Babies & Toddlers

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 – …

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 …