In the first years of life, a baby's immune system is not fully developed. Immunisations help give babies a better chance of fighting off infections from specific diseases during this early stage of growth.
Sadly, each year, SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents claim the lives of many infants as a result of unsafe sleeping environments. It is essential that parents ensure their young infants and toddlers sleep safely at all times and that the research-based guidelines are followed.
There’s lots of information around for mothers who plan to continue breastfeeding when they return to paid work. But there’s less when it comes to bottle feeding. Perhaps because the practicalities seem a whole lot easier. After all, what could be simpler than making up a couple of bottles in advance and keeping them in the fridge until the baby’s hungry?
Childcare is a reality for many families. In-home day care, centre-based care, care provided by family or friends, occasional, part time, long day care or full time care are all variations on a theme. And although the specifics can vary enormously, there are some universal truths when it comes to making the childcare adjustment for parents and their children.