Expert Tips

Advice For New Mums – From The Experts!

Baby Hints And Tips expert contributors give new mums expert baby advice, pregnancy advice and vital information on toddler growth and development.  Our expert advice for new mums is all about making those first few difficult months easier for you.

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Got a brand new baby in the house?  Check out our baby advice section for expert advice and community tips on baby development, health, communication, nutrition, sleep and must have items for little ones.

Toddler Advice

Get expert parenting advice and community tips on everything toddler.  Your toddler is learning and developing at a lightning pace!  We’ve brought together expert advice for mums of toddlers across all areas of toddlerhood!  Development, health, nutrition, sleep, behaviour (oh the behaviour!), toilet training and getting out and about in the big wide world.

Check out our toddler advice section here.

Advice for new mums to be

First time round? Our experts have advice for new mums to be during this stressful and wonderful time.  Maybe it’s not your first but every pregnancy is filled with challenges, right?  We’ve gathered experts in pregnancy health and 225,000 Australian women who’ve been exactly where you are.  From trying to conceive, to first trimester woes, pregnancy complications and celebrations, right up to the big day – birth.  Get all the pregnancy advice here.

Vaccintions concerns and questions

Immunisation – Your common questions and concerns answered

10.10.2014  

Vaccinations are one of the greatest advances in preventative health, but unfortunately vaccination rates have been decreasing in recent years. GP Melissa Homewood addresses a number of the common concerns and questions many parents have, separating the fact from myth.

Healthy foods are treats

How to trick your child into thinking healthy foods are treats

03.10.2014  

With this generation of children arguably the pickiest eaters in history, most parents know that feeding kids is no easy task. Here are some expert suggestions to make that task easier.

Clean your kids rooms

06.09.2014  

A thorough clean out of your children’s rooms will make them much easier to keep clean. Start at the top and work down. Make sure to dust with a damp …

What’s the story with the Meningococcal B vaccine?

What’s the story with the Meningococcal B vaccine?

04.09.2014  

“As a new mum and GP about to resume work, my ears pricked up when I heard of a new vaccine made available earlier this year targeting the most serious and common strain in Australia, Meningococcal B. So it was for a combination of personal and professional reasons that I trawled the available information. Here is my summary…”

{Expert tips} Sleep and multiples

07.08.2014  

Expert Tips: by Kylie (Midwife, Child and Maternal Health Nurse, and owner of Beyond the Bump)

4 Tips and creative ideas for photographing your child

17.03.2014  

You don’t have to own a fancy big camera to have a bit of fun and get creative when photographing your kids.  You can create some beautiful images that are frame-worthy just by using a few simple techniques.  Here are some creative ideas and tips for photographing your children.

Baby-sitting clubs

06.01.2014  

Do you find that it is difficult to find someone you trust to look after your children? Do you feel guilty asking friends or relatives to baby-sit? Do you feel you often need to pay for a baby-sitter? A baby-sitting club is the ideal way to solve some of these issues.

Top Tips for Summer Safety

10.12.2013  

As a paediatric emergency nurse and mother of two, I know each season brings its own set of issues. In summer, it’s the outdoor stuff — from grazed knees and sunburn to drowning tragedies. Being aware of the most common sticky situations kids get themselves into and staying calm and knowing what to do if things go wrong is the key to surviving summer.

18 tips for flying with baby

25.11.2013  

Expert tips: Flight attendant and mum Jaimie-Anne shares tips for flying with babies and toddlers to help make your flight more pleasant

{Expert tips} Baby-sitting clubs

24.11.2013  

Do you find that it is difficult to find someone you trust to look after your children? Do you feel guilty asking friends or relatives to baby-sit? Do you feel you often need to pay for a baby-sitter? A baby-sitting club is the ideal way to solve some of these issues.

Grandparents and Breastfeeding support

20.10.2013  

Are grandparents between a rock and a hard place when a baby arrives? Lynne-McKensey Hall IBCLC explains how they can be involved, without being in the way.

Exploring and Learning: Fine Motor Skills

18.10.2013  

When you hear ‘fine motor skills’, you’re hearing about your child’s finger and hand muscles – the way children grasp, manipulate, stack, sort and develop hand-eye coordination. These skills are an important part of childhood development as they help children prepare for pre-school and school tasks such as writing, drawing, cutting and colouring.

Partners – Can they help with breastfeeding?

