FREE EXPERT ARTICLES

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July 26, 2021

Top Ten Nap Time Tips

Argh! Naps sure can get a parent down! Naps that are too short or naps that don’t follow any predictable pattern can make for a tired and grumpy baby – and Mum!
 

It is especially frustrating when you baby or toddler has been napping beautifully and then things suddenly go pear-shaped. If you’re struggling with short or erratic nap patterns, don’t worry – our Sleep Expert Richelle Franklin help.

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Sleep Expert
Richelle Franklin

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July 5, 2021

Top Tips for Eczema-prone Skin

Did you know that eczema-prone skin affects 1 child in 3 in Australia*? Dr Clarence De Belilovsky, a dermatologist and member of the Mustela Expert team explains the first signs, flare ups and what to do if you suspect your little one is suffering with eczema.

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Christy Hopwood
and Freya Owen

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June 14, 2021

Night Waking - Hunger or Habit?

Is your baby waking in the night because of hunger, or habit? Here are six things to consider that will help you to answer this question and will bring you a better night's sleep.

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Richelle Franklin
Sleep Expert

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May 24, 2021

Wiping Bottoms

An often forgotten yet still important part of toilet training! In this article our Toilet Training Expert explains when and what to teach our little ones to ensure the job is completely done..

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Monica Ferrie
Toilet Training Expert

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May 3, 2021

Getting Out The Door

Getting out the door can be a stressful time for many parents - before having children we didn’t realise what the other working parents had to go through each morning before even getting to work! Here are our tips on how to get out the door on time.

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Christy Hopwood
Co-founder & Mama Expert

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April 12, 2021

The Power of Hormones in Labour, Birth & Breastfeeding

Your beautiful body is hardwired to reproduce! From conception, labour, birth and breastfeeding you have many naturally occurring helpers who have your back. THE most important helpers are your Hormones. There are four main hormones that you should be aware of and know how, when and why they are there to support both you and your baby through this journey, and the benefits of working with them to enhance your experience. These are Oxytocin, Endorphins, Adrenaline and Prolactin.

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Mama You've Got This

Narelle Tsiros
Positive Birth
 Expert

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March 15, 2021

Choosing the Right Pregnancy Multivitamin

A baby’s growth is the most rapid in the first weeks of life – often before you are aware you are pregnant. For your body to be able to fully support these developments, higher levels of two key nutrients, folic acid and iodine, are essential. Because these nutrients cannot be obtained from your diet alone, the Australian health guidelines recommend taking a pregnancy supplement containing these two nutrients each day in addition to a healthy well-balanced diet. 

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Mama You've Got This

Shae Rickards Dietitian Expert

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February 22, 2021

When Can My Baby Drink Water?

The warm weather is well and truly here and with this, most parents will worry at some stage that their baby may not be getting enough to drink in the hot weather. Here we clarify if, when and how much water is needed.

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Shae Rickards

Dietitian Expert

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December 14, 2020

How To Introduce Food Allergens

Parents are sometimes worried about giving common food allergens to their babies, but the latest Australian health guidelines recommend that all babies should be given common food allergens including peanut butter, cooked egg, dairy and wheat products in the first year of life. Here’s how to do it.

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Shae Rickards

Dietitian Expert

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November 23, 2020

Why Choose Organic?

Research shows organic foods, including fruit, vegetables, eggs and dairy, may have nutritional, environmental and animal welfare benefits. So, it’s clear why parents want to choose organic foods for their children. Here we take a deeper look into the benefits.

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Shae Rickards

Dietitian

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November 2, 2020

The Need to Cling

Some toddlers can become very clingy when they are feeling unsafe, unsure or are worried about losing you. Even toddlers who have not been clingy in the past can go through periods where they are clingier. Remember ‘attention-seeking’ is always ‘connection seeking’. 

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Dr Christiane Kehoe

Emotion Coach Expert

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October 12, 2020

Do You Know What Impacts Your Fertility?

Fertility Expert Dr David Wilkinson says age, obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption are the biggest factors that can influence the chance of falling pregnant and having a healthy baby. In this article he outlines his Fertility Fit Tips for your best chance of a successful pregnancy.

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Dr David Wilkinson

Fertility Expert

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September 21, 2020

Our Guide to Sending Your Child to Childcare

Sending your child off to childcare for the first time is quite frankly daunting ... especially if you have had 11-12 months of one-on-one time at home with your little one while on maternity leave, being their primary carer. Add Coronavirus into the mix and it is no wonder you may be feeling quite anxious about the process.

