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The Birth Control Decision Pets and children how to strike a balance


Top Baby Names For 2013

Time saving for new mums Your Free Parenting magazine in the hawkesbury

Letter from the Editor Dear Reader, Welcome to our September issue on babies. Having a baby is a very special season in our life and in this issue we hope to touch on various areas that may interest you during this time and as they grow. Babies are such an incredible creation. They bring forth a sense of magic into our lives as we watch them grow and learn and see life anew. As your children grow I encourage you to spend time with them and try to see the world how they see it. Everything is so exciting and everything begs to be explored. Why not try spending the afternoon blowing bubbles, flying kites or playing with boats in the bath... I also wanted to thank all our readers for your kind support with this magazine. I am so blessed to have had so many kind rsponses to the hard work that is put in each month in the creation of this magazine. Please support us too by paying attention to the businesses Who are placed within our pages. Along with us, they are Members of our community and are doing their Best to provide you with a product or service to Meet your needs. Showing your support to them will allow us to continue to bring you a quality magazine each and every month.

Julie-Anne England


Small Steps Parenting Magazine

September 2013




3 Letter from the Editor 8 Monthly Recipe Tasty Banana Bread 9 Ask a nurse - questions from readers 14 Your Story - My miracle baby 17 Make a change 24 Kid’s fun 26 Business Directory 28 Community Noticeboard

5 Finding out the Gender 6 The birth control decision 11 Fido meet baby - preparing your pet for the new arrival 12 Bonding with your baby through massage 19 Routine vs Unstructured

Special Features 10 18 20 22

Top 40 Baby Names of 2013 Kids are quick Time saving tips for Mums Getting your body back after baby

Cover photo is by Deb Muir Photography (see ad page 26) Photo this page by Nostalgia Photography


Finding Out the Gender Are you having a boy or a girl? This seems to be the standard question that pregnant women get asked. Whether people actually care or not, it seems like the natural thing to say. Pregnancy is one of those exciting seasons in a woman’s life and people seem to want to be a part of that. So what about those couples who choose not to find out? These days it is more likely that parents-to-be choose to find out the sex of their baby. Our advances in technology now allow a relatively accurate peek at what we are growing inside. However, there are still a select group that choose to wait until the birth to find out the sex. There are pros and cons to both decisions. For those who choose not to find out the sex, they get to enjoy the surprise at the birth but then they are stuck receiving gifts of yellow, green or white at their baby shower. Parents who choose to know the sex of their baby can prepare more easily by buying nursery furniture, bedding and clothes that match with the sex. However, there is that small risk that the ultrasound technician was wrong…. What do you do with piles and piles of tiny pink clothes and an elaborately decorated pink nursery when you give birth to a boy? There are also those couples who choose to find out the sex but decide to keep it a secret from others, choosing instead to reveal it either at the birth or at a newly popular “gender reveal” baby shower. I do think that it does allow for a bit more of a surprise element at the birth for friends and family when they don’t already know the sex and name of the child prior. The arrival message can read “We are pleased to announce the arrival of a perfect little girl who we named Isabelle Grace, born at 5.36pm.”

Where as the arrival message of an expected boy already named Cameron is more like “Cameron is here!” What about when one parent wants to find out when the other doesn’t? Who gets their way? When I was pregnant with my first child this came up during the pregnancy… my husband really wanted to know the sex where as I wanted to enjoy the surprise at the birth. Unable to come to an agreement we decided to each go our own way - my husband found out and I didn’t. Surprisingly I really enjoyed this compromise. I got to wait till the birth to find out I was having a daughter but still got to enjoy shopping for my precious unborn child without sticking to gender neutral clothes. I would go shopping with my husband and would select four or five outfits for a girl and for a boy and then I would leave the store. My husband would then go back and purchase the clothes that matched the sex we were having. He then also packed the baby bag and after my baby was born I had a lovely selection of gender appropriate clothes for my new bundle. When it comes down to it, it is your decision and let’s face it, there is no right or wrong answer. This is your pregnancy and your baby and you get to write the story the way you want….


