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Parenting in the Present; Dealing with the Past

Parenting in the Present; Dealing with the Past

A new baby brings new hope. As we cuddle our new little baby, our thoughts might wander and we imagine the endless possibilities stretching before this child; we imagine the moments of joy and fun we will share with them. While the reality of parenting is often full of moments of pure joy, it can also be one of the ... Read More »

Needles are never pleasant but there are a few steps that might ease the ‘ouch’ factor

Needles are never pleasant but there are a few steps that might ease the ‘ouch’ factor

For babies, cuddle them closely. Feeding before or afterwards can offer quick comfort. For toddler and older children, give them notice of what will be happening. A surprise shot could lead to fear or mistrust around doctor’s visits. Explain that they will be getting an injection to keep them healthy. It helps to also explain that the shot takes a ... Read More »

Top Tips for Happy Road Trips with Kids

Top Tips for Happy Road Trips with Kids

It’s the time of year when many families pack up the kids, the beach gear, the kitchen sink and head off for a long drive. Whether it’s an hour to the local beach or a car and boat trip overseas, below are some tips to keep everyone smiling. Safety First. Make sure all car seats are fitted correctly, and the ... Read More »

Top tips for throwing children’s birthday parties

Top tips for throwing children’s birthday parties

In an era where children’s parties seem to have grown out of all proportion, reduce your stress level with these handy pointers: Keep it in perspective – yes you want to celebrate your child and ensure they have a great time, but you also don’t want them to develop unrealistic expectations about what a birthday actually is Set a budget ... Read More »

Helping your Children to Handle the Heat

Helping your Children to Handle the Heat

If the last few weeks have thought us anything, it’s that in Ireland we don’t know what to do with great weather. We rush out to buy barbecues, inflatable paddle pools and garden furniture, for fear it will all end suddenly. We stay up later at night, socialise more and generally revel in the sunshine. Given how rare a heatwave ... Read More »

What our kids really need is….us

What our kids really need is….us

All over the world, parents and non-parents alike have groaned with horror over what is happening to children and parents in Texas. The policy of separating a child from his parents violates something that lies at our very core—a child’s need to be close and connected to their parents. Most parents, while fighting back tears over the images and sounds ... Read More »

Tops Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe in the Sun

Tops Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe in the Sun

While it feels like the Costa Del Limerick this week, don’t forget that you don’t need to be on a beach to be vigilant about sun safety. While, as a nation, we’re slightly obsessed about Vitamin D deficiency, it’s all about balance: Babies under 6 months should be kept in the shade and remember to watch out for tiny toes ... Read More »

Top 10 tips for new dads…..because babies don’t come with a manual

Top 10 tips for new dads…..because babies don’t come with a manual

Patience, unlimited patience. The more time you spend with your baby the more capable you’ll feel as a parent. The earlier you and your baby start getting to know one another the closer and better your relationship will be. For instance, when your baby is very small, bath-time can be very special. Try not to hand your baby over to ... Read More »

Getting Breastfeeding off to a good start

Getting Breastfeeding off to a good start

Breastfeeding has huge benefits for both mum and baby, but it does take time and practice to get established. The following points will help you to get breastfeeding off to a good start, but it is very important to get hands on help in the early days and weeks. Although the midwives will provide breastfeeding support, be sure to ask ... Read More »

World Breastfeeding Week: The Importance of Supportive Partners

World Breastfeeding Week: The Importance of Supportive Partners

The benefits of breastfeeding are both immediate and lifelong – it provides on-tap nutrition as and when baby needs it and creates the building blocks of brain development and immunity that will carry your child through life.  The fact that something is natural doesn’t mean that it comes naturally or is easy and breastfeeding is no exception. It takes practice ... Read More »