 

Having gone through this transition with my little ones, here are my top tips from a Mama's perspective to ensure a smooth transition to childcare.

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Mama You've Got This

Christy Hopwood

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August 31, 2020

Creating a Veggie Lover

We know vegetables are important but getting them into kids’ tummies can be a challenge. Whether it’s picking out the beans or a complete refusal to eat any variety, kids have a reputation for not always liking their veggies. Here are some suggestions for getting more veggies into little tummies – and they start from when Mama is pregnant, when a little one's taste preferences start to develop.

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Shae Rickards

Dietitian Expert

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August 3, 2020

TLC for your skin

Mamas, our skin does crazy things in winter, but especially if we are pregnant. We’ve joined forces with the skincare Experts at Mustela to bring you our Pregnancy skin care tips.

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Christy Hopwood and Freya Owen

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July 13, 2020

Ten Tips for Toilet Training Success

Toilet training is an exciting time for parents and children. It is a developmental transition in a child’s life that can be challenging, frustrating, satisfying and wonderful.

 

It is another skill to be developed in a child’s life. Here are my Top 10 Tips to ensure success.

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Mama You've Got This

Monica Ferrie
Toilet Training Expert

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June 22, 2020

Physical Care in the Early Postnatal Period 

Congratulations on your pregnancy and your baby. Here is a guide to what you can expect of your body in the early postnatal period - both in hospital and in the first few weeks at home.

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Annette Beauchamp
Women's Physio Expert

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June 1, 2020

Breastfeeding – The Ultimate Superpower 

The protective power that breastfeeding and breast milk has against infections and illness in newborns and infants is now more relevant than ever before. Breastfeeding and breast milk feeding really is your superpower right now!

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Rowena Gray
Lactation Expert

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May 11, 2020

Starting Solids: When, What and How

Starting on solid food is an important milestone in your child’s development. It’s a window of opportunity where good eating habits can be established and provides a strong foundation for your child’s future health.

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Shae Rickards
Dietitian Expert

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April 20, 2020

Top 10 Best Ever Tips for a Trouble Free Return to Work

Working parents, we salute you! Having kids has made you more efficient in the home, and now that you’re just back at work you’re taking it to the workplace. We’ve put together our 10 best ever tips to help get you back into the groove at work, so you can get in, get the job done, and get home to your loved ones.

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Kate Pollard Return to Work Expert

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March 30, 2020

Be the Calm in the Storm

Emotions lie at the heart of parenting and all human interactions. While our own emotions influence how we parent, children are wired to quickly pick up on our emotions, which impacts how they feel in stressful situations too. When we are stressed, they are stressed. When we are calm, they are calm.

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Christiane Kehoe

Emotion Coaching Expert

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March 15, 2020

Let's Unite as a Village

We need a Village more than ever. At times like this we need to stop and think about what really matters, how we can support our families and help our neighbours. We're here to support you through the uncertainty.

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Christy Hopwood and Freya Owen

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February 24, 2020

How to Create a Sleep Sanctuary for Your Child

One of the easiest things you can do to help get your child sleeping through the night is to create what I like to call a 'sleep sanctuary'.

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Richelle Franklin
Sleep Expert

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February 5, 2020

Transition To Motherhood 

Osho once said, "The moment a child is born the mother is also born". We love this quote as it talks to the monumental transition of Motherhood. It’s such a huge shift isn’t it, and something that you can't really ever prepare for. But once you give birth to that little one, the transition really hits.

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Christy Hopwood

Mama Expert

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July 19, 2021

10 Top Tips for Surviving Lockdown

Lockdown is so tough! But we know you can do this. From two Mamas who spent a LOT of time in lockdown homeschooling our little ones and trying to work from home, we want to share our top tips with you to help you get through.

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Christy Hopwood
and Freya Owen

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June 28, 2021

The Best Fruits and Vegetables for Babies

Vegetables and fruits are some of the best sources of vitamins and minerals available. With that in mind, here’s our guide to what we consider to be the best fruit and veg for your baby from 6 months onwards.

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Shae Rickards
Dietitian Expert

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June 7, 2021

Top 10 Tips for Dealing with Mama Guilt

Hey Mama, let’s talk about Motherhood ‘guilt’. You know that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach that you are not enough, that you are juggling too much and you are feeling like you are failing everyone. Here are our 10 top tips on how to deal with Mama Guilt.

