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  • Child safety advice - Huggies
    anything to protect your baby from life s dangers be it a burnt finger aggressive dog or fallout from a nuclear war Sadly even the most careful and observant parenting doesn t guarantee child safety Each year about 350 Australian children aged 0 14 are killed and 60 000 hospitalised by unintentional injuries the kind often referred to as accidents These figures are half what they were before wide ranging child safety guidelines were introduced just a few years ago Fortunately many injuries are easily prevented by simple child safety measures that you easily implement Home safety Child safety in your home should be your top priority Most injuries to babies and toddlers occur at home Maximising child safety in the house and yard not only helps prevents injuries but will also help reduce your stress levels Once you look at your place through the eyes of an inquisitive small child the list of possible hazards seems endless Also keep in mind that child safety means taking precautions to ensure parents are safe too Sleep deprived mums and dads are more prone to accidents and forgetfulness Read Huggies home safety tips and suggestions for child safety and then get to work on childproofing your home in time for baby s arrival Baby safety equipment Just because it s sold in the shops or given to you by another parent doesn t guarantee it s safe Safety recommendations for baby equipment have become much stricter in recent years following research into the cause of injuries and deaths in the home For example all new cots have to comply with Australian Safety Standards and the use of bumpers in cots is not recommended Huggies tells you what to look for in baby equipment which items can be hazardous and what precautions you should take to ensure baby equipment is safe to use Baby car safety There are strict laws regarding baby car safety It can get confusing especially when you re in the shop checking out the huge range of child restraints on the market Huggies explains what you are legally bound to do to ensure child safety when traveling in the car We also give you some excellent guidelines for child safety when you re out and about including tips and checklists for pram safety stranger awareness and what hazards to keep an eye out for when you re in the park or playground Stroller safety You ll be aware from news stories that stroller safety is a major issue for parents Again with so many choices of strollers available it s vital that you know what to look for to ensure your baby is safe Water safety Baths paddling pools swimming pools fish ponds the sea even a bucket of soaking clothes can be death traps for young children as the drowning statistics testify A baby or small child can drown in just a few centimeters of water in the time it takes you to answer the phone or go

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  • New parents articles - Huggies
    get you started here are some basic pointers to help you think about your role as new parents Your parents influence your parenting Your parenting style will be influenced by your parents regardless of the methods we hear read or know about In the end we tend to subconsciously look back to our own childhood for our fundamental parenting ideas We tend to recreate all the things we liked about it and put right all the things that we disliked as we bring up our own children Prepare your finances for a new addition Of course having children will change your lifestyle and household budget Think about every stage of your child s life from newborn until the day they leave home and project as best you can what new expenses you will incur Don t overspend on your newborn The excitement of bringing home a baby for the first time will drive you a little crazy about what to buy for bub Remember that your child will quickly outgrow the things you buy for them in the first few years of their life so consider each purchase carefully Start a savings account for your child The best way to teach a child about money is by example If you start a bank account for your child when they are a baby you can use it to show them how money can grow and teach them the value of saving over time What sort of person do you want your child to be Not what occupation he or she would take on but their values and attitudes in life Have an idea of what type of person you d like your child to be for example generous community minded etc Also give thought to spiritual or religious beliefs Your child s first role model You are your child s first role model Know yourself and be yourself be aware that you are your child s first role model and thus the most powerful influence over their early years and development Learn from your child Being a parent is not always about what you can teach your child but also about what your child can teach you Some parents say that the most precious thing about parenthood is how much they constantly discover about themselves through their children Balance guidance and freedom Look for a balance between guiding your child and allowing them to discover their own path Sometimes it s better to be aware of your child s own individual development pace than to be anxious that he hasn t begun crawling at 12 months Leaving them to learn things on their own might help them learn more than what you can offer Your child s health care plan Have a health care plan for your child There will always be immunisation and vaccination milestones which he will need from newborn to adolescence Refer to the immunisation chart and organise a time with your GP for your child to get

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  • Working mums - Tips & advice on parenting for women who spend their time between work and home - Huggies
    Hospitals Working mums Baby Parenting Working mums Returning to Work Before you have your baby you may be able to plan your return to work with some emotional detachment However after you have held your baby you may wish to reassess your carefully laid plans Remember you can only change your date for return to work once Here are a few points to help you plan the transition from home back into the work force Consider your current role at work and assess if it is possible to return to your job in its current form For example if your job involves long hours or frequent trips away from home you may consider this unacceptable when you are a mum If the answer is no perhaps you could talk to your employer in advance or use your time while on parental leave to look for a more suitable position Working from home is becoming a more acceptable work practice today There are many benefits to home based work for both you and your employer These include increased productivity flexible working hours reduced absenteeism and the ability to retain a well trained work force You will save on time away from the home by cutting out travel time If you plan to breastfeed your baby you do not have to stop this before you return to work if this is your choice Recently the Sex Discrimination Act has been amended to include reference to breastfeeding at work The amendment was designed to ensure that women who choose to return to work while breastfeeding or are expressing milk can not be discriminated against It is worth considering your childcare options before you finish work Take some time to investigate your choices for childcare They include a Child Care Centre Family Day Care

