Expert Tips

Expert Information on TTC, Pregnancy, Birth and the first three years.

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.

Baby Advice

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.

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Are birth plans worth the paper they are written on?

Expert Tips: Midwife shares the value of a birth plan and what should be included in yours in preparation of your labour

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When to keep a sick child at home?

Expert tips: GP, Melissa, shares a guide for when a child is too sick for day care or school. And tips on when you should take your child to a doctor.

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Assisting a Choking Baby & Baby CPR

Expert Tips: Learn how to assist a choking baby and about baby CPR for if your baby stops breathing.

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Co-parenting Communication

Expert tips: 5 secrets to co-parenting communication that will help all parents establish the best environment for their kids.

Midwife Tips: Nappy Rash Causes and Treatment

Nappy Rash Causes and Cures: Hints & Tips  As a midwife and mum one of the most common questions I am asked is how to deal with nappy rash. That …

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Ending Crying At School Morning Drop Off

Expert tips: Tears at school drop off? Lynn, a teacher, shares some tips to help with ending crying at school drop off

Loss of Libido After Baby

Tips for boosting your sex drive. If you are one of thousands of women across the country who feels their mojo just isn’t what it used to be ‘pre-kids’, you’ll love this simple, sensible advice from Baby Hints & Tips resident GP, Melissa Homewood.

School Organisation – 5 Expert Tips

School Organisation I am so excited, my own eldest child starts big school in less than 2 weeks (I’m also getting a bit sad as I will miss my funny …

Stuttering in children

Expert Advice: Stuttering in Children

Stuttering in children is a disorder that brings both worry and dread to parents. In this expert article, speech therapist Clare Francis lays out all you need to know about understanding, identifying and assisting your child with stuttering.

Vaccintions concerns and questions

Immunisation – Your common questions and concerns answered

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.

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How to trick your child into thinking healthy foods are treats

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

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?

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

“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

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

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

Pre-conception nutrition

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

10 tips to find time to exercise

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

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.

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