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Christy Hopwood
Co-founder & Mama Expert

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May 17, 2021

20 Things We Wish We Had Known about the Fourth Trimester

Hey tired Mama, we see you! The fourth trimester is tough going - the learning curve is real. For the first 12 weeks postpartum, life as a new mother can be a whirlwind, it's unbelievably amazing and totally exhausting at the same time. You are undergoing a monumental change, you are learning a new role, you are recovering from birth, you are discovering the little person you created. This new role is 24/7 and the weight of responsibility can be heavy. Here are 20 things we wish we had known.

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Christy Hopwood
Co-founder & Mama Expert

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April 26, 2021

Induction of Labour

In this article Dr Peter Jurcevic explains the induction process and answers some of the questions you may have.

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Dr Peter Jurcevic
Obstetrician
 Expert

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March 29, 2021

Managing the End of Daylight Savings Time

The end of daylight savings time is almost here. Most parents don’t mind when they gain an extra hour, but it sends fear through people’s bones when they hear they are going to have to lose an hour of sleep! Here is how to handle daylight savings time and children's sleep.

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Richelle Franklin
Sleep
 Expert

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March 9, 2021

Managing Feelings, Stress and Pressures

Parenthood can be a time of huge change. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or you are experiencing big feelings, stress or pressure, know you are not alone. Here are some strategies to help you manage. 

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Dr Karola Belton

Psychologist Expert

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February 9, 2021

The Waiting Game

You've had your embryo transfer and you've been through so much already. Now for the two-week wait until your pregnancy test. Our Fertility Expert Dr David Wilkinson explains what is happening in your body and how to get through these important weeks.

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Dr David Wilkinson

Fertility and IVF Expert

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December 7, 2020

Toilet Training Where Do I Start?

Thinking about toilet training now the weather is getting warmer? Going to the toilet is a skill that has to be learned. Its not a task that our children can just produce or do. That means it follows a process. It’s a learning process that you as parents can guide and support. 

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Monica Ferrie

Toilet Training Expert

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November 16, 2020

Asthma and Your Child

Asthma is common and treatable. 1 in 4 children will be diagnosed with asthma at some time during childhood. It’s important to know how to recognise an asthma episode or symptoms, what medications to give and when to give them and that your asthma plan is there to help anyone caring for your child.

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Dr Lexi Frydenberg

Paediatrician

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October 26, 2020

Life After Lockdown

The past six months have been extraordinary, and as a community we have endured restrictions and isolation that have been challenging on so many levels. Just as it took time to find ways to manage the stresses of lockdown, it can take time to find our way back.  

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Dr Karola Belton

Psychologist Expert

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October 3, 2020

How to Manage Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings is tonight! Most parents don’t mind it so much when they are gaining an extra hour, but it sends shivers through parents’ bones when they are about to lose an hour of sleep. Here are our Sleep Expert Richelle Franklin's tips for how to help your little ones adjust. 

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Richelle Franklin

Sleep Expert

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September 14, 2020

Support Tips for Birth Partners

Just as every baby is different, every woman’s labour is different, and every woman has different needs from her support partner. Between us we have had 7 different births and 7 different recoveries. Here are our (and our partners!) top tips for being a support person in labour and beyond.

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Christy Hopwood and Freya Owen

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August 24, 2020

When Breastfeeding doesn't work out – Beating the Guilt

Not every Mama and not every baby can breastfeed and we are here for every Mama no matter what her journey is. 

In this article, our lactation Expert Rowena Gray explains that while breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby, sometimes, for some mums, their breastfeeding experience is one challenge followed by another. If you mix feed or formula feed you are not a failure. You are a mum who’s brave enough to make some tough calls when you didn’t want to. 

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Rowena Gray

Lactation Expert

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July 27, 2020

Quarantine Survival Guide

We are in the thick of it again ... lockdown 2.0 in Melbourne.

 

Here are tips to keep your children feeling secure and rested, and to help you keep your sanity while you’re at it.

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Richelle Franklin
Sleep Expert

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July 6, 2020

When is the Right Time to Seek Fertility Help?

Deciding to try for a baby is one of the most exciting times in a couple's life.

However, for some, falling pregnant can feel like it is taking forever, so when is the right time to seek help? Dr David Wilkinson has the answers.

