Babies & Toddlers

Putting play first

Playcentre is a parent cooperative that offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to be involved with their child’s learning.  At Playcentre, adults play alongside their children. A child-centred programme based on your child’s fascinations, strengths, and interests allows you to encourage children as they interact …

Easy on you, easy on the planet

Brolly sheets is here to take the hassle out of those night-time bedding changes. Need to get you and your child back to sleep faster? With a soft, comfy 100% cotton top and a breathable, waterproof back, it only takes seconds to replace when wet. …

Mum-guilt: 10 tips to tear down its hold on you

Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world. Sometimes you just want to run a mile. And that’s okay. But for many parents, these thoughts are quickly followed by guilt. DR KIRSTEN WOOFF from Resilience Psychology explores how we can overcome the …

Raising great eaters

Registered nutritionist HELEN POTTER urges parents to rethink their approach to feeding their “picky” eaters. By KATE BARBER. In a world where decisions are largely made for them, children exercise agency through food, says Helen. “The more coercion we use, the more they are likely to …

Great outdoors

Make the most of the natural environment and reap the many benefits of spending time with Mother Nature. Kids are naturally curious, and there’s nothing they like better than taking grown-ups along for the ride when they are exploring their environment. Not only that but …

Sleep baby, sleep

Leading baby care and sleep consultant, DOROTHY WAIDE, has recently released a follow-up to her bestselling book You Simply Can’t Spoil a Newborn. Family Times editor, ANNA SCAIFE, caught up with Dorothy to talk about her new book, Simply Parenting, From 12 weeks to 12 …

Stem cell storage – a potential lifesaver

Umbilical cord blood and tissue are touted as the ‘holy grail’ of stem cell therapy and research. Wellington mother, Luisa, takes comfort in knowing she can access a potentially life-saving treatment for her family. Luisa was pregnant with her second child when she discovered the …

A head start

Choosing an early learning centre for your child is a big decision, with many factors to take into account. We spoke to Annabel’s Educare director ANNABEL SLOSS about what sets Annabel’s Educare centres apart. When you walk into an Annabel’s Educare/Kindergarten you will feel the welcoming, …