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How to change your baby’s future in the first 1,000 days

New, ground-breaking research from the University of Queensland has highlighted just how vital the first 1,000 days is to your baby’s development.

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The senses, movement and learning from pregnancy to 3 years

Babies and children need to move to develop their brains and experience the world through their senses.

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Repetition and child development

In early childhood, repetition forms the basis for learning, skill development, and accomplishment.

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Infant aggression

Unfortunately, a lot of little ones go through a stage where they communicate using some form of aggressive behaviour such as pinching, pulling hair, biting or hitting.

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The baby milestones no one tells you about

There are a few baby milestones which receive less press, but from a parent’s perspective, can be just as significant.

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Using routine to manage behaviour

We all know routines are an important part of child development, and can contribute to how children behave.

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Supporting toddler speech

All children develop at different ages, so Jack n' Jill have compiled some ideas to support and encourage that first word.

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Babywearing: the 4th trimester and beyond

The concept of a “4th trimester” has been a much discussed topic recently. The first 3 months of a baby’s life are like an extension of life in the womb.

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5 ways to combat separation anxiety

There are times when it's not possible to avoid being away from your child but there are things you can do to help ease separation anxiety.

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Understanding why your child hits

It is common for young children to hit others as a way of expressing their feelings of anger, upset or frustration. Luckily, it is possible to understand the motivation behind a child's hitting behaviour, and put in place strategies to make the behaviour stop.

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The importance of play in the development of babies

Montessori Academy shows new parents the importance of play in the development of babies from the Montessori model perspective.

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Handling techniques for your new baby

Mater Mothers’ Hospitals have provided some helpful tips for handling and holding your baby in ways that are helpful for their wellbeing and development.

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Using sign language with toddlers

Baby sign language when used with toddlers can help with frustrating moments as it assists language development and offer your toddler a mode of communication that allows them to be understood.

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Taking the bite out of teething

Children's Panadol take you through what you can do to help the teething process, how you can care for baby or toddler teeth and visiting the dentist.

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8 basic reading skills your child needs before starting school

Parents play a significant role in preparing their children for future academic success. Studies show that the single most important predictor of overall success in school was the amount children were read to as toddlers.

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The first teacher is you - reading to your baby

Reading every day right from the start with babies is fundamental in helping the babies developing brain. In the first 3 years a baby's brain develops by 85%. By reading, talking, playing and talking parents are helping significantly in giving their child the best start.

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Why the first year is so important to future learning

Babies who have the right early movement experiences in their first year have better coordination, concentration, memory, behaviour and perception as they get older.

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Know your child and toilet train in just days

This talk helps you to truly understand your child's inherent needs, their strengths and weaknesses from as early as one year old.

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Learning language in the first years of life

Language learning is one of the most remarkable features of early development. Babies seem to learn their native language or languages effortlessly and very rapidly.

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Why baby teeth matter

A lot of parents think that baby teeth aren’t really all that important since they eventually fall out. Here are 5 reasons why baby teeth matter.

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Getting the most out of tummy time

Baby Sensory provides 18 tips on how to make tummy time fun for you and your little one.

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Sensory development

Babies need stimulating experiences. An environment full of interesting sounds, sights, smells, tastes and textures builds and strengthens connections between brain cells.

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Is my child ready to start toilet training?

"When do I start toilet training?" is one of the main questions parents ask, and toilet training readiness can be the key contributing factor for months of delay, simply because parents didn't know. Just knowing what to avoid can save lots of time, tears and frustrations.

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Teething 101: what to expect and tips to help soothe the pain

When your child is around six months old, they will usually begin teething. Here is a quick guide on what to expect, with some tips on how to help sooth your bub’s teething pain.

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Songs and dances makes for clever kids

Music is a valuable tool to stimulate childhood development. Never underestimate the time spent singing,playing and talking to your baby.

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The power of peek-a-boo

When your baby is young, a simple game of peek-a-boo, pointing out birds in your garden, rolling on the floor laughing or having a picnic in the backyard are all your baby needs.

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The essentials of baby play

Play is fundamental to healthy brain development. It lays the foundation for reading, writing, mathematical reasoning and problem solving.

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The importance of play

Babies have a biological predisposition to play. It is how they learn about the world, other people, their culture, and themselves.

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5 myths about learning to read

The creators of ABC Reading Eggs dispel some common myths about reading acquisition in children.

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Help your baby develop during their vital first year

Babies have an amazing capacity to learn, but there are so many things that parents can do to help their baby learn and develop. Here are a few essentials that really do make a difference.

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Top tips to help your baby's development

Here are a few essentials that can help your baby reach their physical milestones.

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Baby handling for optimal physical development

Mater Mothers’ Private physiotherapist shares their expertise to encourage your baby’s optimal physical development.

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Learning through play with Playgroup

Dr. Tarasuik from Playgroup Victoria, has researched different aspects of children's development in the first 5 years of their life. One of her areas of interest is learning through play.

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Babywearing

There is no sweeter place for a baby than the embrace of a loved one. Babywearing, or holding your baby with the aide of a carrier, enables caregivers to keep their little ones close with ease.

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Happy social play with your baby

Happy social play has an essential role in building self-esteem, confidence, creativity, imagination, language, problem solving skills and knowledge of the world.

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Language development in the first years of life

In the first years of their life, infants face the challenging task of language development and learning languages used in their community

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Why active babies make smart kids

Babies who have the right early movement experiences in their first year have better coordination, concentration, memory, behaviour and perception as they get older.

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Your guide to starting toilet training

The following guide aims to share information around when your toddler may be ready and willing to participate in toilet training and provides ideas on how to support them through this developmental stage.

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Toddler play – A new understanding

Frustrated by your toddler and their seemingly aimless and destructive play – pulling, pushing, banging, dropping?

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Your baby and teething

Most babies will try to put things into their mouth at an early age. They find it comforting to do so. Babies love to chew on things, especially when they are teething. It is the main cause of fussiness in babies and it’s quite common nowadays.

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Child development: simple ways to help your child thrive

In this session, psychologist and parenting author, Jodie Benveniste shares some simple ways to care, learn, talk and play so you can switch on more and more lights, and help your child enjoy the brightest start.

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Tips to promote physical development in your baby

Mater Mothers' Hospital physiotherapist share their expertise to encourage the physical development of your baby with hands on demonstrations.

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