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  • Parenting advice - Support for parents to help raising then children - Huggies
    families the childcare rebate and taking baby photos We even discuss the advantages of teaching your child two languages a hot topic in multicultural Australia Financial support The media makes a big deal about the supposed costs of raising children Truth is it s only as expensive as you can afford it to be Sure it costs a bundle to send kids to private violin lessons which is wonderful thing to do if you can pay for it but good parenting doesn t require a massive income Heaps of parents choose to let their kids spend their spare time making free mud pies or reading free library books without any ill effect There are also insights into the real cost of parenting a child lack of sleep loss of identity less romance in your relationship and career compromises These non monetary costs are the real price we pay for the joy of having kids And most parents wouldn t have it any other way Government assistance Most folks have no idea they could be eligible for financial assistance for parents from the government Some things are means tested but others aren t including the maternity payment and the childcare rebate Find out what you could get and get parenting advice about family tax breaks You and your partner could be in for a pleasant surprise But trying to find out what you re entitled to and how to claim your share can be a major headache Let us talk you through it We ve made the process simple and easy to understand Preschool So you want or need to return to work one day after baby is born Or perhaps you just want the odd afternoon off to catch up with friends study play sport or go to the hairdresser But who s going to care for your child Talking about preschool childcare can give many first time parents heart palpitations especially if you ve heard the horror stories about 3 year waiting lists for top daycare centres Don t despair Huggies is here to tell you about all the childcare options available to you and how to choose the one that best suits your child and your work commitments There s something for everyone from night shift workers to breastfeeding mothers working at home Huggies also gives you tips and advice for making the experience as easy and as pain free as possible for both you and your little one Parenting tips Here other parents share their parenting tips and suggestions learned from experience Discover an easy way to tell if baby has a fever if you don t have a thermometer handy the best type of liquid to give a child with gastro and more You might also like to join the Huggies Forum so you too can share parenting tips and advice with others Taking baby photos You ll want to capture your baby s every special look and magic moment But often the results are disappointing

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  • Parents & children - Get parenting advice - Huggies
    Build on these and be sensitive to your baby s attempts to let you know what they want Daily practice and repetition of familiar signs and their meanings will help you both develop skills Gardening with kids Getting kids out in the garden and involving them in gardening is a wonderful way of connecting them with nature If you help your children to learn how soil and earth are associated with growth you will be giving them a lifelong gift Even if you don t have a green thumb yourself your children won t be critical of your gardening attempts What they will see is you having fun and spending time with them The result if there is one will be an added bonus Buy some plant seedlings which will grow quickly and don t rely on too much tender loving care to thrive A vegetable garden is a great way of demonstrating the message that time and effort invested into something brings its own rewards Lettuce rocket capsicum beans peas or corn seedlings all grow reasonably quickly with the added bonus that the results are edible If flowers are more your style consider sunflowers alyssum dolly s flowers impatiens and daisies which are all fairly indestructible Placing cut off stems in a clear vase of water and then seeing if they shoot is fun Bean sprouts nestled into water soaked cotton wool balls soon produce the most fascinating results If your kids can wait to eat them The key with gardening is to be imaginative and not be too precious about the inevitable dirt and mud Of course a trowel or two and a watering can are essential Look for worms grasshoppers bugs and beetles Even if you are phobic about this yourself try not to pass on your fear to your children Hair and eye colour are not the only inherited traits phobias can appear throughout generations too Kids and animals Domestic pets really do add their own unique benefits to family life They help kids to learn about responsibility and caring for something other than themselves But don t be under any illusion that feeding and cleaning up after the pets will be shared fairly amongst the household members Kids are very adept at avoidance when it comes to their turn and these tasks generally get added to the parent s long list of things to do Accepting a pet into the household is often a long term responsibility So consider very carefully if you are willing and able to invest the time money and effort into caring for them properly As long as the pets are wormed and fleaed regularly there is usually little risk of transmission of parasites to humans Hand washing after handling the pets and avoiding their droppings is important Kids party ideas Once all that was involved in a kid s party was blowing up some balloons sprinkling a few hundreds and thousands on white bread and pinning a tail on a