14.10.2013  

Partners are keen to help but may be unsure of how to, especially if the mother is breastfeeding. If either or both the baby’s grandparents are helping with household chores and cooking, partners may feel further displaced about their role while at home. Lynne-McKensey Hall IBCLC provides some tips about how partners can be more involved with your newborn.

Multiple, Pre-term, Adoptive and Surrogate Babies and Relactating

07.10.2013  

It might surprise you to know that more women can breastfeed than those who are unable to (for whatever reason). We have the ability to produce enough breast milk for one or more babies at one time, adequately provide for a pre-term baby, potentially relactate after weaning and potentially induce lactation as an adoptive or surrogate mother.

Exercise: Maintain the momentum

07.10.2013  

You have made it to the end of the month congratulations and hopefully a healthier and happier you? So now where and what to do?

Exercise: Why we need to move

07.10.2013  

“As a busy mum myself finding the time to get any kind of exercises in can be a challenge and often if the opportunity comes up I can be too tired! But often if I make myself go out just for a walk in the fresh I soon feel ten times better and the benefits of exercise help lift my mood and help me face with the stressful often hectic 5pm-8pm dinner and bedtime schedule!..”

Achieving optimal nutrition and health in pre-conception and pregnancy

03.10.2013  

Part 1 in our series on Achieving Optimal Nutrition and Health in Pre-Conception and Pregnancy

General Nutritional requirements and guidelines in pre-conception and pregnancy

03.10.2013  

Part 2 in our series on Achieving Optimal Nutrition and Health in Pre-Conception and Pregnancy

Pre-conception nutrition

03.10.2013  

Five must do’s for being in peak pre-conception form

10 tips to find time to exercise

30.09.2013  

As busy mums we tend to put ourselves last on the needs list and if we already manage to squeeze exercise in it is our workout session that is the first to get pushed to one side if anything else crops up. Lorraine from Pregnancy Exercise has some great tips to help get you moving and stay moving.

Pregnancy Planning

30.09.2013  

Falling pregnant is an exciting time but it is also scary when you start worrying about all that could go wrong.  There are lots of things you can do to minimise risk to baby and do your best to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Returning to work and breastfeeding

29.09.2013  

Returning to work isn’t as easy as it used to be when you were coming back from holidays. Now you might need to juggle routines, daycare, breastfeeding and the temperament of a little one who might not particularly like the changes they are being subjected to. Lynne-McKensey Hall IBCLC shares some tips for making the transition easier.

Autism and Fussy Eaters

28.09.2013  

Fussy eating is a normal part of a toddler’s development between the ages of 18 months and 3 years, but sometimes it can result in food refusal or persist for a long time. Jan Jones provides information about how you can tackle fussy eating and what you shouldn’t do. (Information relates to both general fussy eaters, as well as more specific information for children who are on the autism spectrum)

10 Tips to Keep Motivated and Moving

28.09.2013  

It can often be easy to start a challenge but it is a little harder to remain on track and stay focused. Lorraine from Pregnancy Exercise shares how you can keep moving and stay motivated.

Reasons to express breastmilk

22.09.2013  

Expressing breastmilk isn’t always easy, with many mums finding they can only express a small amount, or that it takes a long time to get the amount you need. Lynne-McKensey Hall IBCLC shares why expressing may be beneficial, and how you can tackle some of the common issues mums face.

Breastfeeding issues and the unexpected

15.09.2013  

Breastfeeding is the physiologically normal way to feed and nurture our babies. Without the opportunity to watch and learn at the fireside from our mothers and other women as our ancestors did, it’s understandable that unexpected outcomes and issues with breastfeeding and settling can bewilder many breastfeeding mothers.

How Occupational Therapy can Help Children with Autism

15.09.2013  

Chances are, if you haven’t needed an OT before, you don’t know how much they do and how much you are missing out on! Nicole explains how useful they can be for children with an Autism diagnosis.

Baby’s Arrival – How breastfeeding myths can affect you and your baby

10.09.2013  

The arrival of your new baby is an exciting and joyous event but it often comes with many people offering advice about breastfeeding. Lynne-McKensey Hall IBCLC explores two common myths about breastfeeding that are often offered as ‘advice’.

15 Things to Consider When Buying a New Family Car

01.09.2013  

Often the arrival of a new baby means the need for a bigger car – whether you are about to have you first, third or ninth here are some tips to help you choose the right car.

asthma in children

Asthma in Children

04.08.2013  

What is asthma? What are the symptoms? How is it diagnosed? How is it treated?

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