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Question: My one year old has a very nasty habit of biting especially when she is excited or frustrated. This weekend she bit an older child and I'm really concerned as to how I can stop this. When she does it to me I say NO firmly and distract to something else ? Any tips ? Answer: It is such a difficult situation when your baby is the culprit. You must feel really sad and concerned. Firstly, you do need to analyze why your little one is biting - maybe she has been expected to 'play' with another little one for too long or with a child who she is out of her depth with. Overstimulation and...

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And baby makes four

27-08-2012

The adjustment to being a new parent is dramatic and almost no parent is fully prepared for the transition. Then just as you begin to find your equilibrium again (albeit a new equilibrium) the question arises over when the best time is to have another baby.  When it comes to siblings here are the most common questions: What is the perfect age gap? As with any parenting question - there is no perfect science and every family is different. There are however some things to consider: • A very small gap (less than 20 months) is very hard on mom as you are still recovering physically from...

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There are few sounds that penetrate our ears in quite the way the sound of crying baby does! Just spend a little time on a flight near a bawling newborn or screeching toddler to feel the levels of tension and panic rise for all nearby. As a parent you are preprogrammed to respond physically to your baby’s cry. You may find that your blood pressure rises, as a mom, your milk letdown can be induced and your heart beats a little faster when you hear your baby cry. New parents are often unprepared for the amount babies cry and the feelings it will induce. It may amaze you to know that many young...

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I am regularly asked "When is the right time to introduce cows milk straight from the fridge?" Must we continue with formula milks into the toddler years or can regular cows milk suffice? The answer is complicated and does depend on your individual baby. The main points to look at are: 1. Does my baby have allergies? If so continue on the formula he is on. 2. Is my toddler a good eater? If you have a poor eater, you may need a specially formulated toddler milk for fussy eaters. 3. Is my toddler on breast milk? Breast milk still offers wonderful nutrients into the toddler years.  If your baby is on...

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Between the ages of one and three years, your baby really becomes one of the family. Use the opportunity of lunchtime to try out different food experiences: chewy, crisp and soft; high calorie and low calorie; sharp and mild; convenience and homemade foods. Lunch time for the toddler is often split in two parts with the first part being the pre sleep meal and the second the post sleep meal. Toddlers are often sleeping over traditional lunch ‘time’ so it is important to be flexible in order to optimize intake. After a nap the Toddler needs some time to wake up before they are willing to sit down to...

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