Issue 21 | 26 Mar 2014

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Of interest this week
Win an AlphaPup – the brand-new educational toy from LeapFrog!
Your little one will learn with their new best friend, AlphaPup, the learning companion that walks and talks the ABC’s...»
Is your child getting enough sleep?
Sleep is vital for healthy bodies and minds, but worrying research shows 40% of children have poor sleep schedules and 20% are sleep deprived...»
Health benefits from free play
Cheap items like crates and buckets encourage children to be more active and creative than expensive play equipment, researchers have found...»
What to do if your baby is choking
Children, particularly those between the ages of one and five, often put objects in their mouth. This is a normal part of how they explore the world. Some small objects, such as marbles and beads, are just...»
Higher levels of omega-3 in diet associated with better sleep
A new study suggests that higher levels of omega-3 DHA, the group of long-chain fatty acids found in algae and seafood, are associated with better sleep...»
Some metallic toys and low-cost jewellery present health risks for young children
We know that babies and young children often put non-food items in their mouths, a behaviour that occasionally leads to swallowing of foreign objects. Metallic toys and low-cost jewellery...»
Female Fertility: What’s Testosterone Got To Do With It?
Several fertility clinics are beginning to administer testosterone, either through a patch or a gel on the skin, to increase the number of eggs produced by certain women undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF)...»
Feeding vegetarian and vegan children
If you’re bringing up your child on a diet without meat (vegetarian) or without any food from an animal (vegan), they'll need two or three portions of vegetable proteins or nuts every day to make sure...»
Kylie the kangaroo to help kids beat bushfire trauma
As the Australian bushfire season draws to a close, a new animated video from the ANU-based Trauma and Grief Network will help parents and children recover from the trauma of a bushfire...»
How to help a crying baby
Crying is normal. Crying is the only way babies can let you know that something is upsetting them and that they need you. When babies cry they might be hungry, thirsty, too hot, too cold, unwell, in pain,...»


New free learning activities
Fruit and veg flashcards and games »
UPDATED! Shape worksheets
We have expanded our popular preschooler shape worksheets, now over 20 free worksheets with answers »
Encouraging hand hygiene: hand washing dolly »

Looking for something new to read?
30 books to read before you’re 3 »
Top indigenous books for kids »
The New York Library’s top 100 greatest children’s books »

Parenting thoughts

We think a lot about how we feel at a child’s birth, William Blake pictures the baby’s point of view: Infant Sorrow

My mother groan'd! my father wept.
Into the dangerous world I leapt:
Helpless, naked, piping loud,
Like a fiend hid in a cloud.

Struggling in my father's hands,
Striving against my swaddling bands,
Bound and weary, I thought best

To sulk upon my mother's breast.


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