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Top Tips for Keeping Boredom at Bay

Top Tips for Keeping Boredom at Bay

While children look forward to the long summer break with great excitement, the reality can sometimes lead to the dreaded complaint—I’m Bored! Here are a few tips to help you cope. Embace It! Evidence suggests that boredom can be good for children. It allows them time to think, to become comfortable in their own company and to use their creativity ... 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 »

Tips for helping your Toddlers Learn to Talk

Tips for helping your Toddlers Learn to Talk

Use simple repetitive language Describe your everyday activities but keep your sentences short and speak slowly and clearly. Repeating things helps children to join in and pick up new words. Nursery rhymes are great for encouraging children to join in. Build on or expand on what your child says Add one or two words to your child’s sentences. For example, ... Read More »

Top tips for introducing babies & toddlers to books

Top tips for introducing babies & toddlers to books

Talk or Sing About the Pictures: You don’t have to read the words to tell a story. Try “reading” the pictures in a book for your child sometime. Make It Personal: Talk about your own family, pets, or community when you’re reading about others in a story. Let Children Turn the Pages: Babies can’t turn pages on their own just ... Read More »

Top Tips for Baby & Child Immunisations

Top Tips for Baby & Child Immunisations

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 ... Read More »

Top Tips For Safe Sleeping

Top Tips For Safe Sleeping

Until they are one year old, babies should sleep on their back both during the night and during naps. This has been proven to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Make sure your baby has a safe sleeping environment. Use a fitted sheet on a firm, new matters. Don’t include any pillows, bumpers or stuffed animals in ... Read More »

Top Tips for a Positive Bedtime Routine

Top Tips for a Positive Bedtime Routine

Establish a regular bedtime for your child that allows them to wake up rested and refreshed Start to wind down well in advance of bedtime and do activities that help to calm them down and relax them—put on some favourite music, read a book, watch a little television Give your child notice that bedtime is approaching-(‘You have ten more minutes ... Read More »

Top Tips for Enjoying Longer Evenings

Top Tips for Enjoying Longer Evenings

The much awaited ‘stretch in the evenings’ is slowly arriving so it’s time to top up those Vitamin D levels: Make going outside as much of a planned activity as any extracurricular activity. Whether it’s a walk around the neighbourhood, a cycle or a family effort at getting the garden back in shape, try to fit it in daily with ... Read More »

Top Tips for Staying Healthy and Active as a Family

Top Tips for Staying Healthy and Active as a Family

Getting healthy and active can be a great way to have fun together and improve the health of all the family. If your child hasn’t been very active, start slowly with bursts of 15 to 30 minutes. Add activities over time until they reach the goal of at least 60 minutes a day. Build activity into your daily routine—walk to ... Read More »

Top tips for surviving children’s birthday parties

Top tips for surviving children’s birthday parties

In an era where throwing children’s parties seem to have grown out of all proportion, reduce your stress level with a few 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 ... Read More »