The Birth Control Decision start to use it, the advantages and disadvantages of the method and any side effects you may experience. The choices you have depend on your needs and also whether you are breastfeeding or not. Breastfeeding can be used as a form of contraception, and is effective in preventing pregnancy provided that:  you haven’t had a period since your baby was born  your baby is less than six months old  you are not giving your baby any other food or fluids  you are feeding regularly day and night every three to four hours. You need to discuss this with your health care practitioner before you use this method. Other forms of contraception which are safe during breastfeeding are the mini pill, barrier methods such as the female/male condoms and diaphragms, fit and forget methods such as Depo Provera (injection), After having a baby, your ability to conImplanon (implant), IUD’s or other methceive again can return after only a few ods such as natural family planning. weeks. If you are not planning to have an- If you are not breastfeeding you can choose other baby straight away, you will need to any form of birth control which suits your think about contraception. Even thoughneeds after discussing this with your doctor having sex may be the last thing on your about how soon you can start to use the mind after getting up numerous times dur- type you choose. If you are totally certain ing the night to your newborn, it is wise to that you don’t want any more children you investigate the various forms of contracep- may consider sterilisation for permanent tion available and discuss your needs with birth control. your midwife or doctor before leaving It is a good idea to discuss birth control hospital. with your partner so that you are both Before starting any form of contraception happy with the decision. Spacing your chilyou need to make sure you are not already dren is a personal decision and couples pregnant. Talking with a doctor or other need to talk together about their desires and health professional can help you decide expectations and any concerns that they which method of birth control is best suited may have. Becoming a parent is a big life to your needs. Information that you need to change and you and your partner need to know is how the methods available work, feel ready to meet the joys and challenges how effective they are, how soon you can of raising a family. 6


Monthly Recipe

Tasty Banana Bread

Ingredients:  Melted low-fat butter or margarine, to grease  50g butter, melted, cooled  1 3/4 cups self-raising flour  1/4 cup plain flour  2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon  1/2 cup of light milk  2 eggs, lightly beaten  2 overripe medium bananas, mashed Would you like to see your recipe featured here? Go to our webpage or facebook and share your favourite recipe with us.

Method: 1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease an 11 x 21cm (base measurement) loaf pan with melted butter or margarine. Line the base and two opposite sides with non-stick baking paper, allowing it to overhang. 2. Sift the flours and cinnamon into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and make a well in the centre. Place the milk, eggs, melted butter and banana in a medium bowl, and stir until well combined. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. 3. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and set aside in the pan for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into slices to serve. 8

Ask a Nurse... QUESTION: I’m not always sure of how to dress my baby. How do I make sure she is not too hot or too cold? Every baby is an individual so when dressing your little one you need to take into account the season of the year and the temperature of your house. Many babies tend to be overdressed. For example, I once saw a young baby dressed in about 4 layers of clothing and swaddled in a blanket while his parents were dressed in T shirts and shorts on a warm summer day. As a general guideline, even very young infants only require the same amount of clothing that an older person would need with perhaps the addition of a light bunny rug or blanket. Babies can get overheated and if your baby feels hot to touch but otherwise appears well, he/she may need to have some clothing removed. In very hot weather, a singlet and nappy may be all that is required. When dressing your little one for bed, a onesie is a good choice as it will keep him or her covered and cosy. If you need advice on any aspect of baby care always consult your health care professional.

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Top 40 Baby Names…. When it comes to naming your new baby, how do you fair? Did you have your child’s name picked out when you were in high school? Do you stick to family traditions and name your child after the father or great grand mother or do you spend months going through lists of baby names trying to come to some sort of agreement with your partner? When naming your child keep the following things in mind...  Unusual names may have certain appeal but could be hard for people to pronounce and may make for a lifetime of spelling the name out  Common names are usually popular for a reason but may follow trends (such as the name Isabella after the Twilight series came out). Also keep in mind that with popular names your child may be one of four in his or her class.  Family names tend to be followed for tradition but can create a certain expectation for children who are named in generations. They may feel obliged to go into certain professions or keep on family businesses because of the name.  Don’t forget to check out the acronym that is produced from your chosen first, middle and last names. For example Phillip Ian Green might sound fine to you but he could suffer teasing at school when the kids figure out that his initials spell PIG. Here are the top 40 baby names for 2012 according to various reports from Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Girls Names

Boys Names

Charlotte Ruby Olivia Chloe Sophie Emily Mia Amelia Ava Isabella Ella Grace Sienna Lily Madison Zoe Sophia Emma Isla Hannah

