Issue 15 | 21 Nov 2013                                Follow us on:

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It’s getting close to the silly season again – we have Christmas presents your children will love that you can make yourself for a fraction of the cost (and shhhh they’re educational too)! Try your hand at making your own magnetic blackboard and magnets out of your child’s favourite characters – they’re easy to do!

Making baby puree can be a time commitment. The baby-led weaning movement is gaining popularity amongst parents – learn more about what it is and what doctors have to say about it.

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in Aussie kids – learn how to keep them safe and have successful swimming lessons.

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Christmas gifts & free worksheets

Easy Christmas gifts (educational crafts) and free worksheets

Magnetic blackboards
This is a great kids toy you can make yourself for just a few dollars »
Magnetic characters
Make believe games for kids like this character magnets story game are... »
Preschooler shape activity worksheets
These free fun maths worksheets for kids help... »

Baby puree vs. baby led weaning

Puree increasing in lumpiness as baby grows is the standard recommendation by most health departments. The baby-led weaning (BLW) movement advocates bypassing purées and allowing infants to self-feed foods in their solid form from the start of weaning.

What is BLW?

What do doctors think of BLW?

And importantly, ignore any advice given by companies which make money out of baby purees. For example, Heinz recommends starting purees earlier than any health organisation in the world – why? They make more money that way.

Why not to start solids before 6 months

Safe swimming
How to make your day at the beach safer
Online tool: Is your home pool safe?
How to have a successful swimming lesson
Swimming lesson terminology

Healthy summer fruit desserts
Fruity Jelly
Jelly is a favourite for kids of all ages. This healthy jelly recipe»
Strawberry icey poles
A healthy strawberry icey pole recipe your kids will love for a summer afternoon treat »
Watermelon animals
A healthy snack that’s fun to eat even for fussy eaters! »

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