Babies & Toddlers

Postnatal depression – more than the baby blues

You’ve just given birth to a bouncing, beautiful, bundle of joy. You should be over the moon, right? Well, sometimes. Plunket says that women often experience a range of emotions – from elation and excitement to times of feeling low, anxious, confused and tearful – …

Iron during pregnancy. Are you getting enough?

Did you know, during pregnancy you need 2-3 times more iron than normal? This dramatic increase can be hard to meet from diet alone and many women may be faced with low iron while pregnant. We know one in 14 New Zealand women are low …

Holiday sleep tips for wee travellers

Travelling with babies, toddlers or young children can be tricky when it comes to sleep. There are few things to keep in mind when helping your child adjust to sleeping in new environments and time zones, the first being that every child is different. Some …

Doula vs. midwife

Long gone are the days when your GP looked after your health and that of your baby from your first pregnancy test through to post-natal care. Today, there are many choices when it comes to pregnancy, birth and post-natal care. One of the big decisions …

Adapting your toddlers’ food

The first few years of life is a journey full of discovery and development for children, and sometimes also for the bigger people around them. As adults we instinctively encourage and support the obvious changes like walking, talking and independently eating similar foods to the …

Managing a toddler and a new baby

It can seem overwhelming, the thought of managing your active toddler and bringing home a new baby. Of course, there are the sleepless nights and managing breastfeeding, but many times too your toddler may take time adjusting to the introduction of a new family member, …

The challenge of multiple births

It’s easy to peer into a pram at the supermarket and ooh and ahh over a set of adorable twins dressed in matching outfits. While we fawn over the cuteness of it all, we must admit to smiling sheepishly at the mum of multiple births …