Friday, May 31, 2013

It's Mum's Big Day Out This Weekend at Flemington

When: Sunday, June 2nd 2013
Where: Inside the Atrium at Flemington Racecourse, Epson Road, Flemington.
Time: 9.00am to 1.00pm
Admission: $5 (Kids are FREE)

"Mum's Big Day Out" is a big market with free kids activities and giveaways from BIG brands.

This event will be ultra fun - FREE Goody Bag - FREE kids entertainment from Hey Dee Ho, Ready Steady Go Kids, Aardys Castles and our special Kidspot Corner. Enjoy giveaways from big brands and more!

Coffee and snacks are available for purchase and of course you can shop till you drop for the preloved bargains you know and love from Baby & Kids Market, as well as new goods from a selection of unique baby & kid focused businesses.

The Market is held inside the Atrium at Flemington Racecourse, Epsom Rd, Flemington. All our Markets are held inside, so no matter what the weather brings, we will proceed.

There is an ATM located at the Tabaret next to the Market however this is not open until 10am. Please bring plenty of cash as all market stall sales are cash only.

Please note that a small parking fee of $2 per car will apply for all shoppers attending this event. All parking is controlled by the VRC.

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Make Your Own Chalkboard for the Kids!

Step One: Paint the wall (or surface of your choice),
Step Two: Once dry, use your chalk on your very own chalkboard!

Create a space that is fun and entertaining for the kids, anywhere! The kit comes with chalk, chalkboard paint and a paint brush!

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Quick Tips for Feeding a Picky Eater

Your child may happily eat some foods and toss others on the floor. Is it just a phase, and how long will it last? What do you do in the meantime: give them what they want or hold your ground? Find the answers to these and more below from WebMD

Solution: Don't Fight It: Don't turn mealtime into a battle of wills. Keep offering a variety of good-for-you foods, even if your kid rejects it at first. Many kids take their sweet time before deciding they like a new food after all, so keep trying. Offer fruit, vegetables, and even "grown-up" food, without pressure. Your child may surprise you with what they like.

Problem: Won't Eat His Veggies
: Does your child say he hates asparagus, even though he's never tried it? It happens a lot. Many vegetables have a strong smell and taste, especially when cooked. Be patient. He may want to see it and smell it before he'll taste it, and even then he may spit it right back out. Take a breath and try it again another day.

Solution: Give Him Choices
: Many children warm up to veggies when they've helped pick them out, whether at the store or at meals. If green veggies turn him off, try orange or red ones instead. Or offer them raw with a dip like ranch dressing or hummus. Although hiding vegetable purées in foods like baked goods or pasta sauce is a short-term fix, it doesn't teach them to like those veggies when they are out in the open. 

Problem: Drinks Her Calories: Does your child drink so much milk or juice during the day that she's not hungry at mealtimes? It can be a problem if she drinks so much it makes her miss meals.

Solution: Limit Liquid Calories
: For children ages 1 to 6, keep juice to 4 to 6 ounces a day. That's 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup. Avoid juice with added sugars. Water it down gradually until your child is drinking plain water. Or try serving milk or juice for meals and water the rest of the day. Your child should have about 2-2½ cups of milk a day. Remember that kids over 2 should be drinking 1% or skim milk.

Problem: Too Much Sugar
: Does your child have a sweet tooth that won't quit? She insists on sugary cereal for breakfast. You open her lunchbox to find she's eaten the cookie and nothing else. At dinner, she begs for dessert right away.

Solution: Everything in Moderation
: These tips may help tame your child's sweet tooth:
  • Offer snacks that are naturally sweet (low-fat yogurt, fruit, frozen bananas or grapes, apple slices with peanut butter).
  • Don't keep many sweets in the house. If they're not around, she won't be tempted by them (and neither will you).
  • Don't use sweets as a bribe or reward. Make them a small part of a balanced diet, rather than the big prize after your child has cleaned her plate.

Problem: Grazer: Many kids snack so much all day that they're not hungry at mealtimes. Kids need to eat up to six times a day, including three meals and two or three snacks. So how do you keep him full and happy all day while making sure he saves room for a healthy dinner?

Solution: Set a Schedule
: Get your child on track by setting a time frame each day for meals and snacks. Your child may still skip a meal once in awhile, but if there's a schedule, he'll know when to expect the next meal. If your child wants a snack at another time, offer items like fruit, vegetables, yogurt, peanut butter, cereal, or half a sandwich.

