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How do you talk to your kids about Santa?

Often around this time of year this a lot of talk around Santa, elf on the shelf and how best to approach it all with our little ones. Everyone seems to have an opinion on this one – and many of them strong. Should we tell kids he isn’t real? What bits are ok and not ok? Whilst I know there are some elements of the Santa narrative that are less ideal for kids, I do...

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3 simple questions to ask your child during play

There’s something so beautiful about watching your child deep in play. Whether they’re deeply focused on building a tower out of LEGO DUPLO bricks, running around like a superhero without a care in the world, or having a tea party and chatting away to their favourite teddy - playtime is the window into your child’s soul.

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Why the 18-month regression isn’t really a regression at all

If you’ve been following us here at Kiindred for a while you’ll know that we hate the word regression. It’s negative, it’s unnerving and frankly, it’s inaccurate. The Oxford dictionary defines regression as: “a return to a former or less developed state” and so we know that this is just not true when it comes to our little ones. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Kiindred’s resident Mothercraft Nurse, Chris Minogue is not a fan...

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Sleep Behaviour

The funniest things toddlers do when transitioning from cot to bed

Just when you’ve finally got your little one sleeping through the night (or at least found some sort of rhythm), the next phase comes along to rock you to your core. The dreaded cot to bed transition. It’s a bittersweet time for parents because your baby isn’t a baby anymore – they’re growing up! On one hand, you’re sad to say goodbye to the cot that your baby called home for so long (not so much the...

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Your toddler’s bedtime has never looked so good

Perfect for curious minds, cheeky smiles and adventure seekers, your little one will absolutely love becoming a ‘big kid’ and getting to have their own pillow and blanket just like they might see their mummy, daddy or older sibling have! When are they ready for a big bed? Around 2 years of age, your little one will start showing signs of readiness to make the transition to a big bed. A low-profile pillow and quilt...

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