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Positive bedtime routines
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Positive bedtime routines

A positive bedtime routine: what is it and how can it help? A positive bedtime routine involves your child going through a few pleasurable activities about 20 minutes before bedtime. A good bedtime routine helps soothe and calm your child so she's ready for sleep. It also helps your child develop good sleep habits now and for the future.

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Screen time: babies and toddlers

Screen time for babies and toddlers Current national and international guidelines recommend that children under two years don't have screen time other than video-chatting . Very young children learn best from real-world experiences like physical play, playing outside, reading, creative play and social time with family and friends.
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Baby and toddler cues: in pictures

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Developing literacy

Encouraging literacy development Literacy development is a vital part of your child's overall development . It's the foundation for doing well at school, socialising with others, developing independence, managing money and working. But before your child learns to read and write, he needs to develop the building blocks for literacy - the ability to speak, listen, understand, watch and draw.
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Trimming baby nails

About your baby's nails Have you ever wondered why babies scratch themselves so much? It's because they can't really control what their arms and legs do until they're about six weeks old. Intentional movement comes even later, at around 4-6 months. Newborns' nails are soft enough that they don't need trimming often - they're usually worn down by your baby's clothing.
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Emotions and play: babies

Baby emotions and play Babies are only just starting to learn about their emotions and how to express them. Play is the natural way that babies learn and develop, and play gives them a chance to explore and express feelings like happiness or frustration. And that's where you come in. Through play with your baby, you can help your baby learn to communicate emotions.
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About playgroups

What is a playgroup? A playgroup is a regular and relaxed meeting for groups of young children who haven't yet started school and their parents or caregivers. In a playgroup, children do organised play activities together while their parents or caregivers supervise and socialise. Usually, playgroups happen once a week.
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Movement and play: babies

Daily movement for babies: why it's important Playing with your baby and getting your baby moving are good activities for his development. Play helps your baby: strengthen the neck muscles that she needs to hold her head up and move it around practise reaching and grasping strengthen muscles for movements like rolling, crawling and pulling to stand.
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Safe bath temperature: babies and children

Safe bath temperature for babies and children: what you need to know A safe bath temperature for babies and children is between 37°C and 38°C . Scalds can happen in seconds if bath water is too hot. Lots of scalds happen in the bathroom when: a child is placed in a dangerously hot bath hot water is added once a child is already in the water, and he puts a hand or foot under the running hot water water in the bath hasn't been swirled, so there are hot and cold areas children turn on the taps themselves.
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Burns prevention in your home

Basic burns prevention Supervision is the only reliable way to prevent accidents with things that burn. Always supervise children in the kitchen, around hot surfaces like stoves, ovens, microwaves, heaters, irons and other appliances, and around outside hazards like barbecues, camp fires and exhaust pipes.
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Screen time: checklist for healthy use

Screen time and screen use: part of a healthy lifestyle Screen time and screen use are a normal part of life for most children and teenagers. The time your child spends watching TV and using computers, gaming consoles, tablets and smartphones can be part of a healthy lifestyle. It's all about making sure of two things : Children enjoy lots of healthy, fun activities, both with and without screens, including physical activity, reading, creative play and social time with family and friends.
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Safe baby furniture checklist

Choosing safe baby furniture There are several things you can do to find out about choosing safe baby furniture: Check with the Department of Consumer Affairs or the Department of Fair Trading in your state or territory for the latest information about child and baby safety. You can also check with Product Safety Australia.
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Preventing strangulation and suffocation

Clothing: preventing strangulation and suffocation These general tips can help keep you reduce your child's risk of strangulation and suffocation from clothing: Always take off your baby's bib or clothing with a hood before putting your baby down to sleep. Be aware of cords and drawstrings on parkas and hoodies.
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Child car safety

Car safety: child restraint basics Children aged up to seven years must travel in a child restraint. Children seven years and older can use an adult seatbelt, but only if they're big enough to safely wear one. This is when children are at least 145cm tall. This means that child car safety begins with carefully choosing, properly fitting, and always using the right child restraint for your child's age and size.
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Imagining, creating and play: babies

Babies: imagination, creative development and play Between birth and 12 months, your baby becomes more interested in the world all the time. And as your baby explores the world, his imagination grows. Play is the main way your baby gets creative and expands her imagination, as she experiences and experiments with new sounds, sights, activities and feelings.
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Bath safety: babies and children

Bathroom safety basics Drowning and scalds are the two main risks with bath time. You can avoid these risks by following the four golden rules for safe bath times : Always supervise babies, toddlers and children under five years in the bath. Never leave older children or siblings to supervise. They don't have the skills to see and react to an emergency situation.
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Scalds prevention in your home

Scalds and scalding risks: what you need to know Hot drinks are the major cause of scalds. A freshly poured hot drink can burn a child instantly. Other common causes of scalding include boiling water, hot tap water and hot baths, as well as hot food, soups and sauces. Hot water can scald up to half an hour after it has been boiled.
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Home fire safety

Home fire safety checklist This home fire safety checklist can help you get rid of fire hazards around your home. Electrical appliances Replace faulty or worn-out electrical appliances and appliances with frayed cords. If you need extra power outlets, talk to an electrician about having them installed.
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Reading with babies: 12-18 months

Why reading with your baby is important Sharing stories, talking and singing every day helps your baby's development in lots of ways . You're getting your baby familiar with sounds, words and language. This all builds your baby's early literacy skills, like the ability to listen to and understand words.
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Child safety at home

Promoting child safety at home Your adult-friendly home has lots of potential hazards for a child. But you can keep your child safe by finding out what the risks are , and then preventing or removing them. But even when you think you've removed all the home safety hazards, the reality is that children can still have tumbles and falls.
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Prams and strollers: safety guide

Buying a safe pram or stroller: tips If you're buying a new pram or stroller, the first thing is to check that it meets the mandatory Australian Standard AS/NZS 2088 . Look for the Australian Standards label and ask the retailer if you're not sure. Here are more tips to help you make sure you're buying a safe pram or stroller for your baby: Always look for a strong frame, with easy steering and a strong and secure footrest.
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