Babies & Toddlers

Sensing baby

Teacher, writer and parent MIRIAM MCCALEB shares her insights into how Baby senses her world, and invites parents to meet her neurobiological needs by carving out time together and letting the senses reign. Babies are born with incomplete brains. Many of us have received that …

Oh, you’re pregnant

From affectionate tummy pats, to speculations about gender preferences, mum DEBORAH WARD muses on the public attention one gets when pregnant. Nothing draws attention quite like a pregnancy. A woman might have been going about her business, dealing with her own inner and outer workings …

My Midwife

With her third child born earlier this year, DEBORAH WARD introduces us to her ‘wonderful’ midwife, Anne, and offers some insights into finding a midwife to suit your personality and philosophy. About a month before the due date of my baby earlier this year, I …

Mission to Motherhood

KATE BARBER talks with AMIRA MIKH AIL about her mission to becoming a mother: the hope, the heartbreak and the happy ending. There are thousands of women in New Zealand battling infertility, wanting desperately to become mothers, watching their friends around them having babies and wishing …

Ones & Twos

Parent educator and mum of three, ZALIE DOYLE, shares some toilet training tips and insights, and answers those sticky questions. WHEN? In the past, the assumption has prevailed that a child around two years old should be getting ‘toilet trained’. What we know now is …

Two to Tango

KATE BARBER talks with PENNIE BROWNLEE, author of Dance With Me In The Heart, about respecting our babies, getting out of step with our toddlers, and learning new dance steps. There is nothing as precious as your new baby: perfectly formed, incredibly vulnerable and determined …

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 – …