Jack William Noah Ethan Oliver Thomas Lucas James Cooper Lachlan Liam Joshua Jacob Alexander Samuel Max Benjamin Mason Charlie Xavier 10

Fido meet baby Our dog(s) are a huge part of our family and we want them to feel happy and comfortable when a new baby arrives. Here are some tips you may find helpful in preparing pooch for the new arrival. Establish yourself as a strong leader to your dog, you’ll have nine months to work through most issues your dog may have. Break unwanted habits now and you will be rewarded with a calm, well-behaved dog when you bring your newborn home. Place baby clothes, nappies and toys around the house to get your dog accustomed to these new items. Set clear boundaries and challenge the dog to sniff from a distance, while you are holding an item. By doing so, you are communicating to your dog that the item is yours, you are the boss! Before introducing dog and baby, take the dog(s) on a long walk to drain all of your dog's energy. First impressions are important. Your dog should have pleasant experiences with your baby right from the start. I suggest having some of your dog’s favourite treats at the ready to reward the calm greeting behaviour. Make sure you are calm and allow the dog to sniff the baby, but at a respectful distance. Eventually, the dog can be allowed to get closer to the baby. By doing this, you are teaching the dog to respect the baby as another pack leader. Maintain a routine with your dog by providing daily walks and consistent leadership. Toys are only a temporary fix, dogs crave our attention and to be included, especially where the new baby is concerned. As the baby settles in, continue to focus on associating her with good things for your dog. You may be tempted to give the dog lots of attention when the baby’s asleep and then try to get him to lie down, be quiet and leave you alone while the baby’s awake. It’s actually much better to do the opposite.

Try to give your dog lots of attention when the baby is present. Teach your dog that when baby is around, he gets treats, petting, playing and time with you. When you walk your dog, do your best to take the baby along. The dog will soon learn to associate this fun activity with the baby. Finally, never leave baby unattended with the dog! As much as we love and trust our fur babies, human babies don’t understand dog behaviour and may provoke an unwanted response. In most cases, dogs quickly view a baby as an integral part of the family. They easily adopt the roles of protector and playmate, and they’re thoroughly tolerant of children’s antics. Written by Olivia Cavanagh, owner of dog & baby brand “Bubba Woof”


Bonding with your baby through massage

The few first hours, days, weeks and months with your brand new, precious little person are magical. You are learning about each other, recovering from their arrival (birth, foster or adoption) and are also more than likely in need of a good night’s sleep. This is an exciting, wonderful and emotional time which can also be a little overwhelming. Infant massage is a fantastic tool that can help everyone in the family.

There are no time limits and bonding can happen at any stage during a baby’s development. During the bonding process a baby will learn from its parents, the love, trust and compassion to help them grow and succeed in life. This is a time for connection, learning and development and also the start of an attachment between the two of you that will last a lifetime.

Touch is our very first sense to develop and without it we cannot thrive. Infant Massage is perfect for skin to skin contact and is widely recognised to encourage and promote the bond between a parent and new baby.

There are so many benefits to Infant Massage such as;

 Learning relaxation and soothing techniques to relax and reduce stress levels;  Helping to relieve colic, tummy pain and teething discomfort; The bond that develops is a very strong  Improving baby’s sleeping patterns; emotional connection. For some parents  Improving communication and underthis connection happens immediately. For a standing between you and your baby; mother it can happen during pregnancy and  Stimulating baby’s vital systems and before the birth of the baby. For others, improving mind/body awareness; and such as dads, or if a baby is fostered or  Promoting neurological and physiologiadopted, it can take some time and encourcal development. agement to develop. 12

