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e-newsletter 20 - September 2010 Print E-mail
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TIPS e-newsletter 20

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Welcome to our autumn e-newsletter!


This is a bumper edition and we hope you will enjoy reading it...


Having completed the 2010 Baby Skincare Products trial,  we have had a wee break from testing. However, this does not mean we have been idle...


I have been busy spreading the word about safe baby skincare and breastfeeding support for new mums: I travelled to the United Arab Emirates (see our featured article) and to Weleda HQ in Nottingham. To read more about my adventures check out my Diary page and the TIPS press cuttings page.

 

Our featured websites are about two innovative products for new parents. Cariboo Cribs offer a delightful selection of wooden cribs that can be customised with accessories and a variety of finishes, fabrics and options to suit your needs. We are thrilled to announce that Cariboo Cribs have kindly offered one lucky winner a folding crib worth £179.99 – for more details check out our e-newsletter competition.

 

The Twig Group features Maternitrees - an innovative idea to encourage us to plant a tree to celebrate the birth of our children. This is a simple idea with a long lasting impact. Readers can win one of two Rowan Maternitree kits - check out our mini-competition below.


We have reviewed
two books. The Maxie and Teddy wipe-able Medicine and Food Diaries are a clever idea to help you keep track of the medicines your child may be taking, or keep an eye on what foods your child is eating. They are wipe-clean and come with a china graph pencil. I certainly wish these had been available when my children were young! The other book is a free download from Shell called Activate, with the aim of introducing your children to the joys of science-based experiments during the summer holidays.


You can also enjoy our regular mix of
upcoming events, articles, DVD, podcasts, plus our delightful new set of photos from TIPS Testers. Our eagerly anticipated My Story which is about breastfeeding and the frustrating journey to success, and  part 3 of our Diary of a Student Midwife.

Check out our seven mini-competitions and Make sure you email your entries to Brigitte. You too could be a TIPS winner...


Remember if you are not 'in' you can't win!

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured product :: TIPS-tested Flexibath 2010*tipsducktipsduck

When attending the Glasgow Baby Show in April this year I was lucky to meet up with the UK distributor of the Flexibath and I decided to invite the company to submit it for a retrospective trial in the baby bath category. I liked the idea of a folding bath. This can be useful for holidays or for people who are short of space at home. You can read what our parent Testers thought of this new product here.

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*Retrospective trial - where a product is tested individually. This may be carried out for a product which is brought to Sharon's attention before a new trial is set-up for this particular category.

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For a chance to win a Flexibath check out mini-competition 1....


tipsducktipsduckFeatured website :: www.cariboocribs.co.uktipsducktipsduck

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The Cariboo Folding Crib is a practical and stylish choice for parents who have limited room, or want the convenience of a foldable crib. The wood frame has a sleek and contemporary profile but still provides the sturdiness Cariboo cribs are renowned for.
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The Cariboo Folding Crib is ideal for parents who want the ease of a foldable crib, but do not want to compromise on style and design features.  The Cariboo Folding Crib is suitable for babies up to 5 months of age or until baby is rolling over, and is weight rated to 10kg.


When folded the Cariboo Folding Crib can easily be stored under a bed or in a cupboard - it is perfect for travelling families.


For a soft and flowing touch to your crib, you can simply attach the Cariboo Veil and Arm. You can also easily convert the Cariboo Folding Crib into a change surface by adding the Cariboo Crib Changer attachment.


The Cariboo Folding Crib is truly eco-friendly. All materials used in the manufacture of the crib are non-toxic and PBDE-free - from the sustainable New Zealand Radiata wood frame, to the lead free satin finish.  Every Cariboo product is handcrafted from the finest materials and manufactured in New Zealand.

Cariboo cribs are skillfully designed and can be customised to suit your family's lifestyle.  All items in the collection can be mixed and matched, allowing flexibility to create a unique nursery suite for your child.  You can see the full range of Cariboo cribs and accessories at www.cariboocribs.co.uk

Cariboo is pleased to offer one lucky TIPS reader a Cariboo Folding Crib, in your choice of either Natural with White Fabric or Rimu with White Fabric, valued at £179.99.


For a chance to win a Cariboo Crib check out our e-newsletter competition....

