Fruits and Vegetables for your Baby

Preparation and cooking Wash your hands with soap thoroughly under running water. Ensure the bench is clean and utensils have been washed in hot soapy water. Wash vegetables or fruit. Peel (if required) and chop vegetables/fruit into small pieces. Place into a saucepan with a small amount of water. Or put a little water into … Continued

A little girl eats some mashed fruits and veggies

Foods Not Suitable Under 12 Months

Cow’s milk Cow’s milk should not be used as the main drink for infants before the age of 12 months as it doesn’t have all of the vitamins and minerals that your baby needs to grow and develop. Cow’s milk has large amounts of protein, sodium and potassium which can overload your baby’s immature kidneys. … Continued

A dad shops for baby food at a grocery store

Finger Foods

Finger foods are anything edible your baby can hold. They need to be in small sizes that are easily picked up by small hands. Your baby may become interested in finger foods anywhere from 8 months of age. Babies need to be able to sit with little or no support and have commenced eating solid … Continued

A baby puts a raspberry on each of their fingers

Sleep- Helpful Tools

At birth, a full term baby’s brain weighs about 400 grams and has around 100 billion brain cells. By the time your baby turns 3 years of age, their brain weighs 1100 grams!  Check out these sleep guides for your 0-5 year old. tip sheet, tip sheet

Average Sleep Chart guide

Safe Food Guide For Pregnancy

You may find during pregnancy that you need to change your eating and drinking habits. To meet the extra demands of pregnancy you may need to consume more nutritious foods and drinks. The key is to start small and be consistent. tip sheet, tip sheets

Pregnancy safe food guide

Food preferences

Children, like adults, are attracted to certain textures, flavours and presentation. When we are children, appetite is a personal and innately well-controlled mechanism. Remember, the preschooler years are all about:   exploration and finding out who they are; discovering what they like and don’t like; and  seeing how much influence they have over their environment.   Food choices … Continued


Guiding behaviour

Between the ages of 4 and 8 years your child may behave differently. This is because their brain is growing and developing. At this stage you will also notice physical changes. You may have difficulty understanding what’s happening or managing some of these new behaviours.   There are a number of strategies that you can use … Continued


Food for preschoolers

Now is the time to create strong foundations for your child’s future health. Find out what foods to encourage and what foods to limit or avoid. Recommended food intake Carbohydrates and starches: 4 serves For example: bread, pasta, rice, potato, noodles, oats, cereal, pikelets   Fruit and vegetables: 6 serves   For example: Raw, steamed, dried, stewed, pureed, … Continued

A young boy eats a handful of blueberries

Parenting a preschooler

Parenting a preschooler presents many new challenges and many new joys. Witnessing the change in development that comes with your child going to preschool can be heart-warming and exhausting.   You will be required to listen to lots of stories as preschoolers try to articulate and make sense of what they have been seeing, hearing, learning … Continued

A dad hugs his child in their lounge room

Tuning in to your baby

Being emotionally present with your baby is how connections are created.  Tips to connect Spend gentle, loving time with your baby when they are awake.   Talk softly and sing to your baby.  Hold, cuddle and stroke your baby so they learn to be safe and loved.  Look into your baby’s eyes when you are feeding or holding them.  Watch … Continued

A mum cuddles with and reads to her baby

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