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Baby apps: helping or hindering mums?

Replacing the safety pin which reminded new mothers which side to next breastfeed on, apps designed to track everything an infant does, including breastfeeding, are widely available. But while they can reassure new mothers they may also overwhelm them.

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How to discuss nutrition with under 5s

Young children need foods that enable their bodies to grow and thrive. If we look at the Australian Dietary Guidelines it is clear that children need food from the five food groups and to limit the intake of food high in saturated fat, sugar and salt.

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Fussiness and managing toddler mealtimes

Mealtimes with toddlers can be challenging. These years are a key time in the development of lifelong healthy eating habits and a child’s sense of autonomy. Encouraging them to choose healthy foods can make all the difference to their future lives.

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Introducing solid foods: How and when?

How do you know if your baby is ready for first foods? From around six months, each baby needs additional nutrients. What your baby learns during this stage of life is important and can have an impact on their future eating behaviours and preferences.

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Predicting a child's weight or obesity

Until recently, parents with concerns their child is overweight haven’t had access to any easy answers. A new study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is helping experts reliably determine if a child will regain a healthy weight over time.

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Is a plant-based diet safe for children?

With the rise of vegetarian and vegan households, what do parents need to be aware of to ensure their children get the necessary nutrients from a plant-based diet? Parents considering this step are urged to seek advice from a paediatric dietitian.

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The important facts on baby food pouches

Food pouches can seem like an asset for parents of babies who are being introduced to the world of food. With their increasing popularity have come questions and rumours about the value of pouches and their impact on a child’s physical development.

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Baby dropped his food

Dealing with fussiness and food refusal

It’s not unusual for parents to dread mealtimes, worrying that their child will cry and fuss when being offered new foods. But it’s important to recognise the shift in interest around food may be closely aligned with the child’s growing independence.

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