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Keep ‘baby on board’ with a properly fitted car seat

Three out of four child car seats are fitted incorrectly. That’s the scary fact that research from the Road Safety Authority‘s (RSA) ‘Check it Fits’ Roadshows over the last four years has revealed.

What’s more, more than half of all seats checked would have provided little or no protection to the child in the event of a crash.

With your child’s safety at stake, what should you do? (more…)

A mum’s work is never done and replacing her would cost €60,000

A WOMAN’S work is never done and it is also hugely undervalued, a new study shows.

It would cost around €60,000 a year to replace the work done by a typical multi-tasking mother. (more…)

Taking a trip on the Dart in Dublin with the kids.

If you are looking for something to do this summer with the children, taking a trip to Dublin may be on your list.

Why not try this great trip along the Dart Line, you would never manage all of this in one day, but either pick a few which interest you or spread it over a day or two.

For the price of a family ticket for Dublin Bus and Dart it should be easy enough to move around. (more…)

Vitamin D and Your Baby

What you need to know

Whether you choose to breastfeed or formula feed your baby you should give your baby 5 micrograms (5µg) of vitamin D3 every day, according to the HSE.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is important because it helps our bodies use calcium to build and maintain strong bones and teeth. Children (and adults) in Ireland have low levels of vitamin D which can lead to weak bones.   In severe cases low levels of vitamin D can cause rickets(1) in children. There has been an increase in the number of cases of rickets in Ireland in recent years.

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Jack wins out again and Sophie races up from 6th Position.

CSO Releases most popular baby names for 2009.

Irish Babies’ Names 2009

The CSO today released the Vital Statistics, Irish Babies’ Names 2009 report.

Some of the key points highlighted in the report are as follows:

* Jack and Sophie were the most popular babies’ names registered in 2009. Jack retains the top position it held in 2007 and 2008 while this is the first time Sophie has taken the number one spot, climbing from sixth in 2008. (more…)

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme

This was introduced by the government in recognition of the huge role that pre-school plays in the education of the child.

What is the free Pre-school Year in early childhood care and Education (ECCE)?

The ECCE is a new scheme to give children access to free Pre-school Year of appropriate programme based activities in the year before they start primary school.

Will my child be eligible?

The ECCE is open to all children between the aged between 3 years and 3 months and 4 years 6 months on 1st September each year.

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The Milk of Human Kindness

Some people are uncomfortable with the concept of donating breast milk, via a milk bank, but for premature and very sick babies it can be a godsend.

For 10 years, the lives of hundreds of sick and premature babies have been sustained and saved by the work of the Irvinestown Human Milk Bank. An incredible network of hundreds of mums north and south donate their milk, which is picked up everywhere from the steps of courthouses by lactation nurses or delivered in crates by the donors’ husbands.

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