Month: April 2016

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon to give free ‘baby boxes’ to new parents

Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National party (SNP), has pledged to offer new parents in Scotland free “baby boxes” filled with newborn essentials in a bid to tackle infant poverty rates. The baby boxes, modelled on Finland’s “maternity package” scheme, will contain nappies, clothes, toys, and a built-in mattress so that the box can be used as the baby’s first sleeping space. Finland’s own baby boxes have been in use for over 80 years, with a 95% of parents taking up the offer. The Finnish packages also contains other helpful items, such as nipple cream, sanitary towels...

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Why sleep loss makes you want to binge on junk food

Ever wondered why you can’t keep your hands off that junk food? A new study has found that sleep loss may be the culprit. For many years, experts have been making the connection between sleep loss and overeating, weight gain and bad food choices. Now a new study from the University of Chicago has found that sleep loss can increase the chemical signal in our blood that allow us to gain please from salty, sweet, and high-fat foods. The medical study, published in the journal SLEEP, found that sleep-deprived participants developed a burning desire to eat what the researchers...

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Inspiring a love of learning: How to explore learning in everyday life

Learning isn’t something that starts in a classroom from the age of five on 1st September. Developing a love of learning, exploring, problem-solving, learning to be resilient all stems from the home from very early life. As an educator for 12 years, I knew this. Working on my Masters in Education and previously completing an SVQ in Children’s Development, I knew this. But it was only when I became a parent that I ACTUALLY KNEW this. I’ve worked for Explore Learning since the summer of 2004, supporting children aged between 5 and 14 in their maths and English. Explore...

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New backless booster seat rule update for UK

A new rule about backless booster seats is expected to come into effect in early 2017, and not December 2016 as originally anticipated. Under the new rule, backless booster seats hitting the market will only be approved for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg. Current UK child car seat law states that all children travelling in a car or van must use an appropriate car seat until they are 135cm tall or 12 years old, whichever comes first. Backless booster seats, or ‘booster cushions,’ are permitted for use with children weighing as little as 15kg (the...

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Ex-soap actress opens up about falling pregnant again after giving birth

Ex-Home and Away actress Christie Hayes has opened up about her experience of falling pregnant again after giving birth. Many mums have gone through the emotional upheaval of discovering they are unexpectedly pregnant again just a few weeks or months after giving birth. It’s an experience that intense, joyful, and terrifying all at the same time – and one that Christie admits she found it difficult to adjust to. Experience: Falling pregnant again after giving birth In a post on The Modern Mumma blog, the 29-year-old former soap star gives a frank and sincere account of the moment she...

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