Once your baby turns four weeks old, midwives and plunket nurses recommend starting tummy time each day. Tummy time is when you put your baby on their tummy for anywhere from a few minutes to 15 mins and more (increasing it as you go) while you’re watching them.
There are many reasons why your baby should practice tummy time:
December is usually a hectic month for families with young children. However, it’s also the most exciting and magical time of the year.
Many families adopt Christmas traditions of their own and make the celebrations memorable and fun for the kids. Do you have a family tradition that you do within your family?
If you don’t or would like to add a new one, check this list of fun Christmas traditions we put together.
Many pregnant mums who already have a child at home are very aware of the change in the family dynamic which is about to happen in their household. Introducing a new baby into the family with a child can be both exciting and nerve-wracking.
As mums, we want to make sure that the child accepts their new sibling with excitement and adjust to life easily. There are ways to prepare your child for this change to make the transition as easy and comfortable as possible:
Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is very well known for its immune-boosting benefits.
It is undoubtedly the first go-to vitamin during those times we fight a cold. We’ve all loaded up on it when feeling under the weather at some stage in our lives. Naturally, you can find this vitamin in citrus fruits, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, kiwis, berries and broccoli. Many people also use additional supplements to help increase their Vitamin C intake.
But what else is Vitamin C good for?
We all know that brushing teeth is important from an early age; however, many kids don’t particularly like or remember doing it regularly. So it’s parents’ responsibility to teach their children how to brush teeth properly and help make it into a life-long habit.
There are many reasons why brushing teeth is crucial, and the obvious one is to keep healthy teeth and avoid cavities or gum diseases. Teeth play an important role in keeping our jaw straight, help us chew food, talk and provide confidence when we smile or interact with others. It’s needless to say that it is vital for kids to establish the habit of brushing their teeth as early as possible.
We often hear about colostrum and how nutritious and beneficial it is to kids’ immune system.
From the moment children are born, mothers are told about the milky fluid that comes before their breast milk called colostrum, which is full of antibodies essential for their baby’s immune system and growth. But what about colostrum in supplements for children?
Most supplements will include bovine colostrum, which is a milky fluid released from cows’ udders once they’ve given birth. It goes through the process of being pasteurised, dried and then made into a powder that has a light yellow colour.
A balanced and healthy diet full of nutritional value will contribute to your child's quality of life and set them for a healthier adulthood.
Appropriate nutrition will also support your child's developing body and mind, as well as help develop good habits they will take into their adulthood.
As parents, we wish our children to be healthy and avoid sickness as much as possible. That's where proper nutrition comes in with so many benefits. Receiving a balanced diet and good nutrients also help kids with their focus at school, which is so important.
Unlike some well-talked about vitamins like Calcium or Vitamin C, Vitamin E is something not a lot of parents know or understand much about. However, it is a very powerful vitamin which acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants help with protecting our cells from being damaged by free radicals, which may cause cancer and other unwanted diseases.
A body can store Vitamin E (it is fat-soluble), so an adequate dose must be taken, as too much of it can cause problems. It is suggested to look for natural sources of Vitamin E in food first, and if your doctor suggests supplementing your child's diet with Vitamin E, then there are supplements that can be taken.
There have been numerous researches done on the topic of friendships amongst kids and why it’s crucial for their development. The obvious one is that friendships help with developing children’s social and emotional skills, but what are other benefits of friendships among kids?
Friendships provide the platform for learning how to be sensitive to other people’s needs, how to participate in conversations and follow age-appropriate behaviour. When children surround themselves with friends, they acquire a support network to help deal with stressful situations. Having strong connections with others can help one feel supported during hardships that all of us face.
There is so much information about nutrition and what you should be giving your child, which can be overwhelming. Antioxidants and what they are all about can often be confusing to understand, but understanding about them is undoubtedly a great idea, as they are essential for growing kids.
If food high in antioxidants is included in a child’s diet from the very beginning, there is a whole lot of benefits that can be reaped from the early days.