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured website :: www.maternitree.co.uktipsducktipsduck


www.maternitree.co.uk - The Maternitree Campaign

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The Maternitree Campaign encourages parents, friends and relatives of newborn and young children to plant trees to mark their births. It is run by The Twig Group, a family-owned landscaping and conservation company.
Funded by David Eyre in 2002, Twig was awarded Kent Business of the Year 2010. David's passion for conservation led to the launch of the Maternitree Campaign. Its aim is to plant the equivalent of a 1,000 hectare forest every year.  More than 700,000 babies are born in England and Wales every year, so if every newborn's family plants a tree then this can be achieved.


The campaign is in its infancy, and Twig's Maternitree Warden - horticulture specialist Dave Davis - is acting as midwife for the scheme. Dave, his wife, Sarah, and their baby daughter, Aurelia, have got together with friends from their local branch of the National Childbirth Trust to support the Maternitree campaign (see pictures below).

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Dave Davis and the new parents
of Fidgets pre-school in Lamberhurst, Kent.


Have you planted a tree to mark a birth? If so, please email Twig a photo of the tree and the baby, along with the baby's name and date of birth for posting up on www.maternitree.co.uk

Twig's Maternitree starter kits include a sapling tree, a guard, a tree tie instructions, aftercare information and advice. A kit costs £9.95.  For each tree sold, 50 pence is being donated to the Woodland Trust.


To find out more about the Maternitree Campaign and many other exciting projects by The Twig Group:
•    go to www.twiggroup.co.uk
•    email Dave Davis (Maternitree Warden)  at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


For a chance to win a chance to win one of two Rowan Maternitree kits check out mini-competiton 2.
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tipsducktipsduckFeatured book :: Maxie and Teddy wipe-able Medicine and Food Diariestipsducktipsduck

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RRP: £5 (gift wrap available)
Available from: www.maxieandteddy.com

 

The Maxie and Teddy diaries were created by Denise Hill. Both Denise's children suffered from various allergies and needed to take medicines regularly. They were also fussy eaters. To keep a track of what they were eating, and of their medication, Denise devised her own food and medicine diaries. The diaries can be updated then wiped clean. The diary can be shared between people who look after a child. Because they are reusable, the diaries can be passed down to the next child or used in the formal setting of a nursery.


As soon as I was heard about these diaries I remembered the random post-it notes that I used to stick on kitchen cabinets to keep track of antibiotic or paracetamol doses – these would invariably end up on the floor and be lost! I wish these diaries had been available when our children were young. This is why I was keen to ask one of our Parent Testers what she thought of them. (by Sharon)

The Maxie and Teddy Food Diary and Medicine Diary are a very handy and useful way to keep track of children's daily routines. Each diary is wipe-able and comes with a china graph pencil. So you can use the diaries again and again. At £5 this is a highly cost-effective alternative to standard notebooks.

The Medicine Diary has a page for each day with space for you to record the time you administered medicine, the type and amount of medicine and the child's temperature. Each page also has a notes section where you can write down any other symptoms or concerns that you have about the child. This is particularly useful as there have been occasions when I have taken my children to the doctor and been asked questions about symptoms, frequency and how long ago they started. Answering such questions accurately can be quite difficult, yet with this diary everything could be recorded for the doctor.

The Food Diary is laid out like the Medicine Diary, with a page for each day. You can record the time the food or milk was eaten and the type of food. The notes section could be used to record: the amount of milk given; whether the child liked or disliked any of the food; and any adverse reaction to the food. This diary would be especially useful for a child who is looked after by a childminder or by grandparents as it would let parents see what their child's daily food/drink intake. With this information, they could make sure that the child has a healthy and varied diet. Although the Food Diary is designed for babies and children, it could be used for adults. I have recently been tested for food intolerance. As a result of this, I had to avoid many foods for 6 weeks. I then had to reintroduce one food at a time and note the reaction to see if my body could tolerate it. This diary would have been ideal for recording this, and it would have made it so much easier to look back and identify any patterns.

I highly recommend these diaries and I think they will be extremely useful in our household for many years to come!!  (Review by Nicola - TIPS Parent Tester)



For a chance to win a diary check out mini-competition 3

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured downloadable book :: Activatetipsducktipsduck


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Shell has just released Activate, a free online booklet of kitchen sink experiments for parents to use with their children over the school holidays.The booklet contains simple science experiments that parents can do with their children such as building an explosive soft drink fountain or growing your own crystals, all using materials you would find around the home.

