Babies & Toddlers

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 …

Baby Sensory classes

Loving parents all want the best for their babies. Baby Sensory classes are award winning and  researched based, enabling you, as caring parents, to give them the best start to their life from the very beginning. Baby Sensory’s programme is designed to enhance global development …

DIY Heuristic play

By Rachel McFedries Babies don’t need many toys. A lovely way to provide a rich learning experience for your baby or toddler is with a heuristic play basket – also known as a treasure basket. A heuristic play basket is a collection of items found …

Egg donation

Kelly Eden talks with Dr Sarah Wakeman about egg donation in New Zealand and what’s involved in the process of becoming a donor. Many couples and individuals struggle with infertility in New Zealand. Starting a family is not always straightforward or easy. Adoption is rare …

Cuddle time

There is so much more to the simple hug than you might think. KELLY EDEN explains the importance of skin-to-skin contact with your little one. The importance of hugs One of the most important gifts you can give your child to help them grow, learn …

Life after loss

Checking the health of your unborn child in an ultrasound scan is routine during pregnancy, but when you’re told your baby has life-threatening health issues, it’s completely heart breaking. REBECCA W shares her story with Family Times. My husband and I were so excited to …

The simplicity of cloth nappies

Mother of two, HANNAH PORTER, looks at the advantages of ditching the disposables and opting for cloth nappies. When I had my first son we started using disposable nappies. They were brilliant, easy and I could grab a box at the supermarket. Like many families, …

Born at home

There are a lot of positives about having your baby in the comfort of your own surroundings, says RACHEL MCFEDRIES. If you’d asked me six years ago about home birthing then I would have laughed… no way! Isn’t that something that only hippies do? Yet …