Child Development, Health and Learning

After a traumatic year of interrupted schooling, the cancelling of fun-filled social activities and lack of quality time spent with friends and loved ones, children need some welcome relief from what has been a very difficult year.  Play offers the…
Introducing solid foods to your baby and starting to wean is a big milestone for parents. The process of slowly moving from milk feeds to trying a variety of different tastes and textures can be exciting and daunting at the…
There is a lot of weaning guidance available for babies born on or around their due date (from week 37 of pregnancy onwards), however, not a lot for those whose baby decides to make an early appearance, which is actually…
As a mum, I appreciate the daily struggles and dilemmas that parents and carers have around doing what is best for their children, and I even find a lot of the information available confusing and conflicting-what can be good for…
From the most eager of eaters to the faddiest of little foodies, children of all ages can benefit from cooking in the kitchen. There are lots of simple tasks for tiny hands from peeling to grating, to mixing and rolling.…
The words we use when speaking and reading When we speak, we are often lazy. We ask for the “big one”, “his”, “the thingamybob” and use contextual clues to fill in the gaps. It’s not a criticism, it’s what we…
Reading with your toddler, actually let’s face it doing anything with a toddler, can sometimes be tricky! Their curious independence and new found movement skills means your toddler is not as easy to read to as they once were. Herein…
Reading to your toddler can be funny, soothing and tricky, This is a rapid time for growth and development and their new found independence can lead to a change in your reading style. Reading to your Toddler 12 to 18…
It’s never too early to start reading to your baby. Whilst a baby won’t understand everything there are benefits to reading at each stage. The mother’s voice during pregnancy: During pregnancy, around 30 weeks, babies develop the mechanisms for hearing.…
When is a good time to give my toddler snacks? Toddler snacks should be given once or twice a day, alongside three meals. Try to give your toddler their meals and snacks at regular times and don’t give snacks just…
Children love to ask questions; they’re naturally inquisitive and want to explore the world around them. There are many ways to feed your children’s curiosity – starting in the kitchen. These activities provided a great opportunity to teach them all…
It is a logical guess that toddlers are so called because of their toddle; that unsteady gait that marks the transition from cruising to charging around unaccompanied. By the time your child reaches their first birthday they may be taking…
It may not have been dictionary proof dialect but your baby has communicated their feelings and needs to you since they day they were born. From around their first birthday distinct words will have begun to emerge from the babble…
You were your child’s first audience and companion, so when they reach the toddler years, they will still thrive on parental playtime and interaction but will also seek and benefit from interaction, fun and friendship with peers. The social skills…
Toddlerhood has become somewhat defined by the phrase ‘terrible twos’, which is a bit unfair when you acknowledge that this age is all about a growing sense of independence, separating the ‘me’ from the parental ‘we’. Learning how best to…
Tantrums are a normal and healthy part of life with a toddler but that doesn’t mean that boundary testing won’t send you bonkers! Remember that all children want to express emotions and feel understood, and your job is to respond…
This can happen at different stages for different developmental reasons; during the toddler years separation anxiety can come and as they walk the tightrope between reassurance and independence. It affects children in different ways and can be amplified if other…
Life before nappies may seem like a distant memory, but before you know it, potty training looms and a change-bag free future beckons. Signs your child is ready The most important thing to remember with potty training is not to…
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