Why Is He So Picky?
Many young children are picky eaters. Choosing when and what they'll eat is how they learn to be independent. Most develop healthy eating habits as they get older. If you think your child physically has trouble eating, talk with your pediatrician. Those cases are rare, and remember, the pickiness is probably just a phase.

Does He Eat Enough?
If your child seems to live on nothing but three chicken nuggets a day, you might wonder if he needs a lot more. But if he has plenty of energy and is growing at a healthy rate, he's probably OK. Still, it's a good idea to talk to your pediatrician. If your child isn't growing at the normal rate for his age, you and your pediatrician should look into that. 

Do: Make Mealtime Fun: Little tricks can sometimes encourage better eating. For instance, you could cut foods into fun shapes using cookie cutters. Turn mealtime into a game to see who can "eat all their colors." Or try an at-home picnic for a change of scenery. Keep the mood happy and upbeat by talking about fun topics.

Don't: Bribe With Dessert
: "If you eat all your broccoli, you can have some ice cream." Don't go there. Bribing is shortsighted, and it backfires. It can teach your child to value treats more than other foods and to please you through food. Take the focus off dessert, don't use it as a reward.

Do: Keep Offering
: Just because he's turned up his nose at zucchini the last five times you've served it, don't give up. Most children will try a new food after it has been offered 10 to 15 times. When introducing new foods, keep portions small, and when you offer something new, also serve a food you know he loves.

Don't: Be a Short-Order Cook
: Resist the temptation to prepare special meals just for your picky eater. Offer the same foods to the whole family, but try to make at least one thing that you know he likes. If someone in your family is an adventurous eater, apply a little positive peer pressure by seating them next to the picky eater.

Do: Let Kids Help in the Kitchen: Kids who help prepare a meal are much more likely to eat it. Let your child help shell beans, roll out dough, wash lettuce, or other easy meal prep. She may give them a try once they are on her plate.

Don't: Negotiate
: Bargain with your child over food sets you up for a power struggle. Put the food in front of your child, and leave it up to her whether she eats it or not. Let her follow her own hunger cues.

Do: Set a Good Example
: Kids copy the adults in their lives. Are you modeling the kind of eating habits you want them to have? It's just like other things in parenting: Your child is looking to you, so let them see you walk your talk.

Don't: Fall into a Junk Food Trap
: It's tempting to give in when she asks for an unhealthy snack. If it's not a rare treat, giving in may start to set a habit that's hard to break. Kids naturally love sweet and salty foods, just like the rest of us, and it's up to parents to offer choices that nourish and to keep treats as exceptions.

Do: Pay Attention to Her Cues: If your child is pushing food around on her plate, she may be full. Forcing her to keep eating can set her up for overeating and weight problems down the road. Offer child-sized portions of a variety of healthy foods, and let her decide when she's had enough.

Will She Ever Outgrow It?
Most children get over being picky eaters by the time they reach school age. In the meantime, take it in stride. Praise your child for what she's doing right at mealtimes, and don't make a big deal about picky behavior. The more you talk about it, the more likely she is to keep doing it. A nutritionist can help you cover your child's nutritional needs, too.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Six Mobile Apps for Mums (Or Mums To-Be)

There’s an app for everything – from information about your baby’s in utero development, to games for when your kids (or you) are feeling bored, and to up-to-date news of the world – local and global. Here are six mobile apps that mums love and use all the time as features by Bub Hub.

Lactation mom

This app tells you what medications are okay while breastfeeding, as well as, environmental contaminants, diseases, and herbal substances. This great app will tell you just what you can and can’t do while breastfeeding, so you never have to worry if your environment, current medication, illnesses, or herbal supplements you may be taking will be detrimental to you or your baby while you are breastfeeding. This app costs a few dollars, but you can try it out for free for a set timeframe – get Lactation Lite – just to be sure if you can really benefit from this app.

What to expect: pregnancy

With this app, you can keep informed about your baby’s developmental progress from day one. You can track your pregnancy week by week and use a range of features like: 
  • Due date calculator
  • Week-by-week details on your baby’s growth and development
  • Weekly baby illustrations
  • Updates on your changing body
  • Slideshow of your belly pictures
  • Countdown to your due date!
ABC for kids

All of your kids’ favourite songs and videos are right here at your fingertips! You can watch great videos with Bananas in Pyjamas or Giggle and Hoot, or listen to much loved ABC music.

