Babies & Toddlers

Off to the best start

South Island families can expect a wider and better choice of early learning centres soon. Award-winning early learning provider, BestStart, is opening six new centres, mainly in Christchurch, in the next seven months. “We’re very excited for South Island families,” says Fiona Hughes, Deputy Chief …

Radical toddlers

When our baby enters the toddler world, things radically change. Parents believe their now two to three-year-old child is capable of informed decisions. Sadly, they are not, says DR KAREN PHILLIP, author of Communication Harmony. Two to three-year-olds act more independently than babies. They can …

Grandparents raising grandchildren

Are you raising someone else’s child? Do you need help understanding and coping with their anxiety or their challenging behaviour? Do you need help getting access to financial support entitlements for the child in your care?  If yes, you are not alone. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren …

Mindful parenting

SHIRLEY PASTIROFF, counsellor, parent coach and mum of five, shares her insights into the importance of setting boundaries. A few years ago our mornings were awful. I would wake up every day already anxious about the repeatedly ignored instructions, the arguing, and the meltdowns that were likely …

Wackadoo! Look who’s arrived at Stuck On You! 

Everyone’s favourite blue heeler and the members of The Squirrel Club are NOW available at Stuck On You! The new range of children’s personalised products features characters from the popular TV shows: Bluey and Hey Duggee. With both shows celebrating all the characters’ unique personalities, they align perfectly with Stuck On You’s love for families …

Put a smile on your baby’s tum

As a parent, life doesn’t stop. And if lockdown has taught us anything – being a parent equals busy at a whole different level! It also highlighted the fact that we have tiny human eating machines ready to pounce at every opportunity! Countdown understands what it’s like to be a …

Fertility options for same-sex couples 

KELLY EDEN talks with DR SARAH WAKEMAN about options for Kiwi same-sex couples wanting to start a family. If you’re a same-sex couple starting to think about having a family, there are a few options available in New Zealand. Adoption is rare, so the best chance …

Caring for your baby with Down Syndrome

KELLY EDEN explores some of the issues faced by parents and what support and resources are available for parents of babies with Down Syndrome. In New Zealand every week one or more babies are born with Down Syndrome. Down Syndrome is a lifelong condition that …