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When is it time to give up the dummy?
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Monday, 14 January 2013 8:14 a.m.
My little man is very attached to his dummy. Introduced at about week 3 when he was so unsettled with relfux. I find he is more reliant on his dummy when his gums are tender or he is in a situation that is making him a little anxious. I figured that a dummy was, in the long run, going to be easier to get rid of than a thumb, although I have heard of a number of little people switching to thumbs/fingers from about age one.
He too went through the phase of needing us to help him find it in the night but we have taught him how to find it and he sleeps 12 hours straight.
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Standing and walking feel effortless but are complex skills involving the co-ordination of many muscles. No wonder it takes a while for babies to get mobile ...but look out when they do!
Home may be where the heart is but ACC's latest statistics reveal that it's also where most accidents causing injury to children occur. These safety tips could help protect your youngsters.
Tips for entertaining your little treasures.
Monday, 23 January 2012 11:08 p.m.
My daughter is almost 4 months and loves our full length mirror. I stand in front of it and hold her so she is facing it. She is so interested in seeing what the mirror baby is doing. I love watching her face as she watches our reflections - she recognises me and smiles at me, and she reaches out and tries to grab the baby in the mirror, though she hasn't yet worked out that it's her. I'm even thinking of laying the mirror on its side against the couch so that when she rolls on to her tum she can look at herself in it.
Take advantage of your baby’s chilled-out nature and book a quiet relaxing trip. It’s a great bonding experience for the whole family.
Saturday, 12 May 2012 10:06 a.m.
My aunt passed on,on the 15 March this year,I had to travell with my two daughters to the funeral,it was very difficult to carry the baby and the luggage and taking care of the baby surrounded by so many people.I found it difficult to travel with small kids but for my daughters it was a graet trip because they were so happy interacting with different people,then I realised that it is good sometimes to take kids out of their homes and mix with other people as well.
About 72 hours after giving birth, you will find the "baby blues" kick in and you'll experience feelings of sadness and plenty of tears - all the result of changing hormone levels.
You'll be standing at the changing table many times a day. So here are a few tips about what you might need.
A baby subjected to passive smoking has an increased risk of developing allergy-related diseases, respiratory diseases, infections in the middle ear, colic and cot death (SIDS).
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 12:50 p.m.
I believe it is really bad to smoke inside your home and vehicle if you have children but as i have a baby myself i know how it feels to be looked upon even though we smoke outside! It is a nasty habit to start and to kick but the first step that puts my mind at ease is that im making the attempt to do the best i can, the next best thing is to give up! One way i thought is how horrible it is to pop out side when its cold and raining to have that "much needed" ciggy so im going to give it a go at becoming a non smoker in the winter months with the help of patchs and gum etc :)
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