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Better bedtimes with a baby and a toddler

Getting a toddler to bed can be tricky enough without adding a baby into the mix and it can be a huge concern for parents who are expecting a new baby, especially if you have a younger toddler who needs a lot of support at bedtime. If you are wondering (or worried), how you will manage bedtimes with a newborn and toddler, here are some tips from…
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Why didn’t I just say ‘yes’? By Becci Nicholls

Sometimes we get into such a routine of saying ‘no’ to our children,  not out of being a bad parent but just because we condition ourselves into having this response. D1: “Can I tip this tub of trains out Mummy?”
Me: “No, it’s too messy, you don’t need to!” I say no because it’s convenient for me. Surely he can play without tipping them all…
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You know you are breastfeeding a toddler when…..

Nobody tells you ‘breast is best’ any more (even though it is!). Instead, you hear “are you STILL breastfeeding” or “you will be going to school to feed him at lunchtime.” (Tell them, ‘only if I am on canteen duty’) The positioning mantra ‘chest to chest and chin to breast’ no longer applies – now it’s ‘gymnurstics’ with their feet in your face,…
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Breaking free from the bonds of ‘should-itis’

The use of the word ‘should’ would do well to be banned when it comes to parenting.  Trying to live up to the way you ‘should’ be doing things is a sure fire way to diminish or completely obliterate any internal soundtrack. With the experts of the day peddling their ‘shoulds’ and with well-meaning family, friends and even complete strangers quick…
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Good Nights -top tips to help your toddler fall asleep

Your toddler's delaying tactics at bedtime – needing a drink, one more kiss, a lost toy – are her way of saying, 'I really want you to stay with me.' From a toddler's perspective, it may be difficult to relax and fall asleep if she feels stressed about being left in her room alone, especially if she can hear adults having fun (talking, watching…
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Healthy muffins for fussy eaters (and everybody else)

Mum question: Does anyone have any simple recipes for healthy muffins? My 4yr old is a very fussy eater. Thought if I could make a healthy muffin she would eat it. Pinky says: I have been baking these oatmeal muffins for years –I first discovered the original version  in a La Leche League  cookbook,’ Whole Foods for The Whole Family’. Over the…
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