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What is iodine, and how much does my child need?

When you think of salt, what is it that springs to mind? Is it a tub of salted popcorn? A melt-in-the-mouth bar of salted caramel chocolate? A tasty batch of salty chips or crisps? Or maybe you think of spreading a layer of salted butter on a golden-brown piece of toast! What probably doesn't ...

How do I teach my child to fall asleep?

If you're attending a big and important event the next day, or perhaps catching a plane in the morning, you'll often go to bed nice and early in preparation, even before you're tired. You brush your teeth, put on a comfortable pair of pyjamas, and close your eyes. But try as you might, sleep just...

How do I transition my child from a pacifier/dummy?

You're in the car with your family, driving back from lunch at a relative's house. All is quiet and peaceful in the car until, suddenly, the familiar cry of your toddler pierces the air. “WHERE'S MY DUMMY?!” she screams. You and your partner look at each other, a look of panic spreading ...

How should I plan daytime naps?

Your little one has just eaten their lunch, and you're looking forward to a little quiet time as they take their afternoon nap. But when you suggest that they hop into bed and settle down while you read them a story, they refuse and exclaim that they aren't tired! You let them stay up a while, ...

What Do I Do If My Child Needs My Help To Fall Asleep?

 You tuck your little one in and say “goodnight,” but within seconds of leaving their bedroom, they scream, “mummy, stay!” It's been going on for a while now, and every time you try and leave your child to fall asleep on their own, you feel so guilty that you run back to stroke their ...

Should toddlers use screens?

As you sit on the sofa, scrolling through social media, you suddenly notice that you're not the only one looking at your phone screen. Your little one is staring intently at the colourful images and funny videos as though mesmerised. While you try not to expose them to screens too often, their ...

What rules can I set up for my child’s bedtime?

What rules can I set up for my child's bedtime?It's 7pm on a weeknight in your family's household, which means bedtime for your tiny tot

What to do before moving my child from cot to bed?

Is there anything more adorable than seeing your little one tucked up asleep in their bed? Wrapped up all cosy and warm in their favourite blanket, one hand clasped around a favourite cuddly toy, the other stretched out between the bars of their cot. Hang on. It looks like their feet might be ...

What is sleep training, and what are the myths surrounding it?

What is sleep training, and what are the myths surrounding it?Just hearing the term ‘sleep training' can make many parents shudder. It's become such a loaded term and a hot topic among parents nowadays. Sleep training essentially means helping your little ones fall asleep by themselves. There ...

How can I help my slow-to-warm-up toddler enjoy who they are?

Being a parent can be characterised by many, many different emotions. Simply put, it's a role that's filled with a whirlwind of feelings. Love, excitement, happiness, as well as frustration, confusion, and some moments of sadness, too. But throughout this myriad of different emotions, as you...