity it reduces our abilities to concentrate leading to a greater risk of work errors. It’s also one of the primary reasons for miscommunication in relationships. The solution is to practise mindfulness where you free your mind of judgements and give your full attention to the present moment and the activity you are doing. If you are reading a report, just read the report. If you are eating your lunch, use all your senses to enjoy every mouthful of your sandwich. If talking with your partner or son, give them 100% of your attention. * october 2015 | mychild

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