17 Oct 12 | TV and movie characters are so common on kids products, it doesn't make much sense to children when they're missing.
26 Sep 12 | Someone asked me the other day how to go about choosing a GP for her newborn baby. This immediately brought back memories of the medical merry-go-round we went through in my kids’ early years.
23 May 12 | CHOICE Baby Safety Week Advocate, Tracey Spicer, recalls an incident which highlights the importance of helping parents make informed decisions about the products they buy.
12 Apr 12 | Sleep-deprived parents of babies and toddlers are a prime target market for businesses wanting to capitalise on their desperation. Only problem is, it's unlikely any lotion or soft music is going to instantly turn babies into all-night sleepers.
08 Feb 12 | Finding good childcare for her daughters was tough for Kate Browne - and the stress looks set to continue as she searches for out-of-school-hours care for her eldest who begins school next year.
31 Oct 11 | When Samantha Hartmann's newborn daughter began to sleep less, feed more and cry, a lot, mother’s intuition told her something was wrong but getting a correct diagnosis and reliable advice proved a challenge.
15 Sep 11 | When I was pregnant with my daughter I started thinking about which products I wanted to use and, of course, nappies were on that list. There are so many options: disposables, biodegradable disposable, partly biodegradable disposables and many types of cloth nappies.
17 Aug 11 | Here at CHOICE we take our work in the Babies and Kids area very seriously. It can be quite difficult to tell whether a product is safe or not and parents and carers need information they can trust. To the untrained eye a product may look safe enough but there may be hazards you've never thought of.
20 Apr 11 | Breastfeeding is perfectly natural and the absolute best thing you can do for your baby. At least that was what I was told during my pregnancy countless times: early parenting classes, pre-natal visits and all the literature I was reading trumpeted the benefits of breastfeeding. But what none of them told me was how absolutely frustrating and discouraging it can be to get breastfeeding established.
18 Mar 11 | Something happens to a woman when she becomes pregnant. Before you get up in arms about that statement, I’ll clarify. I’m not saying pregnant women get crazy, just cautious - very cautious. I can say that because I was one of them. Suddenly everything matters. Everything is potentially dangerous.
18 Nov 09 | Hi, my name is Rachel, and I’m a food label addict. But I haven’t always been quite so obsessed, and I blame my job for that. As a food and health content producer for CHOICE I spend hours scrutinising nutrition information panels, ingredients lists and the claims made on food packaging, and this habit seems to have insinuated itself into my personal life.
12 Oct 09 | Some days it seems that retailers think that my daughter is an alien. While I’ll admit my toddler behaves like she’s from another planet at times, I’m fairly sure she’s a human, albeit a small one. But in the supermarket it seems many product marketers are keen to convince me she is something quite, quite different to us adults, and as a result, requires her own special version of everything.