Babies & Toddlers

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 …

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 …