Family

A Letter to my Cupcake

The day you were born was the happiest day of my life. My world instantly collided with overwhelming feelings of love that I have never known. You were so small and innocent.....

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Bonding

For many new parents this isn’t something that takes thought or action, for many parents bonding is instant and as natural as breathing in and out and the bonding begins during pregnancy and continues effortlessly after their baby is born. For others feeling a deep bond and connection to your…

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Say What I Mean…

I'm still getting this wrong. I've had some pretty big fails with saying exactly what I mean to our 4 year old. This is sort of a continuation of “lying to children”, because more and more im finding my little boy needs absolute literal honesty.

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7 Tips for Choosing Childcare

Selecting what form of child care and which one your child attends is an important decision for a parent to make. Although it's not always an easy decision to make. There are so many factors to consider - Cost, Location, Availability, the Values of the care provider and what will…

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The Call of the Cluck

One day you wake up, and take a drive to the shops. You hear an advert about a sale on baby clothes at Pumpkin Patch or a Great Baby Sale is coming to Target right now. You have started answering the call of the cluck. You are getting clucky.

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Dad’s Check List

Hey dad’s to be, this is a check list for you because once the screaming and pushing starts, there’s often little time for clear-headed thought. You’ll need to be prepared ahead of times of items you may need. This is a just a suggestions, just to get you thinking of what…

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Cloth Nappies

There are several different types of cloth nappies, and countless brands. The benefits of using cloth are substantial if you consider the cost of using disposables to both your pocket and to the environment as well as being more convenient – yes you read correctly – if you running low…

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Breastfeeding

The slogan is “Breast is best”, but more accurately “breast milk is best”. Because some mothers do experience genuine difficulties breastfeeding – breast is not best if for whatever reason your baby is not being sustained by breast feeding, or breastfeeding alone. However sometimes Doctors, Childrens Health Nurses, Midwifes do…

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Mother Gives Baby A Blanket – Breastfeeding in Public

Imagine you’re a mum who has a baby, who is kept warm with a blanket, and you take baby and her blanket out in public all the time. How would this affect you? Or impact your choices about whether or not you use a blanket? Or if your a mother…

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What is Attachment Parenting

There are a lot of different ideas about what Attachment Parenting is. It can be interpreted in many different ways, both by people who identify with Attachment Parenting in their own family, and by people who judge it from the sidelines.

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Tantrums & Meltdowns

Meltdowns, tantrums, outbursts, whatever term you use, are when your toddler or child are so overwhelmed by their emotions they lose control. They might screaming and cry, throw themselves at the floor, hit, kick, pinch, or bit, they might refuse to move.

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How to Calm a Crying Baby

How to Calm a Crying Baby Below are some tips to try if your baby is crying. These might apply to a newborn, older baby, toddler or child.

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Settling to Sleep

If you’re having trouble settling your baby to sleep or looking to find alternative ways to settle baby if you want to change a sleep pattern, here are some ideas that might help:

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Behaviour

What works for one child, may not work for another, every child is different, your own beliefs and values also play a vital role in deciding how you will handle behaviour and discipline.

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Warrior Mum

One of my fears has been that I've had so many "false alarms" - what if there is something wrong and I don't act quickly enough, because I've been wrong so many times that I second guess myself.

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Unique Names

Naming a child should be a joy. I don't mind people trying to have unique names for their children. But think of them when you are doing it. They have to live with this name for the rest of their lives. SO please, THINK OF THE CHILDREN! Don't give them…

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Jasper’s Breastfeeding Story

Sharing My Breastfeeding Story When he was handed to me, and after a few minutes I asked if I was “allowed” to feed him, as though I needed permission,

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Separation Anxiety and Childcare

Separation Anxiety can occur when a baby, toddler or child starts some form of care, or schooling, they also may start to cry and protest after they’ve been going to childcare for some time, this may happen just a couple of times, or it may be ongoing.

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“It’s a Pet!…..It’s a Pillow Pet!”