Emergency AUS

Provides real-time information about official weather warnings, incident reports, and gives you the most accurate and up-to-date information so you can make good and quick decisions should an emergency arise.

Shopping list

A high-tech, fancy app that allows you to manage your shopping list, and even have other people add to your list from their phone! You can customise the app to your liking and finally skip the scraps of paper that I know I end up losing half the time – or forgetting to pick up as I leave the house!

Wonder weeks

This app shows you all the developmental stages your baby goes through after birth and up to 20 months. It has all the information you could want about the leaps and bounds your baby is making in developmental progress – you can understand exactly what your baby is learning every step of the way, all from your mobile.

Visit Bub Hub.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Quick and Easy - Microwave Brownie's for the Kids - Perfect for Winter

If you are in need of a chocolate fix then this microwave brownie is for you! Ideal for kids looking for a warm winter treat - try this Microwave Brownie recipie from Kidspot. Mix it in a mug and pop it into the microwave. When it beeps, top it with a scoop of ice cream for a delicious dessert.

Prep Time: 2 mins
Cooking Time: 2 mins

  • 1/4 cup (40g) self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup (60g) caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp (60ml) water
  • 1/2 tsp icing sugar (to sprinkle on top)
  • Ice cream (optional)

Step 1. Add flour to the cup.
Step 2. Add sugar to the cup.
Step 3. Add cocoa to the cup.
Step 4. Add oil to the cup.
Step 5. Add water to the cup.
Step 6. Mix all together until you have a smooth mixture.
Step 7. Place into the microwave on high for 1 min 40 seconds.
Step 8. Dust with a little icing sugar and EAT!

For extra fun - serve with a scoop of ice cream on top. We recommend using a BIG tea cup as your average mug is too small. Experiment with the microwave time as microwaves, like ovens, vary.

This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

The Pacifier that Grows with Your Baby from Difrax

Finally! A stylish pacifier designed to stimulate baby’s happiness at every stage and age.

As any parent will tell you, babies come in all shapes and sizes. They are all different and have their own unique personalities and set of needs. So why would you give your baby a one-size-fits-all pacifier? Now you don’t have to! Difrax, one of Europe’s most trusted brands, developed the perfect solution - a 3-stage pacifier system that will cater to every baby’s developmental stages.

Difrax pacifiers come in two distinct styles: Classic and Orthodontic. Each style has a 3-stage design to accommodate baby’s growth and development. As seen below, each size pacifier features colorful patterned designs that make little tots happy, as well as their responsible parents!

  • 0-6 months is the perfect first pacifier for a preemie or newborn, as the size of the nipple and shield has been scaled down to accommodate their smaller features. This design also has the softest nipple texture. Classic or orthodontic styles retail for $5.49 for a duo-pack.
  • 6-18 months is larger in size yet still suited to the baby’s development. The nipple is still soft, but a bit firmer than the newborn nipple. Classic or orthodontic styles retail for $5.99 for a duo pack.
  • 18+ months is unique in its design, because the nipple is solid, which prepares the child to be weaned from pacifier use. Classic or orthodontic styles retail for $5.99 for a duo pack.
Unique Butterfly Shape!

Each pacifier style shares a butterfly shape proven to prevent the nose from being obstructed. The added holes in the design allow airflow to reduce skin irritation. The Classic design features a round shaped nipple that is more suited to breastfeeding babies, as it has the likeness of a mother’s breast.

This style is completely interchangeable; there is no right or wrong way to use. Whereas the Orthodontic style’s specific design has a rounded top side of the pacifier to rest against the baby’s palate while the baby’s tongue presses against the flat side. It not only soothes; it also stimulates the development of the palate, tongue, and jaw muscles.

Benefits of Difrax Pacifiers

The nipple of the Classic pacifier is round and resembles the nipple. It is suitable for babies who turn the pacifier around in their mouths. The Orthodontic model stimulates the development of the palate and the muscles of the jaw and mouth.

Supporting Parents

Difrax also produces information for young mothers to help them navigate the early years of parenting. Their free downloadable book, the 'Giving Up Your Pacifier Book', is filled with stories, games, and activities to help children relinquish their pacifier in a stress-free manner. This book can be downloaded on the Difrax website.

See the Difrax pacifier system’s complete range of sizes and colors on their website along with a list of retailers. You can also follow them on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook.

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