Here are some tips and ideas to keep in mind when you are massaging your baby:  Get comfortable and relax - it is really important for you to relax as your baby is likely to mirror your emotions, so if you are not relaxed they are not going to relax – take a few deep breaths before you start;  Make sure the room is warm, lights are not shining in baby’s eyes and turn on some quiet, soothing music;  Remember to take off any jewellery so you don’t scratch your baby during the massage;  Make sure your baby is happy to have a massage, look for happy cues such as eyes open wide and bright, smiling, gazing into your eyes, cooing, sucking contentedly, laughing, lying quietly and relaxed;  Try to choose oil that is natural and unscented - your baby is very likely to put his/her hand in their mouth during their massage so you want something that is not going to harm them. Cold pressed vegetable oils are a good example;  Start your massage on the legs and feet – many babies enjoy this the most. You can do some slow long strokes from their hips to their toes, or little circles around their ankles and tops of the feet. Don’t forget “this little piggy” on all their toes. Infant Massage classes are taught by various Infant Massage Instructors and can be provided in the privacy and comfort of your own home or can be facilitated with other parents in a relaxed, social group. The skills you will learn can benefit your family for a lifetime. Written by Michelle Coleman, Infant Massage Instructor, Nurturing TLC 13

Your Story Julie’s Story - My Miracle baby Becoming a mum was very important to me. In my mind I was always meant to be a mother. From a little girl pushing my dolls in their prams to the days where I worked full time caring for other people kids, I always dreamed of the day when they would be mine. Then I got pregnant. Unfortunately the pregnancy ended almost as soon as it started. I was disappointed but hadn’t even fully believed it was true so I didn’t struggle with it too much. The following month I again found out I was pregnant. I was elated! I made an appointment to see my doctor to have it confirmed and yes, I was indeed pregnant. The doctor booked me in for a dating scan around what would be week 8 of the pregnancy. My morning sickness was not too bad but I struggled with quite bad heartburn. I kept telling myself that it wasn’t so bad a I was going to be a mum! Two weeks passed and began to feel anxious about the pregnancy. I kept my focus on my 8 week scan and tried to think positive. A few days before the scan I was talking with my mum. I told her I just wanted to have the scan and know everything was alright. She was confused and assured me it would be. On the day of the scan my husband and I went to the clinic together. I was excited but really nervous. I lay quietly on the table while the ultrasound technician ran the probe over my tummy. She was very quiet. I kept looking at her and then the monitor. Within a few minutes my fears were confirmed… my precious baby’s heart had stopped beating a few days earlier. I was absolutely crushed. I kept wondering what I had done wrong. Unfortunately my body wouldn’t miscarry on its own so I ended up

having a D & C (dilation and curette) to remove the baby. I was absolutely heartbroken. I asked the doctor when I could try again. I felt like if I got pregnant straight away it would be as if I never lost this baby. He told me that I needed time to heal and I should give it a couple of months. During this time I allowed myself to grieve. I released balloons as a memorial of my child and began to focus again on the future. I found this difficult though as three of my other friends were pregnant at this time and were all due around the time I would have been. A few months down the track and I once again saw those magical little pink lines on the pregnancy test. I allowed myself to get excited but wanted to protect myself from getting hurt again. We decided not to tell anyone until we passed our first trimester. The first few weeks absolutely dragged. I felt like I was moving in slow motion. All I wanted was to get through this pregnancy and hold my baby. This time around my morning sickness was horrible. I spent each morning over the toilet bowl feeling absolutely terrible but I kept telling myself that it was a sign of a healthy pregnancy. Then one night when I was six weeks along I felt a small trickle. I ran to the toilet and sat down to see blood pouring out. I began sobbing as I watched the toilet fill with blood. Not again! I cannot do this again. My baby, my baby, I cried. The next day my husband took me for an ultrasound. I walked quietly into the room trying to prepare myself once again to be told I had lost the baby. I carefully watched the monitor as she scanned me. She was very quiet for a long 14

time and then left the room. A minute later she returned to tell me that I was actually still pregnant and that there was a little heart beat but I had what is called a subchorionic haematoma (SCH). A SCH is a collection of blood underneath the placenta. Apparently it was very large—way larger than the baby and they were amazed I was still pregnant. They told me that I would continue to bleed and would most likely lose the pregnancy. I went home feeling very sad but had a tiny glimmer of hope. Now was just a waiting game to see how far I could get. As the days passed with no more signs of bleeding I began to relax. At around 8 weeks I went to a friend’s house for a social gathering with a bunch of friends. I hadn't told them I was pregnant as I was fully expecting to lose this baby too. After a little while chatting I felt that famil-

iar trickle. I quickly excused myself to go to the bathroom. Again I watched as the toilet filled with blood. I tried to clean up as best as I could and headed home where I miserably climbed into bed. My next scan revealed that I was miraculously still pregnant but the doctor kept telling me to not get attached because I would lose this baby too. The weeks passed at a snail pace for me as I gradually marked off each week on my calendar. I didn’t see any more signs of bleeding and I actually looked forward to seeing my baby at the 12 week scan. It was such an amazing moment seeing that tiny baby move about on the ultrasound monitor. Apparently the SCH was still there but had slightly reduced in size. I was again warned that my baby was still in danger. I began to feel more and more hopeful as


