Monday, November 29, 2010

WIN a Sucker!



Every year there are dozens of new products on the market for babies and toddlers, but here’s one that I wish I had invented! The Sucker offers a convenient solution for thirsty, on-the-go babies and their parents.It’s simply a baby bottle teat that screws onto any standard water bottle. When you’re out and about and want to give your baby a drink of clean water, simply remove the lid from a disposable water bottle and screw on the Sucker.The Sucker is BPA-free, and comes with a silicone teat, adaptor and carry case. Great for your handbag, the car or even for formula feeding. I tried it a number of times while out with my five-month-old and it proved to be a winner. It’s really easy to use, my daughter took to the teat with no problems (even though she is breastfed and isn’t used to drinking from a bottle), and it survived the dishwasher at the end of the day. I can see this little Sucker coming in very handy over the summer months! Weekender has three Suckers to giveaway to our readers valued at $12.99 each. Entries close 9am, Friday, December 3. Good luck!


To enter visit www.cairns.com.au/competitions/

Stay safe this summer


Kids can have fun in the sun, and be protected
I have written about sun safety before, but since we are nearing the end of National Skin Cancer Action week, I thought it a good time to refresh our minds about how important this issue is for every family.
At least two out of three Australian children will develop skin cancer by the age of 70, and it is estimated that we get about 80 per cent of our total lifetime sun exposure in the first 18 years of life, so protecting our children’s delicate skin should be a priority.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia with more than 430,000 Australians treated each year.
Of these, more than 10,500 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed, and around 1700 deaths from skin cancer.
I’ve had three suspicious moles cut off my back, and a sun spot burnt off my nose – the result of many years of my childhood in the sun, despite my mother smothering my face with pink zinc cream – and luckily all were benign.
But skin can burn in as little as 15 minutes in the summer sun, and you only need to have one bad burn during your childhood to develop skin cancer later in life, so it’s important we teach our children to be sun smart, as well as being good role models.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

WIN a Lucky Possom Waterproof Mattress Protector

The Lucky Possum Waterproof Mattress Protector is a time and life saver for parents who are toilet training young children as it can be quickly and easily removed and replaced without having to remake the bed.
The protector comes in one size which fits both single and king single beds, has a non-slip backing and tuck in tails on both sides.
Simply lay it over the bed sheets and tuck in the tails under the mattress.
When a child wets the bed, just change the protector and head back to sleep – no more stripping the bed sheets in the middle of the night.
The Lucky Possum waterproof mattress protector will absorb urine and yet protect and keep your bed sheets and mattress completely dry.
It can hold up to two litres of fluid and is made of soft, breathable quilted cotton, is machine washable and can be tumble dried.
Because it can be used over and over again, this saves a lot of time, laundry and nappy changes.
For more information, visit www.luckypossum.com.au.
Weekender has one Lucky Possum Waterproof Mattress Protector to giveaway, valued at $39.95.
Competition closes 9am, Friday, November 19.

Bedtime blues


Does your child often wet the bed? This common problem can be helped

It’s proper name is nocturnal enuresis, but most parents know it as bed-wetting – a problem for many children and their families.
Parents often become concerned about bed-wetting when they believe their son or daughter is “old” enough to control the problem.
But the fact is, there is no set age as to when bed-wetting should end.
Most bed-wetters have little or no psychological problems that could contribute to the condition, but the act itself can cause great embarrassment and distress for your child.
The good news is for many children, this problem can be fixed by simple methods.
The causes of bed-wetting are not known but generally children who persistently wet the bed have difficulty waking up to go to the toilet when their bladder is full.
Sometimes their bladder is smaller or “irritable” and holds less urine or sometimes they are just heavy sleepers and their brain doesn’t respond to signals that their bladder is full.
Strange as it seems, bed-wetting does appear to run in families, so if the parents were bed-wetters when they were children, it’s likely their children will also have the problem.
It is also common that children may stop wetting the bed at some stage, but develop the problem again later on.
At four years of age, nearly one in three children will wet the bed on a regular basis but this statistic drops to about one in 10 by the age of six and one in 20 by the age of 10. It is also more common in boys than girls.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Are your baby bottles safe?


With more studies finding BPA harmful, what should you do to lesson the exposure to your children
Over the past few years there has been growing awareness about the chemical BPA, particularly in plastic bottles, and its potential dangers.
BPA – or Bisphenol A (BP) – is an industrial chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic resins, epoxy resins, and other products.
Polycarbonate plastic is a lightweight, high-performance plastic that is super tough and can withstand high temperatures.
Polycarbonate is used in a wide variety of products including CDs, DVDs, electrical and electronic equipment, cars and sports equipment.
BPA is also found in items or containers that come into contact with food such as drinking vessels, baby bottles, plastic tableware and the internal coating on tins for canned food and baby formula.
It is thought that BPA and other toxins can leach into the liquid contained within as the plastic breaks down or is heated – like when you leave your plastic water bottle in the sun.
Bottle sterilisers could also have the same effect on the plastic.
The older a product gets and the more it is heated or washed, the more this leaching occurs.
The first scare over BPA came in May 2008 after the US Government released draft findings by the National Toxicology Program, part of the US National Institutes of Health, that showed possible health risks from BPA.
The NTP said: “There is some concern for neural and behavioural effects in fetuses, infants and children at current human exposures.”
Laboratory rodents exposed to BPA levels similar to human exposures developed pre-cancerous lesions in the prostate and mammary glands, among other things.
The Canadian health ministry declared BPA a dangerous substance, making it the first regulatory body in the world to ban BPA in food containers and bottles.
And now for the first time, a study in humans suggests that BPA reduces a man’s fertility.