When I first saw these advertised, and on shelves, I wasn’t that keen on them, I thought they looked weird, but I can see the appeal, they look pretty comfortable for little people to snuggle up to, just that it wasn’t something we would buy. When the dream light ones…

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Amber Teething Necklaces

Today while trying to contain my sugar cravings, browsing the confectionery isle at my local supermarket, a lady with two small children approached me and asked me “Is that amber around your daughters neck,

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Toilet Training

Stay Positive. This cannot be emphasised enough – toileting, or “toilet training” – should not be a source of shame, punishment, anger, or disgust from the parent. If you are getting frustrated and fed up take a breath (or maybe hold your breath) and think about the long term impacts.....

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Newborn Shopping Guide

Newborn Shopping Guide Babies are not like a cake, there’s no set list of ingredients with instructions that will get you the results you are looking for – so keep in mind absolutely everything on this list is flexible, from having a cot or pram to having bath products. This…

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Australia’s Top 100 Baby Names of 2012

Well what can be said, we are beginning to trend more in traditional type names. Such as Hannah, Sarah and Charlotte in our girls names. Charlotte jumped from spot 6 (2011) to no.1 for 2012, knocking Ruby down from 1st spot. Jack and William yet again switch spots as no.1…

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How to Choose a Pram

There are lots of things to consider when choosing a pram, below are some questions to ask yourself before you make that decision. Also, browse our "Top 10 Pram" list.

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Newborn Shopping Guide

Babies are not like a cake, there’s no set list of ingredients with instructions that will get you the results you are looking for – so keep in mind that this newborn shopping guide is just that - a guide.

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Childhood Asthma

As I sit here thinking of the things I still have to pack my eldest son's bag, for what may possibly be the millionth time to the hospital. I think about the first time I had to take him in for Asthma.

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Ego and Self Awareness Emerges

This morning, it was raining, I didn’t have the car, I was recovering from a 3 day long headache, and Margo was driving me absolutely bananas!

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Sugar & Spice

Looking back to when my son was reaching toddler hood, climbing everything, running off across the park with reckless abandon, never giving me a moment to sit and catch my breath before he'd be off trying to give himself concussion.

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Raising Hippy Babies

Last week I learnt how to tie dye, and as a matter of fact I learnt how to tie dye while I had a 13 month old on my back in a woven wrap, so I was fully embracing the hippy-vibe.

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CupCake’s Breastfeeding Story

This is my gorgeous CC. 4 days old, so sleepy and yellow. When I was pregnant I daydreamed about the beautiful bond I would create with my perfect little person through breastfeeding. Of course everyone says it’s hard, it’s challenging, it’s not easy for everyone… But surely for me… I…

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Krystle’s PND Story

Krystle’s PND Story Before I begin the next part of my story, i want to clear up the misconception i had about PND. I thought mums who got PND hated motherhood, and hence became depressed. How wrong I was. I loved being a mum and I loved my son intensely.…

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How i Communicate with a 4 Year Old?

This article was inspired by a friend; He said to me “I like the way you communicate with your boy, My brother just yells and screams at his boy.” There is scientific evidence a baby in the mum’s womb are learning to identify communication via touch and sound. Therefore from…

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To Nurse to Sleep or to Not…

There’s all this silly controversy in the baby world of debaters and ‘experts’. The attachment parents (AP) say, ‘nurse your baby to sleep‘. The anti-AP (Is there a term for these people?)

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Dear Mum on the Iphone

Dear Mum on the Iphone I know I’m coming late to the party, there are already a dozen perfectly good responses to Dear Mom on the iphone, this Dear Mom on the Iphone – I get it being one of my favourites. But that blog post does keep popping back into my…

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Night-Waking, Night-Weaning; It’s Not All Night-Mares

Night-Waking, Night-Weaning; It’s Not All Night-Mares The attachment parents (AP) always cop it hard on this one: night waking. We don’t let our kids ‘cry it out’, we wear them, we co-sleep, we breastfeed on demand, and some of us even take our babies to the toilet (called elimination communication),…

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5 things to never say to your other half!