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Dr David Wilkinson
Fertility and IVF Expert

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June 15, 2020

Extending Your Baby's Nap Time

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar…
Your baby wakes up in the morning after a solid night’s sleep. You feed her, change her, play with her for a little bit, take her for a little walk outside, then rock her to sleep and put her gently into her cot for her morning nap. 30 minutes later, she wakes up fussy and irritable and, despite your pleading, bargaining, and offers of riches, refuses to go back to sleep.

Let me help you with this, by giving you my top tips to extend your baby's nap time.

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Richelle Franklin
Sleep Expert

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May 25, 2020

Miscarriage: An Explanation

Miscarriage is one of the unfortunate and sad aspects of the care that I provide to women. It is, however, a persistent reality and is both upsetting and unnerving, not just at the tragedy of the loss, but also because it often makes you question your ability to achieve a healthy baby down the track

 

I would like to take this opportunity to explain miscarriage to you in more detail. 

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Mama You've Got This

Dr Peter Jurcevic
OB Expert

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May 4, 2020

Head to Toe: Common Newborn Conditions

During COVID-19 many parents are nervous about seeing health professionals. If you are worried about your baby or feel that “something is not right”, please don't hesitate to seek help. Following is information about some common newborn conditions and how we suggest you treat them.

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Dr Lexi Frydenberg
Paediatrician

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April 13, 2020

Partner Support – 
the Critical Link
to Successful Breastfeeding

If you don’t have breasts then you’re not going to be able to help with breastfeeding itself, but your role as partner to a breastfeeding mother and baby is the critical link to long term breastfeeding success, which benefits the whole family. Lactation Expert Rowena Gray writes.

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Rowena Gray

Lactation Expert

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March 23, 2020

Looking After You

Mamas, looking after a little person all day can take the best out of all of us. It’s important to remember to look after you, too. Here are my top tips on how to create time for YOU and what to do with it once you have it.

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Nikki Morris

Mama Mindfulness Expert

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March 9, 2020

Medicine Cabinet
Must-haves

You’re about to bring home this brand-new baby and your mind is bursting with questions like ‘what have we done?’, ‘what were we thinking?’ and ‘now what?’ 

Today I’ll tackle an easier question. What should you have in your medicine cabinet?

 

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Dr Bill Bateman
GP Expert

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February 17, 2020

Calm Birthing: Reducing Anxiety Through Preparation

Labour. It's the one thing on every pregnant woman's mind, no matter how far along she may be. What will it feel like? How much will it hurt? How long will it take?

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Dr Peter Jurcevic
Obstetrician Expert

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December 2, 2019

Supporting You in Your Greatest Role Yet

Meet Freya and Christy, two Mamas with a big dream to help fellow Mamas navigate the life changing experience of becoming a Mum.

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Christy Hopwood

Mama Expert

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July 12, 2021

Are you having trouble conceiving? The answer isn't always IVF

If going to see a fertility specialist and thinking you will automatically end up doing IVF makes you freeze with fear, then you can defrost. Here Dr David Wilkinson explains the early fertility treatments to consider first.

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Dr David Wilkinson

Fertility and IVF Expert

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June 21, 2021

How to Protect your Child from Burns & Scalds

Winter is here! It’s the season of hot drinks, hot food, a nice warm bath, or cosying up by an open fire. While all of these bring a sense of comfort, they can also pose a risk of burns and scalds, particularly to those who are most vulnerable - children. Here we tell the story of Gracie and her family, suggest how to prevent burns and scalds and give first aid advice.

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Mama You've Got This

Melanie Courtney
Safety Expert Kidsafe

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May 31, 2021

How to Nail Flexible Working

​Yes! You’re just back at work and have negotiated flexible working arrangements … Congratulations! But what next? How do you ensure success for both you and your employer, and set a trend in your organisation that flexible working is the way forward?

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Kate Pollard
Return to Work Expert

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May 10, 2021

Tips to Stop Early Morning Wake-Ups

Whether your early riser is a baby or toddler, one thing is certain – early morning wake-ups are rough on everyone! The timing of your little one's morning wake-up sets the tone for the rest of the day. It also sets the pace for the day's schedule and feed patterns. Early morning waking can upset your whole day and routine. 

