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16 Oct 13 | How a man reacts to the big news can define the parenting experience in its earliest moments. Get it right and it's celebrations all round, but get it wrong and it's straight to the doghouse for dad.
15 Oct 13 | It’s almost impossible to avoid making unnecessary purchases without feeling like a hardhearted pragmatist who’s putting financial concerns ahead of parenting ones.
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.
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