5 things to never say to your other half! I feel I need to share this to any daddy followers out there, the top 5 things to never say to an exhausted, run down mamma.

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Unrealistic Expectations

I often hear people talk of the unrealistic expectations they had before they had kids. How they thought it would be a breeze, they'd pop back to their before-baby-body as soon as the kid escaped them.

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Chat with Daddy

Lately my 1 years old daughter has been making a lot of different sounds (apart from the usual crying & bickering.) I decided to try to capture these sounds on my phone, or I wrote down what type of sounds she was making at the time and what it sounded like. I also…

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Life According to my Toddler

She doesn't understand that "AWAAAAAHHHH!" means "excuse me mummy, I hate to bother you, but could you please get me a drink of water thanks"

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Dealing with Separation Anxiety

This was the hardest topic for me to approach because we are dealing with some pretty intense separation anxiety issues at home. My delightful baby has never really liked people. As in – people in general. We’d be walking around the shops when she was a tiny baby, her head…

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7 Tips for Separation Anxiety and Childcare

Separation Anxiety can occur when a baby, toddler or child starts some form of care, or schooling, they also may start to cry and protest after they’ve been going to childcare for a while and then suddenly they don't want to go any more.

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Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety is when a baby or child doesn’t want to be separated from their parents, a particular parent, or even a key person in their life – like a sibling or a grandparent.

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You know you’re tired when….

You know you’re tired when…. When you wake up on the couch in the middle of the night with a child on you because you fell asleep watching TV and nobody woke you up. When you think baby needs a nappy change, worry because their nappy is completely dry, take…

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You hippy, baby-wearing weirdo!

Okay, I admit… When I was pregnant, I assumed that “baby wearing” was for hippies. You know the kind, the ones who refuse to spend the time with a razor more then once every 12 months

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Shower Time

If we could keep the kids indoors and strapped to the couch, where they can’t get dirty you probably could get away with maybe a shower once a week. There is no fun in that. As parents we both let our kids play and get dirty and every night they…

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What It’s Really Like to be The Stepmother

Writing this has been hard for me, putting down in words the way I feel about being a stepmother. I have never spoken to a stepmother who has been in a similar position to me who hasn’t felt the same way I do, which is why I have chosen to…

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Stop Trying To Fix My Kids Sleep

Stop Trying To Fix My Kids Sleep Ugh, I apologise if this is a bit ranty and not terribly well written – I’ll explain why. Last night my 1 year old and 4 year old “tag teamed” me all night. ALL night. Baby has a blocked nose, it was pissing…

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Relationship and Sex

The birth of your first child will be a turning point in your relationship. Every relationship is different and so will be your experiences. While for some dads-to-be it will be an easy shift into fatherhood/parenthood, for others it may create some challenges. Your relationship with your partner might change after…

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If you child bites do you bite them back?

How is this still a thing, it sounds like advice my grandma would give. "If she's biting, bite her back." But what does biting a child for biting teach them?

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Making Friends As a Mum

In a previous life, before I had children, I was a confident modern woman. I actually asked my partner out on our first date,

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Human Breast Milk Donations…

Human Breast Milk Donations A few years ago, I read in the news about an ice cream shop in the UK that was selling ice cream made from human breastmilk for something like $25 a pop.  At the time, Margo had just been born and I had already been breastfeeding…

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Lying to Children

Lying to Children Do you ever lie to your children? I’ll be honest – I do. Sometimes it’s far easier to tell our 4 year old “No, we don’t have any chocolate in the house” when in fact we do, or “there’s no veggies in the pasta sauce” or that…

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Flying with kids

Flying with kids This is something I’ve had a bit of practice at, flying more times now with little people than without them, and I’m still by no means an expert, but now with well over a dozen flights clocked up between two children, often on my own, I’ve had…

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Satellite Cafe Nurse In – No Apology

