Babies & Toddlers

Great grands

For those children fortunate enough to have grandparents in their lives, the benefits are great – reflects KATE BARBER. In today’s world, many families are dispersed about the globe; and so the relationship between grandparents and their mokopuna may be anchored by weekly Skype sessions. But, …

Getting on the move with baby

One of the best things about holiday times are the visitors who come with it. When family are coming from out of town and bringing infants or young children, those hosting them often feel obliged to buy items their young guests need, like portacots, highchairs …

Screentime coaching

Stuck in a rut of daily screen time? That was us in 2017. By RACHEL MCFEDRIES As a SAHM with two little boys and a newborn, most afternoons involved Netflix for a couple of hours, while I rested. Before I knew it, screen time was creeping into …

Social development in toddlers

In their relentless drive to explore the world, toddlers gradually acquire social skills that enable them to get on successfully with other people. Many of these skills are acquired through observation and imitation of the adults closest to them, writes Dr Lin Day, founder of …

Baby brain

“If you want to make them ‘brainy’, then focus on your attachment”, says neuroscience educator, NATHAN WALLIS. By KATE BARBER. A baby’s brain is genetically and biologically designed to gather data as it wires up for life, says Nathan, and the complexity of this data is …

Let’s play!

KINETA BOOKER shares how her relationship with her child has changed through one-on-one play. We all know the importance of just letting our children play. It’s great for their imaginations, it’s amazing for their development, and great for their brains. But, really, how often do …

Take two: Secondary infertility

Difficulties getting pregnant a second or third time are common. KELLY EDEN talks with DR SARAH WAKEMAN about secondary infertility and what we can do about it.  You’re ready to add a second child to your family and because there was no problem having your first, you assume …

Is your precious cargo safely secured?

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional death for New Zealand children, so car seat safety is absolutely imperative, writes KINETA BOOKER. Ensuring children are safely in their carseats, isn’t just to stop them roaming around in the car while you’re driving, it’s …