I progressed in my pregnancy and at my 18 week scan I was given amazing news. The SCH was completely gone and I was now out of the danger zone! Now the rest of my pregnancy should progress as normal. Every week was a huge triumph for me. I was jealous of all those women who breeze through their pregnancies. Finally I began to near the end of my pregnancy. My baby was doing well and I was looking forward to a nice normal birth. A week after my due date I went into the hospital to be reviewed. I had been labouring on and off for three days but hadn’t progressed. The doctor informed me that my baby was showing signs of distress and they were concerned about the placental function. They said her life was at risk. I immediately agreed to an emergency caesarean. I just needed to know my baby was safe. I was quickly prepped for surgery and they began with my husband by my side. I waited anxiously to hear that cry. Within minutes I heard that precious cry. It’s a girl! They all told me. I cried with joy as they brought her over to me. I patted her beautiful little face with my hand and kissed her cheek. I couldn’t believe it was all over. After nine extremely long months I finally had my precious miracle baby. As I stared at her perfect little face the pain of the past months melted away and I was able to revel in my glow of being a mum!

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Make a

Here at Small Steps Parenting Magazine we believe that each one of us has the power to make a difference in our world. Make a change is about that. It is about doing one thing each month to make a difference in someone else’s life and create a change in the atmosphere in our own community. This month we want to place focus on the importance of building relationships with the people around you. In our lives, who is physically closer than your neighbours? Our neighbours can create a good or a bad environment to live in. Building relationships with your neighbours can make a huge difference to how you live every day. Imagine how different life would be if you knew all the people in the homes near you. In order to build relationships with your neighbours try some of the following:  Baking some biscuits or muffins and taking them over and introducing yourself if you have never formally done so  Plan a block or street party - invite all the neighbours and all bring a plate of food. Use the time to get to know each other.  Plan an annual street event for the kids… encourage everyone to put in a few dollars for a petting zoo or some sort of entertainment.  Take over some soup or a meal for neighbours who have been unwell or have had a new baby.  Offer to take care of the kids for a neighbour who needs a bit of a break. Don’t forget that every little thing you do can have an impact on those around you. Even a seemingly small thing can mean a lot to someone. Plus it may be you one day who needs the extra hand and it will feel good to know that your neighbours have your back.

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For a Laugh... TEACHER: Maria, go to the map and find North America. MARIA: Here it is. TEACHER: Correct. Now class, who discovered America? CLASS: Maria.

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TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor? JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables. Millie..... Always say, 'I am.' MILLIE: All right... 'I am the ninth letter of TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell the alphabet.' 'crocodile?' GLENN: K-R-O-K-O -D-I-A-L TEACHER: George Washington not only TEACHER: No, that's wrong chopped down his father's cherry tree, but GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked also admitted it. Now, Louis, do you know me how I spell it. why his father didn't punish him? LOUIS: Because George still had the axe TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical in his hand. formula for water? DONALD: H I J K L TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get M N O. so dirty? TEACHER: What GLEN: ! Well, I'm a lot closer to the are you talking ground than you are. about? DONALD: Yesterday TEACHER: Now, Simon, tell me frankly, you said it's H to O. do you say prayers before eating? SIMON: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom TEACHER: Winnie, name is a good cook. one important thing we have today that we didn't TEACHER: Clyde, your composition on have ten years ago. 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your WINNIE: Me! brother's. Did you copy his? CLYDE: No, teacher, it's the same dog. TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a starting with 'I.' person who keeps on talking when people MILLIE: I is... are no longer interested? TEACHER: No, HAROLD: A teacher. 18