The booklet is free and can be downloaded from: www.shell.co.uk/ses


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tipsducktipsduckFeatured event :: Prince of Wales Garden Partytipsducktipsduck

Clarence House, Lancaster House and Marlborough House
8 to 19 September 2010 - 10am to 6pm

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HRH the Prince of Wales has announced that he is joining forces this summer with musicians, comedians, environmental experts and some of Britain's best known companies to create a unique festival in the heart of London. The Prince is opening up his own gardens at Clarence House, together with his neighbours' gardens at Lancaster House and Marlborough House. The event aims to give people of all ages a fun day out while at the same time, via the exhibits, demonstrating the small steps that can, and are, being taken by all of us, interested in building a more sustainable future.

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Special offer for supporters of The Prince's Rainforests ProjectSign up here and get 4 tickets for the price of 3 or enjoy a 25% reduction on a family ticket via Ticketmaster


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tipsducktipsduckFeatured articles :: Arab Health Magazine tipsducktipsduck


Following my recent trip the United Arab Emirates  to speak about breastfeeding at two Breastfeeding Awareness Seminars I was invited to write about my experiences. The resulting article has just been published in the Arab Health Magazine.

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The full reference is: Trotter S (2010). An invitation to promote breastfeeding in the UAE – more than just a free lunch! August (opinion): pp 42-44. Read the article here.....

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured article :: Epi-no device – could this be the answer to avoiding damage during childbirth? tipsducktipsduck

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I came across an interesting letter in the MIDIRS Digest debating the product 'Epi-no' . This product claims to help avoid the need for a surgical cut during childbirth (called an episiotomy) by gently stretching the vagina in preparation for a natural birth. This device is recommended from 37 weeks pregnant and costs around £90 to buy. You can find out more here….


As a midwife I was obviously keen to know more so I contacted the author of the letter. Judy Slome, a home birth midwife (practising in Israel) has a lot of experience using this 'birth trainer' and has written extensively about it. She has kindly given me permission to post a copy of her article (The Pseudo-Complex Business of birthing without tearing your perineum) so you can find out more about this fascinating product. Personally, I cannot comment on this device or recommend it to you but I thought it was worth featuring so you can make up your own minds.  You can read the article here….


For a chance to win an 'Epi-no' device (worth £89.99) complete with personal tutorial check out mini-competition 5

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured video clip :: Let's go to school!tipsducktipsduck

A DVD specially created to help children who are anxious about going to school. © Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd.  All Rights Reserved

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Never before seen on UK TV, this will be out on DVD from the 6 September, just in time for the new term!
RRP: £9.99
Running time: 31 minutes

When my son and I started to watch the DVD, "Let's Go To School" my first reaction was that it was quite babyish and I didn't think it would appeal to him, let alone help alleviate any of his fears regarding starting school. However I was very wrong - my son thoroughly enjoyed the DVD and immediately asked to watch it a second time. After watching it a couple of times, he spent the rest of the day telling me how he wasn't scared to go to school anymore and that he was now looking forward to it as school was going to be good fun! The DVD is animated with lots of bright colours. It also includes 5 sing-along songs and I noticed that my son was actually trying to join in and sing, while rocking on the couch in time to the music! The message repeated many times throughout the programme is that everyone is nervous about their first day at school and that it is ok to be a bit nervous. I think this definitely helped my son feel more relaxed about the 'big day'. The DVD is curriculum based and includes some learning material for the children – for example counting to twenty and phonics. This is an added bonus as it familiarises the children with some of the aspects of school life. The DVD is only 31 minutes long - this is ideal for its young target audience. It is short enough to hold their attention but also long enough to emphasise the key message that school is fun. I think this would be an invaluable tool for all nurseries and pre-schools. Children could watch it as they chat about the move up to primary school. It would also be excellent for the parents of any child that is apprehensive about starting school. (Review by TIPS Parent Tester Nicola and her son Cameron)

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Here is very smart little boy all ready to start his first day at school. Bet Cameron will not look quite so neat when he returns home!


For a chance to win a chance to win one of two copies of 'Let's go to school' check out mini-competiton 4.