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  • Books - Get parenting advice - Huggies
    an international reputation as a baby interpreter baby coach and baby whisperer Even from an early age Tizzie knew how to read babies body language and cries and from that auspicious beginning she has developed a series of sleep routines that have provided parents and babies with a good night s sleep the world over Baby Love Australia s bestselling babycare book Baby Love by Robin Barker is loved by thousands of new parents every year With expert advice for the first twelve months of every baby s life and full of Robin Barker s wisdom and humour this classic guide has been fully revised for 2009 including new material on nutrition food allergy and intolerance and updates on safe sleeping breastfeeding reflux and immunisation Dream Baby Guide Sheyne Rowley s Dream Baby Guide gives you the tools to help your beloved baby become a dream baby who sleeps eats and plays happily An expert in early childhood Sheyne has developed her approach during almost 20 years of working closely with thousands of families to resolve communication independence play and sleep issues Here for the fist time she shares her tried and tested strategies for parenting well rested and content children Raising Boys Why are boys different and how to help them become happy and well balanced men Packed with thought provoking insights heart warming stories and loads of practical help this is a must read book for every parent raising boys Raising Girls This book focuses on girls emotional and physical development their education social conditioning and their relationships with parents and siblings Raising Girls also discusses the emotional and behavioural differences between girls and boys and helps parents to gain practical understandings of their daughter from birth through to the teenage years Complete Secrets of Happy Children The

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  • Mums and bubs TV - watch parenting TV shows - Huggies
    hear Lochie Daddo talk about how parenting has changed him and how he and his wife Karina Brown balance out their lives Better Homes and Gardens presenter Rob Palmer and his wife join us too so we get to hear both sides of the story Our dad s also speak honestly about what they feel they re missing Rachel asks the lads who really does what around the house and how have their relationships changes with their partners after becoming parents Take the opportunity to find out what Dads really think Episode 4 Changing relationships Today it s everyone s favourite topic relationships The mums on the couch discuss how relationships change after the arrival of a baby especially when you already have children We discuss sibling rivalry and jealousy and look at ways of introducing a new baby to the family All this and Dr Katrina Warren joins the girls to tell us about introducing a baby to your pets and choosing the right pets for your family Episode 5 Baby care Episode 5 features perhaps the biggest and most often talked about topics as a mum sleep and feeding Chef Janelle Bloom also joins us in the kitchen with some healthy quick and easy meals for our tired mums And Brett reviews some great books from the Huggies BookClub Episode 6 Food and nutrition What s the best way to encourage your little ones to eat right And what if you had four little mouths to feed like mum of 2 year old quads Fiona Worsley The ladies on the couch discuss tips to help your child eat healthy foods and stay away from junk Disguising healthy foods avoiding food allergies and tips on feeding fussy eaters are all discussed Jenny Coen also talks about the link between nutrition and behaviour in children Chef Janelle Bloom inspires us with healthy snack ideas and Danielle from the Red Cross advises on what to do in a home emergency Episode 7 Socialising baby It s so important for our children to have friends their own age as they develop their social skills Does it all start at Mother s Group But what about competitive parents Today our mums talk about these issues as well as separation anxiety shy kids and bullying and what we can do And we end with a great segment on kids birthday parties Episode 8 Health All mums seem to love to share their own stories of the labour and birth of their child Our mums on the couch are no different and today they compare their birth stories This opens up the discussion of the pros and cons of a caesarean delivery versus a natural birth Then onto the health of our children it s every mother s nightmare when our children are sick We discuss when to be concerned Episode 9 Relationships Today we talk about the juicy stuff how our relationship and sex with our partner has changed after the baby Author of

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  • Family Budgeting - Parenting - Huggies
    make up for it with the second Follow our tips and you ll be on top of your money plan before you know it Where to start The first thing you need when creating a budget is a serious dose of honesty You can t fudge the figures For a budget to be effective it has to be an accurate account of your expenses Don t estimate your bills get out 12 months worth and check that you actually spend 250 on electricity each quarter Don t imagine you ll be able to overhaul your lifestyle within a week if your family regularly eats takeaway twice a week write it down not the seven nights of lentils you imagine will be cheaper When it comes to those miscellaneous expenses that eat up so much of our incomes you ll need to make an investment Buy a notebook Carry it with you at all times Write down every cent you spend for at least a week From the 2 for your child s excursion to the latte you buy to soften the edges of the morning drop off write it down It will help you create a true picture of your spending habits If you have a partner get him or her to do the same You ll both get to see where your money goes not where you think it goes For more help on how to get started visit the MoneySmart website Taking stock Now gather together your rent receipts mortgage statements all your bills and your little notebooks and use them to compile a factual list of your monthly expenses List the average minimum repayments for all your loans and credit cards Divide quarterly bills by three Add up what you re really spending on your mobile phone and divide by 12 for an average Don t forget to include insurances medicines you regularly buy bus fares hair cuts the lot To ensure you don t forget anything use an online budget planner the fun bit there are good ones at ASIC s MoneySmart website and money ninemsn com au Once you ve listed expenses add up all your earnings Includes wages or salaries after tax pensions or Government allowances child support as well as interest from any investment or savings Take a deep breath It s time to subtract your expenses from your earnings If you come up with a positive number you have money left over and can think about putting extra money towards debts such as mortgage and credit cards If you have a shortfall you re spending more than you earn it s time to put some real work into family budgeting Put your balance sheet under the microscope Where can you make cuts Sensible cuts that won t hurt so much that you ll revert to normal within days Can you save on your electricity bill by turning off lights not leaving appliances on standby switching to a gas hot water heater Can

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