5+ Years

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Latest 5+ Years Posts

Gendered toys: a help or a hindrance?

It’s not easy being different. Even the most confident adult finds it difficult to stand apart from the crowd and it’s even harder for a child who is only beginning to find their way in the world. We crave approval from an early age and we look for clues to behaviour that is welcomed, quickly […]

Six strategies to get your child sleeping in their own bed!

Make a bedtime routine Routine is key when it comes to getting a toddler to learn and adapt to something. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but whatever your bedtime routine – bath, brush teeth, bedtime story, sleep – make sure you follow it in order every night. Banish the fears Toddlers often wake during the night and look […]

Inspirational indoor play ideas!

We all want to do our very best for our kids, but sometimes, especially during the school holidays, it can feel like we’re expected to be one-person entertainment factories! We’re not exactly blessed with the weather at times, let’s face it, so every Irish parent needs some rainy day ideas in their arsenal to counteract […]

How to deal with the dreaded clock change…

For many people, the clock change heralds the start of the summer – and therefore is something to be welcomed. But for parents of children with delicate sleep patterns, the loss of an hour can result in chaos at nighttime for weeks. Our resident sleep expert, Lucy Wolfe, has some great advice on how to […]

Should your child be allowed an iPad or tablet?

It’s a controversial topic – but there’s no doubting that the use of iPads and tablets among children, along with other electronic devices, has rapidly increased over the past number of years. While there are definitely benefits of age-appropriate technology, there have been many studies linking overuse of technology and too much screentime with bad sleep, […]

Tips for Bathtime

Baths can be a great way for your little one to wind down from the day but what if your once angelic baby takes against the bath and throws tantrums instead of relaxing? Try these tips for making bathtime more fun and relaxing for everyone. Mix up the routine If bathtime is usually followed by […]

Reasons to read with our toddlers for World Book Day 2017!

For World Book Day 2017, we’ve gone through the reasons why it’s important to read to your toddlers. From fairy tales to action adventures there are books out there that cater to every child’s interests! What book are you reading today? Building relationships Reading a story book with your child is one of the key […]

What to read for World Book Day 2017

Today is World Book Day and we couldn’t be more excited to share some of our favourite books of the season with you! Reviewed by Maternity & Infant editor Penny Gray with her kids Ellie (6) and Danny (4). Age: 5+ Classic Nursery Rhymes Illustrated by Dorothy M Wheeler; foreword by Chris Riddell (Bloomsbury) I’ll […]

When children prefer free play to toys

How many parents despair on Christmas day when their children prefer a cardboard box over their new (maybe pricey) toys? Or when children are surrounded by colourful, stimulating games and proclaim to be bored? Ever wonder why that is? The truth is that children’s imaginations thrive on a blank canvas. Using cardboard boxes, or regular rooms in the house or […]

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