Babies & Toddlers

Face time and the problem with masks and phones

Miriam Mccaleb says that issues around face coverings highlight a greater problem for this generation of babies – our use of smartphones. By Kate Barber Miriam McCaleb cannot emphasise enough the importance of a baby’s attachment to their mother. Wholly dependent on her to meet …

Birth order & my baby

NATHAN WALLIS explains that those all-important ‘first 1000 days’ are different, significantly so, for firstborns and later babies. By KATE BARBER The ‘birth order effect’ fascinates us. We talk authoritatively about the traits of firstborns or middle children or ‘the baby of the family’, especially when …

Share the joy of free play

Playcentre is all about playing and learning together. We look at some of the benefits of this unique early learning option. For optimal development, our children need responsive, loving relationships, a strong sense of belonging and ample opportunities for self-directed, free play. These are the …

Why children need messy play

NATHAN WALLIS urges parents to recognise the importance of unstructured, free play for young children, and embrace a little mess. By KATE BARBER The idea of ‘messy play’ makes many of us tense up, and others roll their eyes. Those two words threaten to upset the …

How to play online when you can’t be together

Christchurch child development expert and author Dr Tessa Grigg offers her tips for getting the most out of online catchups with little ones when grandparents and grandchildren can’t be together. There are grandparents all over the world who are not able to physically be in …

The latest in bedtime reading

Children’s book expert Crissi Blair picks out all the best pages for all ages. PICTURE BOOKS Moose the Pilot By Kimberley Andrews. Puffin $19.99 Moose lives in a treehouse and spends his days as a bush pilot, delivering essentials in all weathers, in some quite dangerous …

Delivered with love

New parents will love you for delivering them fresh meals by Angel Delivery.  Becoming a parent for the first time is a big deal. Life gets turned on its head for a bit, and sometimes we don’t know which way is up. It’s the basics …

Looking After Mum: Maternal mental health

Sometimes motherhood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, so how can we help new mums? LAURA TRETHEWAY offers some practical suggestions. We spend so much time preparing for the birth of our babies, but it’s often the first few months after delivery – the …