Satellite Cafe Nurse In – No Apology The turn out was great, a lot of mums, dads, beautiful babies and toddlers, members of the community and media came out to Satellite Cafe this morning to show their support to Reagan Matthews who was discriminated against by the owner of this…

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Waiting in Silence

Waiting in Silence My eldest son is about to begin his first term doing Early Intervention. A program where children with special needs are given help to progress in order to go on to things like Mainstream schools. My son has no official diagnosis from a Pediatrician, but the common…

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Co-Sleeping Conundrums

Co-Sleeping Conundrums It’s all fun and games until someone gets head-butted in the eye…  Don’t get me wrong, I love love love co-sleeping with my babies… actually, it’s not that I love it, it’s just that I can’t imagine it any other way.  Okay, but occasionally, sleeping with a baby and…

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Extended Breastfeeding

Extended Breastfeeding Or as I like to call it – breastfeeding. A part of me felt very sad one day reading online a mother was talking about how her family didn’t approve of her “extending breastfeeding” and then revealed her baby was in fact only 9 months old. Without at…

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Choosing to have a baby under 30

It seems to be a big deal these days, and yes, even frowned upon in some areas, to start a family before you’re 30. In today’s society it’s often seen as irresponsible to even think about babies before the career and owning your first home

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How To Approach Baby Led Weaning

I’m a firm believer in only starting a baby on solids only when they reach certain developmental milestones: sitting, able to put things (food) in their mouth, etc.

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A little bit of Madness

Do you remember....................... Being able to go on the monkey bars, WAAAY HIGH off the ground, do flips, Be able to go on a few a time with friends?

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Different Types Of Baby Carriers

There are many different types of baby carriers; they come in a range of types, brands, styles, sizes, prices and quality. This is just a brief overview of the different basic types of carriers to give you a rough idea of what you might want to look for.

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RSVP – It’s not that hard, is it!!?

Yesterday I ordered my youngest son’s invitations for his 1st birthday party. When thinking of putting together a birthday party, your thoughts are always, who and how many are coming.

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Lifestyle changes for dads

Hey Dads to be or new dads, be prepared for some “goodbyes” Say goodbye to Space around the house. With kids come a-lot of stuff. Babies need prams, bouncers, nappies. Older kids need toys, books, toys and more toys. And the all need clothes! These all seem to take up…

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Being a new DAD

I believe that there is nothing that can prepare you for the changes of fatherhood. You can read every book, pamphlets, watch every dvd, get advice from other parents, friends, doctors, attend every parenting classes, you will never be completely prepared, all this does is provide you will a good…

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Dads and Toddlers

Toddlers need’s dads. “According to a study conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies Dads are spending about 35 minutes with their children one-on-one each day.” Getting Involved Get involved in your child’s life when your partner is pregnant than at birth through to toddler-hood and the while they…

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Breastfeeding in Public

I know this whole “Breastfeeding in public” thing has just kept bubbling away on social media and I do apologise to those who are a bit over hearing about it because I’m going to bring it up again.

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Baby is Starting Child Care

Baby is Starting Child Care I feel totally out of my depth again after 4 years of parenting. And you’d think of all things that I should be totally okay and under control with is a baby starting child care today.

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This Is it

ome days it hits me that the biggest achievement of every day is getting to bedtime. Some nights the biggest achievement is getting to morning (and coffee) because even with very little sleep at least things look a little better in the day light.

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Toilet Training

There is no one way to go about toilet training, as with many parenting topics, what you do, what will work, what will be the best outcome for your child depends very much on your child and your own parenting views.

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New Dad Fears

Experiencing fears about pregnancy, birthing and becoming a parent is normal for dads. Bringing home for the first time a new tiny person that is going to rely on you for their safety, well-being and to bring them up “right” can be stressful. You might feel the pressure of having…

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Unsolicited Advice

It's an annoying phenomenon that comes with becoming a parent, from the moment you conceive (or even beforehand) you become bombarded with advice.

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