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured podcasts :: My Baby Radiotipsducktipsduck


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www.mybabyradio.com - was launched on DAB digital radio in April 2010 - Broadcasting across Cheshire, Staffordshire and North East Wales.
Sharon's latest interview on Tongue-tie is now being featured online. Previous  interviews on breastfeeding, baby skincare, cup feeding, baby baths, cuddle towels, decongestants and many more are regularly broadcast on www.mybabyradio.com on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11am and midday and between 5 and 6pm (in the 'ask an expert' slot).
You can listen online here...


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tipsducktipsduckDiary of a Student Midwife :: Part 3tipsducktipsduck


In part 2 of 'Diary of a Student Midwife' our student described her first secondment into the community and a tragic experience in the antenatal clinic. This time we follow her as she experiences her first stint in Labour Suite and really gets to grips (pardon the pun!) with catching babies! Read more here...

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured My Story :: Long time journey to exclusive breastfeeding…tipsducktipsduck


Our story covers the long and often frustrating journey from misdiagnosis of lactose intolerance and tongue-tie through to exclusive breastfeeding including donation of breastmilk from a kind donor. It charts the highs and lows of dealing with conflicting advice and highlights the sheer determination needed to overcome many obstacles in order to avoid the need for specialist formula feeds and a lifetime being labelled as intolerant to milk dairy products. Gillian hopes that by sharing her story, she will help other mothers going through similar troubles. You can read Gillian's My Story here....


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tipsducktipsduck nEw nEw ** :: Knitting pattern ** nEwtipsducktipsduck

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Inspired by the book 'Fit to Bust' by Alison Blenkinsop, this baby hat (modelled here by Alison's godson Thomas) can be yours, if you have the skills. Alison has kindly agreed to share the knitting pattern with anyone who wishes to knit their own. You can get the pattern here….


We reviewed in TIPS e-newsletter 10 (soon to be available as an archived issue on TIPS). Profits from the sale of this book go to Baby Milk Action to help its vital work of protecting breastfeeding, and protecting babies fed on formula, by ending the irresponsible marketing of breast milk substitutes. You can become a member or make a donation to Baby Milk online here...

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tipsducktipsducknEw feature ** :: Facebook pages ** nEwtipsducktipsduck

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A wonderful selection of historical pictures of mother's breastfeeding including; 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century sections, plus images charting the ancient history of breastfeeding.

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What country has produced the most inspiring and innovative breastfeeding billboards?

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tipsducktipsduck*** latest news***tipsducktipsduck

 

EU logo for organic food

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From 1 July 2010, all pre-packaged organic food produced in any of the 27 EU member states must feature this new logo. Existing national logos for organic food will be allowed to appear next to the new EU logo.

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TIPS tips of the month

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Launched in 2009 Graze provides boxes of natural food posted to people at work or home: fresh and dried fruit, nuts, seeds, crackers, olives and organic treats.  Visit www.graze.com to find how more.

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Free eCards from Earth Mama Angel Baby

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We think you will agree this is the most touching picture of mum and baby Zach. Thank you to Mum Priscilla for sharing this picture with us.
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Here is a wonderfully cheeky picture of baby Bailey trying his hand at baby-led weaning with comical results!

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On the subject of baby-led weaning, here is another lovely shot of toddler Liv after a delicious snack of something very chocolaty!

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We thought we would go 'inside' the bump to show you two of our lovely TIPS babies early on in pregnancy – these two ultrasound scan pictures belong to two of our Parent Testers - they both turned out to be baby boys who are now almost sitting up!….
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As we welcome in the autumn we thought you would enjoy this sunny picture of Soshanna's family as they soak up the South African sun at Camps Bay (with the famous Lion's Head Mountain in the background) which is just past Simon's Town in Cape Town.

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TIPS Breastfeeder
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This is a delightful picture of toddler Mia checking out the temperature of mummy's milk after the birth of new baby brother. If you have any doubts about the benefits of 'full term' breastfeeding (baby-led with no age limit) have a look at an amazing video here...
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Here is Rachael, aged two and still breastfeeding herself, showing us how to breastfeed her dolly before bedtime. Thank you to Mummy for sending us this gorgeous picture.

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Keep on emailing your photos! If they are featured, we will send you a dedicated copy of Sharon's book Breastfeeding: the essential guide.

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Newsletter competition.....