Routine vs. Unstructured You have just been through nine months of pregnancy. You read all the books about how you should be feeling, what to expect and how to prepare for labour. Now you have just arrived home from the hospital with your newborn baby… so what next? As parents we tend to do what feels right to us and we tend to vary on our opinions, so we asked our readers—routine or unstructured? How do they run their households with the children? The majority of our mums said that they have their kids in a good routine. This usually means that they tend to eat and sleep at around the same times everyday. Out of these “routine mums” there were few that had completely structured days, almost like a timetable. In the minority were mums who said that they didn’t like routine at all and just preferred to go with the flow. So what is best? Routine or unstructured? There is really no right or wrong answer. As the parent you get to make the decision and do what works well for you. However, if you honestly had no idea where to begin I would suggest a simple routine allowing for flexibility which is what most of our mums said they found worked best for them. Routine has certain benefits for babies and children. Firstly it allows the day to have a sort of predictability which can be very comforting for children as they know what to expect. For example if you put a bedtime routine into place from a young age, not only will it signal to your child that it is nearing bedtime but it will also help them sleep better as their body clock will work with the schedule. An unstructured routine can have its benefits too and kids will learn to fit in with your life-

style. Often initial children will be in a routine where as subsequent children are often expected to fit in with the current schedule including school drop offs, sporting activities and grocery shopping while the other kids are at school. Children who are used to this unstructured life will tend to nap when they can and go with the flow. If you are not sure where to begin just watch your child. From birth, children will often dictate their own routines and if you take note of when they do certain things and for how long, you will very quickly be able to create a routine around their natural schedule. This can help you to know when they are hungry, tired and want to play. As they grow you can adjust the routine to meet their changing needs. The most important thing is that you do what works for you and your child. Don’t get caught up trying to do the “right” thing that you don’t make time to really enjoy your child and the time you have with them.


Time Saving tips for Mum’s There never seems to be enough time in the day… especially when you have kids! From the time you get up in the morning, there is always something to be done, so we compiled a list of things you can easily do to save time. 1. Have a chores list. Planning out your chores over the week allows you to fit everything in without feeling like you are doing nothing but chores. Go to our facebook page and request your free Chores chart to get you started. 2. Have a family planner. Keeping all of your appointments listed will help keep you organized and stop you feeling so rushed. Use a large calendar and keep it in a place where you will see it and set reminders in your phone so you don’t forget. 3. At least once a week cook double the quantity of your planned meal and freeze the second portion. This will allow you to have a healthy quick meal for nights where you are really short on time—like after kids sports or school events. 4. Plan your grocery list according to your local shop layout. This will save you lots of time because you won’t have to backtrack for items all over the store. 5. Plan your day the night before. Do things such as lay out an outfit for the next day, make lunches and pack bags to leave by the door to reduce the morning rush and stress. 6. Have the kids help out by packing up their toys at the end of day. Even a quick 15 minute tidy will make a difference. 7. Have a meal plan organized each week. It will help you to be prepared for what meals you are cooking each day and







whether you need to defrost anything in the fridge overnight the day before. Plan your big purchases. If you are shopping for something that may need to be ordered in, call ahead in advance to see if they have what you require to save you from driving to the store if it is not available. Try to plan your laundry. Putting on a smaller load every day or every second day will be more manageable and take less time than allowing the load to become overly large. Plan your day. Setting yourself certain tasks for the day will help you to stay on track and help to avoid wasting time doing things that aren’t on your list. Pick and choose your social engagements. It’s okay to decline some invitations and gatherings. Choose the ones that are important to you and feel free to decline the ones that just don’t suit you or your family. Plan your paperwork. Create files or folders for all your important paperwork such as bank statements, insurance information etc. Open mail as soon as it





arrives and file it immediately. For mail 17. Have a “kids swap” day with a friend that needs to be actioned set aside 10 once a fortnight. You watch their kids minutes each evening. for a couple of hours and then have them Don’t waste time on the internet when do the same for you. Use this time to do you could be doing something else. Set some tasks that are easier done without yourself a period of time for emailing the kids underfoot. and social networking and stick to it. 18. Set-up a small cupboard (or maybe a Maybe give yourself half an hour each box) with some special kids items such evening or use it as a reward for accomas non-messy crafts, puzzles or small plishing other tasks on your list. toys. Let the kids use this cupboard Plan all of your errands for one day a when you need some peace to cook week. It will not only save you money meals or put away clothes. on petrol but it will save you time by not 19. Place a box underneath each of your having to go out several times. children’s beds. When you notice a Leave anti-bacterial wipes in the cuppiece of clothing that doesn’t fit them, board in the bathroom and give the bathplace it in the box instead of returning it room a quick wipe down every few to the closet. When it is full, recycle the nights while the kids are in the bath. clothes to a younger sibling, loan to If you have a smart phone (and really, friend’s or give them away to charity. who doesn’t these days?) or a tablet, use small periods of time like waiting for a Small Steps would love to hear your time doctor’s appointment to check your saving tips. Go to our Facebook page and emails. share your best tips.