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Richelle Franklin
Sleep Expert

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April 19, 2021

Egg Freezing – The Facts

For many reasons, egg freezing can potentially be helpful for a variety of women. These include women who may wish to try to have children at a later date, those with a genetic disorder that could limit their fertility, and cancer patients who may need to undergo chemotherapy. This article explains the process.

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Dr David Wilkinson
IVF and Fertility
 Expert

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March 22, 2021

Shared Care - Keeping it Local and Familiar

Shared care is a popular choice for healthy women with a normal pregnancy. Here our GP and Shared Care Expert explains the benefits and how the system works.

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Dr Bill Bateman
GP & Shared Care
 Expert

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February 27, 2021

Why Does My Baby Fuss at the Breast?

Feeling frustrated by your baby pushing and arching away from you when you try to breastfeed? Does he start tugging at the breast and thrashing his arms? This ‘fussing’ is your baby’s body language to tell you he’s not happy about being at the breast right now. But why does this happen and what can you do about it? 

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Rowena Gray

Lactation Expert

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February 2, 2021

Meditation Top Tips

It might seem counter intuitive, but the less effort you put into your meditation, the better. Here, our Mindfulness Expert Nikki Morris details her top tips.

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Nikki Morris

Mindfulness Expert

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November 30, 2020

Tips for Successful Toddler Bedtime

A toddler leaving their bedroom at bedtime may sound harmless, but if it happens often enough, it can be every bit as hard on parents and children as constant night waking. Here are some tips and tricks for how to encourage your toddler to stay in their room at bedtime.

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Richelle Franklin

Sleep Expert

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November 9, 2020

'Tell Someone Who Cares'

Perinatal mental illnesses like anxiety and depression are common and can be serious. 1 in 5 expecting or new mums and 1 in 10 expecting or new dads will experience anxiety and/or depression. This PANDA Week, we want to raise awareness about the services available to those who need help.

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Mama You've Got This

Christy Hopwood and Freya Owen, together 
with PANDA

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October 19, 2020

Here Comes The Sun

Although summer this year may not be the same as what we are used to, it will still bring heat, sunshine and UV exposure. Our GP Expert Dr Bill Bateman gives advice on how to protect babies and children from the sun, what sunscreen to use and how to keep little ones cool. 

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Dr Bill Bateman

GP Expert

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September 28, 2020

Caring For Your Baby's Skin

Your baby's skin provides protection and aids sensory development, and it needs specific care. To give your baby’s skin the care it needs each day, you need to be able to recognise your baby’s skin type, fully understand its needs and use the right products for their skin type. 

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Christy Hopwood and Freya Owen

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September 7, 2020

I Come From a Long Line of Dads

Michael Ray is a dad, single parent, a friend and an inspiration to his daughter Charlie. He writes to inspire all with his experiences, struggles and unconditional love. He kindly shared this article with us and we hope his Father's Day went exactly as he planned. Happy Father's Day.

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Michael Ray

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August 10, 2020

Iron Deficiency in Children

Iron is an important mineral found in blood that helps carry oxygen around the body. Iron is essential in providing energy and for brain development. It is common for children to be iron deficient. Dr Lexi Frydenberg explains why it is so common, how to prevent iron deficiency and how to treat it.

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Mama You've Got This

Lexi Frydenberg

Paediatrician

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July 20, 2020

How do you know if you are done?

How do you know if you are done? Having children, that is? Is there a switch inside your brain that turns off once you have had your allocated amount of children, that lets you know that you are done?

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Mama You've Got This

Christy Hopwood
Co-founder

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June 29, 2020

Boosting Your Child's Immunity

The Covid 19 Pandemic is not over yet – not by a long shot, and as the school holidays arrive, we are proceeding cautiously to avoid that second wave. How can we protect our babies and young ones and turbo charge their immune systems? GP Expert Dr Bill Bateman shares his expertise here.

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Mama You've Got This

Dr Bill Bateman
GP Expert

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June 8, 2020

What Age do you Begin to Toilet Train

Parents often wonder, when is the perfect age to begin toilet training. There is an old wives tale that says, toilet training an older child is easier, however this is not what an extensive body of international research suggests.

 

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Mama You've Got This

Monica Ferrie
Toilet Training Expert

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May 18, 2020

Returning to Exercise after the Birth of your Baby

Your fitness prior to pregnancy and birth determines your aims and your underlying fitness. It is reasonable to expect to return to that level of fitness – with patience and graduated effort.

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