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Our featured website, Cariboo Cribs has kindly donated a Cariboo Folding Crib, in your choice of either Natural with White Fabric or Rimu with White Fabric, valued at £179.99.
For a chance to win all you have to do is email the word 'Cariboo' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 November 2010 -  we will announce the winner in e-newsletter 21.

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mini competition 1

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Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE For a chance to win a Flexibath email the word ' Flexibath' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 November 2010. We will announce the winner in TIPS e-newsletter 21

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mini competition 2

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For a chance to win one of two Rowan Maternitrees email the word 'Maternitree' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 November 2010. We will announce the winners in TIPS e-newsletter 21

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mini competition 3

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For a chance to win a set of the Maxie and Teddy books email the words 'maxie and teddy' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 November 2010. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 21

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mini competition 4

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For a chance to win one of two copies of the 'Let's go to school' DVD email the words 'Leapfrog DVD' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 November 2010. We will announce the winners in TIPS e-newsletter 21

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mini competition 5

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For a chance to win an 'Epi-no' device email the word 'Epi-no' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 November 2010. We will announce the winners in TIPS e-newsletter 21

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For a chance to win one of two sets of JASON Award winning goodies email the word 'JASON' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 November 2010. We will announce the winners in TIPS e-newsletter 21

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Prize may differ from products shown.

 

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mini competition 7

For a chance to win this delightful eco-friendly wooden pull-along duck email the word 'duck' to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 26 November 2010. We will announce the winner in TIPS e-newsletter 21

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Baby care - back to basics

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Version 7 (updated in line with the latest research) out now! Sponsored by TIPS award winning company Halos N Horns this award winning leaflet is distributed around the UK at various professional and parenting events. Health professionals and maternity units can buy hard copies – email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.
As well as all the hints and tips you need about baby skincare, skin-to-skin contact and feeding but, this leaflet now includes the latest and safest advice on reducing the risk of cot death.
Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like a free copy.

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Dedicated advice line: Remember you can contact me on my own Speak Now number, you can call me anytime on 09064006215* if I am unable to answer immediately, press 1 and you will receive a free text to alert you when I am next free.

My speciality subjects are breastfeeding and baby skincare although I am happy to take calls on any midwifery related issues.

Press and Media: If you are looking for expert advice on midwifery related topics you can also call me on my advice line.


TIPS winners...

e-competitions..

  • 15 April – 14 May  2010
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    : How many products were tested in the latest TIPS baby skincare products trial? A:53
    Winner: Sarah from Cambridgeshire
  • 18 May  – 14 June 2010
    Q: Sharon is featured as 'Business of the Month' for what company? A:Costco
    Winner: Margaret from Bedfordshire
  • 15 June  – 14 July  2010
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    : How many mini competitions can you enter in the latest TIPS e-newsletter? A:7
    Winner: Mary from Renfrewshire
  • 15 July  – 20 August  2010
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    : Which brand received a TIPS Top brand award in our recent baby skincare products trial? A:Weleda
    Winner: Kirsten from Renfrewshire

mini-competitions
  • The 2 lucky winners of the Weleda gift sets are: Annette from Lincolnshire and Emma from Lothian
  • The 2 lucky winners of the Maclaren cocooning massage oil are: Emma from London and Karen from Lanarkshire
  • The 2 lucky winners of the Earth Friendly Baby gift sets are: Fiona from Ayrshire and Helen from Lanarkshire
  • The 2 lucky winners of the Halos N Horns gift sets are: Pip from Kent and Julie from Ayrshire
  • The 2 lucky winners of the Natalia Baby Bottom  Butter are: Tracy from Devon and Lorna from Renfrewshire
  • The lucky winner of the OT4Kids 45-minute consultation is Kat from Surrey
  • The 3 lucky winners of the Hold it Sister books are: Marica from London,  Katrina from London and Jenny from Berkshire

e-newsletter competition

The lucky winner of the Food Stork Gift box is Alison from Gloucestershire

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Baby care - back to basics

leaflet pages

Version 7 (updated in line with the latest research) out now! Sponsored by TIPS award winning company Halos N Horns this award winning leaflet is distributed around the UK at various professional and parenting events. Health professionals and maternity units can buy hard copies – email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.
As well as all the hints and tips you need about baby skincare, skin-to-skin contact and feeding but, this leaflet now includes the latest and safest advice on reducing the risk of cot death.
Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like a free copy.

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