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Top 5 tips to get your pre-baby body back! Finally your new baby has arrived! This marks an exciting time in your life, but also a busy time. You have so much more to think about now, and so losing those post pregnancy kilos is just another thing to add to the list.

up. If you struggle to drink enough water (8 glasses a day is a good guide) then try adding some fresh lemon to change the taste or try and have a glass with each meal.

I have created 5 easy steps to start you on your way to get your pre baby body back!

Diet is important, but you will also need to incorporate exercise into your post pregnancy plan. This doesn’t mean you have to join the gym, walking is a simple and cost effective way to head you in the right direction. You will want to aim for at least 5x30 minute sessions per week.

 Don’t diet

 Move it!

This may seem strange, but counting calories could actually slow down your progress. If you are feeling deprived, it can stress you out and cause you to gain weight. If you are struggling to lose weight, then Instead, focus on eating healthy and only consult your doctor or dietician to help design an eating plan to help you when you are hungry. lose weight safely and Eat 6 times a day effectively.

Yes, that’s right, 6 times! Eating small frequent meals, consisting of 3 meals and 3 snacks, helps to boost your metabolism and ensures you don’t over eat.

Written by Abby Fleming, a nutritionist in the Hills District.

 Load up on superfoods When you are a new mother, your body needs maximum nutrition, especially if you are breastfeeding. Choose foods that are high in nutrition and low in calories. Some examples include fish, milk, yoghurt, lean chicken and beef, fresh fruit and vegetables.

 Drink up Drink plenty of water! By drinking plenty of water, it prevents you from getting dehydrated and helps to fill you 22






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Kids Fun! With September school holidays just around the corner we decided to have some fun with shadow puppets. Shadow puppets are fun and easy to create and can involve the whole family. Here’s how to create your own shadow puppet theatre:


Start by printing out the shadow puppet templates (you can get yours from our Facebook page for free).


Glue the shapes to cardboard and carefully cut out (you may need an adult to help you do this)

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Stick the shapes onto paddlepop sticks with glue or sticky tape.


Use a sheet and some pegs to create a shadow puppet theatre. There are a few ways to make a shadow puppet theatre  Hang a sheet over a dinner table and climb underneath  Hang the sheet from the ceiling and use some chairs or a lounge to define the space  If you have a simple pop up tent, this can work well too Grab a bright flashlight and put it behind you. Shine the light at the sheet and hold up the puppets to create cool shadows. Have your audience sit on the other side of the sheet and create stories with your puppets to entertain!

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Community Free Parenting Groups phone: 4560 5714 for details Walk & Talk: a pram walking group for Hawkesbury’s Parents & Grandparents Meet & Greet: an information and support group for first time parents with babies 0-12 weeks Sleep & Settling: sessions for babies 0-6 months Approaching Toddlerhood: including sleep, nutrition, behaviour, development, play, learning

Early Childhood Health Services for the Hawkesbury Community Free early childhood services are available throughout the district for families living in the Hawkesbury LGA & Londonderry.

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Our playgroup is open to all mums, dads and carers. Join us during the school term from 10am-12pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Lots of variety for parents and kids with some fun day trips now and then. Call us on 0414 377 266

Scribbles Playgroup is held at the Church Vineyard in the Sunbeams Room. Cnr Windsor and Brenan Dams Road, Vineyard. Check out our webpage:


Feeding, Immunisation and Early Childhood Development Clinics phone: 4560 5714 for details

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Rhyme Time @ Central Library Windsor Every Monday 10am (except during school holidays) Rhymes, songs and craft for 18 months to 3 years. Session runs for about 45 minutes, siblings welcome. FREE - No bookings required

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