Issue 2 | 10 Oct 2012            Follow us on:

Dear subscriber,

Make a cuppa, take a well-deserved break from the kids and enjoy your newsletter this month!

There’s essential reading for parents-to-be right through to parents of teens. Learn about some amazing developments in fertility, how to have a safe home birth, controlled comforting and camping out sleep techniques, get some insight into some common inappropriate teen dating behaviours and much more news.

Six very different dads have shared their most intimate feelings on the highs and lows of their partner’s pregnancy and becoming a dad. There’s also new medical articles on your skin during pregnancy and how to decide whether or not to circumcise your little boy.

Due to popular demand, we’re going multilingual – we’ve started providing resources in multiple languages for those parents teaching their child a second (or third!) language. Your cultural contributions would be most welcome – please contact us!

And get some new healthy tried and tested meal ideas to get even the fussiest of eaters crawling at lightning speed to their high chair or bolting to the table!

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News this month

Fertility and preconception news

How to make IVF more effective
Mayo Clinic recently marked its first births resulting from in vitro fertilization using a new time-lapse incubator that minimizes disturbances from human handling.... »
Mother to daughter uterus transplants
A team of researchers at the University of Gothenburg performed the world’s first mother-to-daughter uterus transplantation. The procedure was completed without.... »

Pregnancy news

Home birth can be as safe as a hospital birth
A new Cochrane Review concludes that all countries should consider establishing proper home birth services. They should also provide low-risk pregnant women with.... »
How to reduce the risk of a premature birth
Pregnant women who have had prior preterm births may avoid a subsequent early birth if given progestogens, which are natural or synthetic forms of progesterone, a female hormone.... »

Newborn and baby news

Techniques for getting baby (and parent!) to have a better night’s sleep
Sleep techniques known as “controlled comforting” and “camping out” are a cost-effective way to help infants sleep better and reduce.... »
Exposing baby to other kids and pets reduces allergy
Having a dog that lives in the home and older siblings could reduce the likelihood of egg allergies in infants, a new study has found.... »
Keep dishwashing tablets out of kids’ reach – a surge of swallowing cases in the last 18 months
Doctors are calling for improved safety warnings and childproof packaging for laundry and dishwasher detergent liquitabs, following.... »

Kids’ news

Schools banning cartwheels for fear of litigation – what’s your opinion?
A few schools have hit the headlines recently for banning traditional playground activities like cartwheels, handstands, ball games and even...»
BPA linked to obesity in children
In a nationally representative sample of nearly 3,000 children and adolescents, those who had higher concentrations of urinary bisphenol A (BPA), a manufactured chemical found.... »

Teen news

Being wary of physical, sexual or psychological abuse in teen dating
More than one-third of young adults who reported being victims of dating violence as teenagers had two or more abusive partners, a new study.... »
How technology affects our teenagers
Parents have good reason to feel overwhelmed by the digital revolution consuming their teenagers. As far as the physiology of our brains goes, we adults will never keep up.... »

Parents’ news

Dads are biologically adapted to respond to their child
Mothers aren’t the only ones who are biologically adapted to respond to children. New research shows that dads who sleep near their children...»
How the increasing cost of living affects our wellbeing
The well-being of low-income Australian households is being seriously undermined by the increasing cost of housing and electricity.... »
New on Parenthub
All about that line on your tummy in pregnancy – the linea nigra
What is the linea nigra? ... »
The feelings of fathers-to-be
Six very different fathers-to-be share their journey on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy and birth... »
Deciding whether or not to circumcise your son
If you’re a new or expecting parent you may like a little... »

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Songs of the month

Baby Songs

Das ist der Daumen (This is the Thumb)
German: Den Daumen des Kindes.... »

We’re going down a smooth road
Sit child on lap facing you.... »

Kids songs

Uhren (Clocks)
German: Kind vor sich hinstellen, unter den Armen durchgreifen...»
The Grand Old Duke of York
The grand old duke of York (March on the spot)... »

Recipes of the month

Baby recipes

Baby egg custard
This is a recipe for healthy, high-fibre custard.... »
Chicken apple potato puree
This healthy puree is a perfect recipe for babies starting solid foods.... »

Kid-friendly family recipes

Beef and Guinness Pie
This easy pie recipe makes a hearty beef and Guinness pie.... »
Blueberry muffins
Make healthy blueberry muffins with cottage cheese for extra protein and oats for texture.... »

Parenting Thoughts

"Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit."
- Bill Cosby

"You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once."
- Polish Proverb

"When you have children yourself, you begin to understand what you owe your parents."
- Japanese Proverb

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray my sanity to keep.
For if some peace I do not find,
I'm pretty sure I'll lose my mind.

I pray I find a little quiet,
Far from the daily family riot.
May I lie back and not have to think
About what they're stuffing down the sink,

Or who they're with, or where they're at
And what they're doing to the cat.
I pray for time all to myself
(did something just fall off a shelf?)

To cuddle in my nice, soft bed
(Oh no, another goldfish--dead!)
Some silent moments for goodness sake
(Did I just hear a window break?)

And that I need not cook or clean
(well heck, I've got the right to dream)
Yes now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray my wits about me keep,

But as I look around I know,
I must have lost them long ago!
- "A Parent's Prayer" by David Axton

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