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Almost any mom will admit that she wants her baby to be one of the clever ones - a smart little chap. We know life is easier for bright and clever people. For this reason as parents we invest time and energy in ensuring that our baby develops optimally and is well stimulated. Research is constantly looking at the key influences on intelligence. Timothy Taylor, PhD, in his book The Artificial Ape, published in July 2010, looks at the inventions that changed the course of human development. As we know, human babies are born less mature than almost any other mammal on earth and their survival depends on...

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The process of interviewing and selecting the prefect nanny is potentially very challenging, there are many wonderful women (and men) with a passion for children looking for work as nannies. The key is to find the perfect nanny for your family and home. When looking for a potential nanny, there are a few considerations to make before you brief placement agencies or prepare to source potential candidates in order to set up interviews. Ask yourself the following questions, many of which are not entirely politically correct, however one needs to be honest with oneself when looking for someone to care for...

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By: Meg Faure, OTR. A few years ago, my husband and I embarked on a three-month trip with a two and four year old. We have camped with our little ones from the time they were 9 months old and taken all three of them on flights from as little as 6 weeks old. I am a big fan of routines and an even bigger fan of sleep so how did we do all this travelling, many have asked. Well the key to travelling with ease and making sure that sleep is not too disrupted is to be prepared. Herewith my top 10 tips: 1. Keep one day-sleep in a consistent sleep space, as soon as you arrive in your new place. This will...

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  Q: I have been reading your article about bath time and chuckling to myself about the “calming” effects it has on baby! My little one was born 4 weeks prem and is 6 weeks old now and still SCREAMS every time I undress him. Bath time is far from fun and calm, but rather, very stressful for both of us. Have you any practical suggestions to help me calm him down so that he can enjoy his bath time? How long will it be before I can change a nappy without having him scream the house down???? A: As I am sure you know, prem babies need to have their age adjusted for about 18 months, in other...

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The world has changed.  We no longer live in villages or in close communities where the women of families can support each other through childbirth and childrearing. Many extended families are split up and whether the distance between family members is only a few hours drive or a 12 hour flight the distance is magnified when you add a new baby into the family. I live a 12 hour flight away from my extended family.  My husband and I have no immediate family nearby, but we do survive and we make it through all the ups and downs of parenthood. How do we cope?  Here are 10 ways to make living away from...

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