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Feed Play Love

From nurturing newborns to taming toddlers, we unravel the art and science of parenting with real-life stories and expert advice. The hilarious to the humbling and all the nitty gritty in between. Produced and presenter by mum of two and journalist, Shevonne Hunt.... Show More

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July 6, 2020 13 min
We all want the best for our children, and sometimes that is separating from their other parent. Separation is a difficult experience for everyone, but how do we minimise the impact on our kids? Rachel Bridge is a mum and psychologist who is part of a blended family. Rachel explains the best way to help kids feel secure and safe in the midst of profound family change.
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July 3, 2020 19 min
Children can be incredibly triggering for adults. Sometimes it seems they've been born knowing exactly what red button to push. So how do you manage your own anger? Sam Loy is a podcaster from Human Ordinary and dad who realised that his anger was out of control. He talks about what made him realise he wasn't dealing with his emotions well and what he did about it.
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Before having children you probably never considered listening to an entire episode on nits. Once you have kids who attend daycare or school, chances are the topic could hold your fascination for hours. Deborah MacIntyre founded No Nits Now after discovering a need for effective nit removal. But demand is always high, so she's happy to share her secrets on how to get rid of nits properly. Deborah dismisses myths and gives her t...
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Babies and toddlers can often dance to the beat of their own drum. When it comes to sleeping, feeding, toilet training and other necessary elements of life, they rarely follow any definitive guide book. That's where Helpline and our experts come into the picture. On this episode sleep consultant Karina Lane helps parents navigate: A 26-month-old refusing day naps, three-year-old toilet training regressions, a 14-month-old who i...
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As children grow they are learning all kinds of new things. How to eat solid food, crawl, speak, walk and use the toilet. But of all the things a child is learning, understanding their own emotions can be the steepest learning curve of all. In fact, it's probably a learning curve most adults are still on! Anthony Semann is an educator for Early Learning Teachers at Semann and Slattery. He gives us some tips on how to help child...
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Breastfeeding does not always come naturally. In fact, ask around and you'll find that most women have to work at it. Pinky McKay is a lactation consultant and author. She says there are ways you can be better prepared for breastfeeding. Pinky talks about some simple ways to start breastfeeding successfully.
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What do you think makes a great dad? Dr Jamal Rifi has shown generosity and compassion in his work with the Muslim Doctors Against Violence and the Christian Muslim Friendship Society. So what was it in Jamal's childhood that helped him become such an altruistic adult, and what kinds of values has he aimed to instil in his own children? Jamal talks about his father and what he believes makes a dad great. If you would like to no...
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Most women will get standard genetic testing when they fall pregnant. The main test is for Down Syndrome. Depending on what you test for (and how you get tested) the price can vary enormously. Rachael Casella wants wider testing available for parents who might be genetic carriers. Rachael and her husband Jonathon had no family history of genetic disease, yet their daughter Mackenzie was born with spinal muscular atrophy and died si...
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We are taking a short break this week and will be back live next week with Babyology Sleep School expert Karina Lane. Today we are bringing you one of our favourite Helplines with Mothercraft Nurse Chris Minogue. In this episode of Helpline Chris tackles: A two-and-a-half-year-old still needing a bottle to sleep, a four-week-old reflux baby who doesn't want to sleep in the bassinet, how to introduce a comforter to a nine-and-a-...
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There are a lot of different ways you could try and encourage your child to eat well, but a new book has decided to get straight to the point. There's a Zoo in my Poo is a collaboration between Professor Felice Jacka, a world expert in the field of nutritional psychiatry and gut health and Rob Craw, her partner and a teacher. The book tells the story of our gut health in an easy-to-understand way, while encouraging children to ...
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Most people will have heard of the concept of 'neuroplasticity'; the idea that we can re-wire our brains. But how does it apply to parenting and the way we raise our children? Maggie Dent is a parenting educator and host of the Parental as Anything podcast. In this interview Maggie breaks down the science of neuroplasticity and how it relates to children. It will make you rethink how you feel about nagging your children to ...
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Anyone who has carried and birthed a baby knows that women are not the weaker sex. And yet for thousands of years this definition has been used to stop women voting, holding power, playing sport and generally participating as equal citizens. Now there is scientific proof that women are actually stronger than men. Genetically at least. Sharon Moalem is a research geneticist and author of The Better Half, on the genetic superiority o...
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Dummies can be a very helpful thing to help your baby sleep or calm down. But sometimes it can become more of a problem than a solution. Like when it falls out at night and they wake up crying. Or when they're older and it's stopping them from speaking clearly. Jo Ryan from Baby Bliss is a paediatric nurse and sleep consultant who has helped parents navigate ditching the dummy. She outlines when the time is right, and how t...
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When it comes to working out why your baby is not sleeping or feeding well, it can help to get an expert's advice. Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue has been helping families for over 30 years and is the author of Bringing Baby Home. This week she helps parents and carers tackle: A two-and-a-half-year-old who won't poo in a loo, a 21-month-old who only wants her dad to settle her at night, a 10-week-old who sleeps with a dum...
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When the only way your baby will sleep is snuggled up beside you, and you're desperate , kicking your partner out to sleep on the lounge may feel like a no brainer. And sometimes everyone agrees it is the best solution. But what happens if your partner is actually curled up in a ball of frustration on the couch? What then? Elisabeth Shaw is the CEO of Relationships Australia NSW, and she says that when you decide to share a bed...
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June 15, 2020 14 min
Giving birth takes its toll on your body. Regardless of how your baby has come into the world, we all feel it. Hannah Dahlen is a Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University. She explains why you might be feeling tired, and how long a regular recovery could take.
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For many Australians growing up with a backyard is a privilege. Imagine growing up with acres and acres of land to roam, where your parents put you on a horse from the age of four and let you explore the land as you wish. Balance that out with starting school at 7am (so you can help with the cattle in the afternoon) and dealing with all the inconveniences of living remotely and you have Tanya Heaslip's childhood. Tanya has writ...
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When you're footloose and fancy free you may have had occasional visits to a doctor, possibly a medical centre, when you were feeling unwell. After you have children it might be time to consider finding one doctor you trust, and sticking with them. The way your own parents probably did when you were a kid. Sarah Hunstead is the CEO of CPR Kids. A former paediatric emergency nurse and mum of two, she sees a number of benefits in...
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This week Helpline had a short break and so we are bringing you one of our most popular episodes with Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue. This week on Helpline she deals with the following concerns: How to regulate a 17-month-old's day sleeps, how to wean a 14-month-old off his bottles, whether you can overfeed a seven-month-old, getting a 15-month-old back into the cot after a period of illness and co-sleeping, lengthening the af...
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Jo Wicks, AKA The Body Coach, has attracted over three million followers on Instagram thanks to his down-to-earth approach to health and fitness. The father-of-two has just released a book on weaning. His first book, Lean in Fifteen, sold over one million copies in the first year, and has been translated into 18 languages. Now he's turned his attention to something he experienced for the first time with his own daughter. Jo tal...
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