Babies & Toddlers

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 …

Peanut caution

As a mother of three children with allergies, MALENA PENNEY considers the latest advice to offer babies peanuts. You may have seen a commotion around social media lately over the changed advice to start giving young babies peanuts. This has come from the LEAP study …

‘Optimal cord clamping’

Childbirth educator ROSEMARY JOYCE shares why cord clamping and when to cut the umbilical cord needs careful, informed consideration when making your birthing plans. Birth is a momentous occasion in a baby’s life, as their circulatory system changes from one that is completely dependent on …

Childs play

So much more than mucking about and making a mess, play is fundamental to children’s learning and development, explains JUDE SOPER from BestStart Educare. WHY IS PLAY SO IMPORTANT? Play, with its limitless possibilities, helps children to: – make sense of their world – understand …

Pathways to parenthood

Medical Director of Fertility Associates Christchurch, DR SARAH WAKEMAN explains the different causes of infertility and the various options for treatment. For many, falling pregnant and creating a family is relatively easy. For others it feels like an uphill journey, and the longer the struggle …